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    I recently read that 67% of 6-9-year olds say that saving the planet will be the ‘central mission of their careers’ in the future. That stat struck me as fascinating, but not all together surprising. I think we’d all agree, that for all of us, regardless of our age, the reasons behind the career choices we make are becoming more...

  Modern workplaces are currently being shaken up by a brand-new crop of talent – the digitally native Generation Z. Savvy and connected, these professionals are highly attuned to shifts in the zeitgeist and, even more so than their millennial predecessors, have never known a world without technology. Formulating strategies for attracting and engaging...

  Although not traditionally known for innovation, with restricted funding and long-established IT systems perceived as hampering digital change, the public sector is now well into its stride in terms of implementing digital transformation projects in a bid to drive efficiency and improve service. Indeed, according to the research findings of our Hays...

  The role of the PA and EA is evolving. Employers today want candidates who are not only able to perform basic administrative tasks, but who can also offer more strategic support to executives – whose own evolving roles as leaders necessitate that their assistants operate as true business managers. The increased emphasis on the more strategic value...

    If 2019 was anything to go by, the world of work is going to evolve and change even faster in 2020. A lot of this change is driven by HR departments, and we’ve seen organisations invest in employee engagement tools as well as introducing artificial intelligence to speed up HR processes. I’m confident that technology will continue to transform...

  We all have our up and down days at work, but if you feel the Monday blues consistently during the week, this could be a sign that your current job is not working for you. If it’s not, it’s time to consider just when and how you want to make your next move. How to know your job’s not for you: 1. You’re uninspired at work Is your job boring you to...

  ‘It’s just a job’, is something we often say to ourselves after a bad day in the office. But is it? We spend so many of our waking hours at work that to settle for less than a job that is fulfilling, challenging and creatively and intellectually stimulating is to do yourself a disservice. Recognising when it’s time to move on career-wise is tricky. Do...

  It can happen to any of us, whether you’ve just started a new job or have been in a role for years – something about your job just doesn’t feel right. We all have good and bad days at work, but if the bad outweighs the good, then it’s important to unearth the source of your dissatisfaction.  We have outlined some common reasons why you may be...

  ‘I work in tech’. Admit it, those four words are synonymous to most of us with an interesting career and – crucially – a lucrative one. Tech is, after all, where the money is. The ‘Big 5’ tech companies (Apple, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft) are worth more than $3 trillion combined. That’s more than most countries. It’s also where...

  If you’re a senior professional, the road ahead holds many exciting possibilities. The wealth of your skills and experience means that many new options are open to you. The trickiest part is deciding which path to take. Your final decision should be dependent on several factors, including your personal skillset, long-term goals and overall job...

  Hear us out, it may seem a bit unorthodox to keep in contact with your recruitment consultant even after you’ve started in a new role, but there are advantages to building a rapport with them, even if you have no intention of imminently searching for a new job. 1.Career coaching It’s your consultant’s job to make sure you’re in the right role, so...

  You put in the work, did the research and sailed through the interviews – before you knew it, you landed that job which, on paper, perfectly matched your skills, aspirations the type of company you wanted to work for. Except the role you’re working now is unrecognisable from the one you interviewed for. Perhaps you’re not getting the training you were...

    The word ‘toxic’ is perhaps overused these days, but it’s almost certainly one you’ve heard used when people are describing their workplace. Punishing hours, office politics, infighting and hard-to-handle bosses are all likely to be damaging to employee morale, particularly as their effect is cumulative. This can amount to a workplace culture...

  If you’re already in a senior position, and have lofty ambitions, you need to have a pathway in mind. Being fixated on your next ideal position will help you plan exactly what you need to do to in order to progress to your next big opportunity. Here are some things to consider as you plot out your career course. 1. Your next qualification Being...

  Everyone has the chance to climb the management ladder if they have the drive, ambition and passion to take the first step. If you’re aspiring to greater seniority, even up to board level, here are some basic tips to help you on your way. Take the initiative Managers should have the vision to spot opportunities that are likely to arise in the future....

  Leadership isn’t easy, and regardless of the size of your team, the reach of your organisation or how long you’ve been in a senior role, you can always use advice from time to time. But being a leader is also a lonely occupation. Your peers are limited, you must retain a healthy distance from your subordinates, and people from your personal life may not...

  How a leader can achieve personal development You may have made your mark as a leader, but it's important you continue to focus on your personal development. Ensure you keep challenging yourself by broadening your skills, tackling greater tasks and attempting to attain new goals. This will lend itself to you improving both as a leader and a person -...

  If you are unhappy with your current salary, it may feel like changing jobs is the only way to get more money. But you do have other options. Negotiate your existing salary Your salary probably isn’t set in stone. Many employers will expect you to negotiate and you have nothing to lose by asking. Spend some time preparing your case for a higher salary,...

  Why do aspiring senior professionals covet board level positions? The money is one factor, board members are among the top earners at their organisations, but board members also have the unique opportunity to make a real difference in their organisations - and can help steer the impact that their organisation has. Aspiring directors who want to take...

  If you are unhappy with your current salary and think you deserve a pay rise, you need to take the time to prepare your case before taking it to your manager. There are a few key questions you should be asking yourself. Once you have worked out the answers, you will be in a much better position to ask for a salary increase. How big a risk would it be...

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