UK Careers

Let's Say 'No' to Careers Advice

Erica Sosna | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Erica Sosna

Universities and colleges are a little more interested, but they still struggle to integrate self discovery and career coaching into the core curriculum. And until they do, careers advice is meaningless.

The Big Benefits of Working for a Small Business

James Caan | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK
James Caan

I am a firm believer that there is no more exciting place to work than a new and developing firm. If you are somebody who enjoys a challenge and are capable of adapting, moving to an SME can be a terrific opportunity at any stage of your career.

A Leg Up The Ladder: How Online Mentoring Can Boost Social Mobility

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

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Does Society Need to Catch Up With Modern Family Life?

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Our styles differ at times but ultimately we are both perfectly capable of looking after the children and both perfectly capable of going to work. In fact I'm sure she is better at her job than I am at mine anyway. Saying that she is probably better with the kids too but she can't be everywhere.

Three Ways You Can Actually Make Money From Home, Written by an Agoraphobic

Rebecca Walton | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Rebecca Walton

As someone who fears leaving my house, I know all too well the difficulties of being told that you're fit for work by ATOS or the DWP, when you're not. After all, who is going to employ someone who can't actually go to the workplace?

The Truth About Employment References

Sarah Stimson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Sarah Stimson

I write about a dozen employment reference each year for the Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni. A well written reference can take some time to write and can make all the difference to whether or not you are offered a position.

So You Want to Be a Brain Surgeon?

Mr Michael D Jenkinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mr Michael D Jenkinson

Brain surgery, it's not exactly rocket science... but it is one of those jobs that people can't quite believe you do, and I am usually asked if I am joking.... So what is it like being a neurosurgeon? In common with rocket science, neurosurgery sounds more glamorous than it really is.

Career Zombies Awake! How to Rejuvenate Your Career Now That the Economic Upturn Is Here

Corinne Mills | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Corinne Mills

Hurrah! Good news at last. A year ago everyone was worrying about the triple dip recession and whether the HR department's slash and burn policy would be heading in their direction.

How Can My Negative Emotions Help Me Find My Dream Job?

Adele Barlow | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Depression or anxiety is an alarm clock designed to protect you long-term (even when it seems to be hurting you in the present moment): when you've woken up, and made the necessary changes in your life, it will have served its purpose.

We Must Act Now to End Careers Advice Crisis

Roxanne Stockwell | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Roxanne Stockwell

Business needs to engage in their local communities and work with schools more directly. However, this must be more than getting business people in to give the occasional talk. Business should offer placements and deliver workshops - to provide the much needed insight into the skills that young people need. We should also be working with them to create innovative ways of providing resources, information and case studies.

SamCam Goes Career Speed Dating With Students

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A school gave its female pupils a careers talk with a difference when it brought in two of the most prominent women in the country - the wives of Prim...

The Number Of Years You Spend Sitting Down At Your Desk

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Let's start with a pre-emptive apology. We already know January is miserable enough without us adding to it. But during the winter months when it's ea...

Internships May Be Modern Day Slavery - But Don't Take That Chance Away From Me

Olivia Haddow | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Haddow

I wake up at 6.15am to take the train to work (commuting from mum and dad's, the intern's lot) and most days I wake up before the alarm goes off, buzzing for a new day. This is a pretty strange feeling, I must admit, but it's bloody brilliant. So, like I said, don't take this opportunity away from me - it's my only chance to get on the career ladder.

Your Future Doesn't Depend on UCAS

Chris Jones | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

It's that time of year again when thousands of young people put the final touches on their UCAS applications, hold their breath and hit 'send'. Then they anxiously wait for weeks until their 'life-altering' results come through. My son went through this process last year. I'll never forget his panicked face as he said, 'What if I don't get any offers?'

This Online 'Conference Call Simulator' Is Absolutely Terrifying

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

So it's January, you're back at work, and the rest of your miserable year at the office is stretching out ahead of you like a grey, dusty road to hell...

Say No to Being Anyone But Yourself in 2014

Adele Barlow | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ask 5 people to tell you the 10 things they think you're really great at. Paint it loud and proud and don't brush it off. In there lies to the clue to what you'd be good at, and again, you might not be doing it in your day job.

How to Change Your Life: A Guide for the Faint of Heart

Christina Kenny | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Christina Kenny

Last year I did something very strange and out of character. I left a good, secure job (without even being asked to first) and agreed to give all of my savings to a university in exchange for them teaching me how to be a journalist...

Is 30 Too Old to Start Again?

Laura Price | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Price

Last summer, I did my first (unpaid) internship at a magazine. I turned 31 during the placement - older than a lot of my colleagues at the magazine and not much younger than the editor. In many ways, it was one of the best things I ever did.

2014 - The Year of the (New) Journalist

Grant Feller | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Grant Feller

Mums and dads of wannabe writers, encourage your darlings to sharpen their pens, read newspapers, blog, tweet and watch late-night showings of All The President's Men, The Front Page and Five-Star Final (hunt it down, it's brilliantly nasty). They may not end up changing the world but I'm fairly confident that journalism will soon be more lucrative than it is now. And it'll save them from investment banking.

Five New Year's Resolutions All University Student Need

Harry Maxwell | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Maxwell

One of the worst parts of my 2013 has been comparing the amount of money that leaves my account with a significantly smaller amount of tangible goods.

Harnessing and Nurturing Talent Will Help Women Climb the Career Ladder

Donna Miller | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Miller

There continues to be much conversation about the lack of women reaching senior leadership roles and rightly so. As a nation, despite the many and varied diversity initiatives which businesses have introduced, we still don't seem to be making much progress.

What We Talk About, When We Talk About Engineering

Phil Smith | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Phil Smith

It's also an unfortunate fact of recessionary Britain that, with each vacancy often drawing hundreds of applicants, it's largely safe to say there are fewer jobs than there are job seekers. There are, of course, a few notable exceptions and - given a certain understandable bias on my part - it's pleasing to note that the engineering industry is one of them.

The Times They Are a Changing, So Make the Most of Them

Daphne Diamant | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daphne Diamant

Achieving a full-time, creative career can seem an unachievable task in 2013. Many young designers, artists and musicians are struggling to do what they love for a living without having to work in something mundane to pay the bills, whilst they pursue their dream career part-time.

Recalibrating the Machine

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Stephen Carrick-Davies

It is crucial to look out there to turn around the learning if we are to re-calibrate the machine. If we as educators can't be open, radically re-learn from young people and collaborate with others out there to help fashion new digital tools and approaches to transforming the lives of marginalised young people, the queue will continue to be long and the cry that "Education, labour or the machine isn't working" will become ever louder.

Working In The Nude Day Photos Are Surprisingly Not Grim

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The benefits of being freelance have often included being able to wear your pyjamas while talking to the President of Tokyo on the phone. But toda...