Lasting confidence

The (students’) Easter  holidays have given me the chance to read & watch stuff to invigorate the grey matter.  2 of which I’ve been musing on: The Impact of Body Language  http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html I tend to be a little dismissive of body language because I’ve a bit of a bad back so I sit & stand in the…

Here today, here tomorrow

Most people’s work is ephemeral – processing that loan payment, serving a customer at a till, mending a broken car; they all happen and the world moves on and there’s very little to show for it beyond the short term. I can look back at the work I did at the beginning of my working life –…

Alchemy: Turning knowledge into action

I’ve just been reading a blog on the Guardian website where a student is discussing whether the country’s education policy has the balance right – that she & her peers know a lot of stuff, but don’t know how to actually do much themselves. As a careers adviser part of my job is helping my clients know…

One Rule for One, Another for Another

I was chatting to a zookeeper last night which is not something I’ve ever been able to type before.  She spent one day per week volunteering at the zoo whilst taking her zoology degree, and she must have impressed everyone because she was asked to join full time a few months after graduation. This seems…

Well I wasn’t expecting that.

The festive holidays have given me the chance to catch up on movies I’ve missed, and rewatch others.  Two of those I’ve rewatched (Quantum of Solace & Thor) were much better than I remembered, one of those I’ve caught up on (Prometheus) wasn’t as bad as I’d been lead to believe. I’m sure that there…

Waiting for the muse to call

It’s been a month since I last blogged.  It’s not because I don’t care, it’s because I wasn’t getting any inspiration about what to write.  In the end, it’s this lack of inspiration that has become the spur, although not directly. Yesterday I ran a small workshop covering the types of questions that can be…

Achieving the balance

At a recent visit to a Company’s Head Office, one of our female students was struck by just how few women see saw working there. There was nothing out of the ordinary at that Company as City Finance has traditionally been a male dominated environment, like Engineering or Construction. And like these industries, City Finance…

Variety is the spice of life

Just about everyone says that they want variety in their jobs. In fact no one has ever said to me that they want monotony. But when asked what they mean, that’s where the differences begin. New tasks, different locations, talking to a range of people, short projects, long projects, travel overseas – everybody’s definition of…

Who’s it worth applying to?

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the Autumn is the time of year that students are bombarded with employers beseeching them to apply for graduate programmes before the closing date.  These deadlines are great for the employer, but can instill panic in the student body, and panic tends to supplant reason, meaning a generation of headless chickens…

Waving from windows

Sat perusing the sleeve notes of the new Elbow CD I came across the following about the b-sides and rarities that make up the album: “others….. were written and recorded quickly and perhaps not fully appreciated by the band until some time afterwards”. This reminded me of a recent conversation with a student – he…