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Over a quarter of online fraudsters get access to victims’ credit cards in Europe

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Access to bank accounts (44%) and credit cards (28%) were the top targets by identity fraudsters in the past year, new research reveals

Forget the ‘Tinder Swindler’, the Israeli scammer matching women on a dating app to later convince them to request credit cards under their names for him to use. In real life, you don’t have to go on an online date to end up being scammed or featured on a Netflix’s true crime documentary.

The UK has over 60 million smartphone users – and millions of those possibly fell victim to identity fraud in the last 12 months, according to research by digital identity and fraud solution specialist company GBG.

The research, conducted by Censuswide on behalf of GBG, surveyed both consumers aged 18+, that own a smartphone, and business leaders across Europe – UK, France, Germany and Spain between 17-26 January 2022. The report revealed that fraud is a major concern across Europe – with young adults aged 18-to-24 being hardest hit with almost a fifth (18%) becoming victims of identity fraud compared to 9% of 45-to-54-year-olds, and just 3% of consumers aged 55 and over.

The recently released research also uncovered high levels of anxiety, with a large majority of the British digital users surveyed worrying that becoming a victim of fraud is inevitable. 93% of respondents felt concerned that they will fall victim to fraud in the future.

160 decision makers in insurance, financial services, e-commerce/retail, fintech, gaming/gambling and the pension sector across UK, France, Germany and Spain were also surveyed between 17-26 January 2022. Almost half (42%) of European businesses surveyed said they had experienced known or suspected attempted fraudulent activity in the past 12 months, with 33% saying it had increased compared to last year. Those experiencing a known or suspected fraud attempt said the average transactional value of a breach was £16,000. While a quarter (25%) claimed each fraud breach cost their business between £10,000 and £35,000.

“By accurately identifying and authenticating an individual, businesses can stop fraudsters in their tracks and consumers are actively looking to businesses to protect them. There is a real opportunity for businesses to step up – to not just see fraud as just a threat but as an opportunity to build trust, better protect their customers and business, and grow their customer base.” – says Gus Tomlinson, Chief Product Officer, EMEA at GBG, a company headquartered in the UK and working with customers in over 70 countries

The report reveals that around two thirds (66%) of European consumers signed up to at least one new online account in the past 12 months, with 67% doing the same in the UK. Among those British consumers personally impacted by identity fraud, 44% had their bank account accessed and money taken and 19% of victims had a new utility account opened in their name. People targeted by online identity fraud also had their mobile phone number stolen and cloned (5%) and over a quarter of the cases (28%) involved victims’ names being used to gain access to a credit card.

Spread the word

No matter how careful you are, you can end up being a victim of online fraud. If you think you have been exposed to a scam, don’t keep it to yourself. According to OFCOM, government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting and telecommunications in the United Kingdom, by telling those around you about your experience, you will help to make more people aware of scams that are out there, and this could help others to avoid falling victim. Spreading awareness among your friends and family – or even by sharing on social media using screenshots, for example, without displaying sensitive information such as PIN numbers – means more people will be able to keep an eye out for the scammers’ latest tactics.

How to report it

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, report it to Action Fraud as soon as possible. You can do this by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting the Action Fraud website at www.actionfraud.police.uk

Action Fraud is the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be made to Police Scotland via 101.

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7 Interesting ways an education degree can help your career

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A master’s degree in education can open doors for opportunities beyond the classroom walls

According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world will need over 69 million new teachers by 2030. So, if you’re looking to enter the field of education, your choice is justified. However, it’ll be more helpful to gain a degree education route to ensure you gain all the vital skills.

Obtaining an education master’s degree is one of the best ways to advance your career and respond to future challenges. The education degrees offered by universities are so varied that they’re suitable for all kinds of educators, whether a high school teacher or a university lecturer. From engineering to neuroscience, there’s nothing you can’t study for your advanced degree in education.

The best part is that a degree in education is also useful for various professions, which means if you want to transition from a teacher to a more corporate field (e.g., a learning and development officer for a bank), your education background will always come in handy.

If you’re curious about how an education degree can help your career, this article provides you with seven interesting ways. Keep reading.

 

1.   It helps transition into administrative work

The easiest way for an educator to transition into school administration is to acquire an education degree. A master’s in education equips you with the necessary leadership and administrative skills needed for administrative positions.

These skills, merged with your real classroom experience and interpersonal relationship skills with students and parents, make you an eligible candidate at every educational level. Whether it’s an on-campus or online master’s program, you’re given the requisite knowledge and necessary credentials needed to tackle any demands of an administrative position in the education sector.

 

2.   It helps you master the science of teaching

The key to career development starts with your personal development. No matter their years of experience, every educator always has to consciously invest in their career development if they want to be more within the education sector.

When you register for an MA education degree, you get to improve your skills as an educator and keep up with the changing times. For the duration of this degree, you’ll be provided with newly enhanced skills that allow you to engage with your students on a higher and improved level for optimum output.

An educator who intentionally masters the science of teaching and constantly seeks to improve their expertise becomes a person whom students love to engage with regularly because they know they’re going to perform better.

 

3.   It allows you to develop your career specialty

We all have specific areas of interest, no matter the profession we pursue. In the education sector, you can branch into different specialties with the help of a master’s degree. The master’s degree gives you the authority in your chosen speciality and field, which in turn enables you to develop the requisite teaching abilities to fulfill your purpose in your chosen area of interest.

You might be interested in education for a specific age group, administrative work related to education, or merging two different education niches. No matter your preferences, there are many graduate degree programs with unique specialization offers you can apply for.

The best part about developing a specialty is that you get to embed your passions in your profession, which makes your job a breath of fresh air. You love what you do and how it impacts people; that’s the best career advancement you can ever experience.

 

4.   It offers flexibility

Many teachers and educators end up leaving the profession because they’re not aware of the various professional opportunities outside of the classroom. The science of teaching is never limited to the classroom walls, and with a master’s degree in education, you’ll discover that.

The education field is highly extensive, but certain sectors can only be accessed with advanced degrees and further education. A master’s degree in education offers flexibility and equips you with the requisite skills to transition from being a classroom teacher to entering the corporate rifle for a non-profit education sector. These areas always require the training and development of skilled personnel, and who is better than you, a fellow professional?

 

5.   You can maximize your income

The more advanced your degree, the higher you are likely to earn, no matter your chosen profession. It’s not a rule of thumb, but it might as well be. Research shows that a teacher with a master’s degree in education often earns twice as much as a bachelor’s degree annually.

In some cases, recruiters automatically increase your wages when you attain a master’s degree in education from certain academic institutions. With this in mind, what’s stopping you from going for that degree?

One might argue that finding time to walk into a campus-based classroom is stressful, with countless students to teach and a home to take care of. Studying isn’t that hard in this era, though, thanks to virtual options made available by different educational institutions. You can always opt for an online degree program, which offers you great flexibility, allowing you to work and study simultaneously with ease.

 

6.     You can move into learning and development

Besides the non-profit sector, a master’s degree in education also perfectly sets you up for a corporate world role. One example is learning and development. As a part of the HR process, learning and development officers identify staff training and development needs. They also build training programs for organizations to ensure staff members have the essential knowledge to carry out their duties with ease.

Learning and development officers are usually versed in leadership skills and have real classroom experience. They also have a deeper understanding of the organization’s key HR initiatives and know how best to engage employees. A master’s degree teaches how you develop and hone these essential skills with ease, making you a more eligible candidate as soon as you graduate.

 

7.     It aids with career transitions

As mentioned earlier, education is always evolving. The constant change demands that educators and teachers stay on top of trending methodologies and teaching updates to remain relevant. With a master’s degree in education, achieving this is not a difficult feat.

The best thing about a master’s degree in education is that it isn’t just suited for educators and teachers. Thanks to the evolution of education, these advanced degrees can now be pursued by professionals from varying fields looking to educate their professions and organizations.  Nowadays, various education master’s degrees focus on specific branches of professional education such as science, engineering, and technology.

Everyone can consider a master’s degree in education. It’s a great field that attracts countless people from varying backgrounds like teaching, medicine, and psychology. The content offered within these master’s degree programs is in-depth. They promise to give you a deeper understanding of education and how best innovation can be used to make education more challenging and exciting.

 

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Sky Studios Elstree searches for young talent to join Content Academy

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Applications for new roles aimed at launching young people into a career in film and TV close on May 15th | Photo: Kyle Loftus

Sky Studios Elstree is on the search for local candidates, in Hertfordshire, to fill 12 fully paid, year-long placements as part of Sky’s Content Academy, aimed at launching young people into careers in the film and TV industry.

The Studio, which is set to open later this year, is looking for eight school leavers and four recent graduates to work at their brand-new site and is calling out for applicants from Borehamwood, Elstree and the surrounding areas.

For school leavers, the roles include four Runners who will be at the heart of the operations of Sky Studios Elstree, working with the Client Services and Operations teams to provide support to some of the biggest productions filming in the UK. There’s also one Rigging and three Lighting roles to be filled and this team will play a critical role in providing set lighting and equipment to clients filming at the studios.

“Elstree and Borehamwood is synonymous with producing world-class film & TV and, as long-term partners in the local area, we are excited to create these new opportunities for young people who want to get in to the industry. These roles allow us to break down barriers to entry, by enabling applicants without previous film or TV experience to secure a paid, full-time role at the heart of the UK’s newest studio. These 12 new roles, on top of the jobs already created locally at the studio, are just the first intake of placements and we’re excited to announce more as we ready for opening later this year.” – says Caroline Cooper, COO at Sky Studios.

When it opens later this year, Sky Studios Elstree will house 13 studios and enable £3bn of production investment over the first five years of operation.

The graduate roles include Senior Runner and Client Services and Operations Trainee positions. These candidates will be responsible for everything from coordinating the runner team, attending production meetings to overall studio operation support. The positions are designed to give people starting out in their career a broad understanding of what goes into productions and the vast range of opportunities available, as well as allowing them to build up their on-set experience and production network.

This opportunity follows Sky’s yearlong partnership with Elstree Screen Arts Academy, coaching students in a documentary project celebrating Elstree & Borehamwood’s rich film and TV heritage. This summer, ESA students will receive first-hand production experience as part of a 6-week summer internship on a variety of Sky Studios productions.

These new roles come after Sky Studios Elstree announced a local recruitment drive late last year for a range of operational roles and for facilities support across the site including security, cleaners and maintenance.

Applications for new roles aimed at launching young people into a career in film and TV close on May 15th  and for further information visit: https://careers.sky.com/earlycareers/content-academy/

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Applications for the 2022 Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant are open until May 20

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In 2021, more than 9,000 athletes benefited from Airbnb athlete support programs, representing more than $4 million in direct support | Photo: Anastase Maragos

Airbnb has opened applications for the next edition of the Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The program, which was launched in 2021, offers up to 500 athletes a year $2,000 USD travel grant to use exclusively on the accommodation platform as they travel, train, and compete and will run through 2028.

Last year 500 athletes representing 125 countries and 63 sports benefitted from the Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant program, including Canoe sprint athlete Saied Fazloula, who represented the Refugee Olympic Team at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

’’I used my Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant for multiple trips before the Olympic Games in Tokyo, including for a training camp and other competitions. It’s incredibly valuable to have this support as a refugee – Airbnb has provided not only a grant, but also a clear head so that I can concentrate on my sport.” – acknowledges Fazloula.

Applications will close on May 20, 2022 at 1:59 pm PDT. The Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant can only be used towards Stays in association with training, medical, or competition-related travel, and is not intended for non-sports-related personal use.

To find out more and apply, visit: www.airbnb.com/athletetravelgrant

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