There aren’t many jokes about geologists. Every career may have its ‘faults’ but we think studying the planet is a rock-solid career choice. Or so you’d think.
But the truth is, some sectors don’t advertise hundreds of jobs every day. So what should you do if you can’t find that dream, ideal, more unusual job straight away?
Ask Cait Reilly. She did unpaid work at a local museum for a while instead. Nice idea, right? Well, maybe not. Cait was told to work, unpaid, in Poundland instead if she wanted to carry on receiving her Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Does that sound fair to you? We’re curious. It would be interesting to find out what you think, so we’d love to hear your comments below.
We could say, Poundland should have paid her. We could say, the government was right: it simply asked her to take part in a scheme that made sure good working habits weren’t being lost, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Or we could say, “you can’t have everything you want in life, and how long did she expect to get benefits by doing ‘only’ the job she fancied, anyway?”
But we think Cait was onto something.
If you’re trying to get off the dole then attitude counts for a lot. If you’re willing to give back in any way then society should recognise that effort. And if you’re keen to make a career move, but can’t make a step in the right direction, then any work you do should be commended.
That’s why we think State of Ambition is a great idea. It’s a social enterprise that offers people a 21 day ‘window to the world’, promoting their capabilities and aspirations, uncovering new skills as a result of campaigning and ultimately getting the support they need to take that next step in their career.
It’s simple. And it shines a spotlight on the fact that many people who want to find their dream job have the right attitude – they simply need a chance to prove their worth. State of Ambition is one project we think the government could really learn a lot from.
In support of Wear It Pink on Friday 25th October, Jobsite turned everything pink for the day. The homepage was branded pink, and our Facebook and Twitter pages went decidedly fuchsia.
Our staff dug out the pinkest (and often the silliest!) items from their wardrobe to wear to work, tweeting their Pink Pics up to #JobsitePinkBoobs where they joined pictures from around Langstone Technology Park (where Jobsite is based) and even further afield. Continue reading “Jobsite Wears It Pink on 25th October for Breast Cancer Campaign” »
I’m lucky enough to work with some of the brightest and inspirational people in the UK through my company Operation Enterprise – youngtrepreneurs of all ages, academic abilities and backgrounds, who combine their college and school studies with developing their businesses.
When my team and I first walk in to a room packed with the next group of students ready to engage with our programmes, the excitement and enthusiasm is palpable. These are young people on the most exciting journey they will ever take and they are desperate to pick up as much information, and hints and tips possible, before they leave at the end of the day.
What might surprise you is that the majority of those youngtrepreneurs are male.
As a female entrepreneur myself, this perturbed me. Part of the reason I came into this market was to encourage girls to think about running their own business. I wanted them to see the real possibilities available to them; that learning about running a business doesn’t just give you the skills you need for self-employment but also makes you more work-ready and improves your personal skills to boot. Continue reading “Female Empowerment – By Ali Golds, Founder of Operation Enterprise and The Juno Project” »
We’re supporting Wear It Pink 2013 by branding Jobsite.co.uk and our Facebook and Twitter pages pink. We’ll be donating £10,000 to Breast Cancer Campaign and fundraising in our offices. You can join in too by wearing, baking, eating and donating.
Spread the word and tweet your #WearItPink pics to #JobsitePinkBoobs.
Whether you are just starting your career or have been working for some time it is always important to understand your rights around your working hours, so here at Jobsite we have decided to take a look at employee’s legal rights around working hours.
According to figures published in The Economist UK workers put in less time at the office and are still more productive than they were 20 years ago, which means we are working harder when we are at work! But, whether a person works fewer hours now than he or she did two decades ago is not the real measure of the nation’s approach to working life.
We spoke to an employment lawyer, Philip Landau to gather his thoughts on employees’ rights in working hours, he explains:
‘Regulations state a worker’s average working time should not exceed 48 hours a week. This includes overtime and time spent working for others, but excludes rest breaks, travelling to work, working from home voluntarily or unpaid voluntary overtime.’
The 48-hour is an average number calculated over a period of 17 weeks, which allows for a certain amount of flexibility. As long as at the end of 17 weeks, a worker’s average working hours are 48 hours or less, employers won’t be in breach of the rules. Any days a worker has been absent are discounted in the calculation.
Most, but not all. Members of the police force, armed forces, merchant seamen, share fishermen, transport industry workers, domestic servants, employees who work outside the UK and trainee doctors have different rules. Alternatively, collective workplace agreements can see the 17-week period extended by up to 52 weeks, while some employees – such as hospital and airport workers – already operate under a longer, 26-week period.