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...


65: Managing professional relationships - How to spot a ‘Taker' and why 'Giving' wins (but only if you avoid the pitfalls)

Okay, I admit it. I have a bad Amazon habit. I buy books and (most of the time!) read them - but often I don't properly reflect on what I've learned. I zealously highlight passages that I want to reflect on, and I might remember some of the key themes, but generally the learning points get crushed under the weight of another book being added to my groaning bookshelf. So I thought I would address this by actually writing down some of the key things I have learned when the reading books I...


64: The things mentally strong people don't do when job seeking - with bestselling author Amy Morin

Amy Morin is the a bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do and in our interview we discuss how relevant her book is to people job searching or changing careers. A trained psychotherapist, Amy originally wrote an article on "the 13 things mentally strong people don't do" as a letter to herself. She had been through a series of losses.  At 23 years old her mother died suddenly, and then 3 years later she lost her husband.  In the process of dealing with her loss and...


Money: fixing the biggest obstacle to making a career change

The biggest obstacle to making a career change The other day a piece of research from the Nationwide Building Society floated across my screen. What’s the single biggest barrier to doing the things we want to do? Money. Okay, maybe that’s not a massive revelation. If we all had more money we’d have nicer stuff, go on more exotic holidays, all that kind of thing. But I don’t think it’s strictly true that money itself is the problem. It’s not always money that stops us from pursuing...


63: Bringing London-inspired coffeeshops & bars to Harrogate - Tim Bosworth of Hoxton North

Tim describes his journey to setting up the successful and stylish Hoxton North coffee shop and bar as a series of moments. When Tim was six, he was told to tie someone else's shoe laces and that was the moment he thought "No way! I don't want to do that!"  - starting him down a path of "not being told what do" that he's seldom strayed from! At 11 his father passed away and he made the decision then that he must provide. Another death in the family, his elder sister aged 27, fuelled in him...


62: How we'll work, live and learn in the future - David Price, author of 'Open'

David Price is a learning futurist who explores how digital technologies are impacting the ways we live and learn in the 21st century.  David has a portfolio career and is involved in lecturing, training and speaking. He works with companies to help them create a learning culture that will appeal to a younger generation who want to work for purpose driven organisations and continually develop themselves. We discuss how there is a government led obsession with standardised testing in education...


61: How to get more energy & have brilliant brainpower - Rebecca Hirst, from Glorious Wellness

Do you want high energy to work on your business or do well in your job? I know I do! So with a strong personal interest I interviewed Rebecca Hirst who recently gave up her highflying corporate career to set up a consultancy to ensure people are operating with peak energy. After many years in advertising, working on clients such as McDonalds, P&G and United Airlines Rebecca moved 'client side' to a role at Kimberly Clark, working on Kleenex. Following on from this was a role as...