Frustrated and annoyed by widespread disinterest.

I’ve spent most of of my professional life helping people get jobs. I studied journalism and have a degree in creative writing. I am a published author. I even worked at the BBC. I’ve spent the last three years working at colleges and schools to help with careers and academic decision making. I have contacted [...]

What I did during the holidays… (the importance of work experience)

What did you do? It's a genuine question. What did you do? You had a week off, so what did you do? The biggest complaint I get from students is that they don't have enough time to do anything. They are always so busy. What that means in reality is that they have a certain [...]

Taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it).

As a committed and aggressively pro-Education hectorer I assayed a certain kind of moral superiority over those taking children out of school during term time.  Alas I too have now joined those shameful ranks and no more can I sneeringly judge those that do. In my slight defence mine was an error of timing not [...]

Top 5 tips for interview attire. Suit up! Or why quirky is not the new black.

“It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.” – G. Bruce Boyer When I was a [...]

Money for old rope. Why CV writing services are the modern day flea circuses.

I'm sure there is a purpose for Nigel Farage, I've just never really been able to understand what it is. Similarly, the burgeoning cottage industry of CV writing companies must have some reason to exist but I'm really struggling with what that might be. It feels like a heady mix of the Emperor's new clothes [...]

Behave yourself, this is a place of work.

Gearing up for a pitching meeting is always a little like standing in the wings just before darting onto the stage with a flourish and announcing yourself with fluid iambic brilliance. You gird your loins, press your shirt and make yourself battle ready. Same as an interview, same as any meeting really. You want to [...]