How to Change Career from Hospitality to the Energy Sector with Thomas Hughes at Shell

 This month, I did a live interview in front of the MBA class at Leeds University Business School with alumnus Thomas Hughes who made a career switch from a Manager in the hospitality industry to a Territory Manager for Shell with additional responsibility for sustainability initiatives being rolled out in the field. Thomas readily admits that he has never had a clear idea of what he wanted to do in this career having applied to do archeology at Sheffield University then switching to politics.…


116: How to make a Business out of Seaweed as well as Helping the Planet, with Wave Crookes

  This month I discuss sustainable seaweed farming with Director of SeaGrown, Wave Crookes. Former navy man and fisherman, Wave and his marine-scientist partner Laura were working on a ship Antarctica, when they came up with their seaweed farming business, as a way of allowing them to work in marine biology but not in Antarctica!  When Wave originally applied to join the Royal Navy, he was told to finish his studies before re-applying, which he did, and doesn’t regret it at all. After…


115: How to Get into the Technology Industry with Jeremy Schifeling

Hot off the heels of our recent report on hiring trends where we learnt that the tech sector is accelerating it's upwards trajectory, I interview Jeremy Schifeling who is based in Mountain View, California to talk about how to 'Get into Tech'. Jeremy is a perfect example of how to make a big shift in sectors and also role. He studied education at undergraduate level and started his career teaching kindergarten children in Brooklyn, New York. He then made the change from education to marketing…


114 What are the hiring trends in 2020? Our gift to you - some light in the gloom

  The research in the report has been put together to create a picture across all sectors of the current hiring trends in Europe in 2020. No industry has escaped the effects of Covid-19, but as companies have to rise to the challenge of reinventing around the constraints of the pandemic, there are some sectors that have had a remarkably good year. UK Vacancies (as of 26th Nov 2020) For a specific breakdown of how the pandemic has affected individual sectors Deloitte has compiled an…


109: Staying proactive in difficult times, with Dr Lynda Shaw

Dr Lynda Shaw shares ways to trick your brain out of interview stress, and ways you can help combat the sense of overwhelm and anxiety that’s worsened for many during lockdown. Dr Shaw is a self-confessed travel junkie, who ran a number of successful businesses before becoming a working mother. She studied anthropology, psychology and neuroscience, focusing on the unconscious processing of emotion, and is the author of books that help readers take control over their brains. In recounting a…


108: Help for Job Searchers during this time of uncertainty

At Career Farm we were wondering what we could do to help those who have been made redundant or those really worried about their future career. We have decided to make Career Maximiser, our online career development programme free to those who need it. All you need to do is contact us via our contact page and we will send you the code which gives you free access until the end of July. https://thecareerfarm.com/about/contact/   What companies are hiring? As well as keeping an eye out in…


New improvements to our website and Maximiser Programmes

We are always striving to improve our service and continually exploring new ways to communicate more efficiently and effectively. Thank you to everyone for your feedback and we have listened (as we always try to do)!   Accessibility improvements have been made to both the Career Farm website and the Maximiser courses in order to achieve better alignment with the WCAG standards, as raised by our clients. The improvements were mainly aimed at making the sites better for visually impaired…


5 Tips on how to go on holiday and NOT check your emails

Here is an article I wrote on LinkedIn about how to go on holiday and not check email!


94: How Eating the Right Foods Makes You More Productive with Graham Allcott

I spoke with author Graham Allcott about his latest book, Work Fuel: The Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition, which he’s co-authored with nutrition expert, Colette Heneghan. It’s not the usual “foodie” or recipe book. Instead, it’s about getting the most energy from your food, whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or omnivore, so you can use that energy to be more productive. Life-changing, right?  Don’t worry, you don’t have to make too many changes all at once. Here’s how you can start: Follow…


93: How To Get an Informational Interview - with Matthew Du Pont

  This month’s podcast is with Matthew Du Pont, author of How to Get First-Round Interviews at Tech Companies, The Unusually Difficult Guide. Most people have an idea about interviewing for a specific job but I spoke with Matt about informational interviews, which are different.   Informational interviews serve the dual purpose of helping you learn about a potential career while establishing connections within that particular industry. Often, people don’t know where to start the…