This is the age of collaboration and reciprocity. Share what you know with others: send a link to an article you have read, order a book and put it in the mail, help someone who looks like they are having an attack of shyness across the corner of a cocktail party room. Above all, be interested in ideas and others, not just yourself.
While there's no doubt that the country has come a long way in terms of gender equality in the workplace, there are still industries where women are significantly under represented. If we look at the engineering sector, for example, only 8% of engineers in the UK are women . In fact, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.
Careers advice is an absolute, hands down essential part of education. Careers advice is an absolute, hands down essential part of education. So why are 93% of young people not getting any? What's the point in having a choice between school, college, apprenticeships, university or setting up your own business, if you don't even know those choices exist?
You only get a short amount of time to impress people during your experience as an intern. It's important that you make the best impact you can, before you're quickly replaced by a sharper, friendlier, more eager version of yourself. The doors of an office are constantly traffic-jammed with a rotation of students dying to make a good impression.
I suppose nowadays it does not come as a complete surprise when we hear that there's another banking scandal brewing. If its not that most investment banks have been expecting interns and other junior employees to work in excess of 70 hours a week, it will be someone like RBS forcing viable businesses to the wall for its own corporate gain.
Business needs to engage in their local communities and work with schools more directly. However, this must be more than getting business people in to give the occasional talk. Business should offer placements and deliver workshops - to provide the much needed insight into the skills that young people need. We should also be working with them to create innovative ways of providing resources, information and case studies.
Everything changes at the turn of the year. At least it feels that way having had a needed break from work and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It also offers the chance to consider what the brand new year might bring and contemplate how we are going to make 2014 one of our best years yet.
If you are a woman who wants to live a profitable and rewarding life, then go into business ... your own, not someone else's. Even though I'm fully aware of the benefits of 'running your own show' and made the decision to do so long ago, I'm still inspired by the stories of others who have done the same.