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…]

What’s Unconcious Bias and Do You Have It?

Cambridge Botanic Garden

As many of you know, every Sunday I run a Japanese speaking group for bilinguals wanting to chat. A week or so ago, we decided that we’d like to go to Cambridge’s Botanic Garden for an outing.

We usually have around 8 or so members each week, but this time we had 12. Not a problem; we were the first through the gates, and had our own picnics to eat half way around.

We decided to sit for our lunch after we came out of the gorgeous greenhouses, half of us sat at a picnic table and half of us on the grass. [Read more…]

Apparently Young People Want Office “Chill-out Zones”

chill out zone

There seems to be a really tricky situation in recruitment right now, whereby companies are complaining that young people don’t have the skills (both technical and social) to be attractive hires, and at the same time young people are complaining that companies just don’t look very good places to work.

Last year it was reported that we had a record number of new businesses; it could be that young people disgruntled with working life just up and make it on their own instead. Why morph to fit into a working culture made by previous generations when you can start alone and make the rules yourself? [Read more…]

3 Things To Do Before Accepting That Job

before you sign the contract

There is so much advice out there on how to get that job. However, what you do between the time you are offered that job, and when you accept it, can shape how successful you are.

Especially when you’re desperate to leave your current job, or the new offer is the perfect next step for you, it’s all too easy to jump without having taken very necessary steps first.

Here’s my simple three-step list of things to do before you accept any job offer. [Read more…]

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