UK Careers

Careers Advice - Not Fit for Purpose?

Bansi Kara | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

It's not the paper work that is the problem. The biggest issue that my students have faced is a total lack of awareness of the range of courses and careers that are available to them should they wish to apply to university and I do not blame the students at all; I was exactly the same.

Enthusiasm: Enough to Land the Job?

Alex Shebar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Shebar

I'm 27 and have started feeling like I know what I'm doing with life (some days). But whatever I've gotten the chance to do, it's because I've been passionate about it. If you're doing something you hate, stop doing it, or find a way to stop hating it.

Surviving Career Fairs

Boy Lowe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Boy Lowe

There is a curious phenomenon not at all restricted to my university known as the Careers Fair. Here, barely a day goes by where there is not some new fair rolling into town. Today was the Internship Fair. The last one was the somewhat dry and strangely indefinable occupation known as 'consulting'...

Why UK Workers Are Learning To #LoveConstruction Again

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

With business leaders now predicting a "slow and steady" recovering path of the UK economy, construction workers have every reason to feel more confid...

The Professions Need to Cast Their Nets Wider to Narrow the Social Mobility Gap

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

Last week the first ever Professions Week sought to increase awareness of the range and variety of potential employment options the professions have to offer, encourage young people to see them as interesting and fulfilling careers, and help employers recruit people from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Third Week Jitters

Boy Lowe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Boy Lowe

The third week of teaching has almost ended and already there are secretive, hushed meeting between freshers about our place here. Why are we here and What are we doing? Dare we even voice such questions?

Why Supply Teaching Could Fulfil Your Career Dreams

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

As the need for supply teachers continues to rise, there’s never been a better time to consider whether this could be the right route for you. ...

How Independent Film Kept Me From My Mother's Basement

Elliott Grove | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

People often say that to learn filmmaking you should go to the big film schools and then get a job at one of the big TV or film studios.By working for a series of small companies I learned skills one could never possibly learn anywhere else...

The Numbers for Childcare Professionals Aren't Adding Up

Liz Bayram | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

To truly tackle to the number of families struggling with the cost of childcare, we need to reflect on why childcare is key.

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Superman

Helena Eccles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

When I was asked at age four, what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said: "Superman". I pursued this career choice with conviction. I wore the costume everywhere, to the shops, to friends' parties and under my school uniform, conflating expectations of my physical prowess and resulting in a very sore knee and a badly bruised ego.

Why Is Careers Advice So Important?

Jane Scott Paul | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Scott Paul

Our young people are making decisions about their future in a difficult economy: there are high levels of youth unemployment and university fees are at a record high. We have to be supporting them through the transition from education into the workforce by ensuring they're aware of all the career options open to them.

Withdrawing from University: Is it Worth it?

Jamie Matley | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Matley

You have recently started university and you are already having thoughts of wonder, "have I picked the right course?" or "Is university really for me?" Many students have these thoughts and there are options available, one being the taboo, withdrawing...

Graduates: Do We Only Live at Home for the Money?

Esther Hayden | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Hayden

Frequently in modern times the only context in which we read about young people is through the media portrayal of graduates in financial difficulty or with a lack of appropriate employment. But what about hard working youngsters, actively trying to achieve their goals?

Could 'Career Colleges' Be The Answer To Our Youth Unemployment Problem?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Plans for "career colleges" have been unveiled, in the hope of solving the problem of the rising number of unemployed youths. A former education se...

Top Ten Reasons to Consider an Apprenticeship

Karen Woodward | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karen Woodward

Apprenticeships are on the rise and have been at the forefront of the news agenda recently so we want to help challenge some of the myths and confusion with our top ten reasons to consider an Apprenticeship...

How I Became...

Sarah Kirkness | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kirkness

Mine is a lesson, to coin a phrase, about being a square peg in a round hole - a person whose character makes them unsuitable for the job they are in. Here is what I did about it and how I ended up in a better place.

How I Became...

Simon Fotheringham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Fotheringham

The dream job is out there for everybody but if you can dream that you can do - and really put in the work - then you can do it.

Becoming Me: The Secret To Finding Work Fulfillment (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

‘Becoming me’ is a new short film directed by BAFTA winning documentary maker, Ben Anthony. It explores the notion of fulfillment in our working l...

Becoming Me: How to Achieve Greater Work Fulfilment

Johnny Webb | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Johnny Webb

Our four contributors were linked in a quest for meaning. It wasn't about them opting out of the corporate world, but a search for a role that aligned with their values and real passions. It's interesting to see, as the film unfolds, how they each interpret meaning in a different way.

Why There Ought to Be More Women in Technology

Zoe Cunningham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Zoe Cunningham

As a female working in tech I find that day in day out I come across a large number of advantages for women over working in other areas, which makes the gap between how many women work in tech and how many women ought to be working in tech even more extreme.

Swapping Jobs With a Minister - All in a Day's Work as Apprenticeship Champion

Jenny Westworth | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Westworth

Last week, I completed my job swap with the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, by showing him where I work at our BAE Systems Military Air & Information site at Warton in Lancashire. I took him on the journey of life as an apprentice, showing him where I began, the skills I learnt and where I completed, three and a half years later...

It's All About Connections When It Comes to Careers - But My Students Deserve the Same Chances as Their More Privileged Peers

Zara Collis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zara Collis

Our students need to learn how to be in the real world and to know what's really out there in terms of potential opportunities. We want to push them to widen their horizons - literally as well as figuratively.

From Producing Reports Nobody Read to Helping Villagers In Zambia

Adele Barlow | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Ben initially planned a 12-month sabbatical so that he had a back-up plan but in reality knew it was highly unlikely that he would ever go back. Originally he planned to spend three months doing something that used his knowledge followed by a ski season in the Alps.

CV Howlers: What NOT to Write on Your CV

Corinne Mills | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Corinne Mills

Following a survey we have just done, we found that a staggering 98 per cent of job applicants are reducing their chances of success significantly through poor spelling, grammar or presentation on their CVs. These errors have lead to a number of alarming disclosures, such as being "A director with a strong breath", or, perhaps fresh from watching Sweeney Todd, "Baker, working on ovens and customers".

I Can Remember When John Cleese Was Funny - Does That Make Me Old?

Grant Feller | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

My midlife reinvention from office-bound executive to dynamic media entrepreneur has, predictably, not been easy but it has been incredibly inspiring and life-affirming. Yet this morning a friend raised the ugly possibility that it was all doomed - because of my birth certificate.