All Careers Advice

  • My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Simon Pearce
    What was your earliest dream job? A pilot – at 15 I joined the air cadets for a few years and watched Top Gun. I’ve logged about 35 hours in a light aircraft under instruction. My plan was to move to the Caribbean and fly tourists on island hops around the peninsula.
  • Mindset, rather than skill-set, is the necessary focus of leadership today.
  • Why dress down on a Friday when we should be able to dress down every day?
  • What was your earliest dream job? Fashion buyer – my degree is in fashion, so my dream job was either to be a fashion buyer for a designer or to work for Vogue.
  • The phrase ‘employee wellbeing’ continues to gain prominence in the business world, with more recent attention focusing on mental health and the elusive work-life balance.
  • At a dinner party recently, a friend who works in the corporate team-building space was telling me how busy, yet competitive and saturated, his market had become. I was surprised – it is something that I no longer consider.
  • What was your earliest dream job? A teacher.
  • Technology has brought amazing possibilities, but also damaging fragmentation, overload and distraction. Attention spans are under attack.
  • What would we tell our 25-year-old self?
  • 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.