The UK’s Gig Economy

The recession may be over, but the UK's economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years. The idea of job stability has transformed from an expected reality into an idealistic one. Today's economy might be thriving on paper, but the rise of what's known as a 'gig economy' leaves many workers at the wayside.  What Exactly is the Gig Economy? The gig economy is an umbrella term used to describe the current economic climate occurring within Britain. It encapsulates the idea that people are hired in a way that promises maximum benefit to the company, and an uncertain…

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How To Create A Business Plan

Last month's blog focused on how to get funding for a new business. If you're unemployed, or looking to switch things up a bit in your career, you might be interested in finding out how to become self-employed. There's no sense in applying for government funding if you don't know what you want to have a business in. Being your own boss has its perks, but you'll lose interest quickly if you don't have a solid goal and business plan in mind.  So, before you try to finance your new business, it's imperative to consider the specifics of it. This…

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New Enterprise Allowance

Last month's blog post was a brief examination of the risks and rewards of self-employment. One of the stepping stones from unemployment to starting your own business is figuring out how to finance the initial costs. This is where the New Enterprise Allowance becomes relevant to the discussion.  What is the New Enterprise Allowance? The New Enterprise Allowance is a government scheme designed to offer unemployed people the money necessary to start up a business. It was first started by the Thatcher government in the 1980s. Some well-known entrepreneurs and public figures got their start this way, including the founder…

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The Risks and rewards of Self-Employment

Have you been unemployed for a while and are slowly realizing that getting a job isn't as easy as you thought it would be? Are you tired of working the same mediocre jobs that don't satisfy you or pay well? Maybe you're a dreamer who has always wanted to start your own business. When you're unemployed, unachieved goals or ambitions can seem out of reach. Add to this the fact that starting a business involves passion, dedication, organization, and money. Money is perhaps the key factor here. When you're barely making ends meet on benefits, how on earth can you…

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

In October of last year, the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations story broke in The New Yorker. The publicity surrounding this scandal has caused a lot of questions to be asked about women's position in modern society. In a time of supposed social progress, how is it that male authoritarian figures are still getting away with behavior like this? Almost as disturbing as the rape and unwanted touching accusations in the Weinstein story was the seeming complicity of his staff and colleagues. It is as much a moral stain on those who stayed silent as it is on Weinstein himself.…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 3 of 3

Contemplating working abroad? Tired of the lack of opportunities available in your own town, region, or country? Yearning for travel and adventure? Or simply wanting your circumstances to change in general? For all of these reasons UK workers are often enticed by the apparent opportunities made available by finding work abroad. Once you start to play with the idea of working abroad, one of the first things that will come to mind will almost certainly be the location. You might be a person who doesn't like extremely hot temperatures. Alternatively, you might adore hot weather and love to sunbathe. You…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 2 of 3

If you're serious about finding work abroad, there are a number of things you can do in order to prepare ahead. The first thing you should do is decide your top priority with regards to working abroad: is finding a job the most important thing above all else? If so, your initial job search will be tailored to look for the best jobs available, regardless of location. If location is high on the priority list, your job search should be tailored to look for jobs in a particular place. This will inevitably limit your options, but will also ensure you…

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How to Find Work Abroad – Part 1 of 3

Are you fed up of looking for a job? Have your eyes become bloodshot from scanning online job sites to no avail? Living and working abroad can be very appealing, especially when you feel like there are no opportunities in your area. If you're tired of pulling pints in the local pub or flipping burgers in the local takeaway, you could be dreaming of greener pastures overseas. However, it is resoundingly true that the grass is always greener on the other side. Before you pack up your student backpack and create a playlist for your excursion, you should seriously contemplate…

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Britain’s Fastest Growing Jobs

As of this year, the British economy is going through a bit of a slump. There is still growth occurring, but at a very slow rate. Commentators generally blame this on Brexit, with consumers and investors spending less as they worry about the ongoing effects of it. It's ironic that Brexit in and of itself has not caused the British economy any problems. Instead, it's people's fear of it. Thus, economic analysts who predicted a severe downfall due to Brexit are grasping on tightly to the slow growth phenomenon.  In reality, if the British public and potential investors would just…

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Robots, Machines, and Automation

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great July. I'm in Florida and we've had some scary thunder and lightning that's as loud as fireworks! It's been a great month so far aside from that though. Anyway, this blog post is about...scary, foreboding music...drum roll...robots, machines, and automation. I just got a shiver down my spine thinking about the worrying progress of computers designed to act more and more like humans. Bladerunner eat your heart out. Machines that Learn Like People Part of the general wariness surrounding technological progress is a subconscious fear that machines will take over the world. This…

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