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Month: November 2019

Your guide to coping with appraisals

Friday, November 29th, 2019

They can seem like a chore for bosses and employees, but if you want to climb the career ladder, it’s vital to take appraisals seriously. For your employer, they’re an opportunity to communicate their priorities and set targets. And for you, they’re a chance to talk about the actions you need to take to develop [Read more…]

Thinking about marketing your new business idea?

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Many of our students go on to start their own businesses, perhaps no surprise when you consider that small businesses now account for about 60% of the employment in the UK private sector (and around half of the turnover). The internet has significantly opened up the possibilities of starting your own business and marketing it [Read more…]

How to make sure you have the perfect references

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Personal recommendations are one of the most powerful influences on employers’ hiring decisions. One survey found that after the interview and your CV, references have the biggest impact on whether you get the job. But many of us treat references as an afterthought, perhaps assuming that they rarely get checked. In some cases, your past [Read more…]

Five reasons to change career after 50

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Middle age may once have been a time for coasting into retirement, but no longer: workers are increasingly looking for work that stimulates and stretches them throughout their careers. This is likely to be one of the reasons why thousands of apprenticeship starts in the UK come from over-50s, and why research shows that 40% [Read more…]

Are you a workaholic? How to spot the signs and regain control

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Many addictions feel like a badge of shame, but for workaholics it can feel like a source of pride. After all, our work culture prizes people who can put in the hours. But our jobs are a marathon, not a sprint: in the long run, overwork takes its toll on our health and our productivity, [Read more…]

How to leave work stress behind when you get home

Friday, November 8th, 2019

One unfortunate fact of life is that the more you succeed in your career, the more likely you are to bring work home work and all the stresses that come with it. A University of Toronto study found that professionals “with more authority, decision-making latitude, pressure, and longer hours” were the most likely to find work [Read more…]

Learn the digital skills that employers value most

Friday, November 8th, 2019

When it comes to brushing up our expertise, for many of us it’s digital skills that are top of the list. No wonder IT courses are one of the most popular choices. More than three-quarters of businesses have some degree of shortage of digital skills, affecting the bottom line in 29% of cases, a survey [Read more…]

Which jobs have the highest levels of happiness?

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Choosing a job – or switching careers – is one of the biggest decisions we make. In a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, people rated it as more significant than when to start a family, whether to get married or where to live. It all makes sense: we spend nearly a third of [Read more…]

How to hit the ground running after a career break

Friday, November 8th, 2019

There are lots of reasons why you might have to put your career on pause for a while, whether it’s bringing up kids, taking care of elderly relatives or just pursuing a personal passion such as travel. And that means relaunching your career is increasingly a rite of passage.   But that doesn’t make it [Read more…]

Five tips for thriving as a part-time worker

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Whether taking time for family responsibilities or combining work and study, more and more people are working part-time: recent figures show almost 8.5m workers have part-time hours, an increase of nearly 2m in the last 20 years. That flexibility is a big help, but it brings its own challenges: how can you make sure your [Read more…]