What it’s Like to be… a Fire Engineer

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This week we have my friend who is a fire engineer. It may sound like quite a baffling field to be in, but I think her comments about being a female engineer is something a lot of us girls can relate to. I completely support her comment of reporting bad things that are said – a little goes a long way with these kinds of things.

Although these posts have been really very popular, it would be great if we had some questions for my careers people! If you would like to ask any questions, please let me know! [Read more…]

What it’s like to be… a Managing Director

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Businessman Crossing the Finish Line — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I’m really glad that last week’s career post about being an SEO strategy lead was so popular! I got so much great feedback from it – so I’m really chuffed. A few more people came and asked if they could also answer the questions, and I’ll get the document out to people this week for that.

Today I have someone completely different. It’s interesting because I know all of these people pretty well (I have known both last week’s and this week’s for over 10 years) and it’s really interesting to know exactly what they do.

Without further ado, let’s get to the questions!

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What it’s Like to be… an SEO Strategy Lead

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I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about what I want to be when I grow up* and I realised I really enjoyed making my How To Get A Job series last year – and that recruitment is a pretty interesting subject.

With this in mind, I wanted to go a little further down this rabbit hole and look into the different areas of work people can go into. I had a fairly rural upbringing and when I was a kid, everyone’s parents were very basic jobs – teachers, secretaries, police officers etc. I look at my friends now and realise that I have so many people doing really amazing things, so I decided to question them! [Read more…]

Unpopular Opinion: Living Abroad Hinders Careers

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So here’s something that has been going through my mind for the past year – I probably shouldn’t have gone abroad if I wanted to have a career.

Here’s what I did:

I graduated university full of dreams and ambition, went to Japan for a few years, got bored of that, then went to Germany for a while and had an amazing job but felt very out of place there, so came home. I came home to find the job market in the UK to be terrible, with employers asking for people to have so much experience and so many skills but offering such little salaries in return.

Here’s what I almost wish I had done:

Graduated uni and then did a whole bunch of low-paid internships to get experience and skills. Work my way up and then have a great job.

I had an amazing time living abroad. I wouldn’t swap it at all. My Japanese became really great, I made friends with people from all over the world and I was able to work for one of the biggest and most loved Japanese companies.

While I did that, I grew as a person – got to understand life from other people’s points of view, dealt with difficult situations in languages that are not my mother-tongue, built lives in completely different cultures to my own.

But you know what? Honestly, employers in the UK do not give a flying monkey about any of that. I had always assumed that those kinds of things would make me stand out – that they would be assets on my CV. They are not.

It may sound like I am bitter – actually, I just started a job which I think I should have looked into from the start. It’s doing PA work like I am used to, but with account management on the side. It’s maternity cover, so it’s lasting just 9 months, but it’s the short-term training that I have needed.

The next 9 months are going to be tough for me – learning first hand how to do all these new things for me to progress, along with other difficulties in the position. But I have to keep my head down, eyes open and learn all I can during this time.

Life abroad is wonderful. And some people find it really great and useful in their careers. These people include: people who get to work in the language of that country, people who are given a really great career opportunity from the start, and people who move to that country with their spouse and can get on with learning new skills without being worried about having to work. What abroad life is not good for is people who plan to come home and find a good job back here.

As these are thoughts that have been rattling round my head for the past few weeks, I’d really love to hear from other people who have – or are – living abroad.

 

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