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.
As of this week, students will be forced to remain in education until they are 17 - a whole year after completing their GCSEs, and as of September 2015, the age will be 18. Is this a good idea? The simple answer is: No. Not everyone blossoms at school, and to force those who are desperate to leave and start work is surely detrimental.
With an increasing pressure on jobs and university places, a need for more extracurricular skills above and beyond academic, and the current economic climate, it's no surprise that recent research by us revealed that half of British teenagers worry that they'll be less successful than their parents.
There is no such thing as a free lunch, especially when companies do not stretch to cover travel and/or lunch expenses for their interns. Why should free labour be any different? Upon asking a number of soon-to-be graduates about their unpaid and paid internship experience, the result whether they were worthwhile was varied.
Everyone is unique in what they need to work on and develop but practical training and experience cannot be beaten. Whether you dream of being a radio newsreader or a radio presenter, you will need to gain confidence in your 'sound'...
As I reflect on my experiences in India so far, one daily pain I have to endure is my commute to work. That is, four hours a day spent travelling to and from work. This is normal, of course; plenty of people spend a sizeable part of their day just commuting to work as in a developed, modern society, often we live further away from our work than we desire...
This move by graduates to turn away from traditional offers of work is to me the real hope for my generation's future. While the amount of graduates searching for jobs still vastly outweighs the vacancies in the traditional market we need to encourage and support those willing to create their own jobs.
There are a few key things to consider when looking for a job. Networking is hugely valuable and it is worth turning to friends and past colleagues to let people know you are looking for work. Make sure you research the market you are interested in to ensure your skills and personality match the industry requirements...
With student accommodation in Central London regularly highlighted as being some of the most expensive student accommodation within the UK, most students find themselves having to live on extremely tight budgets. So, if you want to "ease the squeeze" without starving to death, follow my Student Guide to Eating on a Budget.
When I left school, I was doing well academically with B's and C's in all my GCSEs and so I followed everyone else and went to study full time in college. However, after a few months into my BTEC and A-levels I decided full time studying wasn't for me, as I am such a hands on learner I found it difficult to learn in a classroom environment.
So to all the all new students fleeing the nest for the next few years, I would pass on this advice: start to give your future some serious thought. Although you will probably think that an argument over who gets the biggest cupboard in your new university digs is important - keep focused on the bigger stuff.