For the past eight years I've been working with young people, young entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs across the country and abroad. It's been an eye-opener to say the least. I've had the pleasure of witnessing the talent and creativity this world's young people have and the way in which it is being suppressed and thrown away by a fickle society.
I turned my back on University to set up in business and with the help of support agencies in my hometown of Sheffield I have never looked back... In the 21st Century connected world, if you put your mind to it you can definitely achieve it. Get a mentor, approach employers, take part in training opportunities and good luck!
Long story short, my life has been pretty much mapped out up until now. And in some ways it's liberating to not know what's coming next. But it's also completely terrifying. So can anyone provide me with some reassurance or advice or anything really? Am I alone in feeling like this? Will things work out? What do I do next?
It's that brutal 3pm energy crash that renders you a sugar junkie. The annoying inability to sleep despite exhaustion. Mood swings that your nearest and dearest bear the brunt of. An increasing need for an evening tipple. Apathy for your latest project. Apathy for life. These are the signs that you're heading for burnout.
It's not just about qualifications. It's not just about education or background. How do I know? Because I didn't excel in either of these areas - instead, I actually put my own success down to something called soft skills - the vital skills such as communication, teamwork and time management which everyone needs to succeed at work and beyond.
It's a pivotal time for the care sector. As people live longer and require more support to live life to the full in old age, the shortfall in carers is expected to reach 718,000 by 2025. We need to rise to the challenges of our ageing population, but in order to do so, we need to challenge the frankly tired and out-dated perceptions of care.
I am often asked whether leaders are born or trained and personally, I believe that a healthy dose of both is what truly defines our best leaders... My thirty years in business has taught me that as employers it's up to us to identify employees with potential and develop them to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Paige.
Many of you have finished your exams for the year and the rest will be finishing soon. And that means your immediate future, while you wait for your results, is a unique period of around six weeks where everything can feel very uncertain. But while it's a nerve-wracking time, it's also a period of opportunity.
This is what charities and other campaigners for social mobility have been saying for years, so it's great to hear top employers finally making the same case. After all, they can show the improvements hiring people for their talents not backgrounds makes to the bottom line - and that's something any business can understand.
Trolling - I don't even like calling it that. The very name itself is giving it existence, giving it credibility as if it is just something that people do. It's not. Pre 2012 Trolling was just known as being a horrible bastard, now it is seen as a gateway to fame; a hall pass to be offensive and obnoxious in return for some self-satisfaction and credibility.