Excelsior!

This year we said goodbye to Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.  As the creator of the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider Man and Iron Man, he crafted a cast of relatable outcasts who ultimately triumphed over adversity.   Growing up reading X-Men comics (how could I not be captivated by the likes of Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Gambit and…

If anything, be kind

As a careers practitioner, I love to weave in different techniques and tools to effectively engage with my clients.  It can be such a dynamic process and you never know what might resonate or connect throughout a session.  But one thing that always remains the same is the idea of always treating clients with kindness. …

Nourish your hobbies

When things felt overwhelming at work this year, I found solace in playing my trusty ukulele.  It provided distraction.  It got me using my hands.  It allowed me to sing.  It made me concentrate on notes and chords. I was engrossed in an activity that felt so far removed from my day job.   Even during…

Countdown to Christmas! Sharing my reflections & learnings

And just like that, it is now December and we are only 25 days away from Christmas.  Wow.  Where did the time go??  As we approach the end of the year, I have started reflecting on all the things I have experienced and learnt throughout 2018.  Lots have been satisfying and interesting.  Others less interesting,…

Sign of the times

Boy does time fly… It’s been over a month since my last post and so much has happened in that time! To cut a long story short, I have transitioned into a new organisation (will blog about this soon) and have had little time to write, but thankfully I had the urge and desire to…

Travel Diaries: Wonderful Copenhagen

This week I went back to work, so I’ve been slow to finish off the travel diaries from my recent trip!  But better later than never, right? Copenhagen Be still my beating heart… As Denmark’s cool Capital city, Copenhagen is my idea of perfection; gorgeous and green, clean air, lovely old buildings, an effective transport…

Travel Diaries: Cruising the Greek Islands

If you only have a short amount of travel time but want to explore some of the amazing Greek islands, then I highly recommend going on a cruise ship.  Cruising makes it easier to access different islands without the hassle of flying and having to organise multiple connections and transfers. Along with my partner and…

Travel Diaries: Athens

Kalimera!   Oh how I loved hearing this vivacious greeting each morning in beautiful Greece, where the food is divine, the weather wonderfully Mediterranean, and the people relaxed and laid-back. As we drove from the airport into the city of Athens, I couldn’t help but notice and the hills and abundance of olive and fruit trees. …

Travel Diaries: London

I recently came back from a holiday with lots of content and ideas in my head.  I hope you don’t mind (bugger it, I’m going to do it anyway) but over the coming week you will see lots of travel writing in ‘Coffee and Career Chat’.  Enjoy as you sip on your flat white or…

Pleased to meet you

The idea of speed networking is not new, but can be very overwhelming and scary for many.  Imagine trying to make a great first impression in the space of a few minutes? On Monday I took group of year 13 students to the Got a Trade! SpeedMeet event at Glenfield College, where students got to…