Career Advice

The Domino Effect of Self-Employment

Maite Baron | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

520,000 new businesses were created in the UK last year, with nearly 73,000 of them (14%) set up by former corporate employees - as a nation we're clearly becoming increasingly entrepreneurial and maybe even recapturing something of our "bulldog spirit" when it comes to trade and innovation.

Is a 2:1 the 'Golden Ticket' to Success?

Samantha Booth | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

"What businesses tell us is that they don't trust qualifications as a whole. Of a survey of 6,000 businesses, only 45% said they were very or fairly confident of taking on a graduate."... "A lot of people have degrees now but if they got below a 2:1, I would be looking for the reasons why."

On Women and Getting Taken Seriously in the Workplace

Marina Gask | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marina Gask

Why can't excellent women progress in their careers in proportion to their talent? Every day, it seems, a new factor is blamed. We're too apologetic and indecisive. Or self-deprecating and cute. We lack confidence in the company of alpha males. We can't crack the 'boys club' mentality in the boardroom. Some of us over-compensate and play it super-tough or 'bossy'. What's best?

If It Matters, You'll Find a Way - Creating Healthy Boundaries

Maite Baron | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Healthy boundaries ensure that our lives are in balance, with no one area dominating another, so we feel content, and most importantly, in control.

Improving School Careers Advice for Students

Pete Edge | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

Schools often place such an emphasis on getting their students moved on to university that they neglect the members of each year group who either don't want to go to university or don't have the grades to do so.

Everyone's Going to Uni, But It's Not the Only Way Into a Career

Simon Perriton | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Perriton

With GCSE and A-Level results fresh in the hands of thousands of young people in the UK this week, it's important for students and their parents to be aware of the wide spectrum of available options. University will rightly continue to be a place for generations to continue their education, but it's naive to think of it as a 'one stop shop' for getting onto the career ladder.

How to be Happy - Eight Ways to Bring Greater Happiness Into Your Life

Maite Baron | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Make the journey more important than the destination. In other words, don't automatically buy into the mantra that 'there's no gain without pain', instead allow yourself to experience the 'joy of the getting there' while also enjoying the 'here and now' too.

Why Retail Is a Great Industry to Earn and Learn In

Sir Charlie Mayfield | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sir Charlie Mayfield

Whether you are going to university or into the job market I hope you'll set out to 'earn and learn' throughout a career that will be all the more rewarding if you do. The retail industry is a good place to do that. It is often a first job for many school leavers and it's a fulfilling place to build a career, providing a lifetime of learning and opportunities.

The Economics of Happiness - Changing the System

Maite Baron | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

From the national data that's being collected, mostly by developed nations, one thing is clear and it's that increased GDP and higher levels of consumer spending doesn't seem to make us that much happier. So what does?

Four Business Lessons From a Coffee Hot Shot

Maite Baron | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I love my coffee and like most people like it hot, something that Emily Savage-McGlynn understands well.

Escape Mediocrity: a Takeaway From China

Maite Baron | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

We're living in an increasingly vibrant entrepreneurial society... 90% of new jobs created in Britain in the fourth quarter of 2013 were classed as self-employed... it will provide us with opportunities, not just in terms of wealth creation, but also for social mobility and individual well being.

The Three Unwritten Rules of Graduate Employment

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rajeeb Dey

With thousands of students graduating this summer I wanted to share three rules which you should and need to follow to insure that you rise above your peers and get your dream internship or secure your ideal graduate job.

The Age of the Silver Entrepreneur

Maite Baron | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Whatever the reason, the economic contribution of silver professionals is significant and also necessary, as the average age of the UK and US populations continues to rise- this at least is a fact nobody can deny.

For My Siblings, On Their Graduation

Rebecca Allen | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Allen

I was alone. No one told me what to do next. There were no helpful leaflets, or Welcome to Real Life packs... I cannot emphasise this enough: no one will give you any opportunity without you asking. Having a degree does not give you an automatic right to anything.

The Truth Behind Procrastination

Maite Baron | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

When it comes to doing things we really like doing, we need little persuasion to do them. We don't procrastinate, we just leap in and seize any opportunity to do what we love because that makes us happy.

Flirting With Freelancing as a Graduate

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

There will be moments when you do a double take on your lifestyle... Just because there isn't a graduate scheme for it, doesn't mean you can't do the work you want to do. Go old school, send some emails, make some calls, and set yourself up... if you offer something good enough, the clients will come trotting.

Eight Sharp Tips to Harpoon That Dream Job

Ed O'Meara | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

Jobs are horrible aren't they? What a waste of a life. Pity people who enjoy their job. They truly must have nothing. Still, while superrich psychopaths run our society you've got to play their sick, soul-destroying game. After all life comes with a monthly subscription charge, so here's how to get the job which will make everyone else think your life is great...

If I'd Known Then What I Know Now - Four Essential Considerations for Any Aspiring Law Student

Simon Cairns | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Cairns

Be warned. If you're considering a legal career, make sure you've thought it through carefully... Today, law firms and chambers are expecting more from potential trainees and pupils than ever before. Before embarking on this major journey, start to think about what it is you really want to do and what will make you happy.

Nine Ways to Grow Your Business and Enjoy the Journey

Maite Baron | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

If you're ambitious for your business, you won't want to hang about. So here are nine growth strategies to help you get the most from your time and effort as a business owner or as an entrepreneur.

The Three Best Pieces Of Advice I've Ever Received

Martin Nieri | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Martin Nieri

On Sunday, The Huffington Post UK turned three. To mark this occasion, the front page carried the three best bits of advice business leaders have ever been given in the pursuit of success. In the same vein, then, I'm sharing the three tips I've distilled from my twenty years working in the advertising and marketing industry...

Wake Up Your Entrepreneurial Genes

Maite Baron | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

You are almost certainly well-educated, quite possibly with a university degree that has equipped you with an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills - theoretically that's a pretty good starting point

Nine Steps to Reinvent Yourself

Maite Baron | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

With the mornings getting lighter and the evening getting longer, we start to feel our spirits lifting, day by day, as Winter turns to Spring. It's the world's yearly reinvention of itself, and it's a transitional time that I hope will encourage you to do the same.

Real-life Entrepreneurs Needed for Urgent Mentoring

Michelle Wright | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

Let's make sure that those wanting to take up the challenge of running a business, have the very best in support from 'real-life' entrepreneurs to make sure that they can be successful, and that our successful entrepreneurs are encouraged to spend the time to make this a reality.

How Your Working Life Will Change by 2020

Maite Baron | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

I've been talking for some time about the changing world of work, and how traditional working life patterns of employment and doing business are increasingly less relevant in today's workplace. A combination of economics, technology and changing attitudes is forcing change upon us, like it or not.

7 Business Lessons From Designer Paul Smith

Maite Baron | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Maite Baron

Paul's worked in a men's clothing wholesalers, but his real passion was cycling and he hoped to be a professional racing cyclist. When he was 17, he had an accident that put an end to this ambition. While in hospital, he made friends with some 'arty types' and his life had just taken him in an entirely new and unexpected direction.