Browsing All posts tagged under »Skills«

Humblebragging….the new black?

September 17, 2015 by

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We all have words we like the sound of or which resonate with us.  Someone I know likes the sound of the words balaclava and ptarmigan ( I know…!) I recently came upon a word I’d never heard before – “humblebragging”. I didn’t think it was a real word but looked it up and there […]

Getting the right start with a Modern Apprenticeship

July 21, 2015 by

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Guest blog by OPITO apprentice, Michael Williamson. Deciding to become an apprentice after leaving school was an easy decision for me because I wanted to get straight into work and learn a trade which I could build a lifelong career on. What I didn’t realise at the time, was just how important a decision I was […]

The changing job market and the need for improved selection…

May 26, 2015 by

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The Aberdeen jobs marketplace has changed dramatically as a result of falling crude oil prices so what does this mean for internal recruiters? When oil prices were high there were fewer active candidates on the market as those with strong experience and skills knew that they could make a few calls and expect to get the […]

Short sight or foresight?

March 4, 2015 by

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The Urquhart Partnership’s Chartered Psychologist, Julie McDonald, shares some of her recruitment and selection “insight”…quite literally… A year ago my world began to look decidedly indistinct and blurry. Colours became muted and I felt like I was looking through opaque glass. I rubbed my eyes, tried eye drops and finally went to the Optician, anxious […]

National Oil & Gas Skills Week

November 5, 2014 by

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As many of you may be aware, UP’s busy and successful recruitment event, Opportunities in Oil and Gas returns to Aberdeen next Thursday as part of OPITO’s National Oil & Gas Skills Week. The whole week sees a number of events being hosted to explore the skills and career pathways within the Oil & Gas industry. […]

Transferable Skills – What About Transferable Behaviours?

March 17, 2014 by

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Julie McDonald, Chartered Psychologist at The Urquhart Partnership explains why we need to start casting our skills net in different ways. The following article was published in the Aberdeen Press & Journal on Friday 14th March 2014: The term “skills shortage” trips off our tongues so often it is fast becoming a cliché. However it is […]

The Aberdeen Skills Shortage

July 20, 2012 by

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It always a popular discussion topic here in Aberdeen – whether it’s a story in the paper or a feature in a business magazine – the area’s Oil & Gas skills shortage is an issue that everyone has a view on. The circumstances are by no means a recent trend; indeed the diminishing recruitment pool […]