With the streamlining of businesses taking place in a variety of different settings--from law firms to hospitals--and an increasing reliance on outsourcing formerly solid jobs, a big question is whether the old methods of building up career experience still apply. This is especially true of nursing.
Yes, there may be some graduates who are lazy and bring their unemployment on themselves, but there are many of us who aren't and can't afford to be. We try, we work hard, we have good grades, we show initiative, we are creative, we are dynamic, and we might be funny. So why are we unemployed?
Unless your parents can feed and house you in London or the suburbs your chances of surviving as an intern are practically zero. If you are reading this in a public relations office, a fashion house or a media newsroom, look around and you'll see that the workforce in most is far from diverse. However, it does seem that there is growing momentum for change.
They are meant to give young people a taste of work, but traineeship are fast becoming a necessary, if poorly rewarded, precondition to launching their careers. Work placements are often abused as a form of cheap labour, with youngsters being given no training and little or no pay and sometimes being given simple, menial tasks like photocopying and making tea that do not make use of their skills and education. The European Parliament has now called for an end to this exploitation.
Congratulations you have made it into your final year at university. If it hasn't already, the dread will kick in and you will realise that it's all coming to an end... You shouldn't panic though, you've got a year left and it will be over before you know it, it is worth facing the challenge head on.
With the new University term a few weeks away, and some freshers already enjoying their very first taste of university life, many will be wondering; is it worth getting a job while away at University?
The government and advising bodies will no doubt try and convince you and your classmates that going to university is possible whatever your backgrounds or interests. Do not be fooled it is not that simple.
Sixteen years after graduating from Brunel University as a Manufacturing/Mechanical engineer, I have decided to pursue a postgraduate engineering degree at the University of Oxford. When I studied at Brunel in the mid-90s, I was one of 5 females out of about 50 students...
I read this week that the minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd was getting some heat for daring to mention that young people today perhaps lack the "grit" of yesteryear, necessary to find jobs and succeed in life. He was referring to the Neets, a subject close to my heart, those young people Not in Education Employment or Training. So is he right?
Although we all tell ourselves we need to address our work-life balance, have we ever thought about the effect we are having on the next generation? Careers and success will always be an important part of everyone's life, but that doesn't mean success should have to come at so high a price.
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...