HR is one of the many aspects of running a start-up that require the input of knowledgeable people. We have Peach Law as one of our most valued and trusted professional partners to help you as you venture into the business world…
Peach Law are experts in the area of HR, and all of the legal aspects of hiring your first team members. As your business grows and needs more people, our amazing HR partners are here to help you get the most out of your new team!
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what we have on offer at the Employability Academy...
All the training and education we provide happens on many different platforms, allowing you the best flexibility. We are based online, which lets you fit your learning in with your routine. The program can also adapt to be delivered within the workplace, which gives the best opportunity for learners to put their new skills into action. Another strong feature of our Academy is the 1-1 mentoring that happens as part of your program. It is online, but also very personal to you.
We aim our material towards people at all stages of education, from high school all the way through to university and beyond, as well as providing our curriculum to careers teachers in schools.
The primary aim of the Employability Academy is to equip and build up our students so that they can make the most of their workplace, building on their skillset, and bridging the gaps where they may need improvement. We promote career progression, and develop advanced skills such as management and leadership.
As part of the course, you will access all the services provided by our professional partners, as well as ongoing mentorship and support even after you have completed the program!
In the first stage of the program, you will be covering topics that introduce you to the fundamentals of what it means to thrive in the workplace. Topics include:
In the third stage, you will progress towards the theme of Executive Careers, topics including:
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The final part of the ‘What Do You Want To Do?’ series is here! We are wrapping it up with a call to action, and some simple steps you can take to kick start your journey to a more fulfilling and happy career. Enjoy!
Following on from the last two posts in this series focusing on identifying what direction you want to take your career in, you have probably identified what aspects of previous jobs you have liked doing, what you don’t want to do again, and hopefully deconstructed and pulled apart your vague, hazy dreams and discovered ways to better understand yourself, how you tick, and some great ways to move forward. Now that all the self-reflection has been done, you should be ready for action!
You may be super excited about your new found sense of clarity...but resist the urge you may have to stay floating around in how stoked you are, and start to put some of that energy into making stuff happen!
It may be overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to start. By taking small steps and breaking things down into achievable short term goals, (for example, writing down all the things you want to do and the order and timescales to do them in), you will discover that the whole process does not have to be as scary as you think!
A good place to start is by updating your CV and your LinkedIn and profiles on the job boards (Indeed, Reed, Total Jobs, etc) you use the most. The best way to make sure you are representing yourself in the best possible light is to show your CV to one or two people who know you well. They can see you from outside of you, which you will never be able to do, and so will be able to point out areas you are blind to.
A couple of weekends ago, me and my work bestie got together in a cute coffee place with the purpose of getting ourselves inspired to make some cool job stuff happen. The first thing we did was exchange CVs.
I noticed that she was severely downplaying her summer work experience, and the amazing skills she had gained through it. She noticed that my CV uses a lot of language geared towards the sales industry, probably due to having worked a lot of customer-facing roles. This is ironic, as I absolutely do not want a career in sales, and am trying to go in entirely the opposite direction. When I last updated my CV, I was going through a weird phase where I thought I needed to use that kind of language to make myself seem driven, possibly to make up for my lack of solid leadership experience. It made me realise that there are ways of presenting my past work experience that can draw more attention to creative things. I could work on maximising any writing I have done, and things like great team working and intuitive communication; skills I want to develop more.
So, the takeaway is, promote yourself for the job you ACTUALLY WANT! Not the job you think you should want.
Also, look at your LinkedIn profile. I have not updated mine in a whole year! More and more employers are using LinkedIn to find candidates. And in the spirit of networking, I found out that another good friend of mine has been professionally trained in maximising LinkedIn profiles, so I intend to meet up with her and get some tips. Which leads well onto the next point...
Network, network, network!
To get yourself unstuck from the internet job search vortex of doom, networking is a great way to get more exclusive insights into industries, and maybe find people who can give you a leg up. This does not have to be as cringey as you think it is, at all! You might be thinking you have to tag along with people always asking for jobs. Not at all! As mentioned before, LinkedIn is a great way to do this. Just start following the people who you already know. Your current and past bosses, colleagues, lecturers and people you studied with, as well as acquaintances and people you know socially.
An action I have set for myself is to join up with my university’s alumni network. I graduated two years ago, but it is never too late! Most universities will have an online group you can join, and they can be very helpful. You can sign up for reunions and alumni events, and these can be priceless opportunities to get some new contacts…
Do Not Panic!
You are at a real advantage where you are right now. You might be sick of your job, but you can now afford to be picky! You have a regular income and are able to pay the bills. Never take that for granted. You don’t need to rush to find a job to survive, so don’t panic and do 50 random ‘one-click’ applications of an evening. That’s one way to get into a job you will hate just as much, if not more!
Take the time to target and tailor your application as best you can, both to the individual company and to yourself. Apply for only the jobs you think you would absolutely love, and put lots of care and effort into each one.
So let’s stop freaking out about our next steps. Let’s slow down and get clear to ourselves with what we want and how we want to move forward. And let’s have loads of fun in the process!
How Curricula & Co bridges the Skills Gap
School is great! It’s a time to learn and succeed and discover. Many people discover their lifelong passion at school. You may have one particular teacher, or even two or three or more, who have had a huge impact on your motivation and confidence.
It’s meant to be a place that equips young people for adult life. And in many ways, it does. But statistics are showing that the traditional education system, with its classroom-based, mostly theoretical approach to teaching is leaving a huge deficit in the emerging workforce.
Nearly 70% of businesses believe that high schools do not adequately prepare young people for the realities of working life.
So what is the problem?
Part of it may be that there is lack of focus on letting young people get stuck in and learn work skills in a practical way.
That is why Curricula and Co’s Employability Academy is passionate about partnering with schools, and their career departments in particular, using our unique programme to bring the working world to life. We teach real life skills in real life workplaces, finding the right placement for each person.
They learn essential things such as emotional resilience, communication, team working, and maintaining a good work ethic, among other things. Examples from our success stories include people’s confidence getting boosted, gaining positive recognition and even promotions!
To read loads of success stories from our Employability Academy, and indeed our Entrepreneurship Academy, head over to
How to proactively move in the direction that is right for you.
So, you have come to the conclusion that the position you are in now is not where you want to stay. But you are not sure where you want to go. So many of us have been there or are there right now. It can be easy to just stay put, and expect to suddenly have a lightbulb moment of realisation. We wait for that to happen, often without fully realising that this is what we are doing. We let life happen to us, and get comfortable living in the ‘what if’ questions.
In this first part of our new series exploring the topic of finding your direction, I want to start by suggesting a couple of ways that you could begin to take simple but proactive steps to set things in motion. It can be hard to know where to start, but by simply breaking down your thoughts, and realistically looking at the options available to you, you could very likely find some ideas that can lead somewhere amazing…
A good place to start could be to write yourself a list of all the things you have accomplished to date, be it in your career, education, or any hobbies or whatever else you can think of. What experience have you gained? What are your best skills? What makes you stand out?
And then ask yourself what you have enjoyed the most about your past experiences. What were you doing that made you really come alive? Do you really shine when sorting through and organising figures and data? Do you love helping people succeed? Are you a natural storyteller or visionary? Take note of these things, and maybe discuss this with some people who know you very well and have seen you in action. Perhaps you could do a personality test online. These are not totally accurate, but they could give you a rough estimate at how you work best.
Have fun documenting all the great things about yourself. It will give you a real confidence boost!
Now that you have a framework to start with, it’s a great time to explore the options. Look online at job boards, and see what opportunities are on offer, and take note of what stands out to you. At this stage, try not to get too realistic, or write off instantly anything that you think you do not have the right qualifications/experience for. Right now, you are making yourself a kind of mood board for your future career. Now is your time to get inspired, and get immersed in ideas. You might want to look more in depth about how a particular industry works, or look at the options available there.
Have a look at some free online courses you can take, to maybe introduce you to a new skill or industry topic to give yourself a bit of a taster…
Instead of feeling down about not knowing where you want to go in your career path, start to get curious. Avoid the temptation to rush to get out of your current situation, and use right now as your opportunity to really get to know yourself, and what you are capable of - you might just be surprised at what you find...
So you have decided it’s time to move on from your job. Now what? You may be unsure of what you really want. In this new three part series, I will be looking at some ways to get beyond the initial mental block, and begin an exciting process of discovery…