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There are a couple of themes running through Claire’s story that seem to crop up throughout this ‘Career Stories’ series. Firstly, she spotted a need for a service, something that she would love to use but couldn’t find, so went out and developed it herself....

The number of self employed workers in the UK, which includes freelancers and contractors,  has grown exponentially in recent years. In fact, there are now thought to be around 5 million people working for themselves in some capacity. For many, it’s a passion project or...

Did you know that last year Childline delivered 3,135 counselling sessions on exam stress? Half of the sessions were for children aged 12-15, with common worries including being overwhelmed with the workload, feeling pressurised by parents and feeling concerned that they wouldn’t achieve the necessary grades. It’s natural...

“The face of Britain’s workforce is changing dramatically. We can’t afford to ignore our older workers.” This quote comes from a Guardian article about the rise in the number of  workers aged 70 and over in the UK workforce. In fact, the number of people still working into...

As more and more of us are self employed and working portfolio careers these days, there are increasing numbers of people working from home. To many it’s the dream, allowing a greater degree of control and the flexibility to work around other commitments. There are downsides however,...

In 1930, the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the year 2000, we would all be working 15-hour week and devoting the rest of our time to leisure pursuits. He may not have got that exactly right, but there is a growing school...

In this story we hear from Maggy and it’s the kind of story that I hear often throughout my coaching. So as to not give any spoilers, I’ll make way and catch you at the end of ‘Maggy’s career story’. “So… here is my story: Whilst still...

According to the Office for National Statistics, more and more women are delaying starting a family until their forties. In 2017, conception rates fell for every age group, except the over 40s. This trend looks set to continue, so what exactly is driving it? There are...

Approximately one in four people experience some kind of mental health issue each year in the UK. While the number of people with mental health problems has remained fairly static over recent years, there does seem to be an increase in the number of people struggling to cope with...

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the rapid growth of self-employment has been a prominent feature of the UK labour market during the last few years. This includes entrepreneurs, freelancers, workers in the gig economy and contractors.The number of self-employed increased from 3.3 million...