The idea of working as a freelancer in any profession hasmany attractionsbut before anyone takes this step they should really work out the pros and cons of this lifestyle. Decisions It’s one thing to be able to write a dissertation or good essay but writing commercially is a totally different proposition. The first thing to recognise is that freelance writing can cause havoc with anyone’s life. An individual who becomes a freelance writer will have to recognise that their life will be dominated by deadlines, and these won’t take family life into read more..
If you've made the life-changing decision to switch careers and start a new business, you have already proved that you are a person who is not afraid of taking risks and making a jump into the unknown. For some people, a career change is given a little push: being laid off, for example, or following a spouse to a new country or city due to their own job. Whatever the reasons for switching careers midstream, starting your own business is for many people a long-standing dream, one that means taking up what you have always read more..
Former GB cyclist Victoria Pendleton is all too familiar with trying to manage life after cycling, even after a stint on Strictly Come Dancing! Reflecting on life after retirement, she said, “It’s hard without goals..…... I couldn’t see what the point was, where was the purpose in my life.” Is life really hard without goals? If I’m honest, it can be liberating to not be chasing targets all the time and then setting new ones as read more..
What Career Change Lessons can we learn from Huggy Bear? Depending on your age you may or may not remember a character called Huggy Bear from the 70s cop show Starsky and Hutch. The character was later played by Snoop Dogg in the 2004 film version. Huggy was a flash dressing, streetwise, jive-talking dude who ran a bar in LA. Whenever Starsky and Hutch needed to find some bad guys or someone who knew bad guys, they’d turn to Huggy Bear. Huggy was well connected and knew, read more..
A career change is one of the biggest changes you can go through in life, but one of the most essential if you are unhappy in your work. Whether you make a big change or a small transition, it’s particularly important to make sure you’re ready to take the necessary steps towards a fulfilling career. Before you start to think about what type of work will bring the best out in you, here’s 5 simple steps that you must take to ensure that you don’t give up at the first, second read more..
In order to encourage participation from developing countries, the International Olympic Committee will allow some athletes to compete in the Olympics who would normally not stand a chance of qualifying. Back in 2000 at the Sydney games, a man named Eric Moussambani (later nicknamed Eric the Eel) from the little known African nation of Equatorial Guinea took to the water to compete in the 100m freestyle. I’m not sure what Eric’s previous ‘career’ was, but he had only learnt how to swim 6 months before the games and had never seen a read more..
WOMEN What to wear to a job interview Although a job interview isn’t the place to start experimenting with your style, just because you’re going to an interview doesn’t mean you have to dress frumpishly. Remember though that the more you have going on, the more disorganised you’ll appear, and the less of a good impression you’ll make. So keep it simple, go for unfussy clean lines and try not to draw their attention to anything too eye-catching as you want the interviewer read more..
Starting a new business is exciting and at the same time a bit nerve-wracking because there are so many things that new business owners need to take account of. Getting up to speed on current tax information is particularly important because getting it wrong can be an expensive mistake. Here are a few things that start-up business owners need to remember. Limiting liability The tax rules for self-employed people are much more complex than those for typical employees. Being prepared for this and making sure read more..
In my younger days I used to dismiss horse racing as a sport. What could be easier than having to sit on a horse that does all the hard work? As I’ve become older and just a little bit wiser I’ve begun to appreciate the demands placed on jockeys, both mentally and physically. And that’s before they have a fall. At the age of 18, a sprightly young jockey called Tony McCoy was riding a horse and had a terrible fall. It was one of those sickening ones where read more..
Breaking into a creative industry can be tough, especially when the number of people applying outweighs the number of jobs readily available. It is essential that you stand out from the crowd and show why you should be chosen over your competition. Seize every opportunity that you come across because no matter how small it may seem – it can always lead onto bigger prospects. However, there are a number of ways you can further your chances and secure a role in your chosen profession. 1. Work experience read more..