Where Will Your Kids Get A Job?;

By: Murdo Macleod

Let's face it.

The job market is getting tougher every day.

Computerization is making many jobs redundant.

The Internet and modern telecommunications have allowed
companies to outsource jobs to third-world countries where
wage costs are much lower.

In fact thousands of jobs have already been shed in the
United Kingdom as several major banks have outsourced their
call center operations to the Indian subcontinent.

Other companies are following suit, sending their back-
office and Information Technology jobs the same way.

This is a major trend that's only going to accelerate.

Have you ever wondered how your kids will get on when it's
time to look for a job?

With the population increasing and with more people
competing for fewer jobs, companies can now pick and choose
from the very best applicants.

But wait a moment....

What do we mean by "the best"?

Whether you like it or not, "best" generally means the best

Employers, of course, have always used academic
qualifications to shortlist job applicants for the interview

But what is emerging now is a reliance on exam results for
even seemingly ordinary jobs.

For example, did you know that the average call center
employee in India is educated to degree level?

Qualifications are becoming more important than ever before.

And while not everyone is a natural-born exam prodigy, there
are steps parents can take to help their kids gain better
exam passes.

Here are 5 tips to get you started:


Make learning enjoyable

We all do things better when we enjoy them, so bring out the
joy of learning for its own sake.

One way to achieve this is by having family discussions
about exam-related topics. Try to inject some drama (or at
least some interest!) into the topic.

Another way is to embrace different technologies outside of
the classroom. The Internet, multimedia CD-ROMs, and TV
services like The Discovery Channel all help to liven up

#2. Develop problem-solving skills

Practicing mental activities like quizzes and crossword
puzzles helps nurture the intellectual problem-solving part
of the brain.

It also develops other important skills like concentration
and creativity.

So get your kids into the habit of solving problems every

Their exam skills will develop naturally, plus they'll be
able to solve problems more easily in the real world outside
of the exam hall.

#3. Encourage the study habit

Who hasn't tried to cram themselves full of information the
night before an important exam?

Unfortunately, that's doing it the hard way.

"A little, often" works much better.

Ensure your kids set aside at least 20 minutes a day for
peaceful study. Every day.

After a few sessions of enjoyable learning, you'll find they
actually look forward to their study period.

#4. Learn exam technique

Studying for exams includes studying exams.

Get hold of some past examination papers - you can buy these
cheaply in most bookstores - and have your kids study the

Exams have a consistent formula, and once you know the
formula, you're halfway to success.

Familiarity also instills confidence - an important quality
when it comes to facing a real exam situation.

#5. Pay for performance

If all else fails, or your kids are having trouble getting
motivated towards a forthcoming exam, try offering them an

(Well they have to learn about "performance-related pay"

You'd be surprised how a little motivation can improve exam

Whichever way you do itScience Articles, try to help your kids get the best
grades they can.

"Qualifications doth not a person make."

But they certainly help when it's time to earn a living.


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