Category Archives: Careers

Top 5 Places in London to Learn Something New (and Grow Personally, Professionally and Spiritually)

5 places in London to learn something new

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell

Don’t you just love a long bank holiday weekend! Especially when the sky is blue and the sun is shining.

However, no matter how long weekend or how lovely weather, as it comes to an end, many people start to feel anxious at the thought of returning to work.

I know you don’t necessarily hate your job, you’re bored and want to do something different, you’re just not quite sure what. You know you want to do something you enjoy and ideally you’d like to do something meaningful and that makes a difference.

Life feels mundane and you’d like to inject some excitement, energy and adventure.

Attending talks and workshops can be a great way to develop new skills, gain new personal insights and meet new people – all of which can lead to new opportunities, in both your career and life. They can also be fun, enjoyable and a welcome change from your normal routine.

Here are 5 places in London that offer talks, classes and workshops that can help you … Read more

3 Unrealistic Expectations of a Career Change

3 Unrealistic Expectations of a Career Change

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” ~ Earl Nightingale

There are many people around the world who are unhappy in their career. If asked, most people would say that they’d gladly change career and would love to do something different. Yet, year after year they find themselves in the same career, feeling more and more dissatisfied.

Some people do take initial action and begin looking into what it would take to change their career. However after a short time, they give up on the idea and resign themselves to the career they are currently in.

I believe many people quit their pursuit of a career change because they have unrealistic expectations. When these expectations are proven wrong, they get stuck or feel fearful and retreat to the safety of what they know.

Here are 3 unrealistic expectations of a career change that people commonly have:

1. Once I’m clear what I want to do, the rest will be simple and straight forward

Many people feel frustrated when working out what they could do as an alternative to their current career. A lot of the women I work with … Read more

5 benefits of volunteering when considering a career change

“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.” ~ Gillian Anderson

Volunteering has many benefits; not only for you, but also for the organisation and the beneficiaries of the work the organisation delivers.

It comes in many forms. Some voluntary opportunities are flexible whilst others can be for a fixed period of time. There are some voluntary positions where you are required to do a specific role or provide certain skills. At the same time there are other voluntary roles that require you to get involved across the entire organisation, depending on its size.

If you are considering a career change or even simply making changes to your current job, volunteering can provide you with valuable opportunities to improve your future career and job prospects.

Your can make a difference

Many non-for-profit organisations are crying out for volunteers. Finance is often a challenge for these organisations and therefore they are limited to how many paid employees they can have. This means they rely heavily on the … Read more

3 Important Questions You Need to Answer Before Changing Career


Let me guess, one of your main concerns about changing career or making any change is the chance of it not working out.

Fear of failure is very real. With concerns about finance, experience as well as what friends, family, colleagues and the rest of society might think, the pressure to make the “right” decision can be immense.

If you’ve invested years of your life training in your respective field and building a career, it can be very scary to leave that all behind and pursue something new. After all, how do you know that you do not just have a case of “grass is greener” syndrome and that after a few years in your new career you won’t find yourself back in the same position?

No-one likes rejection

I’ve been reading a book recently that talks a lot about getting comfortable with “no”. It points out that too many people do not take actions that they know will move them closer to where they want to be because they are scared of someone telling them no. I’m guessing you are no different, otherwise you wouldn’t still be in a job or career (or any other situation) that is making … Read more

When the Career “Golden Handshake” Loses it’s Shine


I recently attended an event at the BT Centre in central London. The aim of the event was to inform young people aged 15-18 years old about the apprenticeship opportunities available within BT and the benefits of doing an apprenticeship, specifically with BT.

As the day progressed, I became aware of the emphasis that was placed on what a huge privilege it was to be in a building such as the BT headquarters where the event was being held.

It was a typical London corporate building with a security and reception desk in the entrance, multiple floors and lots of marble, glass and shiny surfaces. There was a cafe and a gymnasium onsite and constant stream of smartly dressed people passing by hurriedly. There was even a glass elevator!

The host for the day and some of the existing apprentices spoke of the benefits you get when joining the company and what a wonderful place it was to begin and develop your career.

The ultimate sign of graduate success 

I was reminded of the days when I was in my final year at university. When the pressure was on to start thinking about what I was going to do next … Read more

Is the way you feel about your job affecting your mental health?


“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~ Unknown

I read in an article recently that almost 50% of all illnesses in the UK are  mental health related illnesses. I was really shocked by this figure as initially it sounded remarkably high to me. As I continued reading the article, it featured interviews with several counsellors discussing the dramatic increase in the number of people they are now seeing and the variety of concerns these people have.

Bored, unfulfilled and underpaid

Unsurprisingly, one of the main areas many people were concerned with was work and employment. Many people have experienced redundancy over the past couple of years since the recession hit in 2008/2009 – me included! Others who managed to hang onto their jobs haven’t had a pay rise in that time and effectively due to inflation they’ve actually experienced a decrease in their pay. Added to this, many people have had to take on the responsibilities of colleagues that have left or been made redundant. None of this makes for a happy, fulfilled life or a calm, balanced state of mind.

Additionally, as I know through … Read more