APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice president Karren Brady answers questions about your career and meets an inspirational executive.
She gives career advice to a salesperson who wants to get her role back
Q) I’m 42 years old, have a part-time job working in the main office at a favorite bank, plus two good children and a supportive husband. But I can’t help but feel like something is missing. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, but instead I started working at a bank right after school.
Before the pandemic, I told my mother I still wanted to be a teacher and she laughed at the idea of me retraining at this point. I’m too scared to talk to my husband in case he takes mickey too and my dreams are shattered. Can you give me some advice?
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A) Imagine 25 years from now you’re stuck in a job you don’t love. Now, imagine spending the next 25 years doing something you love and are passionate about. That’s a no-brainer for sure! Teaching is a wonderful profession – not only does it give you job security, but it’s also the most direct way to make a positive impact on a child (or adult’s) life.
Register with Getintoteaching.education.gov.uk, which has enough information to guide you step-by-step, such as the age group you want to teach, the qualifications you need, how to get funding, and how to apply. Then have a conversation with your husband. Explain that you have reviewed your training to be a teacher in detail to see if it is feasible for your finances and lifestyle, and now that you have all the information you would like to exchange with him.
Once he sees how committed you are, he should value you and be supportive. A complete career change will certainly affect your family and finances, but with all their support, I believe it will be a positive change. Good luck
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A day in life…
Alice Will, 37, is the co-founder of Lux, an Edinburgh-based creative agency for food and drink brands. She lives in Juniper Green, near Edinburgh, with her design/artist partner Jonathan, 39.
I get up at…
6 a.m. I like a slow morning. I do yoga for half an hour then go back to bed for half an hour with a coffee before I’m ready. Then I took my two dogs for a walk.
A typical day consists of…
I’m at my computer at 9:30 am. Nine out of five don’t survive in a creative company, but we don’t sacrifice our personal lives and wellbeing to go above and beyond. In January 2020, we introduced a four-day week and saw a 24% increase in productivity, plus a 30% increase in profits. When our employees feel appreciated, nourished, energized and well-rested, they are much more productive. I take Monday off, working two days from home and two days at our purpose-built studio kitchen in Edinburgh. I often go out and meet clients.
This week, I was at a gin distillery to immerse myself in the brand of gin – learning about the plants, the production process, and getting a tasting guide. Mornings are dedicated to client projects, while afternoons are focused on business, strategic discussions with my business partner Mhairi MacLeod. I’m often glued to my desk and forget to take a break. But now I have a lunch break, and if I’m at home I’ll be back with my dogs.
The best thing about my job is…
Diversity. Food and drink is linked to many lifestyle factors, from initiatives that promote nations to live better through what they eat, to campaigns with governments to reduce food waste or with brands of wine and whiskey for added enjoyment and relaxation.
And the worst…
The fight always stopped with Mhairi and me, and we kept spinning a lot of discs, so I definitely felt the pressure. It’s about being comfortable with the uncomfortable.
I relax with…
Take the dog for a walk. I used to be crazy about mass cooking on Sundays, but now I enjoy the cooking process and if it’s Friday, I’ll do it with a glass of red wine in hand. Midweek, I sit in bed before 10pm. I really feel the benefits of sleep.
For more information about Lux, visit Getlux.co.uk.
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