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The 'Fateful 15' Part 3: Classic Interview Questions You Should Know How to Answer

James Reed | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK
James Reed

When it comes to interviews, some would have you believe that you'll be asked one of several hundred interview questions, all fundamentally different. My view is that there are a limited number of valid, distinct questions to contend with.

Should Employees Be Kept on a Digital Leash?

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Most companies I worked for expected their employees to be accessible by email, skype or phone both during and outside of the working hours. In other words, I had to constantly check my devices to make sure I don't miss anything important.

Baroness Valerie Amos Shares Her Secrets For Success

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

To say that Valerie Amos has an impressive career history is an understatement. "I was the first black woman in a British cabinet, I was Secretary of...

Why You Don't Always Need a Plan

Katherine Lowe | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Parents
Katherine Lowe

Like most women I know, and almost every mother in the universe, I am one of life's planners. No major life event has taken place without an epic 'to do' list and multi-tabbed financial spreadsheet.

EU Freedom of Movement Is Good for British Businesses - And for Your Career

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Our prosperity is highly dependent on a steady influx of talented people. A knowledge-based economy like ours is desperate to attract the world's 'best and brightest'. The reason for that is obvious; we need brilliant minds to push the boundaries of knowledge, to invent and to innovate.

Tackle 'Maths-Phobia' and Improve the Nation's Health and Wealth

Edwina Dunn | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Edwina Dunn

Shockingly three quarters of adults admitted they cannot work out how much sugar they should be eating from reading packets because their maths skills are too poor. A report from Unicef last week gave further credence to this, finding Britain 25th out of 37 wealthy nations for its equality levels in children's maths and science skills, as well as reading.

Are You Ready for the Character Interview?

Edith Bryan | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Edith Bryan

Have you experienced character based questions at interview? How did you get on? What do you think about employers assessing your personality and values? Should the selection process be purely competency based?

Shared Parental Leave - Can We Overcome Stereotypes?

Neeha Khurana | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents
Neeha Khurana

The policy's main criticism so far is that the number of new fathers signing up is low, with many blaming cultural stereotypes for their hesitation. Employers need to address this by making role models more visible and openly communicating the available options around shared parental leave.

Reasons I Am Good at My Childcare Job: Time to Delete My Lack of Self-Belief

Andrew Robinson | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Robinson

I am going to go ahead and say it: I AM GOOD AT MY JOB. I am not a big head, neither am I arrogant - how can I be? I have forever lacked the belief. I am not perfect - no-one is, but I think I have finally found something I believe I am good at.

The Wonder Years

Anne Look | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anne Look

Where do you see yourself in five years time? Stop what you're doing and take a minute to think about it. Make a coffee if you will. Watch the kettle...

Apprenticeship Is Still a Dirty Word - And Here's Why It Shouldn't Be

Ryan Thorley | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Thorley

When I was at college, like a lot of people, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had always performed well at school; I was thrilled to achieve an A and two B grades in my A levels and I loved studying History, Business Studies and ICT. But what next?

The Importance of Interpersonal Skills in Today's Workplace

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

These three messages - recognising people as individuals (rather than positions or functions), trying to understand them (instead of judging them) and separating the personal from the professional - are very much worth bearing in mind if you are seeking success in your career.

Engineering a Career Path to the Top

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

What better time to celebrate careers in engineering, and the often unsung contribution engineers and technicians make to societies all over the world? There really is no better time to make a unique contribution of your own.

Dare to Dream: Parent, Carer, Scientist

Athene Donald | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Tech
Athene Donald

The problems at school are largely cultural, being affected by societal and parental expectations as well as those of peers and teachers. Stereotypes abound. If girls are expected simply to wear pink and model themselves on Disney princesses they may be reluctant to admit to a burning love for mathematics or chemistry.

Why Taking Nine Months Maternity Leave Was Best for My Career

Juliana Alaba | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Juliana Alaba

I've been in the Marketing industry for six years and have two kids under five. I would never call myself a career woman but I know I could never be a stay at home mum either. I love my kids to the moon and back and believe I take better care of them (and myself!) if I'm not in the picture all the time. It also means I enjoy and make the most of the time we have together.

The Gig Economy - A Helpful Spur for Female Entrepreneurs?

Michelle Wright | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK
Michelle Wright

The gig-economy term has even entered the upcoming US presidential race with Hillary Clinton referencing it in her economic plan '"This on-demand, or so-called gig economy is creating exciting economies and unleashing innovation. But it is also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future."

Time for a Level Playing Field on Post-16 Education Options

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Hearing the news recently that the Government plans to bring in legislation around the provision of careers advice to students surrounding their post-...

Top Blogging Tips

Natasha Colyer | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Tech
Natasha Colyer

From the outside world it can seem simple- they post a few words and opinions, a few images and hey presto- prestige is achieved, freebies are sent to review, and you have brands everywhere looking for collaborations. This is not true. And I would advise anyone who is thinking of starting a blog to really research the work before going in to it half-heartedly.

Career Change - What Is the Biggest Challenge?

John Allen | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
John Allen

Many people see failure as a total negative, when it's anything but. A friend shared the photo below on my Facebook page a few months ago and it really struck a chord for me, because it's something I was taught at school.

The Real Impact of Wage Stagnation

James Caan CBE | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
James Caan CBE

Productivity has been at the forefront of George Osborne's plans for building a more prosperous nation, but how do we expect to put this into practise if wage growth continues to stagnate? Employees will not become more productive if we do not have the financial levers to encourage them to do so.

Can You Be Trusted? How to Master Your 'First Impression'

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

It is a well known fact that the human brain has the ability to make an assessment about someone within the first three seconds of a meeting. Most of the time this happens without us being aware of that. People living amongst large number of other human beings, some of whom are far from nice and pleasant, have to be able to do so as a matter of survival.

This Could Be The Reason Why People Under 35 Are Completely Screwed

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK

People under 35 are more likely to put their trust in estate agents and government ministers than older people, according to research which reveals su...

Getting Freaky at Work

Xavier Toby | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xavier Toby

Most of us would prefer to be supermodel DJ's who only have to work three days a year, but that isn't a real job unless you're asleep. The key to being happier in the workplace then becomes shifting your attitude to the job you do have.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Angeli Bhandal | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Angeli Bhandal

Where do I go next? What does the future have in store for me? What career will I have for the rest of my life? These are just an array of questions I ask myself from time to time, and now with the second year of my degree in full swing, alarm bells have started ringing as these questions need to be answered.

'Tis the Season for Universities to Be Reminded of Their Third Mission

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

For most universities and colleges, the season of good will lasts the entire year, every year - or at least, that is the idea. It is called the university's Third Mission: the self-imposed task to actively contribute positively to society.