Do Aspiring Women Need Special Treatment?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

We haven't got it quite right yet. I still hear many women talking about the need to find balance between high-powered jobs and the other aspects of their lives. Women still need a hand because in some industries, it's like going back to the Ark.

Bridging the Divide Between School and the Workplace

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

During a recent speech to manufacturing industry executives, Business Secretary Vince Cable cited teachers' lack of workplace knowledge as the 'underlying problem' in careers advice and guidance. According to Cable, teachers - predominantly graduates themselves - "know about UCAS forms - but... know absolutely nothing about the world of work."

Is Your Life on Hold?

Bev James | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bev James

It's easy to be swept along with the motions of life. You have an idea about what you want, but life events and circumstances sweep you up and time quickly moves on without your awareness. But how much do you have to let the waves of life drag you along?

The Importance of Sisterhood

Sadie Brown | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sadie Brown

As I am sat at Triumph HQ in London waiting to meet with an old friend and marketing guru, I am mesmerized not only by the beautiful sets of underwear adorning every corner like a wallpaper of diversity and femininity, but also by the warm and open feel from the staff buzzing around me...

It's Not Just a Day in a Year, It's the difference a Day in a Year Makes

Annalisa Sarasini | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annalisa Sarasini

We all know time is our most precious commodity. We all struggle to find enough time to dedicate to our families, hobbies, interest, work and friends. So when it comes time to embark on something new, we often get scared by the time commitment involved.

All Entrepreneurs Should Aspire to be Award-winning - Here's Why

Jan Flawn | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Jan Flawn

I've always been competitive. I was a keen sportsperson and loved the feeling winning gave me - even when we played family games around the kitchen table, I hated losing. I've taken this competitive spirit into my life as an entrepreneur...

How Can Women Get to the Top - With a Smile?

Victoria Tomlinson | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Tomlinson

Despite all the progress women have made in the workplace, I think there is still a lot to be learnt about 'de-genderising' issues at work. All these women felt they had been discriminated against - and put most of it down to their gender.

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


The Building Blocks of Character - Should Schools Be the Builder?

Xavier Bosch | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Xavier Bosch

Having worked in this area for many years, it is clear to me that a large part of the benefit of school attendance is what you learn outside the classroom, and the interactions with your peers, teachers and other staff. For some children, it could be the first time they interact with an adult beyond their immediate family.

Dispelling the Mentoring Myths

Alex Malley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Alex Malley

There comes a point in many people's careers when they elevate from mentee, to mentor. Often you can tell when this transition is occurring. For instance, a former employee gets in touch wanting to chat about their career, or someone is referred to you by a friend or colleague.

Mr Gove Needs a Positive, Not Punitive, Perception of 'School Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

So Mr Gove, I hope I have been able to show you that 'school service', as a positive force rather than the punitive one you alluded to, has the potential to help pupils so much more than picking up litter.

2013: The Year of the Woman?

Helena Eccles | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Eccles

The most poignant reflection for me this month has been the celebration of some of the most successful women of 2013... Could we say then that perhaps 2013 has been The Year of The Woman?

How To Fail As A Leader

Colin Hunter | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

Over the years, we've found that failed leaders can be an invaluable source of information on what NOT to do. We've also noticed that these leaders share far too many traits, which successfully undermine their position and future.

The Incredible Power of Mentoring

Wakkas Khan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Wakkas Khan

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend The Prince's Seeing is Believing Mosaic school visit. The Prince's Seeing is Believing programme ha...

How to Make a Good Video Interview

Neeta Patel | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Neeta Patel

We are about to start using video interviews as an integral part of our screening process at the New Entrepreneurs Foundation. We have done this in order to increase significantly the number of people we can see (albeit virtually) before making an initial shortlist. As we are about to open applications for this year's group of New Entrepreneurs Foundation students, I thought it would be helpful to provide some tips on how to do a good video interview.

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My Life: Thea Green, Founder Of Nails Inc, On Making It Work | Poorna Bell | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Thea Green, the founder of nail bar chain Nails Inc, knows the meaning of hard graft. Not only has she changed the face of the nail industry and t...

Women's Work - Ilka Gleibs

Andy Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Law

There is a lot for young women to learn from Ilka as they navigate their way round the highways and byways of career opportunities. Work out what motivates you; don't just fall back on the specifics of your school or University qualifications.

How STEW Can Help Women in Business

Jenny Garrett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

I have the honour of being a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was recently asked to provide an online session for their mentees, all of which are women in developing countries. The aim of the session was to provide strategies and tips to help them overcome the challenges they may face.

Your World After the End of The World: An Experiment

Annalisa Sarasini | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annalisa Sarasini

Two years ago, when I decided to leave my job as VP of Sales for a public company, many people told me "don't do it/that's the end of your career/such a risky move" because I didn't have another job lined up. They saw what I was doing as the end of my world, whilst for me it was the beginning of a new one.

Routes to Entrepreneurship

Neeta Patel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Neeta Patel

In early September, 36 eager young aspiring entrepreneurs gathered at a location in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, to start their year long journey learning about entrepreneurship. The cohort is the Class of 2014 specially selected to join The New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme from nearly 1000 applicants.

One Sweet and Sour Chicken and an Egg Fried Rice, Please

Nicky Harris | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Harris

I put the phone down, turned off my computer, picked up my bag and walked. I got in the lift, left the building and got onto the tube home. It was 3.30pm and I'd just walked out of a well-paid advertising agency role where I was respected.

Are You Burnt Out?

Louise Presley-Turner | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Presley-Turner

Always racing from one task to the next, but accomplish very little? Sound familiar? Most days I'm incessantly striving for a clean loo, disinfected worktops, a clear inbox, a flatter tummy, school gate acceptance and career success. Sometimes I just want to stop the clock.

Online Careers Guidance Needs the Human Touch

Dr Tessa Stone | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Tessa Stone

Young people conceive of the internet more as an extension of their social circle than an extension of the school library, and the qualities they seek in the most valuable relationships they form are the same both on and offline: trust, understanding and the sense that someone will be there for them over time.

The University Challenge: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Holly Whittaker | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Whittaker

Whether you decide to go to university or not: you will have fun, you will meet people and make friends, and you will learn. Just make sure it is on your terms - and know that you do have the support around you, whatever you decide.

No More Excuses for Failure

Ashish Prashar | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ashish Prashar

It is time black minority ethnics take responsibility for their own lives and stop making excuses. Growing up, I made quite a few mistakes myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a person from a minority group down.