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‘I’m not unemployable, so why won’t you employ me?’: Motivation levels can dwindle – and it’s not surprising, Eagle Eye

‘I’m not unemployable, so why won’t you employ me?’: Motivation levels can dwindle – and it’s not surprising

Hundreds of applications to various roles later, I’m yet to receive any feedback on any of my interview techniques, my CV’s strength or any of my abilities. I’m not unemployable and I doubt the millions of other unemployed people are.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at 4:00 am

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Rebalancing employment through entrepreneurship, Notebook

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Rebalancing employment through entrepreneurship

Right now, if the economy was a patient, it would still be in intensive care. Showing positive signs, but still a sick puppy. It will take time to inject enough confidence into the market to ensure that growth is maintained and the economy is truly back on track.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 at 2:39 pm

Why the government can’t afford to ignore family businesses, Notebook

Why the government can’t afford to ignore family businesses

As the Conservative Party conference continues in Birmingham, the Chancellor is setting out his plans to boost the economy, and provide some answers to the financial problems businesses in the country are facing at the moment.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 10 October 2012 at 3:35 pm

My zero hour contract has left me poor this summer, but for a Neet it would be much worse, Notebook

My zero hour contract has left me poor this summer, but for a Neet it would be much worse

Since starting my university summer almost three months ago, I’ve had no more than 10 shifts at my retail job. This isn’t because I’m a seasoned jetsetter or that I’m ‘feckless’ or ‘work shy’; I just happen to be one of those mugs on a zero hour contract.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 23 August 2012 at 2:45 am

How we all started working for free, Notebook

How we all started working for free

When I was a student, back in the early nineties, I had a holiday job at the frozen-food supermarket chain, Iceland. One morning, presumably fresh from a leadership course at Frosty HQ, our manager called all the staff together to admonish us for our apparent lack of enthusiasm for the sale of turkey nuggets. “Sometimes I feel that some of you are only in this for the money” she hissed. She was cut off by incredulous laughter. After all, what other motivation could there be for spending one’s weekend restocking a giant fridge freezer?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 8:00 am

Charity shops could be the answer our high streets are looking for – but only with a little innovation, Notebook

Charity shops could be the answer our high streets are looking for – but only with a little innovation

Everyone loves a boom story. The art boom of the Nineties galvanized British culture. The mobile technology boom over the last decade transformed the way we live and work. So why is there so little enthusiasm for the charity shop boom on the high street?

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 6 June 2012 at 4:00 am

Taking away benefits from heroin users won’t solve anything, Health

Taking away benefits from heroin users won’t solve anything

It was reported today that Ian Duncan Smith is threatening to stop heroin addicts from being able to claim incapacity benefits. About a hundred of my patients are heroin users and they are all signed off work. IDS pointed out that it was unfair that hardworking tax payers were paying for the addictions of others. This may well be true but is an attempt to force heroin users in to gainful employment really a viable option?

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at 5:39 pm

Tougher apprenticeships will signal an end for Britain’s ‘conveyor belt’ of skills, Notebook

Tougher apprenticeships will signal an end for Britain’s ‘conveyor belt’ of skills

Apprenticeships are on the rise. Although this is welcome news, we need to ensure that the quality of Britain’s vocational training courses is always considered above the quantity, says Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITB-ConstructionSkills.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 at 12:37 pm

Weak private sector job creation is not a myth, Chunomics

Weak private sector job creation is not a myth

Sadly for a great many unemployed and under-employed Britons, the stuttering private jobs creation machine is all too real.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 16 March 2012 at 6:24 pm

The snobbery towards vocational study won’t get students anywhere, Notebook

The snobbery towards vocational study won’t get students anywhere

A lack of proper careers advice has led to a generation of young people being unaware of what they need to study in order to reach their desired careers. Recent statistics suggest that 79% of 16-18 year olds still plan to go to university, despite a huge number of them being unaware of the alternative routes into the world of work.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 1 March 2012 at 12:49 pm

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