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Put Home Economics Back on the Curriculum and See Health Improve

Geri Richards | Posted 14.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 04.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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 23.09.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 20.09.2014 | 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.

Are You Really Doing What You Want to Do?

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

I was recently asked by someone why I do or want, to carry on doing what I do. It's such a simple question yet it startled me. It's easy enough to jump into a knee-jerk textbook answer but its really hard to articulate why it really is that you do what you do (short of things like necessity, habit, or lack of choice). The 'why not' is not a valid answer.

Stop Being an Ugly Duckling

Carol Stewart | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

When we put ourselves down by comparing ourselves to others, it chips away at our self belief, making us believe that we are not good enough or that we will never succeed. We hold on to that belief and it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy because we then lack the confidence to do the things that will bring us the success that we crave.

Seven Ways to be a Wonder Woman

Realbuzz.com | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Realbuzz.com

Let's face it, whether we love it or loathe it, money is important and figuring out how to bulk up our bank accounts is something we'd all like to do. First of all, make a money diary. Make a list of everything you spend in one month. You might be surprised how the little things, like an alfresco lunch or a cute lipstick, add up.

You're Never Too Old to Learn a New Trick

Chris Jones | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

Everyone has a talent. You might just not know it yet. And as this week is Adult Learners' Week, surely now's the time to discover it? As we celebrate adult learners, and the opportunities learning can lead to, we should all think about how we can continue to develop skills, and try something new.

Why Tech Skills Are So Valuable for Future Careers and Developing Home Grown Talent

Stephen Devlin | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Tech
Stephen Devlin

So we feel that providing a way of linking the talent around us within the local community with the experience and opportunities that both large and small companies can offer is extremely important. That's why we are supporting Connecting Tech City and why we think initiatives like these are vital if we are to nurture the skills base companies like ours will need to prosper and grow.

Older and Wiser? Give Women in Their 50s a Chance

Geri Richards | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Geri Richards

Take a quick look around your office - how many desks are occupied by women over 50? I know that the 'fairer sex' are supposedly sensitive about revealing their ages but the issue of unemployment in the over 50s is not something to be coy about.

Step off the Roller Coaster of Life to Avoid Burnout

Carol Stewart | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

The demarcation between work life and personal life has become distinctively blurred. For some of us, the advance in technology means that we can be tied to our work 24/7. But whilst the increasing pace of the advancement of technology has many positive benefits, there is also a dark side to it in that we are not switching off.

Feeling Lost? You May be Part of Generation Somewhere Else

Clare Fisher | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Fisher

Around the time you graduated, the economy sunk into a depression so moody that it wouldn't roll out of bed to answer your calls - no matter how loudly you flagged up your Qualifications and (unpaid) Experience.

What Comedians Have To Say About The 9-5

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A dark sense of humour is definitely required when it comes to work. Of all the areas of daily life, our careers tend to provoke as much anxiety, ...

Are Enforced Lunchbreaks The Only Way To Stop People Eating Al-Desko?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Bosses: if employees don't take a proper break (and most of us don't), you may need to take a more proactive approach. Employers have been urged t...

I'm Pregnant at 28 - and I Think Kirstie Allsopp's Right

Annie Ridout | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ridout

For my girlfriends, ranging in age from mid 20s to mid 30s, it's not just careers that stand in the way of reproduction; it's also letting go of their drink-fuelled social lives. They've all been to uni and most are working in jobs they love but they're not ready to put down the wine and pick up the nappies.

Don't Look Back (Too Much)

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

Brace yourselves, this may come as something of a surprise. I've dropped out of Oxford. Yes, I know. It's something of an about face considering my previous posts but hear me out. I left, not due to egregious academic incompetence, lewd or licentious behaviour beneath hall tables or even to pursue a love interest. It's taken me a while to reflect on this but here I go. I'd welcome your thoughts.