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RECRUITMENT TRENDS 2018 | Morson's Head of Professional Services, Ben Fitzgerald, and Talent Acquisition Partner, Kirsty Wilson, give us the lowdown on this years recruitment trends...

Morson have been matching the best candidates with the best jobs for nearly 50 years, giving us unparalleled experience when it comes to giving great career advice. 

Whether you are actively looking for an opportunity, wanting to push yourself to the next level or are just starting out on your career journey, Morson recruitment teams are on hand to support you through your job search.

Check out our selection of career top tips below, visit our YouTube channel for career advice from our experts or get in touch for help from a specialist. 


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    Our Christmas Job Hunt Playlist

    It’s nearly Christmas, we’re starting to wind down, it’s no time for a job hunt right? Wrong! Get ahead of the competition and start your search for a new career before the new year. Need motivation? Here’s our Christmas job hunt playlist, guaranteed to motivate you and keep your Christmas spirit high throughout your recruitment journey this festive season… 1. Motivation Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year to get your job search on track. Many people overlook December as an opportunity to further their career, preferring to concentrate on the festivities and leave job searching until the new year. However, believe in yourself, if ‘all you want for Christmas is’ that perfect job tis’ the season to capitalise on less competition and get applying. 2. Update your CV Mr Clause makes a point of making a list and checking it twice. Like Santa, you can’t afford to make mistakes so ensure your CV is up-to-date. There’s no point sending one which isn’t representative of your current skills or abilities and contains grammatical errors – all of which put off potential employers. 3. Search and apply for jobs I know you’re thinking, please ‘let it snow’, anything to avoid the job applying process. But it’s time to face unafraid, the plans that we’ve made and start to click send on those applications – get the ball rolling. From the wise words of the Backstreet Boys… ‘I’ve been away too long, but now I’m back’. 4. Interview “Hallelujah” you have an interview! Now before you start panicking, try and remember it’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid, don’t let those interview nerves get the better of you. The main things are preparation and positivity – it’s all good experience in the long run. For more advice, check out our top interview tips > 5. Feedback It’s good news. You’re now walking in the air. Well done to you, you deserve it. There’s no reason why you can’t have yourself a merry little Christmas and let the festivities begin. It’s bad news. Thinking it’ll be a blue Christmas? Well, let it go and put it behind you. You did you’re best and it’s all good experience for future interviews. Try and get feedback to know where you might have gone wrong. But, most importantly, don’t forget there’s always tomorrow, for dreams to come true, tomorrow is not far away. Don’t give up yet, it will happen for you. If you think you’re ready for a career change this festive season, search the opportunities at Morson today.

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    Christmas Office Etiquette as Told by our Favourite TV Shows

    To ensure a happy and productive work environment, it’s essential to follow the unwritten rules of Christmas office etiquette. Doing the opposite can be bad for business (and Christmas spirit). Here are a few reminders of what to do and not do in the office this festive season from some of our favourite shows: 1. Don’t eat someone else’s food. ‘That festive sandwich was the only good thing going on in my life’ – Ross Geller, Friends It’s not big, it’s not clever. Colleagues eating other people’s food is the UK’s no.1 office bugbear, guaranteed to foster sour grapes and tense atmospheres. Ross’s reaction is perfectly understandable, especially when we find out that it’s his boss who ate his sandwich. No matter your seniority, if it’s labelled don’t eat it. To add insult to injury, he threw half of it in the bin, moist maker and all! Argh! The injustice! ​ 2. Do keep secret Santa … a secret ‘So Phyliss is basically saying, hey Michael, I only care about you a homemade oven mitt’s worth … I gave Ryan an iPod’ – Michael Scott, The US Office Ranking high on the list of terrible workplace ideas if office secret Santa. It’s the time of the year where colleagues awkwardly give and receive gifts they don’t like from people they barely know. As shown by Michael Scott, secret Santa gifts are well-intentioned but the odds of a recipient actually liking, needing or not being mildly offended by the gift are slim. Your workplace secret Santa won’t be a dramatic as a sit-com but hey, avoid the awkwardness and keep it quiet. 3. Don’t force Christmas on your co-workers ‘Every year I give Leslie the same Christmas gift I give everyone, a crisp $20 bill. And every year she gives me something thoughtful and personal. It makes me furious’ – Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation ​ Like Ron Swanson, not everyone is a Christmas fan. By forcing festivities on those who don’t want to get involved you can inadvertently alienate people. Keep in mind that not everyone celebrates the same holidays and even those who do might not celebrate them in the same ways. Don’t push people to celebrate in ways they’re not comfortable with. 4. Do remember those who work over Christmas ‘Statistically Christmas Eve is one of the worst nights to be on call’ – JD, Scrubs ​All over the world, people work over the festive period. In the UK alone 900,000 people work on Christmas Day, a jump of 5 per cent over the past three years. From emergency response workers to chefs and vicars to railway engineers, take time to appreciate and reflect on those who keep the country running over the festive period. Bosses, co-workers and HR representatives, what’s your experience with Christmas office etiquette offenders? Let us know on Twitter @Morsongroup with the hashtag #XmasOfficeEtiquette.

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    Christmas Quiz – Which Character Are You?

    Are you a leader like Santa, an inventor like Kevin McAlister or a go-getter like John McClane? Take the quiz to discover your Christmas personality type and your perfect job type. There’s Buddy The Elf, Jack Frost, John McLane, Kevin McAlister and Santa Claus. Tweet us @MorsonGroup to let us know which character you are #HolidayHub … ​

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    Morson Partner with EngineeringUK to Deliver Inspiring Social Mobility Event

    Morson was proud to partner with Engineering UK and the University of Salford at the latest Engineering Connections ‘Spotlight on Social Mobility’ event this week. The event sought to explore why individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are underrepresented in engineering occupations, making up just 24% of the workforce. EngineeringUK’s first event out of London was a huge success, featuring talks from leading experts in the field of social mobility (including Morson’s own Andy Robinson and Gerry Mason Scholar Muhtaba Ghulam) and interesting debate which could have carried on well into the afternoon. Hosted by Mark Tittering, CEO of EngineeringUK, the speakers included: Dr Lindsay Richards, Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College Andy Robinson, Training Support Manager at Morson Vital Training Phil East, CEO Salford Foundation Mujtaba Ghulam, Engineering Student at the University of Salford Andy from Morson Vital Training passionately spoke of the work that he himself and Morson as a wider group undertake to support social mobility. As the lead for the level 2 rail engineering apprenticeship programme, Andy plays an instrumental role in the development and continuous improvement of young people through apprenticeships. With a background in education, he also outlined his work in schools as an Enterprise Advisor with GMCA, where he works closely with the schools to improve their careers provision. Stressing the importance of engaging with children who may have limited aspirations due to the communities they live in, Andy outlined that it is within schools where most impact can be made. By making them aware of the opportunities available and providing them with routes to employment and role models to look up to, Andy aims to build the next generation of engaged and motivated professionals. In one such activity, Morson Vital Training hosted the Girls Network, for a #careersontrack event where students from St Ambrose School visited their rail training facility in Salford. The year 10 and 12 pupils from St Ambrose spent an afternoon gaining practical experience of rail safety and skills and exploring opportunities in engineering. Positively, many of the girls came away from the event considering apprenticeships in the engineering world. For many, the event ‘opened their eyes’ to engineering and for one pupil the event has spurred her on to realising her dream to become a construction engineer and encourage more women into the profession. Read more about this initiative here. Andy also discussed our target to double the number of female contractors by 2020 and being part of the 5% club charter where we strive to get 5% of our workforce in ‘earn and learn’ positions within five years of joining. He also spoke about the work that Morson do to support the Armed Forces, having recruited 1,220 ex-forces personnel in the last 12 months. We heard from Mujtaba, an engineering student at the University of Salford who explained how the Gerry Mason Scholarship, part of a pledge of £270,000 which enables talented young people who would otherwise be deterred from university because of costs, to pursue an engineering degree, has given him the opportunity to achieve his dream of becoming a Chartered Engineer. Reflecting on the event, Andy said: “It was a pleasure to attend and be a speaker at the EngineeringUK event on Social Mobility. The wide spectrum of organisations represented demonstrate there is a real appetite in industry at the moment to make the difference and help people from all walks of life reach their potential, whilst securing engineering infrastructure projects for years to come.” If you would like to learn more about Morson’s Apprenticeship programme, click here. Or, to read more about our charity involvement, click here.

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    How to Stand Out from The Crowd in an Interview by Saying the Same Thing Differently

    Ensuring you stand out from the crowd when applying for a job is difficult. You write what you think the hiring manager wants to read on your CV, you prep answers for the interview all based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear but you can’t help but wonder “have they heard all of this before?”. The simple answer is yes, and a lot of the time that is ok. But if you really want to make sure you give yourself the best chance possible at securing your next job, read on to find out how to stand out from the crowd by saying the same thing slightly different… Question: “What makes you unique?” Answer: Here you need to consider what the employer will find valuable, so you should try to identify a feature that distinguishes you from all other applicants. One of the most convincing reasons to hire someone is because you believe that person will solve a problem. So, during the interview, your goal should be to prove that you’re the perfect person to help the company overcome a challenge it’s currently facing. If you can do that, you’ll definitely stand out. Question: “Tell me about yourself?” Answer: In most cases, when faced with this question a candidate will launch into reading their bio which they have rehearsed down to the very last gasp of breath. This is your opportunity to tell your story and the great thing for you is that our brains are wired to remember stories. You have the opportunity to tell the interviewer how you decided on your current career and why you want this job whilst demonstrating your passion for your work and the company. If you don’t have experience in that... Answer: If an interviewer asks you about your experience in a particular area and you haven’t got any experience, then be honest. If the hiring manager knows their stuff they will be able to read between the lines to know if you’re telling the truth anyway. The best way to answer is to turn the question on its head and say that you don’t have experience, however, you are always up for learning new skills and that you’re a quick learner. This shows drive, passion and determination but most of all, they will appreciate your honesty. If you’re trying to convey that you’re creative… Answer: The chances are almost every candidate will mention that they are creative and quick to think up new ideas, especially when its relevant to the role that you are applying for. Unfortunately, with so many people using the same word, no matter how accurate it is to your personality, it loses its originality. To truly convey your creativity, you should give real-life examples of the things you do in your daily life. By sharing how you engage with the world around you both in work and out of work, you’re giving the interviewer a lot more to go off. For more career advice, including how to work with recruiters and top interview tips, visit our candidate hub. Or, to view the latest opportunities at Morson, click here.

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    How to become a... Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation Engineer

    There are great plumbing, heating and ventilation engineer jobs in the UK construction industry. Read on to find out more about the skills you’ll need and discover whether it’s the right fit for you. RATES £18-40k dependent on experience HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS City & Guilds 6189, 6188, NVQ ​ What do plumbing, heating and ventilation engineer jobs involve? Plumbing, heating and ventilation is an integral part of modern building, both in the residential and commercial sector. As well as commonplace hot and cold water-supplies and heating and air-conditioning systems, there are many industrial applications that require the installation of specialised plumbing and ducting networks. Here are some of the most common job descriptions and a brief outline of the kind of work they entail: Domestic heating installer – Fitting central heating systems in dwellings Service engineer – planning and carrying out routine maintenance and repairs Heating installer – Fitting heating equipment and pipework Ducting installer – Fitting ductwork and ventilation systems Commissioning engineer – Ensuring systems meet design specification Control engineer – Designing and installing the control panels to operate and adjust heating systems What is a plumber and heating and ventilation engineer’s salary? Average salaries vary according to location, and from employer to employer. Starting pay is in the region of £18,000 per year, rising to £40,000 for skilled practitioners with the necessary accreditation. Self-employed plumbing and heating engineers can set their own rates. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? You’ll need to take a college course in a subject like heating and ventilation, plumbing, building services or mechanical engineering. And you may find it very useful to have a driving licence. Plumbing and heating engineers work in an increasingly technical discipline. You’ll need to be able to interpret technical drawings and apply problem-solving skills. A good grasp of mathematics is essential to make accurate measurements, calculate quantities of materials and to gauge the capacities of systems. You’ll need to be confident operating cutting equipment and blowtorches for brazing and soldering pipework. By law, you need special qualifications and accreditations to work on gas and electrical supplies. What qualifications do I need? For domestic plumbing and heating engineers, the City and Guilds Plumbing and Domestic Heating Course (6189) covers all the essential skills for installing and maintaining hot and cold water systems, central heating, sanitation systems and environmental technologies. The certificate includes the elements of gas safety required by law. In addition, there are NVQ Level 2 Diplomas covering Domestic Plumbing, Heating and Maintenance. The Level 3 NVQ Diploma (City and Guilds 6188) allows you to train as a Heating and Ventilation Engineer (HVAC Engineer). You’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a building site. What are the hours and conditions? You’ll typically work a 40-hour week, Monday to Friday. However, there are often opportunities for overtime or ‘emergency’ work out of hours, carrying premium rates of pay. Dawn-starts are the norm for site-workers. You may work in all types of buildings and construction sites, often operating in cramped spaces and sometimes working at height. Career progression Because of the broad base of technical knowledge and strong emphasis on problem-solving and task management, plumbers and heating engineers often graduate into areas of site and project management. In addition, there are attractive opportunities in technical sales. Areas of specialism There is considerable scope for specialism in areas like renewable energy heating systems. Technical knowledge is required to install and maintain solar panels or ground source heat pumps and ensure that systems are as efficient as possible. There are numerous opportunities for specialists in particular applications such as industrial refrigeration, refining and brewing. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Sale Sharks Business Club to Put Mental Health in the Spotlight with Morson

    Sale Sharks and Morson are proud to present a unique Business Club event exploring mental health in sport and business, featuring one of Sale's star players and two very special guests from the world of boxing. Marland Yarde, Manchester-born Anthony 'Million Dollar' Crolla, and former professional boxer Kieran Farrell, will be joined on stage by Sale Sharks Commercial Director Mark Cueto for a panel-style discussion this Friday, November 23, between 1pm and 3pm. Back in 2012, the two boxers, who were close friends at the time, met in the ring for a championship bout where Farrell suffered a life-threatening brain injury. He was forced to retire from the sport at the age of just 22. Both fighters have admitted struggling to come to terms with what happened and didn't see each other for a long time after the fight, with Crolla describing it as 'the darkest moment of his life'. As part of this special Business Club event, the two boxers will come face to face again at the Morson Group offices in Salford to talk about their experiences since that day. Marland Yarde, who had been in impressive form this season, suffered a serious injury when he dislocated his left knee and ruptured his MCL and ACL ligaments against Newcastle Falcons last month. The injury put a stop to his hopes of breaking into the England squad, but he’s currently on the comeback trail and will talk at the event about how he’s continuing to stay positive and aiming come back stronger and better. "We're really privileged to have Anthony, Kieran and Marland joining us for our Business Club event,” said Mark Cueto, Commercial Director at Sale Sharks. "The story of the fight between Anthony and Kieran is one that so many people in the world of sport will remember well, and to have both men with us to talk about that night and the impact it has had on them and their careers will be fascinating to hear. “Equally, Marland is dealing with a really serious injury at the moment and as a professional athlete, that can be really hard to come to terms with. He’s been really positive about his recovery though, so I think the audience will be really keen to hear more from him and how he’s working towards his comeback, both physically and mentally. "We always aim to provide something unique with our Business Club events and I think this event definitely lives up to that. It's one not to be missed!" For more information about this event, please email Georgina.Ragan@salesharks.com If you'd like more information about becoming a member of the Sale Sharks Business Club, visit https://www.salesharks.com/tickets-hospitality/packages/business-club/ Earlier this year Morson produced a whitepaper exploring mental health in the workplace with Sale Shark's 'Balls To That' programme, get your copy here https://www.morson.com/tackling-mental-health

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    4 Ways to Start Your Cover Letter with a Bang

    Imagine having to read hundreds of cover letters every day, all starting with the same “To whom this may concern, I wish to apply for X position at your company…”, would you really take all the information in on every single one? The introduction of “one-click apply” and technology that enables you to apply for roles using social media has limited the importance of cover letters but if your CV or connections aren’t enough to get you through the door, your cover letter could be. So, if you really want to get noticed, you’ve got to start right off the bat with something that grabs the reader’s attention. Read on to find out how to do just that… Start with humour or creativity So, the first idea comes with a big disclaimer, to use this tip you need to do your research and know your audience. Find out more about the company, if it’s cool and quirky, go for it. If you sense a more professional vibe then maybe use one of the ideas below. This is a great way to grab the reader’s attention and leave them wanting to know more. You could start with a joke about how you came about finding the role that you are applying for or maybe a joke about your application could work well. Share a surprise After reading so many cover letters, hiring managers can almost predict what the next one is going to say so in simple terms, don’t let them do this! Share a surprising stat, fact or even an unusual skill or quality you may have that they don’t already know is a good way to open with a bang. Employers love to see numbers and so always try to quantify it as much as you can, it’s a lot more powerful. Start with an accomplishment Starting with an accomplishment gives you the best opportunity to show off your skills. Have you implemented a new process? Directly contributed to your company’s bottom line? Even if you haven’t got any impressive numbers to share, you could use some positive feedback to demonstrate your skills. Share some news Have you done your research? Then use it! If you have researched the company and found out an interesting fact or a piece of the latest news from their company then open your cover letter with it to show you have done your research. If you would like some more tips on how you can secure your dream job, check out our candidate hub where you will find everything from how to write your CV to how to work with recruiters.

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    How to become an Electrician

    There are excellent opportunities in the UK construction industry for electrician jobs at all levels, thanks to steady investment in infrastructure and many high-profile projects. Read on to find out more about the skills you’ll need and to discover whether a career as an electrician is the right fit for you. RATES £14-36k dependent on experience HOT SPOTS Hinkley Point C / HS2 QUALIFICATIONS NVQ, City & Guilds, ECS What do electrician jobs involve? As an electrician, you’ll be responsible for installing, inspecting and testing electrical equipment, to ensure that everything works correctly. You’ll also be responsible for making sure strict safety regulations are adhered to and that all equipment operates safely. Through rigorous testing and inspections, you’ll need to identify and repair anything that isn’t up to scratch. Electricians are needed on sites of all shapes and sizes, meaning you could be working on anything from bringing power to people’s homes to assisting on huge engineering projects. You could also be involved in technology-focussed projects, like fitting fibre optic cables, or renewable energy projects, such as photovoltaic systems and wind turbines. What is an electrician’s salary? Your salary as an electrician can vary, depending on the size, location and scope of the project you’re working on, as well as from one employer to the next. At the start of your career you can expect to earn between £14,000 and £19,000 per year. As you gain more experience and progress, you can see this increase up to between £30,000 and £36,000 per year. Overtime and extra shifts give you an opportunity to boost your earnings. If you decide to become self-employed you can set your own rates. These figures are intended as a guideline only. What skills do I need? In electrician jobs, it’s important to have good practical skills, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. You’ll need excellent attention to detail and the ability to understand and follow complex technical drawings and plans. Working with electricity can be dangerous, so you’ll need the ability to work carefully, precisely and safely, ensuring proper procedures are followed. You’ll also need good organisational and problem-solving skills. What qualifications do I need? There are a number of routes you can take if you wish to have a career as an electrician. Apprenticeships are a popular option, allowing you to train and study, all while earning a wage. To gain entry to an apprenticeship scheme you’d usually need at least four GCSEs of grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science. During an apprenticeship, you would study towards an Electrical NVQ Level 3. It’s also possible to study towards this if you’re not completing an apprenticeship. Alternatively, you could complete the City & Guilds Electrical and Electronic Engineering (8030) course. If you want to work on a construction site, you may also need to apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) competency card, specifically the ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) card. What are the hours and conditions? You’ll usually work between 30 to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. However, some shift work may be required and you may also need to work overtime on evenings and weekends, as and when project deadlines dictate. This overtime gives you an opportunity to boost your earnings. There is a high likelihood of some travel between jobs, as well as time spent away from home. You need to be prepared to work both indoors and outdoors, often in cramp conditions or at heights. Career progression With the right training, experience and qualifications, you could progress into a supervisor or management role. Alternatively, you could decide to become self-employed, or even to set up your own business, employing other electricians. Areas of specialism There are a number of areas you can specialise in as you move through your career. Installation electricians install power, lighting, security and data-network systems into buildings, while maintenance electricians focus on inspecting systems to make sure they’re working safely and correctly. To search for opportunities across the sector click here. Or, browse our dedicated HS2 and Hinkley Point C pages for more information.

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    Could Robots be the Key to Eliminating Unconscious Bias in Recruitment?

    Recent studies reveal that there is still a considerable way to go to eliminating gender bias from the recruitment process, especially in the engineering sector. According to the latest figures from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), only 11% of the UK’s engineering workforce is female. Both women and men who study Engineering and Technology express similar levels of intent to work in the industry, however, 66.2% of men and only 47.4% of women went on to work in engineering and technology in 2011. Launched earlier this month, a robot called Furhat has set out on a mission to try and combat this issue. Advanced technology enables him to communicate with humans by listening, speaking, showing emotions and participating in conversations. The market-ready robot has been designed to create an intuitive, human-like and engage experience making the way that people interact with technology much more natural. (Image sourced via furhatrobotics.com) In an interview for Recruiter Magazine, Samer Al Moubayed, CEO of furhatrobotics.com said: "We know that about 70% of interviews for jobs are biased, bias comes from the state of mind of the recruiter when they enter the interview. So potentially the appearance, the age and the background, dialect, accent of the job candidate – things that we know shouldn’t be taken into account in an interview process but with humans are naturally biased. We’re trying to explore this exact question of how a robot can contribute to this area." It is believed that the technology firm is exploring the use of Furhat to complete competency-based interviews in the initial stages of the recruitment process. He will be able to ask the questions and then collect all the data to be able to pass on to a specialist recruiter to review, therefore removing the unconscious bias at the beginning of the recruitment process. Samer added: “The goals of the project are really global, the first language this system is going to cover is Swedish but we’re going to roll out English quite early in the process. The goal is to see if this can be turned into a product for staffing companies in Sweden and globally.” Watch the video below to find out more about Furhat. (Video sourced via furhatrobotics.com) Ready to progress your career? Click here to search Morson jobs

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    Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Office Christmas Party

    We all know the work Christmas party is a great chance to let your hair down, get to know your colleagues and enjoy the festivities before it’s back to work. However, for many employees, the idea of spending an evening with the same people they make chitchat with over brewing tea in the kitchen is a daunting prospect, especially if it involves karaoke, fancy dress or god forbid, a magician. Therefore, with every office having its own work Christmas party folklore, how do you keep your professional reputation intact whilst having a good time with your colleagues? Here are our top 10 tips on surviving your work Christmas party… 1. Make an effort It’s all too easy to make your excuses and not go but attending events like this is detrimental to building good relationships at work which as a result, will have a positive effect on your work too! 2. Don’t go crazy That means, don’t drink too much and refrain from doing anything you might regret in the morning. It’s still a work-related party so who knows who’s watching over you. 3. Dress appropriately Just make sure you know what the dress code is, if there’s a theme, try your best to follow it because it will make you feel a lot more comfortable on the night. 4. Make it a social media free zone Put your phone away for the night. You don't know what you might put on social media and whether it's good or bad, you don't want to be embarrassed in the morning. 5. Don’t talk about work You’ve been discussing work all week, it’s a cardinal rule, a Christmas party is a work-free zone! 6. Stay away from office gossip It’s easy to get caught up in gossip but it’s never going to end well, so stay away from it. 7. Make sure you line your stomach! We’ve mentioned don’t drink too much but a good way to ensure the alcohol goes down smoothly is to make sure you have something decent to eat first. It’s a good idea to find out if there will be food and the party and if not, get something beforehand. 8. Speak to everyone Use this as an opportunity to catch up with your team and those people you always say hi to in the lift. It’s a great way to network and build relationships you wouldn’t usually have the chance to. 9. Relax Don’t over analyse when your boss didn’t say hi straight away or you’re the only one wearing black, worrying gets you nowhere. Just relax. 10. Have an amazing time! Finally, have a good time and allow yourself to let your hair down. You’ve worked hard all year so enjoy it! These tips should get you through the night without any dramas, but if you’re still looking for that perfect role, search the opportunities with Morson here.

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    Rolls-Royce Demonstrates World’s First Fully Autonomous Ferry

    The world’s first fully autonomous ferry has been demonstrated in Finland, navigating itself from Paralnen to Nauvo. The 53.8m double-ended car ferry is one of its kind, using a unique combination of Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator, Finferries ship intelligence technologies. Autonomous shipping The vessel was able to detect objects using a sensor function and artificial intelligence to conduct collision avoidance. According to Rolls-Royce, their advanced technology allows Falco to build a detailed picture of its surroundings in real time. It also demonstrated automatic berthing with a recently developed autonomous navigation system. All this was achieved without any human intervention from the crew. Although the outward journey was completed entirely autonomously, the return journey was controlled remotely from a command centre 50 kilometres away in Turku, demonstrating that the ship can be commandeered by a human if required. (Image sourced via theengineer.co.uk) Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce President for Commercial Marine, said: “Today marks a huge step forward in the journey towards autonomous shipping and reaffirms exactly what we have been saying for several years, that autonomous shipping will happen. Today’s demonstration proves that the autonomous ship is not just a concept, but something that will transform shipping as we know it.” Mats Rosin, Finferries’ CEO, said: “We are very proud that maritime history has been made on the Parainen – Nauvo route once again. First with our world-renowned hybrid vessel Elektra and now Falco as the world’s first autonomous ferry. As a modern ship-owner, our main goal in this cooperation has been on increasing safety in marine traffic as this is beneficial for both the environment and our passengers. But we are also equally excited about how this demonstration opens the door to the new possibilities of autonomous shipping and safety.” We have some fantastic marine and shipbuilding opportunities available – click here to find your next job.

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