Actually, Companies CAN Ask If Your Parents Went to Uni

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It’s come to light recently that many employers are asking applicants to internships if their parents went to university or not. The reasoning behind it is that it’s the easiest way to judge the socio-economic status of the applicant, to determine if the employer is showing bias while hiring.

I happened to pick up a Sunday Telegraph this week and read with interest an article from Sherelle Jacobs, exclaiming that it this practice isn’t fair. [Read more…]

How to Find and Use a Mentor

I read a lot of business non-fiction, and pretty much all of them (that are aimed at women) advise us to get a mentor.

About 6 months ago, I started fretting that I didn’t have one, so got myself set up. I’m really honoured to have Faye Holland from Cambridge company Confinitive as my mentor – but it has been a bit of a journey to get to this point.  [Read more…]

Young People’s Biggest Fear? Failure

One of the towns I work in recently surveyed the employers about skills and young people in the town. Reading through the findings, employers were keen to stress that they sought soft skills in their young staff. Things like resilience and communication skills…but also, there were a couple of comments regarding a fear of failure.

They said that they find it hard to get good people to work for them because fear of failure prevents young people from trying new things, from stretching themselves and from putting themselves out there. If everyone stays in their comfort zones, progressive work simply doesn’t get done. [Read more…]

Turn the Tables in an Interview

Interview Tips

This week I read a really funny post on LinkedIn while I was at work. It was a fictional advert from a candidate to a job offer, using all of those overly used phrases. “There has been a high level of interest”, “your details will be kept on record in case an opportunity arises in the future”.

It even asked the company to give references for the manager’s direct reports, and to check the director’s credit rating as part of the decision process. [Read more…]

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