UK Careers

Have You Got What It Takes to Go It Alone?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Ensure you do have some financial cushion or savings, as it can all take much longer than you think to see a profit. Find a group of people in a similar situation to you (mastermind group, networking group) so you can learn from and support each other.

Does a 'Plan B' Give You The Edge ?

Saoud Moco | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Saoud Moco

For many amongst us, choices are simple, straightforward and so are life objectives. To you guys I bow out as I'm probably one of the majority who struggle to make sense of why things don't turn out the way we want them to.

Global Competitiveness: Good But Room for Improvement

Chris Jones | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

The annual report ranks the wealth and productivity of a country, and shows how good its long-term economic policies are. But even though we may perceive ourselves as forward-thinking, we aren't beating the likes of Singapore, Japan, and The Netherlands. So what's the secret for reaching the top?

New curriculum, same need for students to self-assess & self-promote

Pete Edge | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Edge

Students at primary and secondary schools returned to school last week to experience their first few days of a revamped 'tough' new curriculum that mi...

Have Some Manners, Please

Sian Elvin | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What kind of world do we live in now that no one bothers to tell another human being to have a nice day? ... Good manners can make someone's day, so let's all just give it a go. I'm sure we'll feel much better about ourselves as a result, and the world will probably be much nicer.

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.

Can Coding Help Us Get Ahead?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

20 years ago we were leading the way in technological advancements, and now our children will be provided with the skills that will present them with the opportunity to become the new masters of technology.

Eight Ways Living Abroad Will Transform Your Life

Sophie Turton | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Turton

Moving abroad is a scary prospect. The fear of the unknown is, in some way, present for everyone - even those whose intrepid spirits drive them around the globe. However, it is also exhilarating and, often, intoxicatingly addictive.

Am I the Happiest I Will Ever Be?

Lowenna Waters | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lowenna Waters

I am 25, and according to a new study, I should be the happiest I will ever be. Free from the stresses and responsibilities of family life, I should be carefree, secure and confident. But is this true?

Why Are Men More Likely To Get Approval for Flexible Working Than Women?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

"Work to live, don't live to work" is a phrase often heard when trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance. But while more and more companies ar...

Turning a Spirit of Adventure Into a Business

Paul Archer | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Archer

I think it is fair to say I have an adventurous streak. I have hitchhiked and used local transport to cross West Africa and the Sahara Desert, via Timbuktu to Morocco; snow-boarded in the Himalayas; kayaked the White Nile; started an on-going volunteer project in Uganda and also driven a taxi around the world!

Developing the Employability Skills Businesses Are Looking For

Tonyeh Vincent | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tonyeh Vincent

Developing your employability skills is important if you want to stand out to employers and be successful when you apply for jobs. Whether you are in year 10 or year 13 there are several ways in which you can develop your employability skills whilst you're at school.

Put Home Economics Back on the Curriculum and See Health Improve

Geri Richards | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Geri Richards

Ok, I am going to get on my soapbox and talk about a subject that has been dear to my heart for a number of years. Let's get Home Economics back on the National Curriculum for all children from the age of 9 (at the very least - in my ideal world even younger).

Want to Pursue a Career Change at Mid Life But Don't Know What to Do? - Ask Your 15 Year Old Self

Carol Stewart | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

When I made my mid life career change after spending 28 years working in the same organisation, it was to pursue the thing that I was most passionate about and having now reconnected with my 15 year old self, I now realise that was the path I really wanted to pursue back then.

Fashion Internships: Not the Devil Wears Prada Edition

Madalina Ciobanu | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madalina Ciobanu

People were friendly and joked around, no one snapped at colleagues or interns, everyone said 'please' and 'thank you'. I was given articles to write and each of them was published on the website, with my byline. The online editor would take time to go through each article with me, explaining what I did right and what I could improve on, as well as teaching me how to use the CMS, Google Analytics etc.

How To Be Successful A Successful Actor: Become A Triple Threat

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

Acting is a hard business. Don't get me wrong, doing the actual job isn't hard, it is a brilliant career, but the industry is a tough one and many actors remain out of work and in poverty. That is why I wrote my book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur.

Young at Work - And Don't We Know It

Sarah Kwong | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

Last year, when I was 23, I was asked to do some freelance work for a website. It was a really exciting opportunity, and I couldn't wait to take on a new challenge. A few days in, my boss emailed me. Nestled between the chitchat was a question about my age. As in, what is it? Happily, I told her. And that's when everything changed.

The Diary of a Hermit: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Eggleton

The frequency of brain fog and general lethargy has made the task of writing this feature an arduous one, so on this occasion you will have to absorb my story from my video tale. Rather than a finely-tuned scripted speech, I decided to just press record and see what came out on the subject.

Let's Get Promoted!

Ian Baxter | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK
Ian Baxter

People often tell me they're looking for career development. Being promoted usually offers advantages including a bigger salary and better benefits. ...

Coders Taking Over the World

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

London alone is anticipated to be 300,000 digital workers short by 2020, with an additional one million vacancies across Europe... Programming is infiltrating all industries, not just tech... we are beginning to break down these barriers to help people realise that anyone can learn how to code.

Why Aren't Women Interested in Rail?

Adeline Ginn | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adeline Ginn

As women we have fought for years for equality. We read constantly how as a gender we are striving to break the glass ceiling and change perceptions. But what if a whole industry was actively crying out for more female CEOs, managers and employees, but very few were accepting the offer?

From 'Pramface' to Professor: Look What Can Happen If We Support Teenage Mothers Instead of Stigmatising Them....

Alex Blakemore | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Blakemore

Being at university was very different from being at home changing nappies and reading stories to my three babies... Investing in young mums (and dads too) by giving support, encouragement and free or affordable full-time childcare is vital, as is removing barriers to education. Who knows what those other young women - insultingly known as "pramfaces" - could turn out to be if they were helped and supported as I was.

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.

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.

How to Be a Useful Woman

Adele Barlow | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

If you're an entrepreneur, you're a hunter: you're looking to grow your resources to bring back to the cave and there's something fundamentally masculine about that. Meanwhile, females are socially conditioned to focus on nesting - on making the cave look pretty and taking care of the children.