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Pitch early for student talent, employers told

first_img Comments are closed. Employers are being urged to target second-year undergraduates afterresearch shows that fewer final-year students hunt for jobs. The study by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit shows that only 7per cent of students look for a job at the start of their final year, andnearly half claim they will leave it until midway through. The survey of 1,200 students also finds that nearly a fifth plan to look fora job in the summer after graduation and 11 per cent will leave it until theyreturn from travelling. Mike Hill, chief executive of Careers Services Unit, urged employers todevelop work experience programmes for second-year students. He said, “Through targeting second-year students, companies will beatthe final-year rush and give themselves a larger pool of talent to choose from.”Also, by getting second-year undergraduates into work experience thestudents have the advantage of finding out about the organisation and itsculture. If the employer is happy with the student it is able to beat itsrivals by offering a job.” The Careers Services Unit research was launched at the Association ofGraduate Recruiters annual conference in Wales last week and Hill urgedemployers to form a closer relationship with university careers services. “If careers services staff are aware of an organisation, it will helpthe employer when students go to them for advice.” Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said, “If the final-yearrecruitment percentage is correct then employers will have to review theirrecruitment processes. “I am a great believer in student work experience. Undergraduates getan insight into the world of work and it improves their future job prospects.Employers get to promote their organisation to students and build up arelationship with individuals. By Paul Nelson Pitch early for student talent, employers toldOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Tips for Finding the Right Summer Rental

first_imgNick Marotta and a Happy Summer RenterIt’s tough to find a good rental these days. Thanks to the Internet, we have many resources to search for places to stay, but how do you know if they are reliable? Do they even exist? What if it’s a scammer? We’ve set out to get all of the tips on finding the best vacation rental for you in Ocean City because we all know it can be a difficult process- but it doesn’t have to be!Local real estate broker and sales associate Nick Marotta has plenty of experience in the rental world. He’s been helping people vacation happily in Ocean City for nearly 28 years with Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach. In speaking with Nick, it’s safe to say the best way to rent in Ocean City is by using a real estate agent. Here are the 7 ways we have gathered from Nick on how to find the best vacation rental for you in Ocean City:1. Do Your ResearchIf you’ve never stepped foot in Ocean City or you’re only mildly familiar, you MUST do your research! It’s important for a client to know what is available to them as far as the different areas and neighborhoods in the town, inventory, restaurants, shopping, and other activities. You’ll find that by researching the town yourself prior to talking with an agent will give you a good idea of what is going to work for you and your family.2. Know Your BudgetSet a budget for how much you and your family want to spend on your rental. Many don’t know that Ocean City becomes more expensive during the midsummer weeks. “The last two weeks of July and the first two of August are the most expensive, busiest rental weeks of the year,” says Nick. “ Prices can range anywhere from $1,500-$20,000 for just the week” of course, that depends on the rental’s location. But that’s why a budget should be set for how much a renter is willing to spend for their living space. This will determine when in the summer they will be renting and where on the island their rental will be.3. Consider Your Family’s Demographic and InterestsAlong with setting a budget, the best way to tailor a rental to your family’s needs is to give your background information to your agent. How large your family is, the ages of each family member, and their interests all play a role in finding the right place for you to live comfortably for however long you’re staying. If you have a family of five with young children and relatives may also be joining in on the vacation, a two bedroom, 1 bathroom house on the beach in the South end may not be the best option for you, considering the quieter neighborhoods and the lack of space. “If a family has never been to Ocean City or has younger children, I try to always recommend the boardwalk to them because of all the attractions,” Nick mentions.4. Develop a Relationship with Your Rental AgentYour agent will inform you about the island and ask you many questions about the type of rental you’re looking for, but it’s incredibly helpful to develop a relationship with them as well. After all, they are the person that can and will help you in every way before, during and after your stay in Ocean City. At Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach, agents are encouraged to convenience their clients in any way possible. So it will help you immensely to feel comfortable enough to ask or tell them anything. Nick says, “Exchange cell phone numbers, emails, any contact you can because I’ve had people call me at 1 am before because they’ve locked themselves out of their place”. In any event, it is always a good thing to know your agent’s contact information!5. Communicate Clearly!Nick says this is one of the most important ways to assure you will enjoy your rental time here on the island. To customize your experience and make it exactly what you and your family want, you should give every last bit of information to your agent and make sure they know and understand what it is that you want. That way, they’ll be able to better envision the kind of experience you want to have here.Today, so many vacationers look to various websites to find their rentals, which is convenient and often recommended by your agent to do as well (hit up to do a pre-search before or during your search with an agent!). But you’ll find that speaking to an actual agent has more value because this person is going to find exactly what you’re looking for and handle every last detail of the transaction that you may not be able to- such as visiting the options of rentals you are considering. “I always tell my other agents to visit the rentals if their clients can’t,” Nick says, “we want to make it as convenient as possible for them”.6. Be Prepared.Your agent will inform you of what you need to bring and when and where you need to be for check-in and checkout. At Nick’s office on Battersea, ”Check-in is every Saturday at 2:00 where we’ll have a tent outside equipped with snacks and agents there to help you with any questions you might have,” he says. So pick up your keys, grab yourself a soft pretzel and head to your rental to start your vacation! “All you need to bring are sheets, pillowcases and your own towels. The rest will be provided for you since the rentals are fully stocked”.7. Enjoy Your Vacation.This may seem like an obvious piece of advice, but knowing every activity and attraction available to you will pay off on a rainy day when the beach is not an option. Check out family night every Thursday night on the boardwalk or the shopping downtown on Asbury. There are plenty of activities and events throughout the summer as well as indoor attractions that can be found.“Nick has always been sensitive to finding the best possible accommodations for us, especially as the family grew. In doing, so he always meet our needs to stay within our budget. On the rare occasion we had an issue with the rental property, Nick was on top of it immediately and masterfully resolved any problems” commented vacation renter, Jim ShortleyTo search for available Ocean City rentals, click on read more


Canada Bread drops inquiry

first_imgCanada Bread Company, the parent company of the UK’s biggest bagel supplier Maple Leaf Bakery, will take no further action following an internal investigation into allegations that an employee at its UK bakery operations may have sought to influence the pricing of a competitor.Lynda Kuhn, senior vice president, communications and consumer affairs, told British Baker that initial allegations made in a tabloid newspaper in December 2008 involving The Bagel Group – a company Maple Leaf had previously been in talks with to acquire – were unfounded and that no evidence had been supplied to substantiate the claims, despite requests.She said: “While we requested a copy of the video tape [which allegedly showed an employee involved in price fixing], we have not received it – and no further action will be taken by the company.” The Office of Fair Trading does not plan to conduct an investigation into the matter.last_img read more


Allied recovers wheat costs as ABF reports sales rise

first_imgAllied Bakeries has revealed it recovered high wheat costs through bread price increases during the last financial period, as parent company Associated British Foods saw revenues increase by 10%.The group announced the news of its latest financial performance as part of an interim management statement, published this morning, for the 16 weeks to 5 January.The ingredients business saw revenues for its yeast and bakery ingredients close to last year across all regions, with ABF Ingredients revealing that sales of extruded grain products were “well ahead of last year” and lactose prices “remained strong”.ABF’s UK grocery division reported sales in line with last year’s performance, with full-year figures expected to be ahead of 2011/12, which the company has said will benefit from “the non-recurrence of restructuring costs” in Allied Bakeries, as well as Australian food business George Weston, known for its Tip Top bread brand.ABF said a 25% increase in sales at discount clothing business Primark, as well as a 12% lift in revenues within its sugar business, helped to contribute to its 10% growth in revenue for the 16-week period.Graham Jones, executive director at financial analyst Panmure Gordon, said: “We raise our earnings per share forecast for 2013E by 3.2% from 92p to 95p, equating to 8.9% growth following on from 17.8% growth in 2012A. We also reduce our net debt forecast by around £100m to £0.9bn at Sept 2013E.”For the grocery division, the City analyst said he expected full-year ebitda to rise from £187m to £243m, which he believed would be helped by lower restructuring charges.In terms of ABF Ingredients, he added: “The market remains competitive and we now expect ebitda to be flat this year at £32m, although, with a new chief executive, we are hopeful that profits will start to improve next year.”last_img read more


Patisserie Holdings shares suspended amid fraud fears

first_imgPatisserie Valerie owner Patisserie Holdings has launched an investigation into what it has described as serious – and potentially fraudulent – accounting irregularities.This company today (10 October) said the discovery of the issue has “significantly” impacted its cash position and may lead to a “material change” in its overall finances.Patisserie Holdings chief financial officer Chris Marsh has been suspended from his role, and trading in the business’s shares on AIM have been suspended while it conducts an investigationThe company said it is working with its legal and professional advisers to determine its true financial position.”We are all deeply concerned about this news and the potential impact on the business,” said Patisserie Holdings chairman Luke Johnson.“We are determined to understand the full details of what has happened and will communicate these to investors and stakeholders as soon as possible.”The company said it would make further announcements as the results of the investigation become known.Update (10 October): Further to Patisserie Holdings’ earlier announcement, the board has since said it has become aware of a winding up petition filed at the High Court related to £1.14m owed to HMRC by Stonebeach Limited, the company’s principal trading subsidiary. The petition was advertised in the London Gazette on 5 October 2018, and the company and its advisors are addressing the matter with HMRC.In May, Patisserie Holdings reported a 14.2% increase in half-year pre-tax profit to £11.1m on sales up 9.1% to £60.5m. It had opened 10 new stores over the period and was on track to meet its target of 20 openings across the full year. The business stated its openings were profitable from the first week of trading and were all funded from operating cash flows.“We remain focused on organic growth and, with a strong balance sheet, continue to assess acquisition opportunities that will have a strategic and cultural fit,” said Johnson at the time.Patisserie Valerie has a partnership with Sainsbury’s, and currently supplies cakes to 70 stores.last_img read more


Eddie Vedder Performed At A Fundraiser For His Old High School – Watch

first_img[H/t CoS] If there’s one adage Eddie Vedder takes seriously, it’s “never forget your roots.” Perhaps that’s why Vedder showed up at his old high school, the San Dieguito Academy, and lended his talents to a performing arts fundraiser.Vedder appeared on stage with some teachers and students, who had formed a backing band called The Amazons. Together with the high school band, Vedder sang lead for Joe Jackson’s 1979 hit, “Got The Time,” and joined in on percussion for a cover of The Modern Lovers’ song “Roadrunner.”Watch videos of both below:last_img read more


Grant to honor Jan Merrill-Oldham

first_img Read Full Story A new professional development grant named in honor of Jan Merrill-Oldham has recently been approved by the Association of Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and will be awarded in 2012.For more than 30 years, Merrill-Oldham has been a recognized leader in the field of library and archives preservation. She has served on key committees within ALA, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Information Standards Organization and many others. She has educated and mentored countless preservation librarians and conservators and her support for students and dedication to the field serves as a model to all of us. This award recognizes Merrill-Oldham’s wide ranging contributions, deep commitment to the field, and her undying support of young professionals by supporting participation in an ALA conference. In September of 2010, Merrill-Oldham announced her retirement after a long and notable career.Each year, the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant will consist of $1,250 to support travel to the ALA Annual Conference for a librarian, para-professional or student new to the preservation field.  The intention is to provide the opportunity to attend an ALA conference and encourage professional development through active participation at the national level. The recipient will have the chance to work with a member of the jury to identify relevant programs and interest group sessions to attend, must attend the Preservation Administration Interest Group meeting, and must attend at least one PARS discussion group meeting.An announcement with more information on eligibility, application and selection will be made available in the coming months.  This information will also be on the ALCTS awards Web site in the near future.last_img read more


Lifted up into history

first_imgAs the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister at Memorial Church for nearly 40 years, the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes attended countless meetings in the historic Faculty Room in University Hall.Not only that, but Gomes played a major role in preserving and curating the room, which is filled with portraits of bygone Harvard presidents and professors, hanging on sea-green walls. He was one of three curators who oversaw renovations in 2000.That’s why the unveiling of his portrait at a ceremony led by President Drew Faust Thursday was a kind of homecoming.Yuqi Wang unveiled Wang’s portrait of the Rev. Professor Peter J. GomesFaust offered a warm tribute to Gomes, a Baptist minister who served five Harvard presidents until he died five years ago at age 68, describing him as a man who “was not to be forgotten or ignored” for his kindness, frankness, and devotion to both teaching and preaching. One of Harvard’s most celebrated figures, Gomes was also renowned for his wit.“I’m a little afraid that after we dedicate this portrait, it will begin to speak, and I will look up from the president’s chair to find him declaiming against some measure he views as an unwarranted and dangerous intrusion of the present upon the past,” Faust said, jokingly. “But I’m delighted, nonetheless, that now we will have him in attendance.” Harvard scholar regarded as one of America’s leading preachers Related Rev. Peter J. Gomes dies at 68 The portrait, by Chinese-born artist Yuqi Wang, shows Gomes, who held posts in both the Divinity School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in full regalia, with a graduation cap and formal robes, and wearing the shield of the Memorial Church. He holds a Bible in one hand and in the other grasps the baton with which he led every Commencement he attended. In the portrait, it seems he might be about to say something funny or shocking — or both.The portrait hangs above Gomes’ seat at faculty meetings and joins those of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, President Charles William Eliot, who transformed the College into modern Harvard, and the great mathematician Benjamin Peirce, along with nearly 40 other Harvard notables.Gomes’ portrait is the room’s first of a person who is not white. The unveiling came two decades after the first portrait of a woman was hung, in the 1990s. The first woman was Helen Maud Cam, who was also the first woman tenured at Harvard. Then came portraits of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who was the first person to receive a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard, and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz, the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College.Gomes was known as an eloquent preacher, but also for his courage and conviction. He came out in 1991, saying he was a “Christian who happens as well to be gay,” and was a fierce voice against intolerance. He penned the bestseller “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” and taught the popular courses “History of Harvard and Its Presidents” and “The Christian Bible and Its Interpretation.”Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick ’78, J.D. ’82, and the Rev. Wendel “Tad” Meyer, who was acting minister in the Memorial Church after Gomes’ death, also attended the dedication.Patrick developed a close friendship with Gomes during his time at Harvard. A longtime Republican, Gomes turned Democrat to support Patrick in his election as the first black governor of Massachusetts. Gomes’ portrait, said Patrick, will help to display and preserve his qualities as “loving, whimsical, and wise,” and will serve as a constant reminder of the value of seeing life with fresh perspectives.President Faust (from left), artist Yuqi Wang, daughter Renne Wang, and wife Xiaoyan Fan speak before the event begins. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFaust said that there was never anyone quite like Gomes. She recalled one of his sermons to graduating seniors, in which he urged them not to allow others to finish their sentences and not to get caught in the trap of expectations.She also remembered when Gomes paid her a visit to congratulate her after she was named president of Harvard. “He arrived in church regalia, swept in, and announced, ‘Madam, I come to pledge my fealty,’ ” Faust said, drawing laughter from the crowd.“Peter, today we pledge you ours and award you the honor of joining so many distinguished Harvard colleagues,” she said. “I know you would have loved thinking of yourself here — surrounded by all this tradition, quite literally lifted up into history.”Gomes’ editor, Cynthia Rossano, who attended the ceremony, couldn’t have agreed more.“He would have been thrilled,” said Rossano, who worked with Gomes for nearly 30 years. “He loved the Faculty Room. He thought Memorial Church was the heart of Harvard, but the Faculty Room was one of the core parts of Harvard.”last_img read more


The Great Comet’s Dave Malloy & More Join Signature Theatre Playwright Residency Programs

first_img What a roster! Signature Theatre has announced four award-winning playwrights to join its residency programs. Obie Award winner Dave Malloy, whose Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is playing at the Imperial Theatre, will join Signature’s Residency Five program, which guarantees playwrights three premieres over five years; he will be the first musical theater writer to have a residency at Signature. Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, whose Sweat is set to bow on Broadway on March 4, will serve as the Residency One Playwright during the 2018-19 Season.In addition, Between Riverside and Crazy Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis will join Signature as the Residency One Playwright in the 2017-18 Season. Residency One, Signature’s core one-year Playwright-in-Residence program, is an intensive exploration of a single writer’s body of work. Skeleton Crew scribe and Kennedy Prize for Drama Award-winner Dominique Morisseau will also join Signature’s Residency Five program.Both Malloy and Morisseau will join current Residency Five playwrights Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Regina Taylor.Titles, dates and creative teams will be announced at a later date. Dave Malloy & Lynn Nottage(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images & Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more


Peter Clavelle wins Champlain College award

first_imgAt Champlain College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 6, the private college presented its Distinguished Citizen Award to Peter Clavelle, the former mayor of Burlington.The ceremony was presided over by Bob Allen, the chairman of the Champlain’s Board of Trustees, and President Dave Finney. Allen said Clavelle has demonstrated exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service and dynamic leadership.Peter Clavelle was Mayor of Burlington for 15 years, the longest tenure of any mayor in the city’s history. In September he decided not to run for another term, and just a few weeks ago, he handed over the keys of the city to a new mayor, Bob Kiss.”Peter has said that he just wanted to quietly ride off into the sunset, but many people in our community feel moved to make sure he rides off knowing how much we appreciate what he’s done for our city,” Allen said. “His accomplishments are numerous, their effects far-reaching.”Under Clavelle’s watch, Burlington implemented a nationally recognized community-based policing program, purchased nearly 60 acres of waterfront land and enhanced it for public use, established a Community Justice Center, developed Burlington Telecom’s fiber-optic network to provide state-of-the-art telecomm services, and constructed a new sewage treatment system-the largest environmental protection project in Vermont’s history.During the Clavelle era, Burlington increased public transportation, improved the Old North End, expanded the Burlington International Airport, and partnered with other organizations to protect and improve Lake Champlain. Because of the City’s work in the area of affordable housing, the National Housing Institute also recognized Clavelle as ‘one of the country’s best elected officials when it comes to securing decent housing for all.'”Even the editors of national publications have noticed Burlington’s virtues, naming it among the nation’s most livable and healthy small cities,” Allen said.In the early-1990s, during the only two-year term that he did not win during his long run in City Hall, Clavelle started a consulting firm specializing in community development policy and planning. This work would take him to places like Brazil, the Gaza Strip and Grenada. His experience led him to chair the Institute for Sustainable Communities, which promotes environmental protection and participatory decision-making in Central and Easter Europe, the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. Today, Clavelle is taking his skills to the private sector to work for a Burlington-based firm called A.R.D., which assists in community development around the globe.Founded in 1878, Champlain College celebrated its 128th Commencement on May 6. The private, baccalaureate institution offers career-oriented programs in business, technology and human services balanced by a liberal arts foundation. Students earn master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and professional certificates in 29 fields.Previous winners of the annual Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award have included Edwin Colodny, Gretchen Morse of the United Way, U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, and former State Senator and Representative Sallie Soule.last_img read more