All Careers Advice

  • Bring on the brilliance: The making of great ideas
    A professor in my undergraduate programme used to say that a sound idea had its own form of energy.
  • What was your earliest dream job? I fancied doing HR, so I joined the John Lewis Partnership’s management training programme. However, I was young and not happy with the Saturdays required in retail so I moved on.
  • When I consider all the ‘things’ we do in relation to building a working environment that we hope our people will want to be part of, the one area where we are asked to do more – and that still generates the most interest and excitement – is our approach to charity and the community.
  • What was your earliest dream job? A solicitor. I used to watch [US comedy-drama series] Ally McBeal and think I wanted to do that as a job.
  • Here’s a thought-provoking question: ‘Have company wellness programmes failed?’ Are they something forced on people rather than for them? Do they really elevate company culture, inspire commitment and influence business performance? Do the programmes make a difference? Do we ever achieve the magi...
  • What was your earliest dream job? To be in the police – so much so that I actually ended up working for Merseyside Police for a short period.
  • Diversity & inclusion I recently had the pleasure of being invited to a fantastic diversity event at Bloomberg: ‘Facing the Truth | Ethnicity, the Overlooked Dimension’.
  • For many years I have been saying that work needs to be a place that challenges and inspires. On average we spend 90,000 hours of our life there, which means that in a typical week we spend more time at work than at home. So how important are the design and cosmetic appearance of the space we fin...
  • What was your earliest dream job? It sounds really boring, but I used to really want to be a lawyer.
  • Every day I talk to recruiters who have the feeling that perhaps they are worth more/are ready for more/could achieve more; but their uncertainty about how their skills and experience would be valued by another employer holds them back from realising their full potential.
  • What holds our businesses – well, good businesses – together? I have thought for many years now that it is about communication and the art of speaking to our people. The willingness to share ‘everything’ in the spectrum of the good the bad and the ugly is what creates trust.
  • ‘I love hearing the stories once the placement has started, finding out about the clinic as well as the local area’
  • Firstly, a ‘thank you’ to Tara Lescott for connecting the Oakleaf team with Recruiter about the opportunity to take over from Andrew Mountney.
  • What was your earliest dream job? I kept flipping between wanting to be a vet and an air hostess.
  • Are you achieving the best experience in your current role and are you positioned to maximise your opportunities?
  • In a world where we are under continual pressure to provide an engaging working environment for staff, benefits have become a central component.
  • What was your earliest dream job? A dancer – I became a dancer at a very, very young age.
  • It can be hard to assess your true value as a recruiter. This ‘value’ is not just about salary and commission, but about the experience at work that you should be achieving.
  • When I look at my job spec and at what is on my ‘to do list’, it has changed dramatically from even 12 months ago.
  • What was your earliest dream job? My earliest dream job was acting, which I still do alongside recruitment. I have an agent and have appeared in a BBC drama and commercials. I also recently auditioned for HBO’s Game of Thrones but wasn’t successful, unfortunately.