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…]

How to Create a Basic Career Plan

Career Planning

Recently, I was asked to speak with all the year 10s in one of my schools, to help them understand their choices moving forward.

I developed a lesson plan that helped them think about their future, and I thought that actually more people might be able to use the activities I did with them. Here’s the blog post version of that lesson!

Whether you are starting out in your career, or perhaps aren’t happy where you are, or even you are but know you want to plan to do more in the future, these three steps can help you set out a basic plan to get to where you want to be. [Read more…]

Actually, Companies CAN Ask If Your Parents Went to Uni

interview questions

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…]

What’s Going on with Gangs and Stabbings?

suffolk gangs

A few weeks ago, they Steggalls enjoyed a weekend away for Dad’s birthday. As we were packing up our stuff to leave, my sister and her boyfriend were hunched over their phones.

It turned out there had been a stabbing of a 17 year old boy, a friend of a friend of theirs. It happened in broad daylight in Ipswich, Suffolk. By a few grown men.

They explained that it was gang-related, that Ipswich is torn in two between rival gangs; the J Block and the Q Block.

I couldn’t believe it. Gang stabbings are something that happen in London – they don’t come near us.

How wrong I was. [Read more…]

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