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Jade O'Donoghue

Jade will talk your ear off about rowing if you let her. She studied an MA and NCTJ diploma in Journalism at Brunel but her course-taking didn't stop there, having tried a number of different subjects since working here, even magic. Whether you're an expert who wants to share their knowledge, a student who's had a great experience or you just want to say hi, she'd love you to get in touch through our social media pages.

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Courses you (probably) never knew you could take online

By Jade O'Donoghue 17th January 2018

When we say online courses , the image is usually conjured up of someone sat at a computer, reading, maybe typing a bit, and generally sat in silence. The best online courses are convenient, as you can gain that qualification around your existing commitments, and they’re...

How to stay motivated while taking an online course

By Jade O'Donoghue 11th January 2018

You get the idea you want to learn something new. You sign up for it straight away because it’s free. You start the first lesson and feel really keen to continue. Life gets in the way and you never complete it. This is how online courses work for a lot of people. The initial...

Guess the years these five gadgets were released...

By Jade O'Donoghue 6th December 2017

In the 21 st century we seem to change our gadgets and computer hardware more often than we change our pants (figuratively speaking) and as a result they get old really quickly. Here are some of the most iconic ones from the last three decades, can you guess which year they...

Is an apprenticeship worth it?

By Jade O'Donoghue 6th December 2017

On the face of it, apprenticeships seem like the ideal way of learning – you’re there in the workplace, learning practical skills, meeting people who are doing what you dream of and best of all, getting paid to do it. They do involve a lot of work though, you’re keeping your...

9 times health and safety has confused us a bit

By Jade O'Donoghue 15th November 2017

The foundations of health and safety are built on rules and regulations and as such things need to be clear. Any confusion could result in danger to those involved. Serious stuff hey? Yes, it is, but it's also hilarious when signs, designed to protect our health and safety,...

Five things that might put you off learning but shouldn’t

By Jade O'Donoghue 28th September 2017

Been meaning to go back to the classroom and retrain or learn something new but haven’t quite had the guts to do it yet? You’re not alone. Every day we have people getting in contact asking us how education has changed since they were last in the classroom and worrying about...

We retook our maths GCSE and failed

By Jade O'Donoghue 12th September 2017

GCSE Maths is one of the most important qualifications for adults to possess in the UK. Employers are always on the lookout for it to prove that someone has basic knowledge of mathematics and it’s incredibly useful in life – how else would you work out what 20% off your weekly...

Leanne Masi – the unlikely accountant

By Jade O'Donoghue 6th June 2017

We’re all familiar with the stereotype that accountants are boring. Just the mention of the word brings up images of middle aged men in grey suits and dusty offices surrounded by spreadsheets, calculators and receipts. Yawn. Are accountants boring? Enter Leanne...

Laurence Viguie – the UN interpreting superstar

By Jade O'Donoghue 5th April 2017

When it came to writing about interpreting , we all agreed, being fans of 2005 film, The Interpreter, it would be amazing if we could get a UN interpreter to chat to us. We imagined they’d be impossibly elusive and hard to track down but being the determined editorial team we...

How hard is GCSE Science?

By Jade O'Donoghue 21st February 2017

Certainly, when I was 16 and in secondary school doing my Science GCSE, I found it hard work. I passed it though and with a good grade. Job done, never to have to think too hard about science again. But would I be able to achieve the same if I went back to school now? Each...

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