Could your job be next?
At a sparky talk last week, Tom Morgan of Mint Digital reminded us how software hoovers up traditional business sectors and jobs though its capacity to connect, copy and upscale.
His business tackles this creatively by invention – both digital and physical.
But for those of us with jobs we fear becoming toast quite soon, Continue reading
Presenting on this theme last week, got me researching the recent Obama Continue reading
So…this arrived in the mailbox here this week:
‘We received 15 quotes in response to our advertisement, 14 of which offered proposals which more than adequately met our brief. I regret to advise that, on this occasion, your bid was not successful, regrettably it was Continue reading
We’ve just started another run of Employability workshops at the university, and – in these dire times – are chuffed to find that over half our last cohort have found jobs.
Not claiming total credit, I do think we’ve unearthed some unconventional but effective Continue reading
‘This is who I am – and they can take me or leave me’ or ‘I will be what ever they want me to be’ are frequent reactions to the stress of job seeking. We turn ourselves into Entrenchers, holding on grimly to our core qualities, or People Pleasers, abandoning these qualities in order to be whoever employers might want us to be.
But informal tracking of university graduates on our Employability programmes identifies distinctive qualities in those who find work quickly. Above all else, Continue reading
Observing 100 or so people at Networking workshops this week has taught me something: even the brightest and most articulate can dread the prospect. When mention of core survival skills comes up, there is much frantic note-scribbling. Assuming some of you may be in the same boat then, here are some tips:
- 1. Invent a purpose or research project to do while you are networking. This gives task and structure to the whole shaboodle. Your purpose could range from Continue reading
Top request amongst clients at the moment is for networking workshops. Where fear lurks about redundancy, or falling sales or survival of an entire organization, networking provides a life raft of hope. But with less pressing need too, people want to develop their networking skills to learn and to build partnerships. We view it as a modern, usually cost-effective way of working , with some employers starting to include evidence of networking in appraisal.
If this idea makes you shudder, then this post tries to make networking easier.
Perhaps you’re assuming (wrongly) what’s involved is naked self-promotion. But networking is about conversation, exchange Continue reading
Our Employability workshops for graduates start at the university this week, so currently immersed in reading what employers say they want. I love Catherine’s Career Corner and will urge our grads to use it as a resource.
But even for an older researcher the amount of advice online can be overwhelming. So for clarity and focus I’ve shaped priorities into Continue reading
Almost a new academic year, and a period of frantic planning here in the cowshed. On the slate this autumn – said with relief rather than smugness – there are auditors, financiers, media business types, politicians and unemployed graduates. All wanting psychological services of one description or another. But it is the unemployed graduates that are most pressing.
At the university, we are setting up a programme on Employability. As usual, this is a collaborative process and begs more questions than it answers. First one being : are there general Employability skills regardless of sector targeted? And could a wannabe lap dancer share learning needs with an astrophysicist? ( a degree being no guarantee that you do not want to be rude*).
We make an assumption Continue reading