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67: Journalist, author, festival organiser, garden designer and sometime minicab driver – Kit Peel


There is a definite thread running through Kit Peel’s career, and that is a love of writing and nature. These are the cornerstones of his working life to date, as he has transitioned from journalism, to managing a team of foreign correspondents, to driving a mini cab, to becoming an author of the children’s book […]

Mind over matter: why mindset matters more than age


The last few weeks has found me talking about careers both ends of the age spectrum. At the beginning of December I was interviewed by Eddie Mair for BBC Radio’s PM programme about careers for the over 50s. This was a big deal for me, and my first time on national radio. Luckily one of […]

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 […]

I’m on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, talking about career change for over 50’s 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 […]

3 Tips on how to get the right mentor and achieve lift off in your career or business


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 […]


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