Mary McPhail

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4 Ways To Tell If Someone Is Interested In You

Are you a mind-reader? Maybe you are. Body language tells you a lot more than you imagine. Here I describe 4 ways to tell if someone’s interested in what you’re saying. Perhaps you’re aware of these signals already, but you’re not sure what they mean. So, how can you be more confident in interpreting body …

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Work Experience and Employability Skills

Does work experience get you employability skills? What are employability skills anyway? If you do a Google search for them you’ll probably come up with similar lists from several countries. So what are they? The 7 key skills to succeeding in the future workplace, as defined by Barclays in their report, How employable is the UK? are shown below: …

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How’s Your Revision Going?

SQA exams will be starting soon, so revision is a major feature in schools at the moment. But what’s the best way to revise? Many parents will expect their children to study for several hours a day, especially during study leave. Other parents may look for chemistry tutors to focus the revision. Schools are regularly …

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Budgeting Workshop at Aberdeen Grammar School

In November last year Preparing4Life ran a Budgeting Workshop at Aberdeen Grammar School for S6 pupils. The Budgeting Workshop is just one of a range of workshops we provide to teach life skills to young adults. Senior pupils had signed up for the training over a two week period, one hour each week. Normally the …

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8 Things I Learned in 2018 And Will Use In 2019

Sometimes one year is difficult to distinguish from another, they just merge into one another. 2018, however, has not been like that. This has been a big year for me, one I won’t forget. So, I thought I’d share the major things I learned in 2018 that I’ll use in 2019. 1. Tell those you …

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A Fresher’s Guide to Surviving in Halls (Infographic)

Moving away from home can be exciting and a bit scary. Not just for the young people, but for their parents, too! This Fresher’s guide to surviving in Halls is based on years of firsthand experience from someone who works in Halls with students year in, year out. He’s given me the inside scoop on …

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Children Need A Work-Life Balance Too

Why Should Children Worry About A Work-Life Balance? As this is Work-Life Balance Week, I was wondering if such a thing really exists for most people, and when I say people I don’t just mean adults. Young people are reported as being more and more stressed as they deal with the high workload needed for …

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The Skills Gap – What Do Your Students Need?

Do Your Students Have A Skills Gap? Schools care about the welfare of their students. Above all, schools want them to thrive in the real world. To do this, they have to be prepared. If there’s a gap in the skills they need to get on in life, schools want to address it. With that …

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Solo Dining – We Should All Go It Alone Occaisonally

Solo Dining The other day, with some time to kill, I decided to have coffee in a local café. Finally sitting down after too much dithering, I wondered what made me choose that particular seat. Was I avoiding busy tables, unconsciously attracted to certain people or perhaps afraid of appearing indecisive? Or was it because …

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Feeling Blue? Try Some Of These

How To Cope With Feeling Down Everyone gets fed up at times – we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t. Learning how to cope with these feelings is important, especially if they happen when we don’t have our usual support network around us. At these times, it might seem easier to turn to drugs or alcohol …

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