You Don’t Have To Be Nice

Nice Girl Career Advice

I saw a post on Instagram this week that said that the best career advice they could give is to “be a fucking pleasure to work with”. I had feelings about this.

Women are taught to be “nice” in the workplace. We try hard to make people like us – much more than we try to do a good job. Sugar and spice and all things nice, is what we’re told to be.

A “nice” worker says yes to more tasks even she knows she already has a full plate. She takes on overtime without complaint. She frets that a colleague might not like her. [Read more…]

How to Tell if You Will be Replaced by Robots

robots take your job

Stood in front of a class of year 10s, I’ve just finished telling students about what they should consider when choosing their next steps. It’s then time to bring out the stat:

60% of you will work in jobs that currently don’t exist

Those of you who know me in real life know that I love a good stat. This one, however, is a rarity for me as it’s not a good stat – it’s not that widely backed. In fact, looking online there are a wide range of figures suggesting how many new jobs a random group of teenagers will be doing. [Read more…]

The Modern Meaning of Life

Careers Advice

I’ve recently found SO MANY amazing resources that are helping me in my work. Firstly, a colleague recommended me the books GCSE Mindset and the A Level equivalent (A Level Mindset) which are excellent resources for motivational activities to do with students. The books are teacher-centred so wouldn’t be the kind of thing you’d just give a young person (unlike the book I’m writing…)

At work I’m slowly creating lesson plans for these books’ activities which I’ll be sharing on my brand new resources page! [Read more…]

Is A Fixed Mindset Holding You Back?

Growth Mindset

I read a blog post a few years ago that has stuck with me. The blogger was frustrated with people saying they wished they were good at painting/sewing/baking.

Her point was, that she had spent hours learning how to paint/sew/bake and so if people “wished” to also do that thing, all they had to do was start and practise.

I’m very blessed to have friends who can do a whole host of amazing things, and I frequently find myself wishing I could do those things too. But then I remember that blog post. [Read more…]

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