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Tailor career advice to disciplines

We have moved away from producing a single, one-size-fits-all, annual career planning guide; we now produce 16 guides, one for each academic school.

This followed discussions with academic personal tutors, which helped us to understand that many were not particularly supported in managing career-related discussions with students. With tutors, we produced a detailed guide focusing on issues, ways to manage discussions and key resources to direct students to. This was very well received – the greater affinity that staff have with these guides has been notable.

This tailored approach also includes employer events and fairs. We do not run a large-scale, all-university careers fair, preferring to organise focused and bespoke events targeted at, for example, pharmacists, nurses and midwives, accountants or sports industry professionals.

Engage employers

Use employers as critical friends as you co-design and co-evaluate your career development approaches.

Meeting with an employer advisory group four times a year has helped us to better understand economies, transition pathways and the complexities of the “graduate market”.

During our two-hour meetings, we consider two different discussion questions. For example, what is the best way to use social media to engage students, how will degree apprenticeships affect hiring practices, and are careers fairs still effective for employers?

It is about trying to bring the world of work closer to students and staff.

Engage with students

Engaging with students on how career development activities might be offered can be challenging, but listening is important. Discussing our support services with our student advisory panel was an important step towards learning how students view different academic subjects, occupations, industrial sectors and work locations, thereby helping us to provide many more bespoke services and resources.

To do this, we created “faculty teams” to develop academic school career plans. Team members include careers advisers, employability advisers, trainers and employer engagement officers, who work with academic programme employability champions and school directors. Plans are reviewed monthly and continuously improved, with the hope that co-development of strategies leads to co-ownership, improved effectiveness and better outcomes.

Take career advice to students

Liverpool John Moores University has a large student community and multiple sites. This led us to reimagine how we offer career support in physical locations. In short, we now provide careers support where students want it and when it suits them.

Our new Student Life Building will soon house a Careers Zone and act as the hub, but smaller branch careers zones will be located in areas with high student footfall. These careers zones currently operate out of campus locations and the library, resulting in many more students accessing career support. It has also helped us to meet more employers because we actively encourage employers to connect with students at the zones.

Not every student will be able to access the careers zones, so we have also created an online “CareersZone24/7” resource as part of an alternative way for students to access resources and also engage in e-guidance discussions with advisers.

Data is a must-have – not a nice-to-have

No review of career development support should overlook data and evidence-based practice.

At LJMU, we collect “career readiness” data from students during the registration process each year. Obtaining early data on individual students about their stage of career decision-making and tracking which career development services they have used complement the exit survey that we conduct with graduates during graduation as well as our destinations data. These data provide essential “in-time” information that allows us to plan interventions via school career plans.

We can track, to individual students, who is engaging and who is not, which allows us to target resources appropriately in discussion with academics.

Graduate destination data has been used to compare universities for some time, but the introduction of the teaching excellence framework metrics around employment means that the need to collect and use data in this area will become even more vital.

As the graduate employment market landscape continues to change, it is imperative to operate strategically, to leverage partnerships and to develop evidence-based practice.

Terry Dray is director of graduate advancement and employer engagement at Liverpool John Moores University.

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Education key to FinTech adoption, HSBC

Millions of people do not trust fingerprint recognition, voice recognition and robo-advice, according to HSBC research. The bank commissioned a study of 12,019 people in Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates, UK, and the US. It found that 80% believe technology makes their lives easier but only 46% trust fingerprint recognition to replace their password. 84% would, however, share their personal data with their bank if it meant getting a better service.

People rely on traditional passwords to confirm their identity (70%) with only a fifth using fingerprint recognition and just 6% voice recognition. They are twice as likely to trust a humanoid robot for heart surgery (14%) as they are to trust one to open a savings account (7%) and only 11% would back any type of robot, including chatbots, to open a savings account or provide mortgage advice. The least understood new technologies are blockchain, robo-advisers, automated investment advice (69%) and finance applications integrated into social media (60%).

24% have not heard of, or do not know what voice activation technology is, despite it being widely available in smartphones. There is a reliance on long established methods of money management with the most common traditional channels including: online banking via a bank website (67%); ATMs (55%); Branch visits (41%).

“Digital technology is rapidly evolving and customers are now able to bank more simply, quickly and in the most secure way possible,” says John Flint, Global Chief Executive of Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC. “While people say they place huge value in the security of their personal data, they do not yet understand that adopting new technologies can help them to protect their information. Our research shows many people do not understand new technologies and so are unable to place trust in them. We have a role to play in building our customers’ knowledge and trust so that they see the value to their lives in adopting a new payments app or the latest biometric security. At HSBC we will continue to adapt as customers’ needs change, to provide banking services on their terms.”

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The Times & The Sunday Times

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South County Adult Day Services showcases improvements at Laguna Woods center

About 250 people attended the South County Adult Day Services open house in Laguna Woods on Friday, May 19.

Though the site at 24260 El Toro Road opened in November, the open house last week came as the center’s services are “in place, intact and fully functional,” said Jim McAleer, president and CEO of Alzheimer’s Orange County.

McAleer’s organization partnered with South County Adult Day Services last year to offer more services to seniors. The center is also open to people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, in addition to those who have a history of strokes.

Since November, McAleer said, some of the improvements include an outfitted gym and the food being served on dishware instead of paper plates.

McAleer said the center’s goal is to “provide a positive environment for seniors with medical needs.”

“We have to provide quality health care and socialization for seniors who need it while giving the family a break,” McAleer said.

Other features at the center, in which about 60 seniors are currently enrolled, include an activity room, quiet room, patio and kitchen area.

The center also offers physical therapy, speech therapy and medical supervision for seniors.

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Ask Amy: Trying to parent an adult daughter





Freeville native Amy Dickinson answers your questions on relationships, family, work and more. Look for a new column every day and send your questions to

Dear Amy:

My daughter has been seriously dating a young man for about the last six years. They are both 25. He is an immigrant/refugee from a war-torn country and has struggled with serious psychological issues relating to his childhood experiences. He recently totaled his car and got a DUI, confirming that he is an alcoholic. He is on probation and cannot drive, so my daughter now often drives him.

I’m quite sure she feels deep compassion and a desire to rescue him. I believe he is a good person with a good heart — and lots of problems. My daughter has a college degree, a good job, lots of talent and potential. She’s moving ahead in her career. She is attending Al-Anon and counseling.

What is a mother to do? I have talked to her about my thoughts and feelings, pointed out the obvious difficulties and heartache being in a relationship with an alcoholic. She asks me to let her heal from this, and she continues to date him. I have been to Al-Anon, and I hired a life coach to help me devise strategies on how to “allow” all of my adult children to be adults.

Why is this so hard for me to do, Amy? I pray a lot. I want to tell my daughter she is dragging around a ball and chain, enabling him, making the biggest mistake of her life, wasting her time, seemingly changing who she is in order to “help” him cope.

I think about the many other successful guys out there who could be so much fun for my daughter to be with. I drive myself crazy thinking about all of this, but I bite my tongue.

Do you have any advice for me on how to let go?

— Distressed Mom

Dear Distressed: Keep this idea in mind: Whenever you attempt to coach your daughter away from this man, what she hears is, “You’re so incapable of making good choices that you require my constant worry, omnipotent help, and guidance.” The harder you push her to leave, the more she will try to prove you wrong by staying. If you stop trying to fix her, she may stop trying to fix him.

It isn’t until you completely detach that she will fully come into her own. And in order to detach you will have to find a way to accept that your daughter may not ever become the version of an adult you insist she must be.

Parenting at this stage is counterintuitive. You must first trust that you did your best as a parent, and then you must accept your adult children as they are. The rest is really up to them.

Dear Amy: I have recently become engaged. I am close to my fiance’s sisters. One of his sisters is six months younger than me, and we have always gotten along.

Recently, she has been really bitter and selfish. She freaks out if any of us don’t drop everything to help her. She threatens to commit suicide and storms out.

My fiance and I have helped her countless times, whether it be with her car, or her two sons, who are 1 and 2.

I want to reconcile with her, but she won’t apologize to anyone, and thinks she has done nothing wrong.

We think she might be bipolar, but again don’t know how to bring this up without upsetting her.

What should I do to help her, and fix her relationship with us?

— Scared for Her

Dear Scared: Any mom of young children who threatens suicide should be considered at high risk. Your fiance’s sister might be suffering from postpartum depression, or high stress. Her family should urge her to get a medical screening because of her alarming behavior. Compassion is called for. You don’t need to give in to her manipulations, but you should express your concern about her well-being. Don’t insist on an apology, just yet.

Dear Amy: The letter from “No Win” concerned an elderly couple where the wife announced that she wanted to move to be near her family.

I think you missed the real problem. This isn’t about equity or fairness. This woman has effectively said: “There’s nothing for me here. I’m leaving and I don’t care what you do.” When a spouse says that, it’s game over.

I spent more than 30 years as a divorce lawyer. I heard that sort of statement many times.

— Experienced

Dear Experienced: I fear you may be right.

You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Dr., Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

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8 Adult Coloring Books That Are Way Better While High

Good news for all the creative types: Coloring is an excellent way to de-stress. Gone are the days when coloring books belonged solely to kids and only showcased cartoon characters and silly days at the beach. Now, there’s an entire market housing an array of adult coloring books that are funny, raunchy, magical, and everything in between.

So pack a bowl of your favorite strain and sharpen your colored pencils. Below, we scoured the internet to bring you some of the best adult coloring books around—especially ones that are best to color while high.

Have a colorful creation of your own? Show us your best high coloring masterpieces in the comments below!

The Stoner’s Coloring Book

This list wouldn’t be complete without the quintessential coloring book dedicated to cannabis lovers. The Stoner’s Coloring Book is made up of psychedelic art created by nine talented artists!

Sweary Coloring Book


If you’ve been having a particularly stressful day and would like to take out some of your frustrations in a non-verbal way, consider the Sweary Coloring Book. Not only will you feel better without having to scream into a pillow, each swear word comes adorned with butterflies, flowers, and animals to further soothe your soul.

The Mindfulness Coloring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People


On the other end of the coloring book spectrum is the Mindfulness Coloring Book. No swear words here—this pocket-sized mindfulness aid easily goes wherever you do. Feeling a bit stressed or weary? Wherever you are, you’re all set.

Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations


This incredible coloring book isn’t for the faint of heart. Each page of Outside the Lines is an explosion of creativity that is perfectly suited for full minds and artistic hands. Packed with illustrations from 100 illustrators, this doorway to a magical wonderland is a great choice for a chill night in.

Unicorns Are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth


Designed by Theo Nicole Lorenz, this hilarious look into the lives of unicorns will keep you laughing for hours. Unicorns Are Jerks is the perfect rebuttal to the unicorn craze that’s swept the nation, so instead of the magical beings emitting a line of sparkles wherever they go, you get to color them in just as they are: terrible jerks. For another laugh-out-loud coloring book, check out Dinosaurs With Jobs by the same artist!

The Art of Nature Coloring Book

Unlike the fantastical illustrations usually seen in coloring books, The Art of Nature Coloring Book boasts realistic yet whimsical images mirroring the art of classic botanists and scientists. Spark up a pre-roll and nab this book full of vintage prints for an endearingly elevated experience.

Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined


If you’re tired of all the nature-forward coloring books, you’ll love a break in Fantastic Cities. This book includes familiar landmarks as well as imaginary scenes of never-ending buildings. If you’re more of a city person, you’ve found a match in this lively book.

The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included.)


For a blast from the past you’ll get a kick out of the very 90s illustrations in The 1990s Coloring Book. Each page brings you back to simpler times full of grunge music and Friends marathons; and don’t worry, it isn’t restricted to “only 90s kids.”

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President Trump’s Budget Proposal Calls For Deep Cuts To Education

Federal budget cuts

Federal budget cuts

President Trump’s full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, to be released Tuesday, calls for a $9.2 billion, or 13.5 percent, spending cut to education. The cuts would be spread across K-12 and aid to higher education, according to documents released by the White House.

White House Proposes Deep Cuts To Safety Nets With 'Taxpayer First' Budget Plan

None of this can be finalized without Congress. And the political track record for Presidents who want to reduce education funding is not promising, even in a far less poisoned atmosphere than the one that hovers over Washington right now.

Student loans

This proposal calls for big changes to federal student aid:

  • The federal government would stop subsidizing the interest on student loans, for a cut of $1 billion in the next fiscal year. This would add thousands of dollars to the cost of college, primarily for low-income graduates.
  • Simplifying student loan repayment plans — a proposal that enjoys broad, bipartisan support. Currently, borrowers have a dizzying array of options: standard repayment (a 10-year term), graduated, extended, pay-as-you-earn, income-based, income-contingent and public service loan forgiveness. Trump’s budget would create just one repayment plan that caps monthly payments at 12.5 percent of discretionary income. For undergraduate borrowers, the balance would be forgiven after 15 years.
  • In the process of that simplification, the budget would phase out the program known as public service loan forgiveness, which erases student loans after 10 years of employment for the government or a qualifying nonprofit. Almost half a million people are enrolled in this program. Those with graduate, not bachelor’s, degrees, have the largest balances, such as teachers, doctors and lawyers.

It’s not yet clear whether the program would be sunset or canceled immediately. The first group of participants was set to have their loans forgiven this coming October.

Another proposal in this budget with broad support: making Pell Grants, which provide tuition aid for low-income students, available year-round. Currently you can only get one in the fall and one in the spring.

Lauren Asher is a college affordability advocate with the Institute for College Access and Success. That group has supported simplifying student loan repayment. However, she says, all told, this budget amounts to, “multiple cuts that will exacerbate student debt by increasing the need to borrow, and increase the cost of repayment for many but not all students.”


Trump Gives Commencement Address; Leaked Education Budget Has Big Cuts

This budget calls for major cuts to Medicaid. This would affect public schools and students in several ways. For both special-needs students, as well as millions of poor students, public schools provide services, from vision screening to speech therapy, to the tune of $4 billion in reimbursements a year, or 1 percent of all Medicaid dollars.

“It does represent quite a bit of money for schools and it’s significant for them in terms of what they’re able to use it for,” says Jessica Schubel of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

School choice

Title I is the biggest K-12 federal education program. It supports high-poverty schools. Under Trump’s budget, regular Title I funding would be flat. And $1 billion more would be dedicated to a new grant program for states that allow poor students to leave neighborhood schools for other public schools, and take that extra money with them. This concept is known as “portability,” or as it’s sometimes known, the “backpack of cash” idea.

It’s controversial, because in practice it means redistributing funds from poorer schools and potentially poorer districts to richer ones.

In addition, $250 million would go to create vouchers for private schools, and $167 million for charter schools.

The administration is also expected to unveil — outside this budget process — a tax credit scholarship program (sometimes called neo-vouchers), as part of tax reform.


Some of the biggest axes would fall on a $2.3 billion program for teacher training and class-size reduction, and a $1.2 billion after-school program, which serves nearly 2 million children, many of them poor.

A $190 million literacy program would also be cut.

What are the chances?

We should note that, though this document has more details than the “budget blueprint” released earlier, nothing becomes law until it passes through Congress.

If history is any guide, budget reductions won’t be so extreme.

The Department of Education was established under President Jimmy Carter. Ronald Reagan is the only president since then to seek a significant cut in its budget.

In fact, Reagan campaigned on a proposal to eliminate the department altogether. Once elected, his initial budget proposal asked for cuts of 20 to 25 percent in elementary and secondary education, among other programs.

But total appropriations for 1981 ended up higher than the year before. Of course, Reagan was dealing with a House and Senate controlled by the opposing party.

Education Budget Cuts, Student Aid Problems And More

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Increased Pension Funding Comes at Expense of Higher Education

Public higher education is paying the price for rising state pension costs, which are contributing to the disinvestment of public universities and colleges, says a new report from think tank The Manhattan Institute.

“Ever-rising pensions and ever-depleting funding for higher education are inextricably linked,” said the report.

The report found that between 2008 and 2015, total state pension expenditures (and liabilities) increased by an average of 61%, while states decreased per-student higher-education spending by an average of 22.4%. It added that state funding for higher education is nearly $10 billion below what it was in 2008, when adjusted for inflation.

It also said that from 2000 to 2016, public universities lost 25% of their state funding per student, while during that same time, tuition and student debt skyrocketed.

The report blames the budget cuts on increased spending on public-worker pensions. Six states saw their pension expenditures rise by more than 100% in that time span: Pennsylvania (172%), Illinois (166%), North Carolina (158%), South Dakota (144%), North Dakota (143%), and Minnesota (106%).

“Forced to adhere to balanced-budget requirements, many state governments have been confronted with tough fiscal choices,” said the report. “One choice that nearly every state has made is to cut funding for higher education.”

The report also says that the bevy of pension reform bills proposed nationwide will not be enough to fix the problem.

“In the wake of the Great Recession, all 50 states enacted pension reforms of some kind, unfortunately, these reforms didn’t go nearly far enough, and pension debt has continued,” said the report, adding that “public-pension reforms will have only a limited impact on state finances for years to come.”

The report attributed the imbalance to the strong legal protection afforded to pension funds that educational institutions are not entitled to. It said that as a result, altering benefit levels for existing employees or those already retired is “difficult, if not impossible,” while the same is not true for public colleges or universities.

“States are in a difficult legal and political position when attempting to rein in pension costs,” said the report, adding that by contrast education funding “is not set by a legally fortified formula, and the possibility of shifting costs to the federal government implicitly incentivizes states to reduce higher-education spending.” 

The report argued that state governments should “reprioritize pension reform” in order to boost higher education “for the good of younger Americans—particularly those from families of modest means—and for the good of the nation’s future economic health.”



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How to talk to children about terrorist attacks

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The attack in Manchester involved many children and young people

News of a terrorist attack is always frightening, but for parents there is the added dilemma of what to say to their children.

Should I shield them from the news? Is it best just to turn the television off? Will the images they see traumatise them? Or should I tell my children exactly what’s happened?

Talk about the news

The advice from professionals is that talking about these issues is better than avoiding them.

Consultant clinical psychologist Emma Citron, who specialises in children and trauma, says families should not shy away from talking about the tragic events in Manchester.

“Give children basic facts, tell them what it is they want to know, ask them what they would like to know and then give them access to that,” she says.

“Support them and comfort them and be there for them, hug them, cry with them if they’re crying, just respond to how they’re responding emotionally.

“Take the lead from them – we need to know what it is they want answers to.”

Should I turn off the television?

While turning off the television and radio might be a natural protective instinct, Dr Bernadka Dubicka from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says shielding children from traumatic events in the news isn’t practical in today’s society.

“Parents can’t shield children from these events completely,” she says. “The reality is that children and young people are bombarded by 24/7 news.”

Dr Dubicka says the most important thing is for parents to be there and to try to help their children manage their emotions.

“Trying to hide the news isn’t helpful because they’ll hear about it elsewhere and parents won’t then be there to take them through it.”

‘Avoid nasty details’

While it’s important to talk about the news, parents should avoid unnecessary detail, adds Ms Citron.

“Avoid nasty details, there’s no need for them, they’re unnecessary.

“You don’t want to be describing the scene, describing the bloodshed, describing what it looked like, showing them images – I would be avoiding all of that, because that can traumatise the child.”

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Ms Citron also advises parents to be firm with older children about how much they read on the internet.

“Tell your young person not to go scouring the internet for all the inside stories, it’s just not necessary – we need to protect our young people as well.”

Helpful phrases

Ms Citron says parents should take the lead from their children in how the conversation develops, but should try to include as many calm and reassuring phrases as possible.

“General comments like, ‘This is a very rare occurrence’, ‘It’s absolutely awful, but thank goodness it’s extremely rare’, and ‘Security is going to be tightened even more’, are really reassuring.

“We don’t want our children feeling afraid to go out, we don’t want them not to grow up to lead normal, happy, healthy, well-adjusted lives.”

If faced with the question, “Could this happen again, mummy?”, Ms Citron recommends telling the truth, but also giving children lots of reassurance about their normal, everyday activities.

“I would be saying, ‘Of course it could’ – and don’t lie about that – ‘But it’s very unlikely, these are very, very rare events and we are sure the police are going to up security even more.

“‘It’ll be absolutely fine to still go to your football or your netball, it’ll be absolutely fine to still go on your scout camp’, or whatever it is they do.

“‘We have to to carry on living our lives in a normal way and not be cowed by these bad people.’”

Will teachers talk about events?

The scale of the Manchester attack and the possibility that affected schools might postpone exams, means the subject will be an inevitable topic of conversation in schools.

“I’d be surprised if schools weren’t giving pupils a chance to talk about the attack,” says Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

“If students want to talk, teachers will let them ask questions and they will be talking to them about how they can look at appropriate, reliable sources for information.”

Mr Barton says schools will also be working hard to emphasise a sense of community cohesion.

“Schools will be wanting to emphasise the sense of community and shared values – they’ll be using every opportunity to celebrate what they have in their own community.”

But, in his 15-year experience as a head teacher, he says schools will be keeping a “business as usual” approach in the wake of this attack, unless they are directly affected.

“Routines are important and can carry people through – they keep a sense of calm purpose.”

How would I know if my child was traumatised?

The signs of trauma depend very much on the individual, however, symptoms to watch for include:

  • child becoming fearful, clingy and anxious
  • bedwetting
  • child becoming preoccupied with thoughts and memories
  • being unable to concentrate
  • becoming irritable and disobedient
  • physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach-aches

If you are concerned about your child and think he or she is traumatised by events in the news, you can approach your GP.

If the problems go on, the doctor may suggest accessing some extra help from the local child and adolescent mental health service (Camhs).

But parents should try not to be overly anxious, as Dr Dubicka says: “The vast majority of young people will cope with this and will be OK.”

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