Thinking about a career in coding? What is it REALLY like?

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday 22nd Nov at 12.50 – 1.10pm , where a panel of coders will be interviewed about what it is like to be a coder, what skills and attributes it is useful to have and what they like and don’t like about being a coder! Perfect for young people and their parents. If you register, you can ask questions live and you will be emailed when the recording is posted on YouTube. For more details and to register go to...


89: How to use LinkedIn effectively to job search plus new features you need to be aware of with Mark Williams

This episode's guest, Mark Williams, is known as “Mr LinkedIn” because he’s an expert on how to get the most from the platform. Whether you are promoting your business or seeking a change in career, Mark knows what you should be doing and what you should never do in order to make the most of what LinkedIn has to offer.In this episode he shares with me a few of his hints and tips on using LinkedIn in a job search. Common mistakes First off, we talked about some of the mistakes Mark sees...


88: Career Advice from Graduates 10 years out of University With Paul Murphy

My guest in this episode is Paul Murphy, author of 1000 Years of Career Advice, based on interviews with 100 graduates about their work experiences in the 10 years following university. Paul has over 10 years of experience working in various finance roles for multinational firms. He qualified as an accountant (ACA) while working with a big 4 professional services firm in their advisory department. He is also a qualified project manager (Prince 2), programme manager (Managing Special...


87: How to lead with emotional courage - with Peter Bregman

If You’re Willing to Feel Everything, You Can Do Anything! This week’s guest is bestselling author and one of Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speakers, Peter Bregman. Peter unlocks the secrets of highly successful leaders in his most recent book, Leading with Emotional Courage: How to Have Hard Conversations, Create Accountability, and Inspire Action on Your Most Important Work, which describes an overlooked and essential skill of leading at the highest levels: Emotional Courage. After...


86: From a Desk and a Telephone to Floating a Business: with Jonathan Straight

Jonathan Straight is a Yorkshire-based entrepreneur, writer, photographer and television presenter. His story is a dream-come-true for entrepreneurs:  Started his own business with little more than a desk, a telephone and an idea, ten years later floated that business on the London Stock Exchange. One of the most rewarding aspects of building his own business was that he was able to do it his way, eventually establishing a factory on eco principles when he set up in manufacturing after buying...


85: How to Keep your Audience Awake Using Humour: with Jeremy Nicholas

It’s always a pleasure to speak with Jeremy Nicholas, experienced BBC broadcaster, speaker, speaking coach, MC, Compere--the list goes on! I was lucky to catch him before he heads north to debut his comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe in August (more details about that later) to ask him for a few tips on how to use humour in business presentations. Incorporating wit into your business presentation will make it more engaging for your audience. With most people having an active attention span...


84: Find out if you've got what it takes for a career in coding - with Chris Hill of Northcoders

My guest in this month’s podcast is Chris Hill, co-founder of Northcoders, the North’s original coding school. Chris and I talked about the burgeoning opportunities in the digital economy and how a good grounding in coding can be the key to accessing them. If you’ve ever wondered whether the tech world might hold some promise for you, listen to my interview with Chris. Ambitions Chris’s goal is to see a Northcoders presence in every major city in the North of England. Given the...


83: Turning a passion into a successful career, with Matt Porter of Sportive HQ

My guest this month is entrepreneur Matt Porter, founder of Sportive HQ. Matt talks about his route to career success, which in many ways sounds as gruelling as the cycle racing he organises! I was inspired by his optimism, flexibility and pure grit and I think you will be too. Sportive HQ specialises in creating and directing sportives (that’s a non-competitive, long-distance cycling event for those unfamiliar) for cyclists of all abilities. Cycling has been a serious interest for Matt for...


82: How to develop and launch your independent consultancy business, with David Mellor

 David Mellor is an author of three books and an expert advisor working with career changers keen to use their industry experience to make money in their own businesses. He started life in the banking world where he ended up as a managing director working closely with early stage technology businesses at Deutsche Bank in an in-house strategic investment fund. He was effectively serving on the board of 15 new businesses and it was there that he found his mojo. The energetic, can-do...


81: How to develop your career in an organisation, with Alison Temperley

Whether already in a career or planning to start a career in Professional Services, who couldn’t use the sage advice of a mentor for guidance on how to take the next step?  In this episode I spoke to Alison Temperley, the author of Inside Knowledge: How Women Can Thrive in Professional Service Firms, about doing exactly that. Alison has over thirty years of experience in working both for and with professional service firms, where she started life as a chartered accountant.  She currently...