UK Careers

Advice on Getting a Job Abroad

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Working abroad is a great option for independent travellers as it can give you a base in a foreign location as you replenish your cash reserves. Several longer term options are well known - teaching English and au-pairing for example - but what about short term job opportunities?

The 29 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Career

Mark McCulloch | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark McCulloch

Now that have been round the block in brand and marketing terms, I get asked from time to time what my tips are for anyone breaking into their first role or just trying to progress in their career.

Five Freelancing Faux Pas

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Self-discipline is a common problem for freelancers. Whether you're checking social media or getting distracted by your cat, it's easy to stray from your work without a boss breathing down your neck, which causes all sort of problems.

Happier Than Office Workers? Freelancing Was Just About The Most Stressful Job I've Had

Poorna Bell | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

I quit my office job in 2008, utterly frazzled and having just born the brunt of being managed by a terrible boss. I was exhausted, disillusioned with journalism, and just wanted an environment where I wasn't being bellowed at daily. Freelancing seemed the perfect option.

In The Market For A Breast Pump?

Mark Young | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Mark Young

Despite the highs and inevitable lows of being a business developer for the last 20 years, I've not only managed to create a great team since 2000 but we've also changed the way our clients think about how to open doors from cold.

Your CV Has Only Nine Seconds to Impress

Tonyeh Vincent | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tonyeh Vincent

To make sure your CV stands out from the crowd, instantly grabbing an employer's attention, it is vital to start developing a professional and concise overview of your skills and experience as early into your degree as possible. Here are some top tips to help you do so...

Am I Guilty of Not 'Leaning In', Just When Society Needed Me to Go the Extra Mile?

Holly Peacock | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Peacock

Would I move out to the leafy suburbs of Surrey and commute into London in a bid to 'have it all'? Or would I head back to the North East where a cheaper, calmer life surrounded by my family awaited?

All Bark No Bite: Why 'Instagram Inspiration' Needs Action

Josh Marshall | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Marshall

"Start before you're ready" ... What does it mean? It means to "whisper #YOLO to the wind" and delve into something before all your cards are dealt, because, let's face it - so many of us wait for the right moment and that moment never comes.

Your Career: Success With A Smile

Claire Lim | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lim

It was one small comment from the presenter that day that confirmed what we'd been striving for all these years has been achieved. It's easy to get the January blues but, since then, whenever I've been a little stressed I remember what I'm thankful for and get on with it.

Five Things It's Okay for Twenty-Somethings to Not Care About In 2015

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

From what I've heard off of older, worldly people, I've found that your twenties is a decade you could potentially afford to piss into a can. They're like SATs (those tests at the end of primary school. Were they even called SATs? Who knows).

Thinking of Changing Your Career?

Pam Warren | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

You need the skills of a business owner, accountant, marketer, promoter, supplier, quality control, creative director and producer all rolled into one. You need a steely determination to succeed and the grim self-motivation to keep moving forward.

Three Reasons Why Lawyers Are Miserable

Adele Barlow | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Adele Barlow

In my own experience of talking to disillusioned lawyers, I found the greatest challenge was getting them to accept that there might be other professional paths available to them. It was like perfectionism was preventing them from admitting that they might have failed to pick the best career.

Dealing With Gaffes at Work

Corinne Mills | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Corinne Mills

Have you succumbed to the dreaded "foot in mouth" disease? There seems to be a lot of it about at the moment particularly affecting politicians, CEOs and sports personalities. It can be very incapacitating in the workplace so if you've already gone down with it or feel the symptoms coming on, I have some tips to help.

New Year, New Career?

James Caan CBE | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Don't be afraid to be open and ask your employees why they are still around and why they still work for you. The insight you gather from this exercise could be the difference between your staff thinking 'new year new career' or 'new year I'm happy here'.

Something's Got to Give: It's Surprising What You Can Find in Your Morning Coffee

Sophie Darling | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Darling

We are all told that we can find the perfect job but the reality is that with so many options many of us are confused and still in search of the holy grail of jobs. We all want a job that get's us excited, pays a decent salary, helps others and is fulfilling - but does it exist?

Horses: The Ultimate Career Changers

Frontier | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Frontier

Horses have been a part of human history from the very beginning. They have witnessed wars between countries and bled for kings and queens to whom they meant little. Horses allowed us to get from one place to another in a time when cars and trains were no more than science fiction.

Mums and Dads Don't Think Their Kids Are Employable

Chris Jones | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

So why do parents think the education system isn't working? The majority of parents (64%) said their children are missing out on the key skills that employers want, like communication and teamwork. And over half (57%) think there's too much focus on academia. Similarly, a third of parents worry that their children can't link their education today with their future careers.

Four Ways to Get Headhunted

James Caan CBE | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
James Caan CBE

One of the most flattering things in the professional world is getting headhunted on behalf of a renowned company. If someone rings you out of the blue and takes an interest in you, it is a sure sign that you are doing all the right things in your current job. When I started my first headhunting firm many years ago, almost every time I approached a candidate on behalf of a prestigious company their self-esteem would instantly be boosted. It would be a very risky approach to sit back and purely wait to be headhunted but when great opportunities do present themselves over the course over a career it is always important to grasp them.

Turning 30

Gina Lyons | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

Thought I'd share on something in the hope that I'm not the only one to feel like it. I can already hear my older friends grown at the title of this blog. I'll probably get a few "wait until you hit 40/50" comments. And rightly so I guess.

Giving Up on My Lifelong Dream Was the Best Thing I Ever Did

Soozi Baggs | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

I found that my totally unsuitable and unattainable dream was as restricting to my yearned for freedom as the current job I loathed. Deep down in my subconscious I had known that this dream didn't really suit me. So there was no way I was ever going to allow myself to attain it.

Things That Start Happening When You Love Your Job

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Blumenthal

Label me weird and a bit sad but I do think my job is pretty darn fab. I've identified some worrying consequences though. Do you recognise any of them?

When I Grow Up...

Caragh Little | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

When I grow up, none of my lessons will be boring. None of my jokes will be bad, apart from the ones which are intentionally terrible for ironic effect. All of my lessons will be planned to the last second and will never be derailed by tangents or contingencies or people falling asleep.

Skills to Succeed: How Your Hidden Skills Can Boost Your Career

Kirstie Mackey | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Kirstie Mackey

Thinking about your future and getting onto the career ladder can be daunting, whether you have a strong CV or not. We often worry whether we are good enough for the role or if we have the right skills and experience.

The Price We're Paying For Stress And Anxiety At Work

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Huge numbers of people are hiding mental health conditions from their employers because they fear it will affect their job, according to a new report....

How to Live in London on Minimum Wage (And Still be Happy)

Lee Tobin | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Tobin

Almost two years ago now, I left that big mass of sun-scorched land down-under for the city which has now been ranked the world's most expensive to live and work in, according to a survey by global estate agents Savills.