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Why (free) online courses are awesome?

The increasing cost of higher education is leading people to find more affordable alternatives, and thanks to technology and globalisation, the ways of studying and keeping ourselves up-to-date have been expanding day-by-day bringing solutions on distance learning such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Don’t spend fortunes anymore, and  study from wherever you prefer

MOOCs represent an easy model to delivering learning content online to any person who wants to learn about different topics, giving the opportunity to study anywhere, at any time. Thousands of students worldwide have the chance to connect at the same course, and learn from qualified tutors with interactive methods such as video-lectures, quizzes, assessments, online forums, and more – depending on which MOOC you have chosen.

The online courses offered by MOOCs, provide you with a structure where you can expect to be as effective as face–to–face courses. Most MOOCs have start dates and end dates and are accessible only during that time, so you might have deadlines to deliver your assignments.

If you are keen to learn something new, or refresh your knowledge, check it out the top MOOCs providers in the market:

COURSERA

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Classes start regularly and are available in a wide breadth of subjects and many courses offer a certificate signed by the instructor or a certificate from the sponsoring university.

UDEMY

Today, 3 million students in 190 countries are taking online courses on Udemy which offers more than 16,000 courses, some are free others are paid. Udemy offers MOOCs on just about every subject allowing anyone to build a course, so quality varies.

UDACITY

Udacity is a unique collection of MOOCs, mostly related to computers science, artificial intelligence and robotics. Learners are encouraged to progress by solving problems and completing projects.

EDX

Edx combines the power of top universities to offer interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Many of the initial offerings focused on science and technology topics.

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10 amazing items from unusual shops

You probably know already the best tourist attractions including a list containing tons of must-see shops to go and shop till you have no money left, right? Wicked! Officially: “Welcome to London.”

Fortunately we love diversity and uniqueness, so what you will see in this article is a very special wishlist made for those looking for unusual and special shops throughout the city.

Click here to see our wishlist

How to get THE perfect job?

United Kingdom unemployment rate decreased to 6.6% in the first three months of 2014. Especially in London, the job market has nearly ten times more vacancies than other UK cities with 25,000 Londoners employed between October and December 2013.

Different reasons encourage people to seek a new job, switch careers, or consider a new move. Apart from a positive scenario, what most people forget about is how to be fully prepared to win job search competition. With hundreds of candidates applying for the same vacancy, it becomes crucial to stand out from the crowd.

TLS recruitment department has pointed out how to have the essential preparation when looking for a dream job. “Not only in UK and Spain, but also in international markets some common mistakes are still key factor when deciding who is the right candidate,” said our HR Recruitment Manager.

CV: Keep it simple

Clearly there is no “right or wrong” when writing your CV, but you should be able to concentrate all information in two pages at most. Create a resume showing at a glance your qualifications, skills, and suitability for positions you are applying for.

CV formats also vary and could be very advantageous if you create a video, PowerPoint presentation, or use a professional website (e.g Behance, DevianArt, About.me, etc) to support your standard “Word CV”.

Golden rule: never lie or try to show off too much

Don’t be afraid, cover letters are cool

Your covering letter should be a supporting document not a copy of your CV; neither have a generic content on it, nor address to the wrong person. When writing your covering letter bear in mind the following aspects:

  • Mention the position you are applying for and how did you hear about the company/vacancy
  • Outline why you are suitable for the role, trying to match with any of your previous experiences
  • Explain why do you want to work for that company and make yourself available to discuss your qualifications in detail

Golden rule: fully understand job requirements before creating a tailor made covering letter

Use keywords but don’t be a superhero

Recruiters receive tons of CVs, so use keywords they are looking for – you know it by reading company’s job spec – avoiding overusing it. Don’t exaggerate.

Golden rule: double check grammar mistakes in your CV before sending it

Be prepared and do your homework

Even though it sounds cliché, it’s a fact that most candidates don’t research about company’s profile and background. Once you are the one knowing more about the company compared to other candidates, it will show interest to recruiters. By doing it, you are not just preparing yourself for the interview but you can also find out if this is the right company for you. Oh, and don’t forget – please – to study your own CV; last thing you need is demonstrate that you are not prepared to talk about your own professional background.

Golden rule: at face-to-face interviews consider your main accomplishments during your career trying to show how it can bring value to the company

Be different

Ask questions, be proud of what you have accomplished in your career so far, dress to impress, and be inquisitive, creating a dialogue that allows you to show your personality and skills in more detail.

Golden rule: follow up your interview with a brief courtesy/thank you email confirming your interest

Curious facts about English

According British Council, English is spoken as a first language by around 375 million people. For those speaking English as a foreign language, numbers increase to an impressive mark of around 750 million.

It’s the main language of international competitions, academic conferences, books, advertising, and important everyday affairs.

But what about curious facts that we don’t, necessarily, need to know or teachers don’t teach at school? Check it out what we have found:

Curious facts about English

 

If you are curious to see even more, check some great websites like Rense, Say it in English and Oxford University Press

Are you a true Londoner?

Newcomers probably will not score high, but for those living in London for more than 6 months, we dare you to complete this quiz and see if you could be considered as a true Londoner, knowing ins and outs about this lovely city, its tricks, famous places and memorable dates.

Ready?

1) Click on the image below to answer the questions.

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2) Click here to see the results

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Share with us your score!

2014 World Cup: Support your team

After sixty four years, the 20th FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. With twelve host cities of the five regions of Brazil, thirty two top teams from all five continents will confront each other in pursuit of a single goal, to be known as the best team on the planet.

Only eight teams have won the World Cup across the years including Brazil, the greatest world champion with five titles who will be hopeful of lifting the trophy again. But other surprises could come as well; Spain and Germany are strong bets.

Where to watch the matches?

Nothing has yet been confirmed, but it’s likely that main spots such as Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square or Victoria Park will screen the big games – fingers crossed!

Although the tournament will be also be screened on terrestrial TV – BBC and ITV – we have created a list of places willing to provide you with a mini-world-cup environment to support the favourite teams. Fancy beer bets, a mini-carnival or a food festival?

So answer the question:

Which club are you supporting? 

I am supporting…

1. BRAZIL

Where to watch: Guanabara

Brazilian food, Brazilian Music and Brazilian football. Guanabara will be screening every Brazil match and most England matches, re-creating a Brazilian carnival spirit with live entertainment from samba dancers, capoeira performers, football freestylers, and other Brazilian entertainment- with 6 large screens & 2 60’ LED screens projecting all the action and amazing surround sound Guanabara promises to be one of the best places in town to enjoy the World Cup this side of Rio.

2. GERMANY

Where to watch: Bavarian Beerhouse

Football nights, with matches shown on giant screens, with Steins of German beers and generous plates of Sausages and Pork Shanks served by charming Fräuleins. Just to show that Germans are also supporting English football, Bavarian Beerhouse will run a 5 -1 beer promotion, if England reaches the World Cup final.

3. ITALY

Where to watch: Bar Italia – http://www.baritaliasoho.co.uk/

This lovely bar is a fantastic social centre for the Italian community. Watch the world cup while you enjoy the best caffe’ espresso in London!

4. PORTUGAL

Where to watch: Estrela pub 

Stockwell has long been the capital’s Little Portugal, and this charming local bar is the community’s hub. An authentic Portuguese bar, as proven by the predominantly Portuguese clientele. (They will show matches until midnight)

5. SPAIN

Where to watch: Camino Kings Cross branch

Capturing the real essence of Spain was always the aim (and still is!).

6. ENGLAND and all the other teams (pubs/restaurants with particular entertainment during the World Cup)

Where to watch: Jetlag Bar

There is food and drink from participating countries with a special emphasis on their signature menu of international street food and craft beer. From the coxinhas (Brazilian pastry with chicken, cream cheese, jalapeno in pastry with breadcrumbs) to Choripan (Argentinian hot dog with Chorizo sausage and chimmichurri sauce) you can support your team with the finest food from home and abroad. They serve only premium craft beers and cocktails from Around the World so the adventurous can tickle their taste buds with a host of hops and fine spirits. Specialist cocktails include the Boris’ Breakfast, vanilla vodka shaken with strawberries and fresh lemon juice and the Ipanema Thong, a delightful concoction of Cachaça, chambord and fresh blackberries.

Where to watch: The Grand

The biggest screen in the UK for live matches. It seems that their mantra is “bigger is better” because the screen measures in at 24×15 feet!

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City Battle: London x Paris

Did you know that Napoleon III wanted to give the Parisians, particularly those in the outer neighbourhoods, access to green space for recreation and relaxation? He was inspired by Hyde Park in London, which he had often visited when he was in exile there.

London? Paris? It really doesn’t matter once both cities boast some of the most recognisable attractions in the world without a shadow of a doubt (not to mention architecture and cuisine) – and here at TLS we really love both because of its particularities.

We’ve decided to condense all of this into a lovely infographic so you can check it out by yourself.

Let the battle commence!

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