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Feb28

Can Elocution lessons get you ahead in life?

Elocution Lessons

The UK is home to a wealth of distinguishable, often charming regional accents that can instantly tell you where a person is from and give you an insight into their heritage and background, without you knowing anything about them. Many people are proud of their accents. They are a part of their identity and, in many ways, part of their character.

Dialects

However, with many regions adopting a number of dialect specific words that only mean something to that particular region, it’s easy to see why accents present progression barriers when it comes to securing your chosen career, especially if it involves speaking publicly.

With many stronger accents difficult to understand for people from other regions and countries, it has led many to wonder if elocution lessons are the answer? And will they get us ahead in life?

It’s a topic that divides the nation but, with many companies now put off by strong regional accents due to the fear that the customers they will be communicating with will simply not understand them, should elocution lessons be viewed as a means of getting our dream job or is it a form of discrimination?

At one time, regional dialects were seen as fashionable. In fact, many regions have relied on them heavily as a way of retaining the reputation of its area. For example, Geordie Duo, Ant and Dec played a crucial role in glamorising phrases taken from their regional dialect including “Well Aye, which signaled a trend for the entire nation to adopt Newcastle’s affectionate use of slang.

Unfortunately, social stereotypes tend to deem regional accents as common, causing them to be an immediate handicap when it comes to securing high-flying jobs in the capital!

With a strong focus on using what is referred to the as the ‘Queen’s English’ or Received Pronunciation, many people have turned to elocution lessons to help them to finely tune their accents.

Elocution lessons

If you decide that you need elocution lessons that are an extensive range of highly qualified tutors out there, who can help you to fix the rough edges of your accent or make subtle vocal changes that will provide you with increased opportunities when it comes to bagging the job that you want. Firsttutors are a well-known option for this service.

And it’s not just politicians, doctors, lawyers and other influential people in the public eye who invest in elocution lessons.

Elocution teachers also help you to execute yourself confidently in demanding situations when you have to speak publicly to large audiences, or deliver presentations on a regular basis. It might be that you need help when it comes to slowing down when reading, pronouncing your vowels effectively, or simply making more of an impact with the words and messages that you are trying to get across to people.

Many of the nation’s favorite celebrities have had to receive elocution lessons. One famous example is Cat Deeley, who sought the help of an elocution coach after fears that she could potentially have lost her TV presenting job in the US due to her strong Birmingham accent.

On the other hand, many celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, who famously lost a job in the American version of the X Factor after fears that the audience could not understand her strong Newcastle accent, refuse to lose their regional accents and dialects.

So what’s the verdict? Do you stand loud and proud of your accent or do you think that people who have jobs where they are communicating with all segments of the British public should receive elocution lessons if they have a strong accent?

 

 

 

Sep02

Internships: BYOD & Company Culture

intern ipad

Today’s internships are so much more than schlepping coffee and bagels and doing all the gruntwork no one else wants to do. Interns in 2014 and beyond are hotdesking, hotelling and BYOD-ing instead of running around the corner to the local coffee shop. Sharing desk space or checking in to available desk space and working with their own electronic devices instead of using company-owned equipment are part of what an internship looks like now.

Why is BYOD Important?

With the proliferation of mobile devices and advances in technology, BYOD (permitting employee-owned devices in the workplace) is quickly becoming the norm. The flexibility and accessibility of smart phones and tablets are their main user attraction, and the attraction for employers is that when employees buy and bring their own electronics to do work, the company saves money on assigning company-owned equipment. Security and manageability issues are the downside, and make implementing a solid BYOD program an important success factor.

Why is Company Culture Important?

Company culture is important in a job search because it’s an indication of how the company operates, what a candidate can expect from his or her role and their career path with the company and how much or little the company values supporting and developing the people they bring on board. If an intern candidate is told during the recruitment process only that the internship is for 16 weeks, only pays a flat rate with no possibility for raises or bonuses and that the company relies on interns to get all the paperwork that their permanent employees don’t have time to do, it’s an indication of a culture that doesn’t value support or employee development.

If the intern program has a clear progression throughout the internship, includes opportunities for learning new things and earning premiums or bonuses, and includes a mentorship or coaching aspect, that says a lot about how the company culture values interns. Additional perks or pluses like BYOD policies that allow employees to use devices like Android tablets and iPads add to that perception.

When a candidate doesn’t understand the company culture, he or she risks disappointment with the work and work environment, missing out on opportunities for more meaningful career opportunities and feeling uncomfortable at work.

How to Gauge Company Culture

Company culture isn’t always apparent in the company tour or first interview. You have to actively seek out what makes up the culture to get to know it. Interns should ask a lot of questions about culture to understand it and gauge whether it’s right for them. Find out whether the company is a sales organization, an engineering company, or run by the finance and legal department. Consider the company’s stories, how it was founded, what the major business milestones were, and how it’s weathered economic challenges and growth.

Contributed by: SocialMonsters.org