Careershifters blog

Practical Steps To Confidence

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Do you feel anxious when it comes to job interviews or cold-calling? In this blog post coach Claire Howe shares her top five tips for boosting confidence.

Career Change Clinic: How can I find my niche in my work area?

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"I'm only 3 years into my HR career, currently at an HR consultancy. I previously worked in HR in-house at a bank. I don't enjoy my current job and have decided I wanted to move back in-house. Because I have some gaps in my in-house experience, organisations I'm worried about career progression. I also wonder if I should be looking outside of HR. I have a degree in Modern Languages and a CIPD qualification I've recently completed via distance learning. How can I untangle the various threads and find something that makes me happy?"

Career Change Clinic: How can I find work to fit around looking after my young children?

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"I have had a career break to look after my children for 3 years. My youngest has now just started school and I really want to get back to work, however all of the flexible or part time jobs I have seen advertised are depressing. I don't necessarily want to go back into what I did before and I do need a job which allows me to balance looking after my kids with a career.  Are there any other challenging and interesting careers that will work on a part-time basis? And have you any advice on how best to approach potential employers after having a career break?"