Experiencing an "Ah-ha" moment can be unique and special for each of us – my moment in Cambridge yesterday gave me a startling vision of clarity. Frustrated by my lack of purpose this startling vision of a man and his dog taking time out to just “be” showed me what can be achieved by standing back and watching the world go by.
Since 2008, Career Management Specialist, Recrion has been actively working with the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd (TCHC) to deliver a Response to Redundancy programme across the East of England.
A big thumbs up for new alternative finance for small business start ups.
Encouraging individuals who have been made redundant and have a great business idea to take the plunge, is often difficult to do given the banks reluctance to lend to them.
I was heartened to discover that The Funding Circle lent £1m to small businesses in the UK in its first ten weeks.
As career management coaches we are often asked by clients how they can gain relevant experience to become a genuine contender for their target job.
Qualifications are one thing, yet experience and getting your hands dirty by putting the theory into practice is everything.
I picked up a thread on a forum I belong to about a 1 day event for Leaders and Managers on engaging and motivating people to deliver sustainable business and great customer service.
2010 has arrived and the icy weather has kept the state of the economy and level of job losses off the front pages.
The big freeze in terms of pay cuts, job losses and cutbacks are continuing however and not just in the public sector. As a business owner or HR professional it is a challenging time in which to make employee related decisions. I found the latest CIPD barometer predicting employment trends for 2010 extremely useful to plan for my own business needs in the next 6 months.
Gordon Brown announced a Graduate Guarantee scheme in autumn 2009 in an attempt in the economic meltdown to get the thousands of newly qualified and unemployed graduates some form of meaningful employment and work experience.
Following the success of the R2R scheme in the East of England, Recrion has responded to requests from managers and graduates facing redundancy in the East Midlands to provide them with career coaching and practical job search support.
After coaching several long serving employees through redundancy, I see a common fear of the unknown, of taking risks and of preferring to remain with the status quo.
However the status quo may no longer exist in today's job market. Whole markets, industries and job definitions have changed.
I was at a business meeting yesterday and naturally we exchanged our thoughts on whether the recession was taking a turn for the better or worse. Some of us are experiencing more activity, whilst others who had ridden out the recession are suddenly quiet.