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Five Ways to Help Children Shine in a Changing World

Julie Booth | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents
Julie Booth

This trend is likely to prompt a shift in emphasis away from the traditional curriculum vitae (CV), with employers focusing far less on where you studied, and much more on what you did while you were there. And many schools are already in a great position to be able to respond to this.

Why You Should Be Focusing on Life Experience as Well as Academiss

Matt Eastlake | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Eastlake

There's no denying the importance of trying hard at school and aiming for good grades. However, new research has shown that 60 per cent of businesses rate life experience to be just as important as a strong academic track record.

The Value of Volunteering

James Reed | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Reed

While there's no doubt that volunteering is a good way to give back to the community and promote a worthwhile cause, it doesn't have to be all about what you can do for others. Volunteering is also a rewarding experience for the volunteer. From learning new skills to meeting new people, there's plenty to be gained.

Adults Only - Why Offices Should Be 'Girl'-Free Zones

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Stromberg

I would be a wealthy woman indeed if I had a pound for every time I have heard a grown adult woman referred to as a 'girl' in the workplace. Yet I have rarely heard an adult man referred to as a 'boy'.

The Reality and Relevance of a University Degree

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

When it comes to university, there are two opposite lines of thinking. The first is that a university education is highly overrated - some people would advise you not to bother. Instead, just follow your own passion. This view is expressed seriously by very senior and successful people.

How to Leave Law and Raise $1.3Million for Your Startup

Adele Barlow | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Adele Barlow

Many lawyers dream of starting a business and I met a lot of them while working with Escape the City, which was an early-stage startup itself when I j...

Happy Birthday to Me

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Did the situation really change? Only in my head (how cool is that?). I made calculations and figured out what I could cut on if I were to work with her. I mentally got rid of everything inessential and discovered that I won't suffer much if I had to give it up.

A Conveyor Belt Age? Ofsted's Apprenticeship Report and the Need for a 'Year of Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

Young people hear so much about the need to do well in their exams but virtually nothing on the need to invest in themselves as people, and yet that's what will set them up for success in the workplace--and in life. Young people face so many challenges during their transition to adulthood and employment. Giving them the tools to do that successfully is surely the responsibility of our society. Ofsted's report should be a wake-up call to make that a reality.

Why the DWP Are a Joke

Imogen Groome | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

It truly is a sorry state of affairs when your only option, if you want to move forward with your graduate career, is to sign off jobseeker's allowance until you've done work experience, then sign back on again. Losing money because you're trying to pursue a career they don't seem willing to recognise. I mean, that's my option if they don't ring the paper and completely screw things up for me with them.

Why You Should Visit North Korea to Boost Your Job Search

Sara Jones | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Jones

I am a humanities graduate. I spent tens of thousands of pounds to read things at University College London with the occasional hour spent reading things with a professor in the room at the same time. The received wisdom is that this kind of degree is actively harmful in securing a career and that anybody who doesn't choose Science is doooooooooomed...

Job Done? What's Next? How to Make Your Next Project Even Bigger!

Chris Ward | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

Many people spend years competing with the whole market because that's what you learn and that's how you earn a living. Nowadays that's tough, you have to either be the best or most likely, the cheapest.

The Wrong Shoes

Erica Sosna | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Style
Erica Sosna

Fit is important. Ensuring you take time to explore the environment you are entering, the culture of the organization you are joining can have a huge impact on your ability to be both successful and happy. Failing to investigate this can leave you sore, tired and frustrated or worse, truly burned out.

Seriously, I Don't Need a Holiday

Janet Murray | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Murray

People are constantly telling me I shouldn't work so hard, must take more breaks and more holidays... yada yada yada. But the thing is, I absolutely love what I do. So much so, that while I love travelling with work, and enjoy the odd weekend break, I actually feel a bit resentful about having to take a holiday because it takes me away from my work.

Less of the Mature Please...

Sara Meredith | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Meredith

I started university this week, I am now officially a student (go me). There I was at thirty-nine years old stressing about what to wear for my first day at school. I had no idea what to expect, the last time I was in an academic setting it was my daughters parents evening. The last time I had been expected to learn was errmm twenty something years ago.

Flexible Working - A Missed Opportunity?

Tracey Bleakley | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Bleakley

Embracing flexible working can actually bring substantial benefits to an organisation. Many small businesses know this instinctively. They hire in roles on a part-time basis as and when they need the resource in order to keep costs low and survive the tricky first few years.

Do You Want a New Job? Odds Are That You Probably Do

Professor Maurits van Rooijen | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK
Professor Maurits van Rooijen

Education - and, more precisely, work-integrated education - has an important role in reducing the chances of that happening. The right career path will boost the quality of one's life and also the quality of work because employees who are happy with their work are likely also to be much better at it. In the end, it's a win-win situation.

Is Unconscious Bias Impacting Our War on Talent?

Lauren Davey | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK
Lauren Davey

Yes, I am 'young' compared to my peers. And I also look even younger- great for my personal life, but adds to the complexities of my professional life, as my appearance is often at odds with my responsibilities and raises eyebrows.

Expert Tips to Kick Start Your Graduate Career

Vicky Bullen | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Bullen

It is a long time since I was a graduate, but I regularly work with grads as we run a 'fellowship' graduate training programme in our business. So I asked our current grads and a few of my 'nearer graduate age' colleagues at my agency, Coley Porter Bell, what advice they would give a grad going into their first career job.

'Koinophobia' - (n) The Fear That You've Lived an Ordinary Life

Sasha Govor | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sasha Govor

I guess my plea to the other generations that are so quick to dismiss us as self entitled prats, is: don't give up on us. We are curious beings bursting with ambition. All we need is a hand to guide us and help us harness that thirst for success...

Work Not Challenging Enough? Try Becoming a World Champion!

Chris Ward | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Sport
Chris Ward

This weekend I rode in the UCWT Amateur World Championships. This is the full story told from two sides: what I forced them to do by the lungs & legs and what the last 10 years has been like to even consider trying, by the hearts & minds!

Careers Advice for Young People Needs Our Attention

Neeha Khurana | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neeha Khurana

We recognise that if we want to keep ahead, we need to demystify the preconceptions that surround the world of work. And as responsible employees, it is our duty to help inspire and educate the next generation, so that they can make informed decisions about their futures.

A Grades Alone Won't Pave Your Way to Success

Janvi Patel | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

A level and GCSE results have now been released and the nerve-wracking wait is finally over for thousands of students around the country. As we hear ...

Why I'd Deter Anyone From Becoming a Nurse

Clare O'Neill | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Clare O'Neill

The NHS is a system we all take for granted and I cannot begin to express its worth, or the worth of its employees. However, when faced with the all challenges it has had, the NHS struggles to provide the help nurses deserve, much less adequately address and support staff with chronic health problems. Nurses struggle, and their health suffers.

Season's Change: My Top Tips on Owning Autumn

Lady Terry Robinson | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lady Terry Robinson

It's hard to ignore the Back to School signs in the shop windows, the dust in the streets, the yellowing of the leaves and the shift in the air as the days get shorter. Programmed by my own years at school, then again as a teacher and parent, I can never escape the rhythm of the academic year.

Sir Richard Branson, Are You Listening? Young Commuters Face Losing Their Jobs

Georgia May | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia May

The detrimental effects this 'one change' will have is overwhelming. As a recent graduate who cannot afford to live in London, I am disgruntled to find out my daily commute to work in London from my hometown of Rugby on an open return is trebling in price from £27.60 a day to £86, more than my entire daily wage.