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...


80: Stand out as a candidate applying to Financial Services companies and Business Schools - with Pascal Michels

 In this episode I'm joined by Pascal Michels, Head of IESE MBA Admissions, who talks about his varied career.  He shares his experience of moving into finance after an MBA and offers advice about how candidates can make the best impression when applying to top business schools like IESE. Pascal’s career can be divided into phases. The first, in Internal audit, culminated at the European Commission and fulfilled his personal goal which was to achieve international diversity in his...


79: What I looked for when I recruited for Uber and Booking.com - with Nicolas Buteau

From Uber to Booking.com, Nicolas Buteau is a recruiter and entrepreneur who thrives in dynamic environments as well as in more established business operations. Recruiting for startups and unicorns In this episode he shares his experiences recruiting for Uber during its transition from fast-growing start up to unicorn, and how he adapted his practices to the more established organisation at Booking.com. A common theme throughout is the role played by MBAs, who’ve proven to be hugely...


78: How my MBA prepared me for a successful career in Consulting - with Surbhi Dhir

 How an MBA transformed Surbhi's consulting career Surbhi completed an MBA 9 years ago and went into consulting, moving from Accenture to Ernst & Young in 2013. She thought the MBA was an opportunity to open doors and found it to be life-changing. In fact, in her words, an MBA is not a degree, it’s a transformation. An experience beyond modules, methods and projects, it which will transform you if you allow yourself to be transformed. To get the most from her MBA, Surbhi started with...


77: Using an MBA to raise millions in funding and start two extraordinary social enterprises - with Todd Hannula, founder of Shine and daCunha

After getting his Executive MBA at Georgia State University, Todd Hannula found himself in the usual post-MBA corporate gig. Living in a small New Hampshire village he found that on top of his work he was spending up to 30 hours a week volunteering across a whole range of areas — everything from the local historical society, the library board, to garden planning. That experience provided a watershed moment, challenging what he thought was important in life. He realised that what he really...


75: Why job shadowing is a crucial step for your career change - Lucy Standing of Viewvo

Led by her love of psychology, Lucy Standing put her successful career as a head-hunter on hold to pursue her passion through a Master’s Degree.   Afterwards, she honed her skills further as a graduate recruiter for investment banks. It’s an expensive and time-consuming process and she realised that the traditional series of interviews didn’t always yield the best results. Seeing that former interns had a higher success rate in terms of job matching and staying power, Lucy developed...


73: How to raise your profile at work - with Personal Branding Specialist, Jennifer Holloway

Jennifer Holloway is the author of 'Personal Branding for Brits', which is now in it's 4th edition and is a best seller on Amazon in the category of 'Personal Branding'.  With a background in PR, running press offices and dealing with journalists,  Jennifer now runs workshops with organisations such as Santander, Vodaphone, RBS and Asda, as well as working one to one as a specialist coach . A common question ...Jennifer gets asked is, 'I need to raise my profile, how do I do that?' Her first...


71: Bank Manager to Sustainable Fashion - Career Changer Sara Shaw of Violet

With a background in banking and financial management, fashion is something Sara never thought she wanted to do. Travel, finance, starting again and the value of a great team Leaving school at 16, Sara started out in the travel industry and worked her way up to be the manager of a travel agency. Realising she could go no further she moved to banking and finance. She liked banking as she is quite a methodical and logical person - so enjoyed organising and sorting through problems. She started...


70: Behind the scenes in setting up a cafe and restaurant with Paul Rawlinson from Baltzersens and Norse

How do you set up a cafe and restaurant with zero experience? This was the question I had for Paul Rawlinson, formerly a Platoon Commander and Training Officer in the British Army.  I interviewed Paul in the new premises for his Scandinavian inspired restaurant, Norse, in my home town of Harrogate (North Yorkshire, UK). Upstairs Downstairs Norse used to share a small kitchen in the basement of Baltzersen's, Paul's successful (and also Scandinavian inspired) cafe. Service prep during the day...