What about today? – key IT skills shortages

With more than two million Raspberry Pi units being gobbled up, the Year of Code bandwagon and the forthcoming changes to the computer science curriculum, a great deal of effort is going into developing the skilled IT professions of the future. But is enough attention being paid to closing the skills gaps we have right now?

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As the UK economy emerges from recession, demand for IT talent continues to intensify. The problem is, Britain is already desperately short of talent in many of the technologies that are central to business’s plans. We look at three of

Power walking – cutting-edge green technology

A British firm is rolling out a new technology that promises to harvest energy not from the sun, the wind or the waves, but from the footsteps of people in crowded places. We investigate…

Five years ago an idea struck Laurence Kemball-Cook while he was working for a big power company. He was researching low-carbon energy generation in areas where solar or wind technology might not be practical and began to wonder about other untapped sources of renewable energy that he could harness.  One Olympics, numerous awards and several TED talks later, he’s in charge at Pavegen, a

Evolve to survive – how to keep your skills up to date

As employees, we are all perpetual works in progress. To avoid getting left behind in the job market, we need to make sure we can prove to employers that we are continually developing and refining our skills.

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Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for 160 million years, which is a pretty good career by any standards. Some developed wings, some learnt to swim and some grew really long necks. None thought to monitor the night sky for signs of incoming meteorites, however, which led to their unfortunate early retirement and subsequent reputation as stick-in-the-muds.

Maternity Scandal – story 3

The details of each of our interviewees have been altered in order to retain their anonymity.

Katie, 31, from Wolverhampton

Where were you working at the time of your pregnancy? “I was working for a large marketing company that had some very big clients.”

The 5 most important things employers look for in your CV

It’s easy to know what skills an employer is looking for – they tell you that with their job ad.  What they don’t tell you, though, is how they look for that information in your CV…

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Imagine you’re a prospective employer. You have one vacancy, 50 CVs to read and only a few minutes till your next meeting. Where do you start and how do you figure out who to call for interview?

Here are five critical questions a recruiter will ask him or herself – and how to make sure your CV can answer them.