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Hayley Taylor’s career Q&A

Hayley’s move into the TV limelight means she’s regularly contacted by members of the public asking for advice – or simply wanting to get her opinions. We offered readers of our sister magazine, at home, the chance to put their own queries direct to the Fairy Jobmother: here are some of the best, along with Hayley’s responses. Dear Hayley,I am widowed for the last ten years and haven’t worked since then, ha ...

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10 top tips to get that dream job

If you’re tired of compromising, then read our top ten to learn how to secure the job you’ve always wanted. 1. Make sure your dream job is an achievable jobYour dream occupation needs to be ideal, rather than idealistic. Having the ambition and drive to push yourself to reach for the best job possible is imperative but you need be certain you are capable of doing the job. For example, if you have always wan ...

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Business profile: Philip Green

Sir Philip Green has built up a retail empire from scratch, so we take a look at how this South London schoolboy has become an internationally recognised entrepreneur. As the owner of the Arcadia Group (home of Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge) Sir Philip Green’s sheer dedication and ambition with regards to retail cannot be overlooked.  With a fortune of £4.2 billion and a conglomerate of r ...

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Charity Q&A: The Red Cross

We speak to Ola Fajobi, the Corporate Head of Human Resources for the British Red Cross, about the many opportunities available at the charity that makes such a difference to people’s lives across the UK and globally. Careers: Ola, would you like to give an outline of what you do as a charity and what your aims are, to introduce our readers to the British Red Cross?Ola: We are a UK-wide, volunteer-led human ...

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Fostercare: A blossoming profession

Fostering has provided a deeply rewarding activity for many years but is now being developed as a career path. We look at how you can become a foster carer and fit it around existing family commitments. Foster care has traditionally been recognised as a way for people to better the lives of children by taking them into their own homes and looking after them. Foster carers share this responsibility of care w ...

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A career in social care

The need for social care is growing, so we take a look at how you can enter the sector at entry-level or on a more advanced stratum and make a big difference to those who need support and guidance. The social care sector is constructed of people who enjoy helping others, and according to the Community Care Statistics, in 2005 an estimated 3.6 million contact hours were provided to around 354,500 households. ...

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Business profile: Richard Branson

We focus on Richard Branson’s megabrand Virgin that continues to expand globally and how he began his career whilst still at school. Richard Branson ­­­­­­­­­– who became Sir Richard in 1999, when he was knighted for services to entrepreneurship – has made his mark in the world through the all-encompassing global brand Virgin.  The construction of such a prestigious business demanded commitment, attent ...

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Donate your career to charity

We take a look at the many professional opportunities available in the charity sector and how you can make a difference to worthwhile causes and your career. The voluntary – or charity – sector is a strong area of growth both as a service provider and an employer. If you are interested in working for an organisation that makes a direct impact to a cause or group of people that are valuable to you, then char ...

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Building a career in property

Many do not realise the variety of job opportunities on the market in the property sector: it’s not all about building houses… here are some roles where you’ll never have to lay a brick. Over the last few years the property market has been in a state of flux, meaning that working in property demands the ability to adapt to changes in the financial world and in turn, the conditions of the housing market. A d ...

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Business profile: Michelle Mone

Careers profiles Michelle Mone, whose decision to set up her own business after being made redundant has made her one of the most important names in lingerie. Michelle Mone OBE is a woman who works for women as the founder and co-owner of MJM International, which stands as the UK’s largest lingerie company and is worth £50 million. Even though she was forced to balance business and family life from a young ...

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Find your perfect job by social networking

Job seeking used to involve scouring newspaper ads, or getting on the books of a few recruitment agencies. Now, most people head online... With a few clicks you can upload a virtual CV to be seen by thousands of potential bosses, or search for the latest jobs and apply direct. Email alerts even mean that technically you can be job-hunting while you sleep. But some of the best tools if you’re looking for wor ...

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Franchises: It’s all in the name

Take on a franchise and you could be on to a good thing, despite the recession... Many people dream of running their own business and more often than not, it comes down to a choice between starting from scratch or joining a franchise. If the latter appeals, you are not limited to just big, famous restaurant chains, as there are scores of different brands to choose from covering lots of industries, which req ...

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Careers in catering and hospitality

If you like people and thrive under pressure then the hospitality industry could be for you... Free time. Most of us have at least a little bit of it, and all of us want to get the most out of it. That’s where the leisure industry comes in. It’s estimated that the places people go to relax, have a meal out, meet friends for a drink or spend a few days away, account for 13.5% of all UK jobs. Hotels, restaura ...

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Charity Q&A: Macmillan Cancer Support

Tony Jackson is the Head of HR for Macmillan Cancer Support. We talk to him about the employment opportunities available in the charity across the UK, and why working for the charity sector can be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Careers: Tony, it’s initially important to introduce our readers to Macmillan Cancer Support.  Would you like to give an outline of the charity and its aims?Tony: To se ...

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Getting into retail without selling yourself short

We provide you with the run-down of the retail trade and the job opportunities available - from Retail Assistant to Fashion Designer. Working in retail is a varied and fast-paced experience, and can range from manning the shop floor to producing promotional materials to advertise new products.  It is this variety teamed with the sector’s growth that makes retail such an exciting career choice. During 2 ...

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Earn more, work less

Free up some hours by working smarter and doing what you love... You work full-time, earn a fair wage, but don’t have a life. The spare hours you do have are spent doing the jobs you didn’t have time to do because you were at work. So how can you still earn good money and reclaim valuable ‘me time’ in the process? Maybe it’s time to downshift and become a part-time professional. There are opportunities out ...

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Balancing benefits and businesses for working mums

We look at how you can make sure you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to, and make your life as a working mum that bit easier. Being a working mum is one of the most difficult jobs around because it’s not just one job. It demands a tricky balance between the demands of home life and work, which can be a struggle emotionally as well as financially. The Office for National Statistics stated that in ...

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The benefits of business education

We inform you about everything you need to know about business education from MFins to MBAs and from distance learning to the DfES.  Business education is extensive: available to those new to the sector, it is also of significant benefit to those already directly involved within business – from managers to senior executives. It enables you as an individual to have an impact on the majority within your ...

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Getting back into work

With the UK facing an employment crisis, we reveal what to consider when getting back into work and how to go about it. Getting back into work can prove a very difficult and emotionally trying situation. Whether you are seeking employment following redundancy, maternity or paternity leave or an extended break for health reasons, attempting to re-enter the workforce is often a daunting experience to say the ...

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Kick start your career with an apprenticeship

Keen to boost your employability and job security? Think about undertaking an apprenticeship...  What do successful hairdresser John Frieda, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White have in common? They all started their careers as apprentices. A great way of experiencing new challenges and learning a trade at your own pace with support available when you need ...

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