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Sorry for the delay - been very hectic!
Baby William was born on the 10th September 2017 so hopefully I will soon be able to return to the course!
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We have all watched the horrors unfolding in the Northern Caribbean due to the Hurricane Season. These videos and photographs do bring home just how fragile we all are!
The Team @ OTC extends its most sincere sympathy (sounds so inadequate at this time) to all our students, friends, colleagues and everyone affected on the islands of Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Anguilla, St Kitts and Nevis. We extend our further sympathies to all other islanders who have been so brutally ravaged by this force of nature and as Hurricane Irma and the upcoming others, look set to bring further devastation elsewhere, our prayers and thoughts include the affected everywhere!
The human spirit can be resilient, caring, capable and with so many homeless, jobless and despondent, we hope that this resilience kicks in with every brick, bucket and spade used in restoring lost communities.
The Hurricane Season of 2017 will be etched in the memory for an extremely long time. We hope that the light at the end of the tunnel shines again very soon!
For graphic images, go to our Picture Gallery....
This is how you can help the victims of Hurricane Irma
The Team @ OTC
This is a quote which I have found very interesting and I would like to share it with you. We may not all believe it but it sure does give food for thought....
"One of the biggest challenges in the world is that everybody tries to do a good job at work but they are going through some antiquated training process that is just not equipping them to be good at what they do. The better way to learn is to look at how the brain works. Some human beings do not do well sitting in a classroom getting crammed with hours of information. They learn if you give them bite-sized chunks of knowledge and repeat them over time".
Hi, just an update on our summer calendar for 2017.
Since we do not close entirely from July to September, we still have to honour holiday entitlements. As such our Colleges will be operating a reduced Admin service from 1 August 2017 until 4 September 2017.
We hope you will all have a fantastic summer and we thank you very much for your kindness, continued support and patience.
From the Team @ OTC
Since writing my views in March 2017 on whether search engines are rigged, there has been some startling, if not surprising, updates.
The European Commission states that it has been investigating this very fact for the past 7 years and that its findings provide evidence of rigging. Google has been the main source of their investigation as most searches are being done through that medium. The following is an extract from the Report from the EU.
Google Hit With Record-Breaking $2.7B Antitrust Fine From EU
“What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules,” said Vestager. “It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation.”
"On the back of the finding that Google is the dominant player in the European search engine market, the EU regulator is further investigating how else the company may have abused its position, specifically in its provision of maps, images and information on local services.
The commission’s decision, following a seven-year probe into Google’s dominance in searches and smartphones, suggests the company may need to fundamentally rethink the way it operates. It is also now liable to face civil actions for damages by any person or business affected by its anti-competitive behaviour.
Google has denied the claims and has indicated it may appeal the ruling."
Courtesy of ‘The Guardian’ and ‘Yahoo News’
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Wendy and the Team @ OTC wish each of our past, current and future students throughout the Commonwealth and globally, a very Happy Commonwealth Day! May we all continue to share and experience the wealth of expertise offered to everyone so that we can all forward together.
HAPPY COMMONWEALTH DAY!
The Colleges will be closed from Monday 19 December 2016 and will re-open on Monday 9 January 2017.
Once again, we wish everyone of us who celebrate the season a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017.
See you all in the New Year!
From the Team @ OTC
As 2016 comes to an end, many of us will be reflecting on the past year, on our achievements, our shortcomings and maybe how to re-invent ourselves for 2017. Whatever 2016 brought for us, I am sure we are all truly thankful.
Now as we look ahead with renewed vigour, there may be things which we can improve, family ties which can be mended or forging a new career path.
We give thanks for all our many blessings during 2016 and for the gift that we can continue to impart globally. We wish all our students a most wonderful holiday season and thanks again for your continued support throughout 2016.
From the Team @ OTC
So Summer 2016 is over and hopefully most, if not all of us, had something to smile about. For me, I was able to have a little summer break during July of this year. During my travels, I was lucky to come across an exhibition made entirely of sand. I shall share some of these extraordinary sand sculptures with you. See how many you can recognise among this little lot by going to our Picture Gallery entitled Sand.
But now the frivolity is over and I must get back to work. See you later.
We are again at this time of year when staff holidays take its toll. In this light, our admin department will be operating much slower than usual from 19 July 2016 to 1 August 2016. As we are not closing totally, you will notice the slow down and we apologise in advance. We wish that you will all have a great summer, return rejuvenated and full of vigor for the opportunities ahead.
Wendy and the Team @ OTC
The College closes for the Easter Holidays and re-opens on Friday 1 April 2016. During this holiday period, we will provide very limited admin services.
Before the pressure of work returns, I will write a few words of encouragement for those of us who need any such encouragement.
It seems that everyone threw caution to the wind and took a well deserved summer holiday this year. After working all the hours to ensure that their companies weathered the severe downturn of the past few years, this would be a very welcome break.
Now its back to work and to thoughts of improving career prospects. I seem to be writing about this ever so often but how true this is at this time of the year. After relaxing for a couple of carefree weeks, it is not hard to imagine that this is the case for many. Some may have endured jobs simply to keep afloat, pay the necessary bills and other living expenses but if truth be known, several will yearn for better and more. Getting a new qualification in law could be the answer. This may not only gain you a promotion but it should also give further job satisfaction. Employers must be secure in the knowledge that their staff is suitably qualified.
From the level of interested candidates so far, it seems that many are in agreement. This is not a hobby, this is a career-changing opportunity!
We do not close for the months of July and August. As a result, our administration service across all 3 colleges will be slow due to staff holidays.
We thank you for your patience and all should return to normal first week of September 2015.
The Legal Sector continues to add more and more jobs to the jobs market allowing many to get new jobs, get promoted, move on, or simply to get trained up. This is very encouraging and we continue to get more and more candidates studying and qualifying as Legal Secretaries and Paralegals.
Throughout the height of the economic slowdown, many employees experienced increased workloads due to a reduced workforce. The pendulum has now swung to centre with the more positive economic outlook and employers are again increasing their workforce, taking on more staff.
We have seen the number of job offers rising and we welcome this as a very good sign that job prospects have improved. We have had many 'returners' doing refresher courses in order to brush up on past legal experience - a trend which we hope continues.
At this time of the year, many of us are preoccupied with the next holiday vacation spot, while many others are busy contemplating and seeking out new career moves. We may not be able to help you decide on your next summer spot but we will certainly help with your career.
The rise in job opportunities is here to stay, we hope, so get on a course and get your career on the move.
Today (11 March 2015) the sun is out, car tops are down, ice cream vans are out and everyone has their sunglasses on - in London. So hearing this cracked me up ....'as soon as England gets a bit of sun, it thinks its Spain'. That really made me smile and how true!