Two-thirds of teenagers believe they will achieve their dream job

Nearly two-thirds of British teenagers believe they will achieve their dream job and even more expect to earn bigger sums than their parents, the National Citizen Service survey has found. Researchers found that 63 per cent of teens believe they will succeed in their chosen career, while 65 per cent believe they will earn better wages than their mums and dads at the peak of their career. The figure is higher among teenagers who come from better backgrounds, although there is a gender gap in expected earnings as fewer girls than boys believe they will earn more than their parents.

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How managers came to rule the workplace

When guru Tom Peters heralded the end of management in the 1990s, he spoke too soon – the freedoms promised by the knowledge society are dead.

A few years ago, Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer hit the headlines concerning a confidential memo she’d sent to employees. The message seemed to go against everything we know about how a high-tech, post-industrial economy operates. From now on, everyone must be present and accounted for at the office. Working from home is prohibited.

The memo was carefully worded in the language of collegiality and staff development. But employees understood its real meaning: if we can’t see you, we don’t trust you.

It wasn’t surprising that Yahoo staff were annoyed. We’ve known for years that employees are much more productive if they’re able to harness the freedoms that mobile technology can afford. Being chained to an office can be counter-productive in many occupations.

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Stressed at work? At least you’re not bored

The effects of boredom and stress can be equally draining, but boredom can ruin self-worth and be far more difficult to solve.

You’re probably too busy to read this and if not, you’re probably busy pretending to be. The frenetic pace of work affects everything – from colleagues’ abrupt emails, to snapped voicemail messages and raised eyebrows when your commute is held up by yet another “incident on the line”. But in a world of busyness, what happens to those who spend their days at work doing … absolutely nothing. Find out here:

The 10 Best Jobs in the World

What makes a great job? Is it the salary, the working hours, the variety? At Success at School, we’ve compiled our very own list of the best jobs in the world. We’ve based our list on various different factors, some include salary, whereas others are simply based on working lifestyle. In our top ten, you’ll find some of the highest paying jobs placed alongside interesting jobs that you wouldn’t normally expect to find in a top ten.

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No job interviews? Here’s what you may be doing wrong

Job hopper, overqualified, too long out of work? You can still get your CV to the top of the pile with our practical tips.

Even when vacancies are booming, there are three types of jobseeker who will always have a harder time getting work. Are you one? Don’t fear – there is plenty you can do with your CV to ensure you get an interview.

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Want to close the gender pay gap? Start with more women in Stem

Tripling women in computing, alone, could massively boost female earnings – but for real equality, retention needs to be a priority.

From today onwards, women in the UK will effectively be working for free until the end of the year, according to calculations on the gender pay gap by the Fawcett Society. This is one day later than last year, but it’s still a shocking statistic.

The gender pay gap has narrowed by almost 10% since measurement began in 1997, but it’s plateaued during the past few years. Efforts to reduce it have long focused on the need to encourage more women into generally higher-paid Stem careers, where they make up just 14.4% of the workforce. Of all science, technology, engineering and maths-related jobs, tech presents a high level of gender segregation, with only 19% female computer science graduates.

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Shouldn’t lectures be obsolete by now?

Lectures remain by far the most common form of teaching in universities – right down to the way academics are called “lecturers”.

But many predicted that digital technology would have killed off the lecture by now.

Why would you want to sit through someone telling you something, when so much more information is available at your fingertips whenever you want it?

But when you look at some online courses, instead of revolutionising higher education, they have often simply transported the classic lecture format to an internet audience.

So why has the lecture refused to go away? Find out here:

Facebook to increase UK employees by 500 in 2017

Facebook will expand its presence in the UK by 50% when it opens its new London headquarters in 2017, the US technology giant has announced.

It will hire 500 additional employees, including engineers, marketers, project managers and sales staff.

“The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company,” said its London-based executive, Nicola Mendelsohn.

Facebook’s new headquarters will be in Fitzrovia at a site that is currently undergoing redevelopment.

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Scouts and guides provide ‘mental health boost for life’

People who were in the scouts or guides in childhood have better mental health in later life, a study suggests.

Analysis of a study of 10,000 people found ex-members were 15% less likely than other adults to suffer anxiety or mood disorders at the age of 50.

Researchers believe it could be the lessons in resilience and resolve that such organisations offer that has a lasting positive impact.

The researchers were from Edinburgh and Glasgow universities.

They looked at data from a lifelong study of almost 10,000 people from across the UK who were born in November 1958, known as the National Child Development Study.

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Apprenticeships ‘must address distinct needs of teens’

Too many apprenticeships in England do not help teenagers start a career or progress to higher vocational education, research suggests.

The Institute for Public Policy Research wants lower level apprenticeships replaced by a pre-apprenticeship programme addressing 16- to 18-year-olds’ “distinct needs”.

Its report comes as universities are awarded £4.5m to develop 5,200 degree level apprenticeships from September.

Ministers said “apprenticeships work”.

Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said apprenticeship programmes and traineeships were part of the government’s strategy to ensure that people of all backgrounds and all ages “can get on the ladder of opportunity”.

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