90: What's it really like to be a coder, Careers in Software Development

 https://youtu.be/l62-FZS5lGA What do you know about careers in coding?  I sat down with three people working in the field (You can find out more about them in the notes below) who shared their experiences and top tips for becoming a coder. 1. What skills or attributes make a good coder? You might be surprised to learn what skills you DON’T need to be a coder: you don’t need to be good at maths or science. As long as you’re determined to learn coding that's enough to get you going. You DO need “soft” skills like listening, teamwork and communications. The old stereotype of a...


88: Career Advice from Graduates 10 years out of University With Paul Murphy

My guest in this episode is Paul Murphy, author of 1000 Years of Career Advice, based on interviews with 100 graduates about their work experiences in the 10 years following university. Paul has over 10 years of experience working in various finance roles for multinational firms. He qualified as an accountant (ACA) while working with a big 4 professional services firm in their advisory department. He is also a qualified project manager (Prince 2), programme manager (Managing Special Programmes), and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He was inspired to write this book while he was working in...


84: Find out if you've got what it takes for a career in coding - with Chris Hill of Northcoders

My guest in this month’s podcast is Chris Hill, co-founder of Northcoders, the North’s original coding school. Chris and I talked about the burgeoning opportunities in the digital economy and how a good grounding in coding can be the key to accessing them. If you’ve ever wondered whether the tech world might hold some promise for you, listen to my interview with Chris. Ambitions Chris’s goal is to see a Northcoders presence in every major city in the North of England. Given the potential for growth in the tech sector, which now involves almost every business in the modern world,...


79: What I looked for when I recruited for Uber and Booking.com - with Nicolas Buteau

From Uber to Booking.com, Nicolas Buteau is a recruiter and entrepreneur who thrives in dynamic environments as well as in more established business operations. Recruiting for startups and unicorns In this episode he shares his experiences recruiting for Uber during its transition from fast-growing start up to unicorn, and how he adapted his practices to the more established organisation at Booking.com. A common theme throughout is the role played by MBAs, who’ve proven to be hugely important in both businesses. He has recruited many MBAs over the years and knows the value they can offer;...


76: What recruiters REALLY care about - with Zena Everett, Author of Mind Flip

In this episode, I speak with Zena Everett, author of Mind Flip. Zena talks about becoming an author and shares some of the wisdom she’s gleaned from her years in recruitment, her Masters in Organisational Psychology and more recently, her coaching, which she boils down to helping people in their careers. Sounds simple, but we know it isn’t. Recruiting Recruiters In her early career as a recruiter of recruiters, Zena began to wonder exactly what it was which made the difference to career success. Why did some candidates and employees soar while others muddled along? She decided the...


72: How to use social media effectively in your job search - Tony Restell, founder of social-hire.com

Entrepreneur and social media expert Tony Restell regularly delivers webinars and workshops for our clients on how to use social media in job searching and how to get results in your business. Tony was originally a strategy consultant but had always wanted to set up his own business. He founded niche recruitment site www.top-consultant.com which he went on to sell to Jobsite, part of the Daily Mail group. He then founded his current company Social Hire,  originally set up as a kind of free LinkedIn. However what he found was the company was more successful at marketing the concept than...


70: Behind the scenes in setting up a cafe and restaurant with Paul Rawlinson from Baltzersens and Norse

How do you set up a cafe and restaurant with zero experience? This was the question I had for Paul Rawlinson, formerly a Platoon Commander and Training Officer in the British Army.  I interviewed Paul in the new premises for his Scandinavian inspired restaurant, Norse, in my home town of Harrogate (North Yorkshire, UK). Upstairs Downstairs Norse used to share a small kitchen in the basement of Baltzersen's, Paul's successful (and also Scandinavian inspired) cafe. Service prep during the day was not ideal as everything had to be prepared in a small basement kitchen, then moved upstairs in...


69: How to become a brilliant speaker - BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas

In this episode of 'Grow Your Own Career' podcast,  I interview the BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas. Jeremy teaches media training techniques to clients that he’s acquired from thirty years on TV and radio, and is also an accomplished host of business events working for clients such as IBM, Carling, Ericsson, Boots and Samsung. I met Jeremy at the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), which I joined last year. Fourteen years ago when I lived in London I joined Toastmaters, which was fantastic for increasing my confidence when speaking in front of an audience. Last year I...


66: Testing 25 jobs before she's 25 - The Radical Sabbatical with Emma Rosen

How do you find out what you want to be when you grow up? Emma Rosen's parents asked her every year at New Year in a kind of social experiment. The recordings of those conversations became a useful source of inspiration when she found, after rotating on the graduate scheme on the Civil Service Fast Steam Scheme, she was craving variety with more of an emphasis on creativity and innovation.  But where to start? "It just didn't feel right" "The issues were important but I wasn't happy and felt unfulfilled even though outwardly I was seen as successful." "I felt trapped and not challenged in...


64: The things mentally strong people don't do when job seeking - with bestselling author Amy Morin

Amy Morin is the a bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do and in our interview we discuss how relevant her book is to people job searching or changing careers. A trained psychotherapist, Amy originally wrote an article on "the 13 things mentally strong people don't do" as a letter to herself. She had been through a series of losses.  At 23 years old her mother died suddenly, and then 3 years later she lost her husband.  In the process of dealing with her loss and working with her clients she noticed that some people get stuck when facing adversity and other people...