Are You Ready for the Character Interview?

Edith Bryan | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Edith Bryan

Have you experienced character based questions at interview? How did you get on? What do you think about employers assessing your personality and values? Should the selection process be purely competency based?

Students! Get Ahead of the Pack for the Great Job Hunt of 2016

Anthony Adeloye | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anthony Adeloye

Before picking up that turkey drumstick or downing that mulled wine, the festive period offers a great opportunity to students to evaluate their job prospects going into the new year. These top five tips will make you fighting ready for your job hunt in 2016.

The Business of Education Is Education for Business

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

I can confirm that Milton Keynes College didn't win an award this week, but we helped. The Spirit Pub Company is one of the UK's foremost hospitali...

Why I See a Future in Feedback

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Feedback. Yes, it's a big ask but it is also something that has the potential to transform young people's lives.

Excuses Over Not Paying Minimum Wage are Complete Rubbish

Charlie Mullins | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

Seriously, if these company bosses are struggling to work out an hourly rate on a calculator, you have to wonder how they manage to guide these multi-million pound operations to ring up such large profits. The answer is they can't be arsed, and they just don't care

To Be or Not to Be... An Intern

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Swatee Jasoria

While unpaid internships certainly present a big problem for socially mobile students, it would be wrong to dismiss the benefits that internships can provide; internships are a mutually beneficial exercise, especially when the employer makes them meaningful, and the intern learns and develops their skills (not in tea-making for varying tastes, of course).

Employer-sponsored Education Deserves Government's Attention

Dave Phoenix | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Dave Phoenix

It is my firm belief that it is imperative the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the associated educational bodies develop a much clearer understanding of what collaborative partnerships in the area of employer-sponsored education already exist before any changes to the systems related to employer funding are made. Additional research and understanding of the field is needed to enable reliable evidenced-based decision making over rash policy making.

Employees Behaving Badly

Charles Elvin | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Charles Elvin

The corruption of the world's biggest currency dealers was exposed recently, leading to US and UK regulators imposing £2.6bn of fines on six major banks. Although an extreme example, what we have here is a prime illustration of how bad behaviour in the workplace can have incredibly serious consequences for the organisations involved.

Employers Want Social Skills Over Academia, Survey Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Employers want "soft" social skills over academic prowess, preferring the enthusiastic, confident average Joe to the quiet, geeky, first-class honours...

Building Better Bridges Between Employers and Business Schools

Ann Francke | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ann Francke

If businesses aren't ready to provide young people with the important work experience they need to start a career in their sector, then how can they expect graduates to have the requisite skills when a role becomes available?

What the UK Could Learn From Obama

Chris Jones | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

President Obama recently gave the much-anticipated State of the Union address. It was encouraging to hear that we actually have similar views on education.

Take a Sickie - But Not When Channel 4 Says So

Dale Bilson | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Bilson

Lying there, wishing it would end, I was worried they would think I was skiving. Bunking off. Throwing a sickie. I didn't think they would believe I was genuinely ill.

'A Looming Problem For Employers'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A shortage of skilled workers in some industries is a "looming problem", a new report has warned ahead of the latest unemployment figures. A study ...

Why the Private Sector Must Support Education

Christopher Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christopher Clarke

If a company genuinely feels that young people are joining the workplace without the skills they need, then they should do something about it. Get into the schools. Who knows, you might even learn something.

Austerity Is No Excuse for the Public Sector to Fail Employees With Cancer

Ciaran Devane | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Ciaran Devane

For people with cancer, being able to continue in or return to work can help them reclaim their life from the disease. It can provide a return to normality, restore their identity and self-esteem, and ease financial worries. But at Macmillan Cancer Support we know that people with cancer often face difficulties at work after their diagnosis. More than four in 10 people who are working when diagnosed have to make changes to their working lives, with almost half of them changing jobs or leaving work. There are more than 100,000 people of working age diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.

Katie Hopkins: 'Employers Should Not Have To Pay For The Risks In Our Lives'

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Katie Hopkins view, as she expressed in her newspaper column is that we should all take responsibility for what she terms the 'potential risks' in our lives and business owners should not be out of pocket in cases such as this.

Surviving Career Fairs

Stefan R M Lancy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan R M Lancy

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'...

Revealed: The Top 10 Internships In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A list ranking the companies which provide the best internships for students has been released, with accountancy and professional services firms domin...

More Students Choosing Apprenticeships Over University

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More students are shunning university in favour of apprenticeships, new figures reveal, while employers have been urged to "wake up" to the increasing...

Life's Not Fair... What Are You Going to Do About It?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

It has become regular media fodder to bemoan the current employment market for young people. We rattle off the statistics with such frequency that we forget that behind each number is a fresh and eager young person seeing their future and their potential, drift further out of their grasp.

A Rose By Any Other Name May Leave You Unemployed

Yomi Adegoke | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Yomi Adegoke

Women are actually being encouraged to use British sounding monikers, showing that Katie Hopkins isn't the only one to turn her massive nose up at name choices. Maybe I should just got for it and improve my employment prospects by almost two fold. This goes against absolutely everything I believe in of course, but if I'm honest I really do want to see if its true.

Show Us The Goods: Ideas for an Interview

Nicholas Smith | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Smith

For the last two months I have been interviewing consistently. I appreciate for many that that in itself is a success to celebrate, especially in my chosen field, until you see the dedicated folder I have for rejections and the excel sheet I keep of ongoing applications. However, a worrying trend is emerging.

How To Create The Perfect LinkedIn Profile

The Huffington Post UK | Fionn Shiner | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

LinkedIn profiles are becoming an increasingly popular way to advertise your skills online, and, with a competitive job market, it's important to stan...

Shorter Consultation Period Means Businesses Can Act to Stay Competitive

Paula Whelan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK
Paula Whelan

The new, shorter consultation period for collective redundancies will free up businesses to make changes to their structure and this could help to pre...

Smart Business Growth Will Stem From Greater Support for Employees

Peter O'Donnell | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK
Peter O'Donnell

Company employee benefits packages are an effective but often underused tool for motivating staff. By offering the right support - for example, financial protection in the event of long-term sickness absence - employers can go a long way to ensuring a happy, productive workforce, not to mention making their firms a more attractive prospect to new staff.