L&W has helped me see where I want my future to go

by Natalie Wilson I applied for my internship through the Graduate Champions scheme at De Montfort University (DMU) that helps find graduates paid experience related to their undergraduate study. When I was matched with Learning and Work Institute (L&W) I could not believe just how perfect the fit was; I felt instantly passionate about the…

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The best thing about interning is the opportunity to learn from professionals

by Declan Shepherd Learning, for me, is not about the qualification or certificate achieved but the skills and experiences I gain along the way. In an effort to support employment success, De Montfort University’s Graduate Champion scheme provides a six-week internship to implement the skills and knowledge gained from a degree in the real working world….

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Being bold doesn’t take as much effort as you think

by Jami Blythe I have to admit – feminism scares me. So, when I was asked to write this blog I went to open my underwear drawer to light a match to my best bra and then paused.  Reconsidering, I asked myself – is International Womens Day actually about us throwing ourselves in front of horses for…

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It all starts with that first step

by Lesley Reece It’s hard to believe but when I look at myself today I can hardly recognise the woman I have become. Only two years ago I suffered from agoraphobia and had not left my home alone in over four years. In the last two years I have defiantly been making up for lost…

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All people are equal but learning empowers the individual

by Mohamed Mahyoub My childhood was spent in the rural areas of Tiaz, Yemen. I migrated to England in 2005 at the age of 15 years old to live with my grandparents for a safer life and brighter future. At first I was filled with excitement and high ambition, but I soon began to realise…

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Five ways to make your nomination a winner

Are you thinking of submitting a Festival of Learning nomination for the first time this year? Or have you nominated in the past, but your nominees are never shortlisted? We’ve put together a guide of what we’re looking for that will help you write an effective nomination and celebrate your nominee’s achievements in the best…

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The benefits of learning spread well beyond the cohort of trainees

by Sarah Gore Forging a career in the museums and heritage sector has always been a bit of a tricky prospect. Jobs, particularly early career jobs, are always over-subscribed because it seems that lots of people think it would be lovely to work at a museum. A culture developed where applicants were expected to have…

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Give it a go – don’t be afraid and don’t give up

by Sean Hardy I have always wanted to learn new skills. I never wanted to be a couch potato and always wanted to go to work and enjoy my life. I knew that the only way to do that was to learn. Sometimes I have found things difficult, but have had to keep at it…

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Whatever your background, education or life story, it is never too late to learn

by Fiona Barrett Not everyone shines at school. There can be many reasons for this, but the biggest one is the difficulty of those with neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia and ADHD. Access to the world of employment and self-sufficiency in adult life, is through the key building blocks of learning techniques, self-confidence and basic life…

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It might be scary, but it really is worth doing

by Lesley Reece My learning journey began in January 2015 when I joined a jewelry making class with my daughter. Previously I had not left the house alone for four years and signing up took all the courage I had. It started when I had a nervous breakdown and I had to leave my job….

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