Posts Tagged ‘mentoring’


Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day has come around again. The shops are filled with sweets and chocolate in a rainbow of reds and you’ve probably noticed that your local M&S is bursting at the seams with flowers. While February 14th’s long and disputed history started with unsavory activities and founded itself as the holiday of romance in the times of Chaucer and Shakespeare, we think it’s time for another reinterpretation, the HR way.

In the UK, people work 1,625 hours per year, so it’s no surprise workplaces have become their own communities. What can you do this Valentine’s Day to show how much you appreciate your colleagues? We have a few ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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PrintThe economic climate of the last few years has slashed the L&D budgets of many HR departments, decreasing opportunity for career progression for employees. To fill the gap, many people are turning to mentoring programmes. Regardless of your place on the career ladder, taking part in a mentoring scheme can be hugely beneficial. Here, HR professionals share their experiences and offer advice to help you get involved.

We speak to senior HR professionals regularly, and a theme of characteristics needed to get the most out of the mentoring experience surfaced.

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Why Gen-Y needs your help

25 Sep

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      GenY200x233Another academic year has started, and students around the world are settling into dorm rooms and cracking the spines of new textbooks. But as they clock hours at the library in the hopes that their degree will get them jobs they love, a blog post entitled: “Why Gen-Y Yuppies Are Unhappy”, published on The Huffington Post, is making the rounds on Facebook, telling them that their dreams are misinformed, their generation delusional and entitled. Is Gen-Y lost like everyone says?

      New grad blues

      I was born in 1986, right in the middle of Gen-Y (roughly defined as those who were born between 1976 and 2000). After graduating from university, I entered the job market in 2008, a year into the global economic crisis. I jumped in to a hands-on, post-graduate programme a year later, mostly for the work experience it provided. I spent six months completing unpaid internships, but I never felt angry that I wasn’t getting the job I ‘deserved’, as the above article suggests is characteristic of Gen-Y. I was genuinely worried about how I would support myself and build a life the way my parents and grandparents had before me. Read the rest of this entry »

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