Two years ago I got a phone call from my pal, Cat. She’d just found out that she was being made redundant from her job in digital marketing. As anyone would be after hearing such news, Cat was feeling pretty scared at the prospect of having no job, but she was also kind of optimistic too. She’d been spending all her spare time on her web design side hustle and dreamt of becoming her own boss and pursuing her passion full-time. Although the situation wasn’t ideal and it would have been less stressful had she left on her own terms, in a way, this gave her the push she needed to take the leap.
When it comes to paying for education, many of us didn’t think twice about forking out thousands of pounds to go to university. However, when it comes to paying a few hundred to take an online course, we’re often a little reluctant to take the leap.
I’ve spent quite a bit of money on online courses over the last year and whenever I share the exact amount with friends, they tend to look at me like I’m crazy. One friend recently asked: “Why pay £300 for an online course when there’s so much information online for free?” Here are 7 reasons…
As regular Can’t Swing a Cat readers will probably know, earlier this year I quit my job without another one to go to. Handing in my notice was the best feeling ever and now I’m super happy and in a job I enjoy. And guess what? I want you to quit the job you hate too. Let me explain why…
I don’t know about you but whether I’m feeling like an impostor, self-censoring my own tweets because I don’t want to appear too opinionated, or apologising for existing, I often feel like I’m the poster girl for the overly polite working woman stereotype. I triple and quadruple check my emails before sending them, painstakingly analysing every word. I play down my own achievements. I often criticise myself and point out my flaws so that other people can’t be the first to do it themselves. I’m ambitious, hard working, intelligent and creative. But I’m also overly conscientious, a little bit of a worrier and a wannabe people-pleaser. I want to be successful but I don’t want to be threatening or rude or *gasp* bossy in the process. Heaven forbid!
Job hopping has long been considered the ultimate career sin, with many employers and recruiters saying it can have an impact on the way they perceive a potential candidate.
Although I would never label myself a ‘job hopper’, I’ve worked at three different companies in the last 12 months. I had good reasons to switch between each job but I can see why some people with more traditional attitudes to workplace loyalty would accuse me of hopping around. Some people might consider three jobs in the space of a year to be career suicide but it’s had numerous benefits for me.
Job hopping has long been considered the ultimate career sin, with countless employers and recruiters citing it as one of the primary reasons candidates get turned down for a job. However, while it may have once been the norm for workers to stay with the same employer for the majority of their career, such loyalty is no longer a realistic option for many.
As great as it can be to sell your old clothes on eBay and walk your neighbour’s dog in exchange for cash, there’s no denying that one of the best ways to boost your income on a consistent basis involves getting a pay rise.
Unfortunately, though you may daydream about getting called into the boss’ office and offered an extra £5,000 a year, the chances of that actually happening are very slim. So if you believe you deserve a pay rise, you’re going to have to ask for it. In this post I’ll share a few tips to help you take on the daunting experience of asking for a raise.
Being a freelancer and working from home might sound like the ultimate dream. You can get up whenever you like, you can work hours that suit you, and you don’t have to answer to anyone.
However, as much as I’ve loved spending the last fortnight in my PJs and I certainly haven’t missed wasting 3 hours each day on the bus, being a freelancer for the last two weeks has certainly been character building.
Here are just a few lessons I’ve learnt in the last 14 days:
Whether you long to tell your boss what you really think of them or dream of flipping your desk in a moment of rage, you’re not alone. Many people fantisise about quitting their jobs at some point or another. However, actually quitting without another one to go to has long been considered the ultimate career sin. It’s just something that people don’t really do. After all, we’ve got bills to pay and busy lives to fund. How could we possibly survive as responsible adults without that job security?
I’m certainly not going to tell you to quit your job in this post, but if you spend the majority of your weekends dreading your return to work rather than enjoying yourself, it may well be time to make a move. Here’s my guide to quitting your job without another lined up.