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Personal Branding: What It Is and Why You Need One

25-May-2022 15:45:00 / by Anne Roberts posted in Personal Branding

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Branding is a fundamental part of every business. Without it, a company has no way of expressing who they are, what they do and why the do it. Branding helps organisations to differentiate themselves from their competition, and affords them the ability to create a connection with their audience, something which is vital, especially in a competitive environment.

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Tips for answering common interview questions

23-May-2022 16:08:00 / by Anne Roberts posted in Careers

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If you have a job interview coming up, make sure you’ve prepared answers to common interview questions. While it is likely you’ll be asked more role-specific questions, the below are a great starting point and preparing these answers will help you feel more confident and relaxed going into your interview.

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Does the term 'networking' fill you with dread? These tips will help.

23-May-2022 15:52:00 / by Anne Roberts posted in Careers

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If you’re someone who comes out in a cold sweat when you hear the term ‘networking’, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people find it difficult to strike up a conversation at professional events; even more so given the circumstances of the past two years! However, networking and relationship building is a cornerstone of the insurance industry, so avoiding it will mean you could miss out on some valuable career opportunities. Here are our top tips for getting back out there.

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9 Career Blogs And Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

23-May-2022 13:33:00 / by Anne Roberts posted in Careers

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Career blogs and social media feeds are excellent resources for advice, inspiration, recruitment tips and leadership techniques. We’ve rounded up our 9 favourites for you below.

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The 3 Things To Read Before Your Next Exam

15-May-2022 11:33:00 / by Anne Roberts posted in Study and exams, exams, online exams

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We partner with Irish based company TestReach to deliver your exams. They are experts in the creation, delivery and remote invigilation of computer-based examinations.

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Study advice: How to keep yourself motivated

11-May-2022 09:00:00 / by Anne Roberts posted in Study and exams

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Throughout the semester, it’s easy to let your carefully thought out study plan fall to the back of your mind. Work, family and social priorities can take over, which means you could miss a couple of weeks of valuable study time.

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Game, Set, Pass – How Gamification is Revolutionising Online Education

05-May-2022 16:32:00 / by The Insurance Institute posted in The Insider, digital

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Online learning has exploded in recent years – we are seeing organisations – from world-renowned educational institutions and Universities to global corporations adopting it and, in many cases, choosing it over the traditional learning classroom model. It’s estimated that by 2025, the global EdTech market will be worth $350 Billion and this is backed up by research which shows that students or learners retain 25–60% more information when learning online compared to 8–10% in the classroom.

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Making apprenticeships a talent pipeline.

07-Apr-2022 20:28:50 / by Anne Roberts posted in Careers, Industry Insights, Apprentice

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Last year, The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, outlined its Action Plan for Apprenticeship – a five-year plan which seeks to deliver a modern apprenticeship system that is reflective of Irish society and supports both learners and employers. As part of this, a new National Apprenticeship Office has been set up, so we interviewed Dr. Mary Liz Trant, its Director about the new office, her plans for the year ahead and what she expects the apprenticeship landscape might look like in the next five years.

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Acknowledging those supporting apprentices and ensuring success

25-Mar-2022 13:08:21 / by Anne Roberts posted in Careers, Apprentice

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Commitment and leadership are required in equal measure if you are to be an apprentice employer. It takes the dedication of an entire organisation to make the apprenticeship programme work well, but of course, there is one role that is the most significant – and that’s the apprentice’s Supervisor.

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Recognising success – Celebrating the employers who go over and above

25-Mar-2022 12:34:55 / by Anne Roberts posted in Careers, Apprentice

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At The Insurance Institute, we place an enormous value on recognition and we feel it’s hugely important to recognise and celebrate achievements.

The Apprenticeship Recognition Awards is one such example of this. The awards, which place every December, are devoted to celebrating success amongst apprentice graduates, but also employers – particularly Supervisors who have gone over and above what’s required and who have had a significant impact on the apprentices and their development.

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