Archive for the ‘Careers Coach Blog’ Category

How to love your work when you can’t change your job

Despite common belief, it’s not always easy to move jobs when you fall out of love with it. Whether it’s because there just isn’t anything else available in a small town, or because you need to upskill or get more qualifications (that you’re either working on or can’t afford to

Choose 5 things to do a day – you won’t regret it

I was listening to a podcast recently and the topic of envy came up. The presenter spoke about receiving a message from a subscriber who was envious of someone who lived in her neighbourhood and seemed to have it all: great social life, gorgeous home, loving spouse and she also

Fancy a change? Four short-term and online courses you can take without ditching the day job!

Managing both a successful career and a happy family can be tricky for parents. In a recent article, Forbes refers to “mommy wars”, this intense divide between stay-at-home mums and working mothers. It may sound rather unimportant, but it’s actually a complicated societal issue with gender inequality at work, guilt

Mums: why we shouldn’t give up work

We’re so over the working mums vs stay at home mums debate – if that’s what you were expecting to read, you’ll be disappointed. At Mothers Who Work, we really aren’t advocates of pitching working mums against stay-at-home mums. But we do believe in showing mums how they can stay

STOP the time wasting: Which social media platforms are right for your career or business?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin As enticising as it may be to spend every waking hour spying on your colleagues’ LinkedIn profile to see how you can trump them on a job promotion, or looking at your competitor’s Facebook page to see how many comments they’re getting for posts, when

The truth: How working for myself made me a better mother

You know you’re not in a happy place when you don’t want to talk or play, or do much with your family – especially your children. And that’s a situation I found myself in many times before I bit the bullet and starting my full-time business Geek School Tutoring a

Forget new year’s resolutions – draw your life instead

Every year, half the planet probably draws up a list of must-dos. You can guess them already, can’t you? The infamous bucket-list of things to do that will revolutionalise a part of or all of our existence. Nah! Come the end of January, when all the guilt of slipping up

Back-to-work tips to boost your confidence in the workplace

Re-entering the workplace isn’t an easy task, especially if you’ve spent the past few years drowning in a sea of nappies, LEGO bricks and ABC books. In this technological age, becoming a valued member of the workforce could mean learning entirely new programmes and systems. It’s not so much a

Getting back into work as a mother of a child with special needs

Balancing work and parenting can be hard for most people, but there can be a multitude of additional challenges if you are the parent of a child with special needs. Ensuring that you are supported throughout this process and beyond is incredibly important:

3 tips to gaining R. E. S. P. E. C. T.  When you return to work

No matter how accommodating your workplace is towards working mothers, there’s one thing that’s certain – being out of the loop for even a year can feel like the tectonic plates of the Earth are shifting underneath you. The guy who used to make you coffee is now in management.

It’s never to late to do an internship of gain work experience

If you’ve been out of the world of work for a while, or are undergoing a career change it’s you may be struggling to get you foot in the door with an employer. Have you thought of going on an internship or work experience? It’s not just for the twenty

Health and social care is all the rage, but where can an NVQ in health and social care take you?

Going back to work after maternity leave can often feel like you’re starting out right back at the beginning of your career, especially if you weren’t working before your pregnancy, or you decided not to return to your previous employer.  Doing some sort of formal education or training is often

Thinking about a career change? How about engineering?

Arguably, engineering is still a field that makes most people think of one dominated by male workers. This is not surprising when the number of women going into the profession is still relatively low compared to their male counterparts. However, women are still following the engineer career path and enjoying

How to return to work in your true fabulousness

School may be out for summer, but are you set for a return back to work after your maternity leave or a break, raising your child? Being taken seriously in the workplace does have a lot to do with skill and experience, but looking frumpy won’t win you any accolades

How to get ahead in the competitive world of accounting

If you have a passion for organisation and numbers, and you don’t mind putting in plenty of hard work, a career in accountancy could be for you. Work in this field can be rewarding and challenging, and it is often highly paid. However, rising up the ranks is not always

Why an urban planning career could be right up your street

It may not be an obvious career choice, but urban planning is definitely worth considering as an option. With graduate employment rates typically close to 90%, this industry offers good prospects, an interesting and varied work load and the possibility of working in the private, public or even charitable sectors.

How to cope when you miss out on a promotion…note to Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg

Today, David Cameron’s Conservative Party won the General Election, and his arch enemies Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband lost out bitterly. If you’ve ever lost out to a colleague when you both tried out for a promotion, you’ll understand what the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and the there parties are

Woman quits £60,000 a year job to sell ice cream on an island…would you?

Is it ever too late to change your career? Well, only if you say so. The term ‘mature student’ was coined for a reason – to give anyone who decided (in adult life) that they wanted to change careers to have the opportunity to do just that. If you think

Top three plan b jobs

Life often doesn’t turn out quite like you expect, whether because of a change in circumstances or lack of opportunities. This might mean that you don’t pursue your dream career; with children to look after it’s not always easy to undertake further studying, and you of course need to have

Podcast: How to apply for flexible working – the proper way

Applying for flexible working can be daunting – especially if your boss has already tried to put you off the idea verbally. But a conversation in passing shouldn’t stop you from making a statutory application.