Still Uh-oh!

We posted a few weeks ago about the gap between student expectation of their qualifications and the employers satisfaction ( Basically, young people are encouraged to invest lots of time, effort (and money) on academic qualifications. It turns out that the employers these young people need to impress, aren’t as convinced with the academic qualifications… Continue reading Still Uh-oh!

Equal partners?

Securing a job should be a balanced, two-way negotiation. Each partner has to get something “out of” the exchange. For many years, I think there’s been an imbalance here, with numerous hungry candidates chasing a smaller number of jobs. It has resulted in some unpleasant recruitment practices. However, I’m aware of a change in the… Continue reading Equal partners?

10 (+) jobs, at least 2 occupations

The CDI (Career development institute) have published a “Manifesto for the General Election 2017“, and it contains some great suggestions. The highlight (as far as bizenko is concerned) is the idea of an “all-age career development service”. ┬áThe manifesto explains that individuals starting their working lives now, are likely to have ten or more jobs,… Continue reading 10 (+) jobs, at least 2 occupations


Oh dear! Our skills training system isn’t making the grade (according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). All that effort within our academic education system, and it’s not generating the results that employers desire. “Poor management has been identified as one of reason we have a productivity problem in this country” (Wow,… Continue reading Uh-Oh!

Work experience

A great article about work experience from Jayne Dowle. It makes a very useful point about the extent to which young people are left to their own devices when planning their career support. I understand that initiative is part of the learning process, but I think the challenge for all employers and educators is to… Continue reading Work experience

2016 – Very little change

In a year of unexpected events and momentous change, it is my sad duty to report that very little changed during 2016 in the world of career planning. I wrote in December 2015 about the fundamental mis-alignment of the vested interests and stakeholders within the careers world; and I’m certainly not aware of anything from… Continue reading 2016 – Very little change