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 Push Post: Student Newsletter

 September 2019


Hey there <<First Name>>! 

Congratulations. You survived the British summer and results day. And now the new term is beginning to feel not-so-new. And now we're all back in the swing, this month Push's key message is that 'it's all about the prep'. A little bit of research goes a long way when it comes to getting what you want out of life.

One change to note this month is that the website UniStats has been replaced by DiscoverUni. It’s not much easier to use that the old one and although it has lots of info, it’s not put into context very helpfully, but this is now the most up to date place to search for what and where might be right for you to study.

If you can’t wait for the next newsletter why not check out our archives here. We'll see you soon. 
 
The Push Team

WHAT'S NEW?
A FUTURE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Nowadays, we can’t go a few days without hearing about climate catastrophes, from the Amazon forest fires to the macabre memorial held by scientists at the demise of the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change

So it’s welcome news that next week marks another round of some of the most prolific, exciting demonstrations and strikes going – Youth Strike 4 Climate and Fridays for Future.

This time, they’re not just for the young climate strikers, like Swedish sensation Greta Thunberg, who kick-started the climate crisis movement...read more.
IS IT LAST ORDERS ON UNI DRINKING CULTURE?

Most people have some assumptions when it comes to uni, whether they have friends or family who have been before or not. And a lot of those will inevitably revolve around drinking.

Bargain basement uni bars, student clubbing nights with shots for £1, boozy society initiations, house/halls parties galore. It might seem like that’s all there is to the whole degree-earning business...read more.
#INSPIRINGAPPRENTICES

Ever get the feeling the world’s only ever talking about uni? You’re not alone, even teachers are feeling like there’s not enough support and knowledge when it comes to helping students down the apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship route.

That’s why Tes (once the Times Education Supplement, that pumps out regular info and news for school teachers) launched a campaign called #InspiringApprentices to boost awareness and understanding of the career path...read more.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING?
For year 12s

We know that making real-life decisions and the whole UCAS commotion is basically a year away, but before you know it these choices will be getting all up in your face and demanding attention.

Then there's all the exams, revision, coursework, birthdays/bar mitzvahs/weddings and the highly repostable memes... so it's never too soon to get focused.

Besides, what's sixth form all about anyway? If you can work out where it's heading, it gives the next two years more purpose, more focus — maybe even more fun and success...read more.
For year 13s

 If you’re thinking of going to uni in September 2020 and you haven’t thought about which unis you're going to apply to yet, you’d better level up and get a move on.

You’ve got until mid-January to complete your application for most courses, but Oxbridge, medicine and veterinary courses have deadlines that are less than a month away (October 15th).

Even if you’re not planning on applying for those courses, all unis have already started accepting applications. Leaving it until the January deadline is like joining a long queue for a small cake...read more.
 
WHAT NEXT?
Push titbits of news and advice on heading to uniapprenticeshipsschool leaver schemes, and the world of work
HOW TO BE HUMAN: THE POWER OF SOFT SKILLS

Think about it. In a world of self-service checkouts, virtual personal assistants, driverless cars and automated factories, job security is looking like a thing of the past.

Are you going to be spending years studying and training for a job that Wall-E will be doing by the time you’re thirty?

The Guardian are a bit concerned that lecturers in financially struggling unis will soon be replaced by AI technology in digital classrooms...read more.
HOW TO USE A GAP YEAR TO YOUR BENEFIT ON YOUR CV

Gap years used to be thought of as something only rich people or unreliable people did. These days, however, everyone is taking gap years, from young adults just out of high school to people in their mid-20s or 30s who want to take a sabbatical from work and travel for longer. A gap year should be seen as a way to achieve your goals, personal and professional, instead of a questionable gap in your CV...read more.
 
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