66: Testing 25 jobs before she's 25 - The Radical Sabbatical with Emma Rosen

How do you find out what you want to be when you grow up? Emma Rosen's parents asked her every year at New Year in a kind of social experiment. The recordings of those conversations became a useful source of inspiration when she found, after rotating on the graduate scheme on the Civil Service Fast Steam Scheme, she was craving variety with more of an emphasis on creativity and innovation.  But where to start? "It just didn't feel right" "The issues were important but I wasn't happy and felt...


Career Change for Over 50’s , Career Farm Shares Tips with Eddie Mair

It all happened rather suddenly. I was having a meeting with Julia, our Operations Manager, when my phone rang. I actually sent the call to voice mail as I didn't recognise the number. So when I picked up the message, fully expecting it to be a sales call, you can imagine my surprise when it turned out to be from a producer of BBC Radio's flagship news programme, "PM": Could I come on the show that evening to talk about the challenges of change career in your fifties? Of course, I'd be...


How to Find a Mentor and Get Your Career Off the Ground: Three Quick Tips

I recently got approached by a former workshop participant (let’s call him Pedro) for some general tips and advice on setting up his own business. Argh!!! After 16 years of running my own show, what could I tell him? Where should I start?! So I thought I would put some advice together; three tips on how to choose a mentor and, more importantly, what to ask to get the best results. Asking for advice from someone who has done what you want to do is smart. A study by Gartner which measured the...


Who is your Jedi Nit? The power of meeting someone who has done what you want to do

The founders of Infusionsoft recently interviewed Pamela Slim, champion of small businesses growth and the author of ‘Body of Work’. In the interview she talked about her “Jedi Knights”. These are the people she admired and sought to learn from as she built her career. This got me thinking about how important it is to seek out and learn from people who are at the top of their game in the field you’re in (or want to get into). When my son was 5 years old, his class was asked to draw...