Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

“Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential and inspirational human beings of all time achieved eternal freedom on the 5th December 2013. A man who not only inspired a nation or continent, he inspired a generation. He was South Africa’s first ever black president and he won over 250 honours including the Noble Peace Prize in 1993, Nelson Mandela changed the world.
He was a man who never gave up, stood up for what he believed in and spent a third of his life in prison because he changed the world, he changed how we think, speak, act. His achievements make him one of the most outstanding figures in the 20th century, a man who will always be remembered.

After serving 27 years in prison for fighting against Apartheid, he was released from prison in 1990. Four years later, he not only became the first black president of South Africa but he was also the first president to be elected in a completely democratic election. He was the man who finally broke down racial barriers in South Africa and brought white and black’s together for the first time ever in South Africa.

Here is a selection of tweets from people across the world, ranging from sportsmen to presidents to musicians. These tweets just show how influential he was to the world and how much he will be missed.

RIP Nelson Mandela. No words to describe the goodness you have brought to this world. Sad to see you go. Inspirational, my only ever hero.

Nelson Mandela may be gone but he certainly will not be forgotten.

“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”

Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013.

My Experience as an Apprentice

Now, I’m sure you all know that stage where you can’t find a job?

Or even the stage where you have had enough of your job and want a new one?


Well that was the position I was in.

When I first worked in retail and yeah it’s okay and everything and a great way of earning some extra money whilst at college, but I was just so bored of leaving college at 3:30 on a weekday then having to be at work 5-9. I know it’s only 4 hours but it’s one of those where you just don’t want to go, the journey there is horrible and that feeling you get just before you walk in, I’m sure you have all experienced that.

Swiftly moving on, I remember coming home and my mom had mentioned starting an apprenticeship and I thought I’d do a little research, anyhow I went to the Sunemployment Roadshow in Edgbaston and the only thing I was interested in was the apprenticeship scheme, I loved the fact that you can get paid for learning. I’ve always stuck by the quote “Find a job you like and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” I have stuck by this quote ever since I came across it. I registered on the apprenticeship website and applied for multiple positions and I had an interview for a graphic design company, I was really happy that I got an interview but something just didn’t feel right at all. I went for the interview and I thought it went really well, but it didn’t as I didn’t get a second interview.

The other apprenticeships I applied for were other graphics design positions and also a social media apprentice. At the time I wasn’t’t really concerned which one I got as I just wanted a change and I wanted something to kick start my career of. I got a screening for the social media position and I was psyched that I got it. Anyway, I had the screening and it went really well, I was nervous but on the other hand I had a really good feeling. I got a call back and they asked me to come for a proper interview, I was over the moon. When the date arrived I went for the interview, turned up nearly half an hour early and you know that feeling where you’re waiting for your interview? Time goes by insanely slow. Moving on, I got a call on the 15th August 2013 and I got the job, the start date was the 19th and I was so happy.

When I started I literally had no idea what social media even meant, all I could think of was Twitter & Facebook… I was wrong… Very wrong. Social media isn’t just ticking boxes it’s a way of doing business.

And to this day I have learnt so much, I have built my LinkedIn profile, generated leads and I even have my own business cards. Now I never would have thought that I would have even had my own business cards let alone my own desk. An apprenticeship has made me understand and even realise the advantages of doing an apprenticeship scheme, referring back to my quote “Find a job you like and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” I don’t work a day in my life, this isn’t a 9-5 job, it’s a lifestyle and I love what I do. I chose this route over university and boy am I glad I did. The difference between university is, at university you pay to learn where as an apprenticeship scheme you get paid to learn…  in an apprentice you get a qualification and an 85% chance that you will stay in employment and also a 64% chance that you will stay with your current employer. Whereas at university you have a 50% chance of getting a job in something that you have a degree in… Now that’s silly… You pay to learn something for 2-4 years at university and you have a 50% chance of getting a job, or you can start an apprentice like I did and not know anything about it all, and you can get paid for it…

That’s why I chose an apprenticeship.

If you would like to follow the path I took, there are 10 social media apprenticeships available now in Birmingham. For more information please click here.

By Luke Priest

5 Tips On Using Social Media To Land That Dream Job [Infographic]

I recently watched ‘The Start Up Kids’, a documentary about young entrepreneurs and their journeys to evolving their companies. There was one guy that stood out to me, Brian Wong.

He is one of the founders of ‘Kiip’ a mobile network in which you can gain real rewards for virtual achievements.

He is also the youngest person ever to receive venture capital funding, beating Mark Zuckerberg by a year! In his interview he says how he started off by emailing and how with the use of this was able to reach the unreachable. Wong got the attention of people who without social platforms would not have been able to get in contact with and through hard work and dedication, Wong eventually got offered a job. I think this just goes to show the importance of social media.

Did you know 94% of recruiters rely on social media for their process? In this day and age, it is vital whether we are contacting old friends or reaching out for that new golden opportunity, the world is now at your fingertips. As Wong said, ‘This is the Culture of Listening’ with this in mind Wong has inspired me to share with you my top 5 tips on using social media to land that dream job.


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By Heather Wong

Inspirational people: Malala audience at South & City College Birmingham

[Meet Malala tomorrow 26th October at South and City College Birmingham]

MalalaToday, we won’t talk about Social Media, instead we would like to share with you a story on one very inspirational young girl.

One year ago the devastating story of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai broke as she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen. Her “crime”, standing up for women’s rights.

The news took the world by storm bringing everyone into the light of the current situation in India and how women are valued.

Malala arrived Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on the 15th October 2012 and after going through extensive surgery involving a titanium plate in her skull and an operation to reattach a facial nerve, Malala survived and has gone on to meet some of the most famous people in the world, United States Of America president Barack Obama being one of them.

obamalalaMalala anonymously wrote a BBC blog about life under the Taliban in 2009, but her name became globally known after her identity was revealed in TV interviews and a documentary in 2010.

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, also named one of Time magazine’s most influential people now lives in Birmingham, and attends Edgbaston High School For Girls where she is considered a heroine, being labeled “courageous” and “brave” by her classmates.

Malala will be coming to South and City College Birmingham tomorrow 26th October, to give inspiration to all students, boys and girls. As we work very closely with SCCB we are really looking forward to welcoming her into the college, sharing her stories and experiences she has envisaged since her tragic story began.

  • When: Saturday 26 October 2013-10-23
  • Time: 12:15 arrival for 1pm start
  • Where: South and City College Birmingham, Digbeth Campus, High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B5 5SU. (The Digbeth Campus is only a short walk from the City Centre and Moor Street and New Street train stations).
  • How much: FREE (Register here)
  • + Info: SCCB