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New office, newfound enthusiasm

April 11th, 2014 GMT by Mark Anderson

Many people are attracted to a particular industry sector or type of work because it fits their personality. Others, unfortunately, are going to find themselves on a career path that is ultimately unsuitable, making them feel as though they are in a rut and in need of a new direction. Making a major career change, from one profession to a completely different one, can be hard to achieve especially in difficult times when those who have a job may feel they cannot risk losing it. There is always the possibility, of course, that the job itself may not read more..


April 3rd, 2014 GMT by Mark Anderson

Somebody once said that dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. Is dreaming a good idea when it comes to career planning, or should we be, dare I say, realistic? If you're planning a career change, this is the battle of the mind that you'll inevitably face. Here's my thoughts....  read more..

A-Z video guide, Job hunting

Workplace drugs testing – your rights and responsibilities

February 27th, 2014 GMT by Mark Anderson

Why has drug testing become so important in the workplace? In general, the term drug refers to a chemical substance introduced into the human body that affects both the body and the mind. Motor skills, sensory skills, and thought patterns are affected because the drug modifies the normal interaction of chemicals in and around muscle, nerve, and brain cells. Quite often, after the effects of the drug have abated, there is an obvious and pronounced withdrawal stage where motor skills and thought patterns again change dramatically while the body naturally re-balances its chemistry.  read more..

Rights and responsibilities

Gearing up for the job market

December 21st, 2013 GMT by Mark Anderson

The time has finally come to venture into working life; surely it can’t be that hard to find a job? Unfortunately the job market is becoming increasingly tougher making it extremely important to make sure that you stand out as a potential candidate. There are many ways in which you can do this but it’s all about finding the best possible route for yourself. When making the decision you need to make sure that you choose the option that is more inclined to bag you a career at the end of it. read more..

Rights and responsibilities

Considering working as a Freelance Writer?

October 9th, 2013 GMT by Mark Anderson

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..

Freelance work, Career change

The power of first impressions

September 24th, 2013 GMT by Charlotte Stafford

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..

Freelance work, Career change

What Career Change Lessons Can We Learn From A Former Olympic Cyclist?

September 18th, 2013 GMT by Mark Anderson

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..

Career change, Career goals, Job satisfaction

Who is your Huggy Bear?

June 18th, 2013 GMT by Mark Anderson

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..

Networking, Social media, Job searching

Prepare to Change Career in 5 Simple Steps

May 16th, 2013 GMT by Mark Anderson

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..

Careers, Career change

What career change lessons can we learn from an Olympic ‘swimmer’?

April 4th, 2013 GMT by Mark Anderson

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..

Career change, Motivation, Inspiration