Understanding and categorising your strengths and skills

A skill is an ability, which can be gained from knowledge and practice as well as aptitude, and can be objectively measured. If you are proficient in a given area you can claim it as one of your skills; if you're really good at something, i.e. you generally find it easy AND you really enjoy it even when the challenges come along - if it gives you that buzz - then it's a strength. 

Once you've got your head around that, here are five ways to categorise your strengths and skills:

Equality in the workplace is not only about women

At a recent event held at Pearson HQ in London, a panel of the company’s directors came together to discuss the issues surrounding gender equality and share their perspective on the issue. I was asked to join the panel, which also included my peers from around the company.

The panel kicked off the conversation by sharing our experiences of gender equality with the room. It was interesting to hear my colleagues talking about how they perceive situations which I found myself experiencing first hand.

5 steps to uncover your personal values

When we have a clear understanding of what our values are, we are better equipped to make decisions that are 'right' for us, enabling us to lead happier and more fulfilled lives. For example, if you value honesty but your work involves 'twisting the truth' chances are you'll end up feeling conflicted and unfulfilled.

Pinning down what your values are might not be as straightforward as you think. So here are five steps to help you discover yours:

Optimising your LinkedIn profile for recruiters

Job hunting on LinkedIn can happen in more ways than one. While you might use the site to actively look for jobs and make new valuable connections, opportunities might also come to you through recruiters approaching your directly for a role. That is, if they can find you. Just because you have a profile on LinkedIn doesn't necessarily mean that you are coming up in recruiters' searches. Without knowing it, you might therefore be missing out on opportunities that aren't advertised or you simply missed in your search.

The role of learning in the 100-year life

If you were born in 2007 in the UK, there is now a 50% chance that you will live to be 103. That means that your 10-year-old brother, cousin or child will live for 38 years after the traditional retirement age. As you can imagine, this means that their working lives will change. They may have to work for longer to fund a longer retirement or explore a variety of jobs at different points in their lives. The upshot of this is that the role of learning will change. Pearson’s mantra of #AlwaysLearning will become even more of a reality and lifelong learning could really mean learning throughout your whole life. So how will the role of learning play out if you live to be 103?

‘A Day in The Life’ of Andy Reynolds

Andy Reynolds has worked as an international concert tour manager and audio engineer for over 25 years. He has toured continuously during this time, working on an average of 200 shows per year. Andy has worked for such bands as Maribou State, The Pierces, Maverick Sabre, All-American Rejects, House of Pain, Machine Head, Nightmares On Wax, Pavement, Roots Manuva, Super Furry Animals, Skunk Anansie, Squarepusher, and The White Stripes. He has worked with bands on tours by such acts as U2, Whitney Houston, Manic Street Preachers, and Foo Fighters. His touring experience encompasses stadiums, arenas, theatres, pubs, bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, rooftops, subway stations, cruise ships, mountainsides, and very, very muddy fields. Andy is also the author of the following Music Industry books: The Tour Book: How To Get Your Music On The Road Playing Your First Music Festival: A Mini-Guide To Performing At Open-Air, Green-Field, Music Festivals Roadie, Inc Second Edition: How to Gain and Keep a Career in the Live Music Busines

Top tips on how to ace your assignments

For the majority of us completing assignments may seem daunting or even impossible at some points. However, you will come across assignments during your HN, so you will have to face up to your fear of them. Having completed assignments for many years, I thought it would be useful to share my top tips on how to ace your assignments. So fear not, and follow my top tips...
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