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 [...]

Career Magic: Why Are You Hiding Your Talents?

Today, as part of National Careers Week, I talked to 300 15-16-year-olds at Garforth Academy about what helps to increase their employability while still at school. My central message is that everyone has talents. And they don't need to look like the all-singing and all-dancing variety of a TV Talent Show. I'm talking about the everyday [...]

By |2017-11-15T15:23:11+00:00March 6th, 2017|Students & Graduates, Education|2 Comments

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 [...]

Podcast: Learning From Different Cultures At University

What do you get when you mix international relations, mentoring and diversity together? A career in careers advice, in the case of Monira Ahmed. She is a self-confessed straggler - someone who took a while to find what she wanted to do after graduating. After a series of random jobs, she pointed her interests, transferrable [...]

By |2017-11-17T17:50:59+00:00April 10th, 2016|Students & Graduates, Education|2 Comments

Critical Thinking: Why it Matters And What It Is

Employers ask wacky interview questions. That's according to a recent investigation of thousands of UK job candidates by Glassdoor. A software engineer is asked to guess how he would fit an elephant in a fridge. A telecoms manager is asked how many people born in 2013 are named Gary. Fair or unfair, employers want to [...]

Distance Learning: How To Make Your Life Easier

There are many different learning options available to gain a qualification today and it can be quite tricky to choose the best one for you. Distance learning is one option that gives you the opportunity to learn remotely rather than in a classroom. More students than ever are studying for qualifications through this method. What [...]

By |2016-03-13T10:00:18+00:00March 13th, 2016|Students & Graduates, Professionals, Education|0 Comments

Why Unlearning And Learning These 3 Skills Is The Future

The shelf-life of our existing skill sets is getting shorter. What skills do you need to unlearn and learn to be employable in 5 years time? The rapidly changing nature of work means the way we've done things in the past may not be fit for the future. The World Economic Forum produced a report recently [...]

Youth Employment: Listening To The Voices Of Young People

It's always heartening to hear about a success story of doing the right thing and a bit of positive karma when the world pays someone back in kind. Meet Kenechi Efiezula, known as KC, who is the Membership Manager and a Youth Ambassador at social enterprise, Youth Employment UK. This articulate and committed 24-year-old is [...]

Fail Hard, Fail Fast For Entrepreneurial Success

Experience is the best form of learning. You can talk, observe, study and plan as much as you like, but it's not until the rubber hits the road, to coin a phrase from my transatlantic friends, that you find out what works and what doesn't, what you are capable of and where you struggle. Two [...]

#CanheJez? Leadership Reflections On The Labour Party Selection

What will Jeremy Corbyn be like as a leader? What has he shown to date? How will his leadership style need to evolve to be successful? You can listen to me here speaking on BBC Radio (1 hour 42 minutes in) about his leadership credentials following the dramatic events of his selection. Here are my reflections. [...]

Student Employability: The Confident Me

Some have called it 'an identity crisis'. Universities face tough challenges as higher education transitions to meet the demands of student employability. Debate rages about the purpose and value of taking the degree path. Students and their parents scrutinise the experience and outcomes ever more closely given the model of student debt. What does that [...]

By |2015-09-06T11:58:24+00:00September 6th, 2015|Students & Graduates, Education|4 Comments

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders: The Only Way Is Ethics

Recent stories emanating from Amazon about its internal work practices suggest a confused moral picture. How CEO, Jeff Bezos, goes about addressing the challenge will be a test of his ethical leadership. The UK’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI) argues we face “a crisis of ethics” arising from the ashes of the recession. Moral development is [...]

How To Make Your Digital Profile Stand Out With “Not-Com”

This article is by Erica Bray of Name.Kitchen. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Details count when crafting your professional brand, especially your digital profile – as that’s where prospective employers, clients and business partners will go to research you. A clever and memorable domain name – one that stands [...]

How To Use Your Brainwaves For A Sea Change

Shift happens. That’s what the neuroscientists are saying. The nature versus nurture debate seems a little simplistic these days. The more we know about the brain (that inimitable control centre forever envied by Apple and Google), the more the known unknowns. Learning raises more questions. Which is great for each of us because our learning [...]

By |2015-02-22T10:23:14+00:00February 22nd, 2015|Students & Graduates, Professionals, Education|0 Comments

Rewiring Your Brain Through Mindfulness

Is your mind too full of stuff at the moment? Are you on auto-pilot engaging in mindless activity causing you stress with the potential for burnout? Many of us have become increasingly dependent on technology and are living with greater uncertainty in our lives. Busy, yes, but what kind of busyness and does it contribute [...]

How Social Media Impacts The Career Trajectory of 3 Generations

Four career professionals from across the globe got together in 2014 to talk about social media and its role in our life and career. Speaking candidly about professional and personal experiences. Featuring: Sabrina Ali from MakeBelieveForReal Mark Babbitt, CEO of YouTern Chris Milborrow of Grant Thornton (then at the University of Strathclyde) David Shindler of [...]

The Power of 3: Videos, Books And Blogs 2014

Reflection does not come easily to us these days. Until the end of the year and then everyone picks up on it. Introspection gives me an advantage and I'm a sucker for lists which is why I like Buzzfeed and Listly. Apparently, the Chinese are superstitious about even numbers. Blogs with odd numbers in the [...]

Young People Are Doing It For Themselves

You know that feeling when you hear a song played and you can’t get it out of your head? That happened to me this week with Sisters are doing it for themselves  (Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin - if you clicked on the link, you won’t be able to stop either). It resonated with something [...]

By |2016-02-12T08:51:02+00:00November 30th, 2014|Students & Graduates, Education|0 Comments