It’s 2018. Why are Mums still seen as a burden in the workplace?

“Mothers are generally not interested in career progression” “Pregnant women place an unnecessary burden on the workplace” “Women should be forced to disclose their family plans at interviews” If you’ve caught the news this week, you might have seen some of these headlines from a report about attitudes to women in the workplace. Depressingly, these aren’t statements lifted from the 1950’s or a Daily Fail column, but actual thoughts that exist right now in a…

How personality tests can help your career

Q. You come across a personality quiz in a magazine. Do you… a) Whip out a pen and start racing through the questions. You love a good quiz! b) Turn the page. Personality tests are totally pointless! If you answered a, then you might find this blog post helpful. If you answered b, thanks for getting this far. For my other blog posts, please head to my home page 😉 In all seriousness, whatever your…

Confessions of a Secret Breastfeeder

I’m writing this post because there’s something I need to get off my chest, so-to-speak. It’s something that hardly anyone knows about me, not even most of my friends and family. I breastfeed my son. I know, I know…. as far as revelations go it’s a bit of a weird one. Just to be clear, it’s not that I see breastfeeding as anything to be ashamed of. I don’t sneak around with my son squirrelled…

Being Employed v Being Self-Employed. Which is Better?

For nearly all my career, I’ve been employed by someone else. The companies and job titles may have varied, but the regularity of the work and the monthly pay has mostly been the same. Safe and comfortable – sometimes, too much so. On many a day, especially when my commute got really bad or the company politics became unbearable, I would have fanciful dreams about packing it all in and going solo. But then something…

The ultimate life lessons: what really matters when time is short

In my work as a Career Coach, I see a lot of people who aren’t sure what they want from life. They feel trapped by a multitude of choices and constraints and struggle to picture a way forward through it all. When someone is paralyzed by the present, it can help to take them into the future. I ask them to imagine themselves much later on in life, when they are retired and perhaps close…