How to Combat the Workplace Loneliness Epidemic

People in any profession and at all levels can suffer from isolation at work. Those in senior roles often carry huge amounts of responsibility and can feel like the only person with the answers. Interns may struggle to integrate and long-standing employees often feel disengaged. What can managers do about workplace loneliness and enhance team [...]

By |2018-12-09T12:37:14+00:00December 9th, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

How To Be An Influential Everyday Leader

The word leader is often associated with seniority, job roles, and positions in a hierarchy. There is also the assumption by some people that leaders are born rather than made. It can suggest that the idea of leading is only for a chosen few. Yet, from my experience, we all have the potential to be an influential [...]

How to Apply Neuroscience and Encourage High Trust

Trust is in short supply these days. Just ask disengaged employees or disillusioned job seekers. So, how do you encourage it as a leader or manager? As a job seeker, how do you know if a potential employer has a culture of trust? This post looks at helpful advances in neuroscience and how you can [...]

Work-Related Expenses: Are They Costing You a Fortune?

A new study from CV-Library reveals that the average Brit spends £205 a month on work-related expenses, including lunch, commuting and stationary. That’s equivalent to £2,460 a year! Do you think that's fair? How much does location make a difference? Learning to Leap explores the findings and hears from Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. [...]

By |2018-09-16T10:09:17+00:00September 16th, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

New Dawn For Career Opportunities in the Automotive Industry?

What are your perceptions of working in the automotive industry? You might think it's filled with middle-aged men in suits working at your local car dealership. Maybe, you know someone's son who works as an apprentice mechanic. Perhaps, Top Gear is your reference point. Whatever your preconceptions, how vehicles are manufactured, bought and sold is changing radically [...]

Own the Process: How to Achieve Success like Gareth

Often, business likes to identify learning from the world of sport. The emotional peaks and troughs are rich pickings. Sometimes people dismiss sport as too different from business and the world of work. The analogies don't work, they say. It seems to me that the England football manager, Gareth Southgate, is reversing the trend and [...]

Businesswomen on the Rise: Positive Trends in the UK

The latest findings on the reasons that prevent women getting into FTSE350 boardrooms are depressingly familiar and shameful. Nevertheless, the shift towards self-employment, freelancing and independent working is having an impact on gender equality in the UK. The direction of travel is positive as the gap between the number of businessmen and businesswomen is closing. This [...]

By |2018-06-03T11:27:35+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

Management Style: Why You Need to Pull More

Managers are the butt of so much dissatisfaction in the workplace today. Often, they are piggies-in-the-middle between frontline employees, the wider organisation, and senior leaders. As the pressure to meet targets and deliver results pushes down, harassed managers face the tricky balancing act of trying to satisfy everyone. Depending on the culture, some succeed more [...]

By |2018-03-18T10:09:22+00:00March 18th, 2018|Professionals, Business/Employers|0 Comments

Mentoring Tips: Do You Want To Get More Professional?

It's National Careers Week (#NCW2018) and National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2018) from 5-9 March 2018. Mentoring plays a key role in career transitions and supporting apprentices. So, I've put together a free ebook on mentoring tips and modern practices. It will appeal to lifelong learners and employers interested in improving their understanding and enhancing their professionalism [...]

New Mentor? How to Go From Fears to Cheers

Recognition of the business benefits of mentoring is increasing. Unsurprising, given the perfect storm of disruption as the norm and demographic shifts leading to a multi-generational workplace. This post looks at debunking some myths, new approaches to mentoring, and how a new mentor can overcome common fears. The old paradigm The stereotype mentor of the last century [...]

Employers: How to Build Trust With Millennial Applicants

When it comes to landing a job, Millennials are experts at reaching out to employers. They follow up on questions and ultimately sell themselves and their personal brand. Millennial applicants are put off if their potential employer does not respond with similar enthusiasm and engagement. If employers are distant and non-communicative, they may second-guess their choice [...]

How To Ensure a Great Induction in Your First Job

You land your first job in a corporate environment after a ton of rejected applications and near-misses at interviews. Finally, you escape the short-term, temporary and low-level jobs you take to survive after graduating. Your hard work and persistence are paying off as you look forward to an exciting new role. You arrive with a [...]

By |2017-12-10T19:09:31+00:00December 10th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Business/Employers|0 Comments

Design Mindset: How to Increase Your Job Chances

Recently, I visited the new Design Museum in Kensington, London, relocated from its former South Bank home. Now housed in the old Commonwealth Institute building, it's a gorgeous use of space, light, angles, colours, and materials. Imagine the pressure on the designers creating something that meets the expectations of a design museum! An enlightening experience full [...]

The Power of Place for Graduates in the Job Search

Where do graduates live and work? How much does the location matter in graduate choices? Research into graduate migration by Labour Market Information expert, Charlie Ball, shows existing ties to local areas can influence a propensity to work in them. Also, I would suggest that the attraction of a city plays a part in the decision-making [...]

By |2017-11-09T08:31:11+00:00November 6th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Business/Employers|0 Comments

Podcast with Alexandra Galviz, Gentle Millennial Warrior

When Scott Peck wrote his iconic book, The Road Less Traveled, I bet he didn't foresee the title becoming part of the lexicon of the world of careers. Yet, the title still resonates for many people and seems apt for my latest podcast guest, the Millennial champion, Alexandra Galviz. This Boomer began following Alex on LinkedIn [...]

Jack Jennings is Hampshire’s First YEUK Young Professional

A good news story (and not just for Christmas). Twenty-year-old Jack Jennings, Operations Assistant at The Display Centre, is Hampshire’s first Youth Employment UK Young Professional. Following Jack’s passing of the YEUK Young Professional online test, Caroline Dinenage, Gosport MP and Secretary at The Department for Education, met Jack to talk about his involvement with [...]

Youth Voice: What Do Young People Want From Employers?

Vera Brittain wrote an extraordinary memoir, Testament of Youth, capturing her generation's experience from 1900-1925 including the First World War. The power of that book's title comes to mind this week when attending a conference on youth employment. What is the youth voice about jobs, careers, and the barriers to entering the world of work [...]

Career Direction: How to Make A More Informed Leap

The lack of institutional careers advice and guidance today leaves young people floundering in rough seas without a compass. Parents approach me for coaching help because of the confusion of their offspring. Helping them decide on a firm career direction is often a well-intentioned parent's starting point and that can feel like undue pressure for [...]

Young Professional: How to Get A Guaranteed Job Interview

John loved using his hands and designing objects made of wood when he was at school. His favourite subject, Design and Technology, was also his worst result at GCSE. How come? He would make these beautiful ornaments, bowls, and small furniture. Then he would have to write about it. John's love lay in doing, making [...]

HE And Employers: How To Build A Community Ethos

Higher education and employers are constantly seeking ways to engage more closely in an era of student fees and with employability high on the agenda. Leeds Trinity University is no exception. This thriving institution is 50 years old this year having started out as a Catholic teaching training college. It has built on its heritage [...]

By |2017-11-17T17:31:27+00:00June 26th, 2016|Students & Graduates, Business/Employers|0 Comments