Browsing All posts tagged under »jobs«

Job hunting in a recession

August 28, 2010


Why it’s important for employers to engage with candidates who, without having built an affinity with the employer brand, may otherwise be simply taking the first role that comes their way. Ace Research And, of course, it’s important for job hunters to make a good impression too – bespoke suit anyone?

Universities should look to deliver real returns on investment

June 24, 2010


The emergency budget has hit Higher Education particularly hard with cuts in spending of up to 25% over the next four years. Coupled with the impact on capital expenditure that the VAT rise will bring about, leading universities are inevitably looking to an increase in fees to meet the shortfall. In itself, that shouldn’t be […]

Put your money in graduates!

October 30, 2009


In the 90s it was houses.  Recently talk has been of gold.  But new research by Dr Anthony Hesketh of Lancaster University Management school suggests that putting your money into graduates will give you a 500% return with the break even point coming after 20 months. Commissioned by the Government’s Backing Young Britain campaign, the […]

Recruiting social workers – an effective campaign plan

September 22, 2009


In light of the flurry of activity on TV, it’s worth a return to the subject of raising awareness of social work as a profession and whether the current big budget approach is the right one. Initially, without having seen the ads in the Government’s “give them a voice” campaign, I was skeptical.  Having seen […]

The worst ever employment article?

September 18, 2009


Is this the worst ever article on employees at work? A survey from a dubiously named company that reveals such gems as “46% [of employees] admit they are less productive when tired.”  Hang on, let me phone the DWP, all of a sudden unemployment reaching 2.47 million seems trivial in comparison to this…

Workplace Short Film Competition

September 11, 2009


Sometimes an idea comes along that strikes me as being particularly well done – and this is one of them.  The challenge is to produce a three minute film on the theme of Workplace.  It can be done professionally, or on your phone.  The beauty of this, for me, is that the emphasis has to […]

Prison officers, not academics

September 2, 2009


The conclusions from the Howard League’s research into prison officer skills and development are not unexpected – in that they highlight a well-defined issue in how to increase the volume of quality prison officers in the system.  But, as is all too familiar today, having identified a valid issue robustly, the recommendation is given without applying […]

Recruiting social workers

September 1, 2009


I haven’t yet seen the ads, so it may be too early to comment, but are hard-hitting government campaigns like the one currently being planned to recruit more than 5,000 social workers really the best use of public funds? It’s not that something doesn’t need doing, urgently, because it does.  But turning to the big-hitting […]

Higher Education – cost versus value

August 21, 2009


It’s all well and good for David Lammy to continue to beat a drum for Higher Education but is it not now time to ask what benefit the Government policy of pushing people into University courses, regardless of desire or appropriateness, produces for the individuals or for society? New data from The Push Student Debt […]

What now for graduates?

August 17, 2009


How much do the graduates of today really know about the job situation?  As I sat discussing the situation in a recent meeting, the look on the intern’s face said it all – it was the first time she had really stopped to think about it. A couple of months ago, as people were finishing […]