As I indulge in this farcical cream cake throwing session with a well-known MP - a client with a choux fetish? - I reflect on what possessed me to leave my highly successful career as operations director to enjoy life as a dominatrix in charge of my very own London dungeon.
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.
Angela Ahrendt's departure from Burberry to Apple now leaves just two of the UK's largest 100 companies with a woman in the top job. But it's not entirely a step backwards. Christopher Bailey, as Ahrendt's replacement, will be the FTSE 100's first openly gay CEO. Can you feel that delicate kiss of refreshing air wash over you?
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.
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.
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.
Twenty years ago, when I started JoJo at a kitchen table, I would never have imagined taking a day trip to follow up on a first meeting with Bloomingdale's as I have just done. I only thought as far as the next wages bill or supplier payment run.
Have you had enough of the nine-to-five (or should they call it the seven-to-seven?), the pointless rounds of meetings, and wondering if this is what life's really about? Then here are ten tell-tale signs that it's almost certainly time to make a break.
Many young adults are returning to school after a long summer and preparing for their final year. They are naturally concerned about their forthcoming exams and already considering which university they would like to attend. Very few of those young adults will be considering an apprenticeship...
Gone are the days of sending off a CV and then waiting for the telephone to ring with the offer of an interview. Employers are starting to utilise modern technology when it comes to interviewing potential employees...
Young designers find it difficult to secure funding at the start-up phase of their business. Beyond going to the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' or securing a bond with the well-off cousins, where does a young entrepreneur go to find backing for her/his new fashion venture?
I was at an Escape the City event at Adam Street Club in London last night and I met this recent graduate - she had a sweet face, nervous laugh, and she kind of asked me for career advice...
I've been in the cookery writing business for nine years now. At the age of 13 I was busy formulating a first book proposal that was designed to inspire kids and young people to get into the kitchen to cook for themselves. I loved doing it myself and I saw there was a huge gap in the market.
Professionals in the late 30s, 40s and 50s are realising that with increasing retirement ages they will probably need to carry on working for another 20+ years. If that is the case they want to do something that is much more fulfilling and rewarding.
Information is everything these days. And with social media our access to it has become ever easier - a wealth of overwhelming possibilities at the click of a button. And yet a new survey released by NUS, taken from a sample of over 800 students, reveals that careers advice, especially in relation to apprenticeships is failing young people.
Sitting on the rooftop of Gladys's juice bar in Freetown, I was having an informal chat with some of the women my foundation supports. This wasn't my first trip to Sierra Leone. I was there for International Women's Day in March and had spoken then to some of the women. But this time I got to have a long, in depth conversation with them about the difficulties they have faced as women entrepreneurs and what benefits they get from participating in the country's first network for women entrepreneurs, which is what the Foundation has helped to set up here.