This is how to future proof your career, according to four trusted experts

This is how to future proof your career, according to four trusted experts


Marie Claire’s live panel discussion on how to future proof your career, in partnership with Salesforce, was truly inspiring

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Last night, Marie Claire, in association with Salesforce, organised a live panel discussion to share expert advice on all things career. A recent study shows that future proofing your career is the number-one work worry, so we invited four pros from across the business landscape to share their top tips for success and explore the skills you can learn now to create exciting opportunities and innovate the way you work.

Fiona McIntosh – Co-founder and Creative Director, Blow Ltd

Fiona McIntosh is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of the award-winning Blow LTD – the UK’s largest and fastest growing on-demand beauty services app, which delivers expert beauty treatments to your door seven days a week.

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Know what you are not good at – which is just as important

‘Surround yourself by people who have the skills you don’t have. No one person can be good at everything, it’s important to recognise that, particularly when you are starting a business.’

Be prepared to apply what you are really good at to other industries 

‘If it’s a core skill and you have built up a reputation for being good at it, other businesses will need it too.’

Stay on top of emerging opportunities

‘The job world is moving so quickly now it’s scary, but also exciting because of emerging opportunities. Make sure you are always on top of them by reading industry blogs, networking and tracking any changes in the job market. Go out for that coffee with someone you worked with years ago – it’s amazing what you might learn. Stay nimble and informed.’

Antoinette Dale Henderson – Business Coach, Speaker and Author

Antoinette Dale Henderson is an award-winning speaker, author, global expert on leadership and founder of The Gravitas Programme, which she launched to provide clients with transformational techniques to fulfil their true leadership potential.

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Power up your USP

‘You can’t ‘own it’ until you know what ‘it’ is. We so often let ourselves down when asked the ‘what do you do?’ or ‘what are you up to atm?’ questions. So have a series of what I call ‘Rocket Pitches’ up your sleeve – as opposed to formulaic elevator pitches – powerful stories which illustrate what you do best and are tailored to the person you’re talking to.’

Power up your Intuition

‘One of the biggest barriers to success for women is overthinking: we want to have all the information in hand before we act. Your intuition overrides this if you choose to listen. It isn’t woo woo mumbo jumbo, it’s borne out of your lived experiences and is what enables you to make quicker decisions and read situations more accurately. So tune into your inner wisdom and give your subconscious the space to be heard.’

Power up your Voice

‘Fuelled by all of the above, your voice represents your inner power. To do your voice justice and communicate your wants and needs assertively, use the 3 Ps: Prepare, Practice & Pacing. Prepare: think about what you’re going to say and how, Practice: use every opportunity you can to use your voice – formally and informally, Pacing: slow down your delivery, use pauses, give each word the space to breathe.’

Heather Black – Founder, Salesforce Supermums

Heather Black is the Managing Director of Economic Change, a consultancy that helps non-profit organisations enhance their impact through digital transformation, and CEO of Salesforce Supermums, a social enterprise that empowers mums to get back into the workplace with well-paid jobs that provide the sort of flexibility every working mum should have access to.

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Get Inspired by a Company Culture and Leadership

‘Get excited about new career opportunities with the companies you love. One of the things we tell our mum’s to do is to listen to Marc Benioff on You Tube, and learn about the companies values, vision and culture. Salesforce is awe inspiring company, it’s rated No 1 globally for it’s product, innovation and culture by leading benchmarking brands.’

Find out how to learn more in a style that suits you

‘Salesforce powers a free learning platform with Trailhead and this platform is a key part of our programme as it provides certifications along the way. Despite being free however, our mums however have chosen our programme as it gives a whole package of learning with greater direction and importantly accountability.’

Gain some valuable work experience

‘It’s important to gain some real-life work experience with the support of an experienced mentor or advisor. Starting at the bottom and working up can be quickly achieved in the salesforce sector if you’ve got grounded expertise and the right references. Don’t run before you can walk.’

Kathleen Saxton – Founder, The Lighthouse Company

Kathleen Saxton is the founder of headhunting firm The Lighthouse Company, and co-producer of Advertising Week Europe. She is also a trained Psychotherapist with her own private practice in London and runs Executive Development programmes with a focus on bringing psychotherapy into the boardroom.

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Multilingual versus monolingual

‘Current research on the cognitive effects of bilingualism notice a correlation between a higher level of working memory, perception, attentional and inhibitory control versus their monolingual peers. As it becomes increasingly evident that the world is in transition, the need to be multilingual of craft (analytical and creative, relational and an individual contributor) will become more imperative to professionals, no matter the sector or trade.’

A three-career lifetime

‘Given that generation Z may live until they are 100, the outmoded notion that we will all retire at 60 increasingly appears to be a misnomer. Whilst many people plan a full-time career which slides via portfolio consultancy into retirement, it is becoming both fashionable and a requirement to plan for a secondary career. Research is clearly indicating that Gen Z will in fact have 3 careers in their lifetime. What are yours going to be?’

True equality – be the change

‘In a world where inequality is rife and correction is becoming apparent, ensure you take personal responsibility for achieving, demanding and orchestrating equality in every sense for yourself and those who come after you. Don’t wait for someone to tell you that it is time for your next move or to be promoted, make the move for you. Benchmark your salary with the wider industry and against your peers, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and what you deserve. Evidence versus emotion is your strongest negotiating tool.’

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Planning a career change at 30? Don't do anything until you read this

Planning a career change at 30? Don't do anything until you read this


Arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before making the switch

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A career change at 30 is totally possible – but what does it take to turn your 3pm day dreams into a reality?

Many of us choose a career while we’re still at school and picking our A-level subjects. Then before you know it you’re packing your bags and heading to university, leaving three years later armed with a Bachelors degree and unwavering optimism that you’ll end up in a job that you love.

We spend our 20s working our way up, slogging it out for that extra bit of responsibility/money/fancy-sounding title, but when 30 comes knocking, the chances are you’ve changed. Your goals and aspirations have moved in a different direction. You’re no longer the fresh-faced 21-year-old that pushed and pushed to get you where you want to be – and you can’t stop thinking about packing it all in and trying a career change at 30.

And trust us, you’re not alone. 

Yes, it might feel a bit scary to switch things up and yes, it will involve carefully balancing work and every other thing you’ve got going on in your life, but once you get to where you want to be you’ll be thrilled with the pay off.

So what’s stopping us from going for a career change at 30? How can you take an idea and make it your reality? And where do you turn for advice?

We spoke to the experts to find out how you can ace a career change at 30.

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Career change at 30

1. The first step

First things first – know what you want. It can be easy to get fed up with your current routine and think that a huge life overhaul will be the answer to all your problems, but if you’re not 100% about making the move then it’s likely things won’t turn out exactly as you’d hoped. 

SCT Director Isla Baliszewska advises: ‘Take a big pause. Thinking about what isn’t right, what you aren’t happy with in your current career will provide a great basis for looking for the right changes. Making a list of what you would like your life to look and feel like in five years, what you want to have and where you want to be gives you some clear objectives. 

‘Swapping careers without some serious thinking and choosing can be a disaster. You need to know what your non-negotiables are and be really clear about longer term objectives.’

2. Work out your strengths

Epiphany Life Coach Jenny Butler believes that you need to understand what makes you tick. Are you driven by money or material success? What environment works best for you? Do you favour pay or job satisfaction?

Once you have some answers, you’ll get an idea of what direction to go in. 

Jeremy says: ‘You need to understand your strengths, motivation and fit. Strengths – make a note of what you enjoy, what makes you thrive and what energises you. 

‘Motivation: what would you do for free?

‘Fit: What do you want your day to be like – indoors, outdoors, working on your own, in a big team? Does the purpose matter? Does the end result matter? Imagine your perfect day.’

3. How to find a role that’s right for you 

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So you’ve really drilled down and discovered what your perfect working day looks like – now what? If you know you want to shake things up but you’re not sure what job fits your fantasy, what do you do?

Finding the right role doesn’t need to be difficult, says Isla. 

‘Make a list of key things you want in your new career, then check job ads. Look at different sectors, highlight the words/elements that appeal to you. Not the things that really turn you off.

‘Talk to friends, ask them what they like about their careers, check out LinkedIn, do some internet research. Or ask your friends for five jobs they think you would enjoy or be great at.’

4. Preparing your finances

You’ve decided what your perfect working day looks like and you’ve found a role that has practically been made for you, but there’s something else you need to consider – your finances.

Do you need to have a lot of cash saved before making the switch?

Leadership Coach and Neuroscience Practitioner Dominique Stillman believes it depends on your situation.

‘It depends on whether you are going to another role immediately with another employer or if you are going into full time training for the new career,’ she explains.

‘If you are going into a self-employed situation this will impact your earnings, too. An exit strategy can mean staying where you are a little longer to allow you to get finances in place so you can make the move without jeopardising important areas such as housing and childcare.’

Jenny, however, advises that you don’t necessarily need shed loads of money to make the switch. 

‘You can make a sideways move. If it is a major career change and you need to go back into training or education then you may need a buffer.

‘But lots of careers now offer part-time training and study options as well. And it isn’t just about the cash. You also need to think about other areas of your life. How will it affect your work-life balance and health and wellbeing?’

5. Don’t rush – take your time

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It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of changing careers, so much so that you take any offer that comes your way. You may even feel as though you need to juggle two jobs at once until you feel secure in your new career.

But should you cut off, take a break and start completely fresh? Or should you keep your options open?

Isla suggests: ‘This depends on what your career change choice is. If you have decided to start a business of your own, it might work in conjunction with your current job until the new enterprise is sufficiently successful for you to give up your current job.’

Caroline Wellingham, Career Change Coach advises not to put all your eggs in one basket, saying: ‘The riskiest option is to quit your job and put all your energy into your career change.  

‘You can work in your current job and figure out your next career action steps at the same time. When you are happy with your decision, then you can move on.’

6. Network, network, network!

Never underestimate the power of networking. A lot of the time, you’ll hear about positions from people you know, and if you have a professional relationship with that person they’re more likely to pass your details on to prospective employers. 

Isla tells us: ‘Networking is crucial – these days finding the right choices and changes is all about the relationships that you have. 

‘Not only can you connect with people who might give you a career helping hand, but you can also find your support group, possibly a mentor, people to share experiences and knowledge with.’

Caroline adds: ‘When you want to change careers, your network is everything. 70 – 80% of people get jobs through who they know.  Network with people in companies that you want to work for.  

‘Meet people who are doing the job that you want to do.  Expand the group of people in your current circle and be open to new opportunities that arise.’

However, IAPC&M Chief Operations Officer, David Monro-Jones, stresses the importance of networking with purpose. 

‘It depends on who you are networking with and for what reason. There are lots of networking opportunities, but always set objectives for what you want to achieve by the experience. 

‘There are lots of online networking events too, usually through social media platforms. Always find the one that’s right for you. Plus, learn how to network, as this is a skill in itself.’

7. Finally, make sure it’s exactly what you want

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Still not sure whether to take the leap? Make sure you’re 100% invested in the career change to save yourself time, money and stress.

‘Find people, organisations or bodies that are in this field and talk to them – see if you can shadow people,  read articles or publications for the sector to see what is happening in that area,’ Dominique suggests. ‘Research as much as you can and assess against the criteria that has been identified from the analysis you have done on your own career so far.  How does this career match my motivations and lifestyle?’ 

IAPC&M Director, Dawn Ann Campbell, advises: ‘Look at who is already doing what you aspire to doing, then mirror them, ask them to mentor you, few will say ‘no’. 

‘Consider what it really means to be a business owner – see my handout – check yourself again the characteristics, the drive, the motivation, the resources, the skills and the resilience because sure as eggs are eggs you’ll never work harder, longer or for less pay until you make it and few do!’

One last top tip from the experts…

Isla: ‘Don’t act impulsively. Unless you don’t mind if the change doesn’t last. This is a seriously important decision that is so much more than just what you will do to earn a living. It is about the whole of your life, and therefore it is something to be decided on with care and thought.’

Jenny: ‘It is possible and permissible. There is nothing wrong with starting the exploratory process. Don’t look back and regret in 5-10 years’ time and wish you had done it sooner.’

Dawn: ‘I’d say fortune favours the brave so go for it, within reason, because you only live once; as long as you can afford it, feed your passion, do what brings you joy and it won’t feel like work, don’t waste a minute longer than necessary working for people you don’t like, who don’t value your contribution, or working in an industry you have no connection with that do not match your values, it will make your life a misery and by now, you’ve already potentially lived a third of it!’

So what are you waiting for?

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These are the average salaries for the most popular jobs in the UK

These are the average salaries for the most popular jobs in the UK


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If you’re counting down the days until payday and wondering how everyone else is managing to afford their rent, flashy holidays and Gucci belts, there is now some insight into the average salary for some of the most popular jobs in the UK.

Handy if you’re thinking of switching careers (or want to have a nose at what your friends/neighbours/milkman may earn).

As reported by Cosmopolitan UK, the Office of National Statistics has revealed the average earnings of over 400 job roles to work out that the median UK salary is £29,009 when taking both full time and part time employees into account. For full timers, the average salary is £35,423 and £12,083 for those in part time employment. This is based on data from 2018.

So which professions come out on top when it comes to pay? If you’re after a juicier pay cheque, take a look at this condensed list.

The average salary for popular jobs in the UK:

  • Architects – £39,101
  • Bar staff – £15,072
  • Chefs – £21,403
  • Civil engineers – £41,014
  • Content Writers – £33,887
  • Counsellors – £23,754
  • Doctor – £41,494
  • Electricians and electrical fitters – £32,315
  • Finance officers – £25,311
  • Fitness instructors – £19,115
  • Gardeners and landscapers – £20,688
  • Graphic designers – £26,490
  • Hairdressers and barbers – £15,610
  • Human resource managers – £48,836
  • Journalists – £37,377
  • Lawyer – £63,771
  • Legal secretaries £21,206
  • Librarians – £29,093
  • Marketing Directors – £93,967
  • Midwives – £35,348
  • Nurses – £32,451
  • Office managers – £31,427
  • Painters and decorators – £24,214
  • Paramedics – £37,880
  • Police community support officers – £27,127
  • Property, housing and estate agents – £35,433
  • Physiotherapists – £31,875
  • Psychologists – £41,784
  • Public Relations Professionals – £37,799
  • Receptionists – £17,471
  • Sales administrators – £21,370
  • Senior care workers – £19,983
  • Solicitors – £53,100
  • Taxation experts – £44,818
  •  Teacher – £39,388
  • Travel agents – £20,108
  • Veterinarians – £39,190
  • Waiters – £15,454
  • Web design and development professionals – £32,878

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What is Souljourn Yoga and why should you be trying it?

What is Souljourn Yoga and why should you be trying it?


Here’s everything to know…

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You may not have heard of Jordan Ashley, but you’re about to hear about her brainchild, with Souljourn Yoga sweeping across the globe – literally!

‘While embracing New York City’s fast-paced and driven yoga culture, Jordan Ashley recognized a need for service-based yoga; a need for experiences which give perspective to the self through selflessness,’ her website reads. ‘Feeling extremely blessed to not only be given the opportunity for education, but to have a voice in society, she felt it was imperative to raise both awareness and funds for girls all over the planet who are denied such essential human rights.’

But what is Souljourn Yoga, and how can we get involved?

Digital Features Editor Jenny Proudfoot sat down with Jordan to better understand the practice and to pick her brains on building a business…

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Talk me through your journey…

I returned to New York after living abroad and went to a yoga class where I had an a-ha moment when I realised how everyone was completely isolated by the perimeter of their mats. These women would show up week after week to the same class at the same time and go through an experience of breath, movement, and in many ways, healing together. Why couldn’t we leave our mats and go to places where the leisure of yoga doesn’t exist?

Education is the gateway for equalising the playing field so why can’t this same tribe of women travel, connect, and support girls’ education initiatives on the ground whom I had worked with firsthand to create a global sisterhood? As a journalist and yoga teacher creating a charity that merged my three passions of travel, women’s empowerment, and yoga was the perfect platform to kickstart this philanthropic adventure.

What is Souljourn Yoga?

Souljourn Yoga is a US charity inspired by seva, the Sanskrit word and yogic principle of selfless service. Our aim is to raise awareness and funds for girls education in developing countries by teaming up with both local and international non-profits. We create opportunities to explore, practice, and educate through yoga both on and off of the mat by offering a spectrum of workshops and global retreats to continue to promote female empowerment and education to communities where equal opportunities aren’t always readily available.

Currently, over 130 million girls around the world are denied an education, which also means they’re denied the chance to improve their overall health, income, quality of life, and the ability to empower themselves with endless opportunities. A girl with an education is also less likely to become a victim of violence and child marriage, which are two predominant issues that women face across the globe.

What does a typical working day for you entail?

Everyday is a little different! I usually hole up at a neighbourhood coffee shop and respond to emails and work on project/retreat development. I usually break for lunch and go to either a yoga or pilates class with a friend and then return for conference calls or physical meetings.

What is the boldest thing you’ve ever done?

Deciding to trek to Everest Base Camp at 23 by myself without any trekking or camping experience! Let’s just say I adapted fast.

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What decision changed your life?

Walking out of my abusive relationship at 22 to live in Cambodia as a journalist.

What has been your proudest moment?

In 2017 I had the honour of being one of the speakers at TedxHanoi which was an extremely empowering experience to be able to share my mission and why it’s vital to change the way that we give/donor-recipient relationship to one of equality instead of hierarchy.

What do you refuse to compromise on?

Being kind.

What has stopped you progressing further?

I would say fear of losing quality of life over this so called “work/life” balance that we are so encouraged to maintain.

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What is your superpower?

Empathy. It’s only through experiencing my own obstacles and hardships that has allowed me to cultivate a sense of deeper compassion and non-judgemental attitude for when my friends and family are going through a rocky time.

What is your anthem for gearing yourself up?

“Under Pressure” By David Bowie and Queen.

What is your mantra?

Open heart, no expectations.

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When is the last time you felt personally discriminated against?

For being questioned as Westerner on my motives and authenticity for wanting to do on-the-ground projects in Africa. It was pretty brutal and honestly shook me, but was a reminder on how I have to be hyper-aware of as to make sure the work myself and Souljourn does is always seen as supportive/collaborative as opposed to helping/saving.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Not everyone has a soul mate. Some of us have a soul purpose.

What is one thing you would change for women?

Only one? Even though it’s 2019, there is still a long way to go for women to feel like equal members of the workforce. I think one challenge is this ever-looming FOMO of prioritising work over family planning or relationship building which ends up being a complete mind cluster in second guessing every decision that has led you to where you stand today. Being accountable for your decisions and finding substance in the work you do is what makes “work” transform into a “lifelong journey” in that it is one component of yourself versus the entire definition.

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What is your tip on asking for more?

Work your network! Those already in your contact list are your first and most ardent supporters. Good work begets good work. Honest heartfelt effort is unforgettable. Ask for help. Vet advice – move forward. When you stumble remember there is a lot to learn from the ground that carries you as you shall again rise.

What should women always do?

Women shouldn’t do anything. They can do, be, succeed, love, etc any which way that they want.

Upcoming Souljourn Yoga retreats that are available to join include South Africa, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Peru, with plans for further retreats in Tibet, Rwanda and Morocco.

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A royal role is up for grabs and this is how you can apply for it

A royal role is up for grabs and this is how you can apply for it


Fancy a royal role?

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The Queen made headlines recently when it was announced that she was hiring, and she isn’t the only member of the royal family recruiting. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on the lookout for a Senior HR Advisor to cover maternity leave on a fixed-term contract at St. James’s Palace.

Prince Charles and Camilla are looking for someone ‘to deliver excellent service to a broad range of teams across the Household.’

The right individual must have ‘a passion for coaching and development, coupled with strong employee relations experience’ and will be responsible for ‘the full employee lifecycle and provide an exception HR generalist service to the organisation.’

Interested? The job post reads: ‘Applicants must have demonstrable generalist / operational HR experience with an emphasis on employee relations and management coaching, with a CIPD qualification or equivalent.

‘Applicants will also have excellent communication skills, together with the ability to build relationships and engage with staff at all levels.

‘Candidates must be pro-active, self-motivated with plenty of initiative, and have excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks.  Discretion and confidentiality are critical within this appointment.’

If you want the job you’ll have to be quick as applications are to be submitted by 15th August.

Good luck!

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6 mistakes people make in the first week at a new job

6 mistakes people make in the first week at a new job


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New job mistakes happen all the time. Obviously. A new job is bloody nerve wracking. Will you get on with your new colleagues? What do you even wear? And do you need to bring your own tea bags?

Okay, the last one is not so important. But there’s one thing that many experts unanimously agree is non-negotiable – making a good first impression.

So how do you balance being yourself with being your professional self? What are the dos and don’ts when it comes to your first day? And how do you scout out your new work wife?

Here’s what the pros say when it comes to new job mistakes.

New Job Mistakes

1. Not asking questions

When it comes to new job mistakes, there’s one thing you should always avoid – and that’s not asking questions. Leadership Coach and Neuroscience Practitioner Dominique Stillman advises new starters not to nod along like a bobble head dog if you don’t have a clue what your boss is talking about. 

‘A common mistake is lacking the confidence to ask questions – nodding or stating understand when in fact it’s not there,’ she explains. ‘Asking questions for the first few weeks is an expectation and builds trust. It can actually be unnerving if a new person has no questions.’

Director of Smart Coaching & Training, Isla Baliszewska, agrees. She says: ‘Asking questions is always good as it shows interest, a desire to learn, and engagement.

‘However, pick the right questions to ask, at the right time, to the right person for the right reason and don’t over do it.’

2. Arriving without a clear personal brand

You’ve probably heard this thrown about numerous times, but that’s because it’s important – build your own brand. Selling yourself can feel a little awkward at times, but in an age where everybody has a voice you need to make sure yours stands out. 

Isla adds that her number one no-no is ‘not arriving with a clear personal brand that is consistent, noticeable and fits with the job and organisational values and objectives.’

3. Being too critical too early

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New job mistakes are common, but one thing you may find is that you’re not initially taken with your new position. Maybe you’re unsure of your peers, perhaps you instantly don’t like how your boss talks to you, or you’re struggling to find a decent lunch spot that isn’t miles away. Whether it’s a big deal or a niggle, try not to let it cloud your judgement straight away.

Dominique continues: ‘On day one, and for some time, it is key to avoid criticising what is. Hold those criticisms until you are sure they are valid and you can voice them in the right way (as ideas for change) and to the right people. What you should do on your first day is be on time with positive energy.’

4. Introducing yourself – or not introducing yourself

So you’ve made it into your new working space, you’re a bag of nerves and/or excited energy and you’re both keen and reluctant to walk up to your new colleagues and start making friends. 

If you’re feeling shy, should you just take the leap and make the first move?

Dominique says: ‘This can be tricky initially, especially when you can be meeting new people in 1-2-1 situations or groups. My advice is to consider the impression you want to make before you arrive – how do you want people to think or feel about you in these early days?

‘What you come up with helps you to identify the actions and behaviour that you should adopt to create that impression. This can really help those who are more shy to push themselves forward a little more and those who can be high energy to adjust that if relevant. 

‘I recommend sharing with people that you are new and asking what they do if you are likely to work together in some way.’

IAPC&M Chief Operations Officer, David Monro-Jones, agrees and tells us: ‘This depends, to a degree, on what role you have. If it involves meeting lots of people, then you can introduce yourself.

‘That said a good organisation will have an induction programme that will help you settle in and meet the people you need to. If you are shy (or not comfortable in some social situations), this can be worked on with a coach.’

5. Feeling like you have to stay late

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Do you feel awkward leaving work on time when you’ve just started? If so, you’re not alone. Packing up and heading out of the door bang on 5.30pm can leave you questioning whether or not your boss is judging you for it.

However, Dominique advises that you should always leave on time – whether it’s your first week, or your last. 

‘It should never be wrong to leave on time, especially in an office or non-shift environment,’ she says. 

‘If part of your contract negotiations involved leaving time, it’s important to stick to this so others understand this will be normal for you. 

‘Usually it takes a while for a role to reach its full capacity and so early on when it can be less intense leaving on time is understandable. If you don’t need to head off, this can be a further opportunity to network, build relationships and understand the organisation more quickly.’

David agrees, adding: ‘Start and finish times will have been explained in the induction (hopefully) and your line manager or mentor should be there to guide you in your first few weeks. If you have completed what you need to do, then there is no reason to stay later, unless you are learning something.’

6. Being too comfortable too quickly

It’s a tough one – how do you strike the perfect balance between being yourself and being your professional self? Should you stride straight in and get involved with the in-jokes and water cooler chat or should you step back and wait for things to develop organically?

Dominique tells us: ‘Being the new person changes the dynamics of a team or group of people and they need to adjust to this, too. Being yourself is important, but being mindful of those around you and that they may not be as thrilled to see you as you are for your role is worth keeping in mind. I think it can always help to listen more and to take your time to work out the best way to communicate with those around you as individuals. 

‘If your new job carries authority over others and decisions then it’s really important to set aside individual and group time to get a sense of what is working and what may benefit from changes.’

Isla believes that it’s important to be confident – but don’t overdo it. 

She says: ‘Try and strike a balance between the two – get involved in discussions and also know when to listen and observe. It might be hard to appear confident if you are naturally shy or quiet, so finding a way to do this might be through connecting with a colleague who you feel comfortable with.

‘Always remembering it is likely that people won’t generally warm to the loud, overly assertive newbie. However, they will appreciate attempts to integrate and get to know you.’

Finally, David adds that you should be yourself and surround yourself with as many – or few – people as makes you most comfortable.

‘This is all about who you are and what your personality guides you to,’ he says. ‘If you are more introverted, then you will seek out the company of only a few people whereas if you are more extrovert, you may find the company of groups more rewarding. It also depends upon how confident you are and what your role in the organisation is, including your level of authority.’

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Apparently you should never include this in a work email

Apparently you should never include this in a work email


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Whether you have 4,260 unread emails or your inbox is always clear, there are some question marks when it comes to professional communication. How friendly is too friendly? Is it ever appropriate to leave a ‘x’? And what’s the done thing when it comes to emojis?

Well, research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science revealed that using smiley faces in professional emails could actually result in your colleagues thinking less of you. The study by Amsterdam University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Haifa asked 500 participants from 29 countries to undertake some everyday work tasks, one of which was assessing emails from strangers – some with emojis, some without – to determine what we really think about including them.

While you might think that emojis make an email more lighthearted and friendly, participants deemed those who used them to be less competent.

Author of the study, Dr Ella Glikson, told Stylist it could be detrimental to your professional reputation.

‘Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,’ she said.

‘The study also found that when the participants were asked to respond to emails on formal matters, their answers were more detailed and they included more content-related information when the email did not include a smiley.’

As part of the research, individuals were also asked to rate emails that included a photograph of the sender attached, either a smiling or neutral. Those who looked happy scored highest in terms of competence and friendliness. But as the study was based on correspondence between strangers, if you’re guilty of sending your colleague a smiley every so often you probably don’t have much to worry about.

She continued: ‘A smiley can only replace a smile when you already know the other person. In initial interactions, it is better to avoid using smileys, regardless of age or gender.’

However, if you’re introducing yourself to the team via email, probably best to leave the emojis out.

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Feeling overwhelmed? These are the time management tips that actually work

Feeling overwhelmed? These are the time management tips that actually work


We all struggle with the daily work-life juggle, so we’ve spoken to the experts to find out how to manage our time more effectively. Say goodbye to panic-induced stress…

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These time management tips are straight from the experts, so listen up and find out how you can make the most of your time.

Time management tips

1. Let it out 

‘When you’re busy, it’s easy to lose any sense of priority, and panic because everything seems urgent,’ says Claire Mitchell, founder of The Girls Mean Business.

‘In reality, there will be things that can wait or just need your attention for a short time, so the key thing is to get visibility on what you’re dealing with. Try a ‘brain download’, where you write everything down, so that you can take a look at what’s clogging up your brain. You can then ditch some of it, and do the rest in order of importance. Do this every time you feel overwhelmed.’

2. Try the one-day rule

Time management tips will motivate you to get the most important things done within a realistic timeframe.

‘Think of how productive you are the day before you go on holiday,’ says Claire Mitchell. ‘You only have one day to sort out a mountain of work and it looks impossible but somehow you manage it. This is because you become ruthless with your to-do list. Try to recreate this attitude whenever you need to make some serious headway with your workload. Pretend that you have one day to get it all sorted and if it’s not worth doing, ditch it. Hand over anything that can be delegated, and get things done instead of worrying about them being perfect.’

3. Don’t multitask

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‘Women are brought up being told that we’re great at it, but multitasking is not useful at work and definitely not useful when the task is important,’ says Claire Mitchell. ‘Multitasking requires you to spread your attention across many tasks, so, by definition, this means that you don’t give any single job your full attention. If you really need to get something done, focus on it 100 per cent. You will get things done much more quickly, and get much better results.’

4. Make yourself un-interruptible

‘We often get distracted from tasks by phone calls, colleagues, emails and social media. But, the thing is, you allow this to happen by not putting yourself into a protective “work bubble”,’ says Claire Mitchell. ‘If you really need to get stuff done, switch off your phone and shut down your email for 30 minutes. Set a timer so that you’re working against the clock and give yourself a deadline to complete one important thing. To stop colleagues from interrupting you, stick some earphones in. Once you’ve finished the important task, make yourself available again – this will “train” those around you to know when you shouldn’t be interrupted.’

5. Make a 10-minute list

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‘Every morning, break down your tasks into small jobs and write them down,’ says Claire Mitchell. ‘This means that instead of having one or two huge things on your to-do list, you will have several smaller tasks to get on with, which should take about 10 minutes each to complete. Every time you have a spare moment, pick one of these small jobs and tackle it. Things will feel more manageable so you’ll get more done.’

6. Make a won’t-do list

Not all time management tips focus on a to-do list…

‘Start a list of your won’t-do’s to go alongside your to-do list,’ says Bach Original Flower Remedies time management expert Rosie Gray, founder of Mosaic Learning. ‘Include anything that distracts you, stealing away precious time that you could use to accomplish important tasks.’

7. Have a “Tidy Friday”

‘Go through all of the scraps of paper lying around your desk – add any information to your to-do list and file the rest away before the weekend,’ says Rosie Gray. ‘Friday afternoon is also a great time to check your calendar for the following week. Make sure that you have all the information you need from others for meetings or projects, and send timely reminders if anything is missing.’

8. Keep it real

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‘Be realistic about what you can and can’t do,’ says Rosie Gray. ‘You have a finite amount of time and must choose what you do with it wisely – you can’t do 12 hours of work in an 8-hour day. Noticing how long tasks tend to take will improve your future scheduling, allowing you to give accurate forecasts and meet deadlines more easily.’

9. More than three’s a crowd

‘Try focusing on only the three most important things on your to-do list. Be clear on how you’ll know you have achieved them and the resources that you’ll need to ensure their completion,’ says Simon Alexander Ong, life designer and success strategist. ‘The key is to be productive, not busy, as “being busy” is often used as an excuse for avoiding the most important tasks of the day.’

10. Learn to say no

Time management tips will make you more efficient – but it’s also important to know when you’re committing to too much.

‘Don’t overwhelm yourself by overcommitting or you will raise the likelihood of failing on several fronts,’ says Simon Alexander Ong. ‘Think about what you will need to forfeit from your schedule to make time for the extra requests and consider whether it is worth doing this. If you have no choice but to take on extra demand, learn how to delegate anything that will distract you from your most important tasks.’

11. Prepare the night before

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‘You will wake up significantly less stressed if you prepare your day the night before, working out exactly what needs to be taken care of,’ says Simon Alexander Ong. ‘Try deciding what you will wear and figuring out if there will be any transport issues on your commute so that you can prepare an alternative journey – this will save you a lot of time.’

12. Invest in planning

Most time management tips involve a bit of pre-planning – but how do you pull everything together?

‘There are loads of planners on the high street, all aiming to make your life easier and more manageable, so buy one and keep it with you at all times,’ says Francesca Turner, careers adviser at the National Careers Service. ‘If writing things down isn’t your thing, there are plenty of apps out there that will do the same thing.’

13. Make a plan for the week

‘Making a rough plan on Sunday evening or Monday morning about how you are going to spend the week will give you structure and things to aim for,’ says Francesca Turner. ‘It doesn’t have to be set in stone but, even if you don’t manage everything, you will achieve more with your time.’

14. Become an early riser

‘If you’re not a morning person, become one,’ says Francesca Turner. ‘Get up a bit earlier every day and make a point of crossing off some chores from your to-do list. Research shows that it takes 28 days of repetition to form a habit, so it should only take a month for you to become a fully-fledged morning person.’

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The morning routines of successful people will inspire you to stop pressing snooze

The morning routines of successful people will inspire you to stop pressing snooze


How do some of the most successful people *really* start their days?

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The morning routines of the most marvellous (and richest) minds on the planet are a little bit different to ours. Whilst we’re running out of the door at 8am with a rumbling stomach and touching up our make-up on the tube, they’re practising an altogether more… shall we say wholesome start to their day. You might think that this involves a couple of lemon waters, a sprinkling of chia seeds and a few yoga moves under the moon – but are these quirky morning habits the secret to success?

If your morning routines could use a little je ne sais quoi, check out how celebrities kick-start their day – and decide for yourself if their tips and tricks are for you (or if you’d rather press snooze…).

Celebrity morning routines

Barack Obama

The former POTUS’ secret to feeling fresh in the morning is not drinking coffee. Yep – you read that correctly. He avoids the highly caffeinated drink and instead opts for a green tea, orange juice or water.

His morning routine rules are simple: exercise, and eat breakfast. He enjoys a bit of strength training or cardio as soon as he wakes up, and usually gets around five hours sleep.

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Jennifer Aniston

The former Friends star is well-known for her youthful glow, and it’s no wonder. Waking up at 4.30am on a work day, Jennifer’s morning routine consists of drinking hot water with lemon, washing her face with soap and water and meditating for 20 minutes.

Breakfast is a protein shake with collagen peptide to ‘give her a glow from the inside out’ according to E! News, and then she’s off to her personal trainer. 30 minutes of spin, 40 minutes of yoga and then, get this: she goes to the gym. Honestly, she works out *after* she works out.

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Zandra Rhodes

Dame Zandra Lindsey Rhodes is a British fashion designer best known for her punky creations during the 1970s, designs that put London on the international fashion map. So what’s the secret to her creative prowess and eclectic design process?

Zandra revealed that she loves to start the day with a bowl of porridge and cinnamon, no matter where she is in the world. If she’s abroad, she has a wander around before returning to draw something: ‘At least one watercolour a day, maybe two or three,’ she once revealed to Harvard Business Review. To keep the artistic juices flowing, she later heads off to a museum or, if she’s tired, goes shopping. Despite this, her best work is often done abroad. ‘My prints nearly always come from a trip,’ she said.

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Jane Austen

The 18th century English novelist, most famed for writing Pride And Prejudice and Sense And Sensibility, kept to a rigid structure each day to get her writing done. Hey, it obviously worked, because she’s sold millions of books to date.

Austen composed a lot of her greatest works at home (in her Hampshire family sitting room, to be exact) and often got up at around eight, before her sisters, so she could play the piano. She would then help with the family breakfast at nine, before finally sitting down to write an hour later. Luckily, Jane’s household duties were taken on by her saintly sister so she could continue writing.

It’s reported that if visitors showed up, however, Jane would hide her sheets of paper and join in with the sewing so as not to look unladylike in front of company. We’re so glad she strayed from conventions in order to get her stuff published.

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Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has beaten the record as the longest serving British monarch in history, celebrating 67 years on the throne in February this year.

Her Majesty wakes up at 7.30am and takes her Twinings’ English breakfast tea in a bone china cup and saucer, served with milk, no sugar and Marie cookies brought into her room by a maid. At least, that’s what a biographer who recently spent time with her revealed.

After a bath, she joins her husband, Prince Phillip, for cereal – apparently cornflakes – which is kept in tupperware containers (no, seriously).

The Queen also loves to catch up on racing news in the morning and is reportedly a big fan of the Racing Post and listening to Radio 4’s Today Programme.

She then pores through government documents in her ‘red boxes’, scarlet leather cases that keep her legal papers safe. The only days she doesn’t work are during Christmas and Easter when she takes some time off.

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Beethoven

If unusual rituals are the key to high levels of productivity and genius then we all better start copying Beethoven’s behaviour ASAP.

The German composer began every morning by counting out precisely 60 beans of coffee for his morning cuppa. Seriously. He then worked at his desk until mid-afternoon, writing music, stopping only to take a stroll around the garden, which he particularly liked in the warmer months.

A musical understudy also clocked Beethoven’s washing routine, reporting it as a little odd. He wrote: ‘Washing and bathing were among the most pressing necessities of Beethoven’s life. [He would] pour large pitchers of water over his hands, bellowing up and down the scale or sometimes humming loudly to himself. Then he would stride around his room with rolling eyes, jot something down, then resume his pouring of water and loud singing.’

We can’t fault his genius compositions but we’d have to give this bath-and-bean routine a miss.

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian’s daily beauty regime may surprise you. (Except it probably won’t).

The socialite revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that she gets up at 6am every day and has her very first conversation with North (aww). Then she likes to go for a run within her gated home, or on her treadmill, for around an hour – sometimes with Kanye. After this? She ‘works her abs or legs’ whilst listening to either R&B or classical music.

She also revealed that she tries to ‘have breakfast really quick, before [North] is up at 8 am’ and that this is ‘usually scrambled eggs or oatmeal, or a protein shake with fruit.’ By 9am Mrs Kardashian West is bathing/showering using ‘any’ shampoo or conditioner she picks up in her bathroom.

If she’s filming her reality show she has her make-up done in her house at 10 o’clock, which takes a whopping 90 minutes. But, if she has to rush to a meeting, Kim says she can do her own slap ‘in fifteen minutes’. Next it’s onto filming, which can run all day with only one or two breaks to eat. Wow.

So now you know…

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Marilyn Monroe

The iconic Hollywood siren famously favoured a high-protein kick-start to her day.

Speaking in 1954, she said: ‘I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don’t think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room.

‘When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry’.

Who would have thought Marilyn’s breakfast would catch on 60 years later?

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Charles Dickens

The British author of 15 epic novels, including Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, had a methodical morning routine which we think was definitely the key to his literary success.

Rising at sunrise, eating by 8am, and writing in his study from 9am until 2pm: this routine was repeated every day, according to records kept by his son. Dickens hated being distracted, writing for hours, often in a trance. We need this level of dedication in the office for sure.

On a good day, Charles Dickens could write up to two thousand words (which puts our work ethic to shame), but other days he reportedly suffered from writers’ block and simply stared out of the window for hours in frustration.

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Audrey Hepburn

Meanwhile, Audrey Hepburn liked to keep things simple in the mornings.

The actress favoured two eggs and a slice of whole wheat toast first thing and never skipped breakfast, even when she was ‘detoxing’ – something she did each month to maintain her figure.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Who wouldn’t want to know the secret to winning gold at the Olympics? Our national treasure is a track and field athlete and back when she was training she shared her morning routine. It isn’t as gruelling as one might expect.

At 7.30am Jessica liked to kick things off by walking her dog, then she had a very normal breakfast of ‘cereal and orange juice’. At 9am things got going on the exercise front – she started off with a hurdle session before moving onto high jump. This went on for three-and-a-half hours. Jessica told The Telegraph she keeps hydrated by drinking ‘plenty of water and sports drinks to keep hydrated, and might nibble on a cereal bar.’

This was followed by a light lunch of a ham sandwich and orange juice (again, very chilled) to give her energy for her shot put, plyometrics and weights (OK, wait, we take it back) in the afternoon.

On second thoughts, give this girl another medal.

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Gloria Steinhem

The NYC-based feminist icon revealed she often ‘wakes up in a panic’ because her life is ‘organised by deadlines and events.’

She starts the day off by catching up on the news in her bathroom whilst she gets ready, according to The Sunday Times. She then tucks into scrambled eggs for breakfast before heading off to her favourite deli in Upper East Side Manhattan to get a chai latte. After that? Appointments and meetings.

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Winston Churchill

The former British Prime Minister’s personal affairs weren’t actually arranged with the kind of military precision you might expect.

Churchill famously loved a cigar and whiskey first thing in the morning. Whilst in office from 1940-1945, he reportedly woke at 7.30am but stayed in bed for hours eating breakfast, dictating to his secretaries and scanning the newspapers. Rising around 11am, he took a bath and then had a little stroll around the garden before heading to his study or meetings for the afternoon.

A famous handwritten note revealed that Churchill’s huge breakfast was served on two trays: the first with ‘poached egg, toast, jam, butter, coffee and milk and cold meat’ and the second with ‘grapefruit, sugar, orange squash (ice), whisky soda.’ A lot of food for a lot of responsibility.

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Oprah Winfrey

It’s no easy task running a multi-billion dollar media empire, and Oprah takes time to focus on herself each and every day.

Oprah gets up between 5.30 and 6am, she once revealed, and is in the make-up chair by 7.30am after spending an hour in the gym. By 11.30am she’s already filmed two shows and breaks to sip on a green juice made of ‘spinach, parsley, a little bit of apple juice, celery, and cucumbers in a blender.’

She’s also revealed that around this time she calls relatives in Africa ‘before everybody goes to bed over there’. She then resumes filming for her show until 2pm, hitting the gym again before spending some time with her partner Stedman Graham in the evening.

Phew. We don’t want to be a media mogul anymore.

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These are the Marie Claire Verified influencers you need to start following now

These are the Marie Claire Verified influencers you need to start following now


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Tonight marks Marie Claire’s Verified party in partnership with Hugo Boss Watches, celebrating this year’s power list, the women using their platforms for positive change – the influencers you need to be following now.

In our complicated and messy modern world, a meaningless pout posted on social media no longer cuts it. We’re looking to influencers who have something to say, and who are prepared to take a stand. Style without substance is not enough when there’s so much at stake – from the future of our planet and our politics to the ongoing fight for equality and representation. That’s why the Marie Claire Verified power list 2019 champions women who use Instagram to amplify a positive message, inspire others, build a community, start a movement or open a difficult conversation. We’re celebrating those who use their influence – today’s most sort-after commodity – to make things a bit better than they were yesterday.

Take film-maker Kat Hawkins (@amputee_kat; 10.2K followers), a self-described ‘film-maker, movement shaker, disabled babe’, who charts her life as an amputee and inspires us all to take life ‘one step at a time’, or Lauren Mahon (@iamlaurenmahon; 43.4K followers), who paints an honest and heartfelt portrayal of life with cancer. Immy Lucas (@sustainably_vegan; 59K followers) also stars on this year’s list. Lucas started the Low Impact Movement to help us all try to lead a more sustainable and responsible lifestyle, encouraging us to make small, achievable changes each day. Meanwhile, Grace Victory (@gracefvictory; 151K followers), podcaster, counsellor and all-round inspiration, wants women to ‘step into their power’, and Candice Brathwaite (@candicebrathwaite; 38.7K followers) has started an online movement and podcast to challenge the images of motherhood online.

We hope you agree that the impressive women listed – some of whom you might have already spotted in Marie Claire and others who you will be seeing more of over the next 12 months on our platforms – are all working hard to make a difference in the digital world and beyond, with core values that align with our own.

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