When it rains, it pours – National Careers Week articles…

As per the title, yesterday turned out to be a fecund period of, well, I won't say journalism, because... you know. BUT. I did manage to get two articles published, one in the Femail section, all about what parents can do to help their kids find their career path and one in the TES, all … Continue reading When it rains, it pours – National Careers Week articles…

Trade your passion for glory.

Oh hi there everyone, long time, little in the way of articles. You know how it is... anyway in amongst all the other noise and clamour I did manage to dash out this effort for Femail. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6688007/From-apprenticeships-gap-years-careers-expert-reveals-paths-teenager-take.html No, no - you're welcome. Enjoy it...

Well I never. Wellbeing rising.

As well as being a horrendous armchair know it all when it comes to career, university and work preparedness I've also been paying attention to other things education. So much so that I got involved with the TalkHealth Partnership earlier in the year and started writing some blogs about mental wellbeing in students and the … Continue reading Well I never. Wellbeing rising.

Long time, no grouse.

What a lovely seasonal title - although for fans of game hunting I'm afraid you'll be left desperately short of the dark meat you so enjoy. No, no this is a much different sort of grouse,  it is of course the kind of mumbled accusations and mutterings you may also associate with this time of … Continue reading Long time, no grouse.

Top tips for preparing for the Oxbridge interviews.

It is fast approaching 'that time of year' - not Christmas although yes, Christmas of course - gone is the humdrum spookiness of Halloween only to be replaced instantaneously by a cornucopia of tinsel festooned supermarkets, each gaudier than the last and insisting on a live countdown until the damp squib of the day itself. … Continue reading Top tips for preparing for the Oxbridge interviews.

Fly me to the moon. Or how science got sexy.

From the moment our forbears first picked up flint and struck fire or constructed a makeshift axe we have been a people of tool users. More than that we have sought out and refined tools that make things easier. It perhaps wouldn't be unkind to suggest that the entirety of humanity's progress has been driven … Continue reading Fly me to the moon. Or how science got sexy.

What do I do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

If the *shudder* unthinkable happens and you find yourself holding a family meeting with much hand wringing and chest beating it can mean only one thing - your child has confessed to not wanting to go to university. 'How could this happen?', you ask yourself, 'we have books, they eat brie etc etc etc.' Well … Continue reading What do I do if my child doesn’t want to go to university?

SHOCK! UK universities in the firing line by the OECD, graduates can’t read good.

For regular readers of my blog, students I work with and those lucky half dozen who bought my book, this will be a familiar refrain so excuse me whilst I fulminate, for new readers - you'll likely know this anyway but such is the nature of the edu-echo-chamber. So... once more UK universities are back … Continue reading SHOCK! UK universities in the firing line by the OECD, graduates can’t read good.

9/11

On the anniversary of September 11 it's hard not to feel the creeping spectre of fear that jangles the nerves and gives rise to hundreds of 'there but for...' stories. Everyone of my generation knows where they were, the memory remains a grotesque imprint of the callous indifference that humans are capable of. The Americans … Continue reading 9/11

Pay attention, stop what you’re doing and look at me! New term, same challenges, common sense advice. Careers stuff.

Here it is, the new academic term has begun and for teachers, parents and students with enquiring minds, the question that should always be rattling around is, 'where is this going?' That is to say, whilst learning for its own sake is an invaluable, worthy and hoped for goal, learning to boxtick arbitrary governmental measures … Continue reading Pay attention, stop what you’re doing and look at me! New term, same challenges, common sense advice. Careers stuff.