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How to Beat Mid-Career Malaise

The following article by Rebecca Knight, a freelance journalist in Boston and a lecturer at Wesleyan University, might be of interest to clients wanting IAG on mid-life career moves.

We all have times when we wonder, “Am I at the right company? Am I in the right job? And is this all there is?” 

These questions are especially agonizing for mid-career professionals who may be searching for fulfillment while juggling demands at home and intense financial pressures to earn. How should you address a mid-career crisis? What actions can you take to improve your professional satisfaction? How can you combat the dullness and tedium of your workaday life? And how can you tell if it’s time to make a drastic change?

What the Experts Say
Mid-career malaise runs deep. It’s much more than just an “episodic moment” of frustration or “a particularly gruesome work project” that depletes you, says Gianpiero Petriglieri, associate professor of
organizational behavior at INSEAD. “It’s a protracted feeling of, ‘Am I missing something?’” This type of professional discontent is relatively common in middle age, he says. “Midlife is the time where you lose the illusion of immortality. You know your opportunities aren’t endless, and you realize that time is finite,” he says. Even people who have achieved a great deal of career success aren’t immune to these feelings, says Whitney Johnson, an executive coach and the author several books including Build an A-Team. “They question: ‘Is this really what I want to be doing?’” She says that while “it’s natural and normal to experience professional restlessness,” you must heed “the call to action.” You need to be “proactive and figure out what to do about it.” Here’s how.

Reflect and reframe
For starters, identify the cause of your professional discontent. “When you have a sense of malaise, you begin to question everything,” Petriglieri says. “But you need to break down the problem and start with the place where it hurts. Is it your job? Or the organization you’re in?” Depending on your answer, “the prescription is different.” Of course, it’s not easy to rethink your professional path in middle age, when you’ve likely got a number of nonnegotiable commitments to consider — maybe a mortgage, a spouse or partner who has their own career, and children in school. If you find yourself dwelling on what holds you back, Johnson recommends “reframing the constraints.” When you’re young and you can live and work anywhere in the world, plotting your career path is incredibly daunting — “almost paralyzing,” she says. “But in middle age, the scope is tighter.” You know you “need to work in certain geographic regions” and “earn a certain amount of money” to live. “The constraints are actually helpful.” Read more

Government Announces New Northern Powerhouse Body
July 9, 2018

Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form an influential new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse across the region, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP has announced.

The Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will sit on a newly formed, government-funded board called the ‘NP11’.

The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day ‘Council for the North’ to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.

While speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit in Newcastle Gateshead, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:Jake Berry at the Northern Powerhouse Summit

As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.

The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.

For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England – this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North’s economy into overdrive.

Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.

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Strengthened Guidance for Schools and Colleges on Safeguarding

The revised Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance now provides additional advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment, following a 10-week public consultation launched in December.

The majority of the responses to the consultation on the guidance, published today (17 May) welcomed the additional advice on how to support victims of this type of ‘peer abuse’ and the new guidance will be applicable to all schools, including primary schools, on how to best support children of all ages.

Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi, said:

Pupils and parents rightly expect schools to be safe places, where children are free to enjoy their time in education without fear of violence or harassment.

Schools and colleges play an important part in keeping children safe, so it’s right that we take the necessary steps to ensure staff have the guidance and support they need to deal with concerns about a child’s wellbeing.

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Advice on Developing and Managing a Successful Career
May 15, 2018

At the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 event, more than 400 people were in attendance during the day to hear Executives from AT&T, EY, Marriott International and Wells Fargo give career advice on how to develop and manage a successful career.

Moderator: Shane Nelson, VP, Editor, DiversityInc Best Practices


  • Melissa Corwin, Vice President – HR, Diversity & Inclusion, AT&T
  • Ted Acosta, Americas Vice Chair, Risk Management, EY
  • Kimberly Reed, Vice President, Human Resources – Global Finance and Global Design, Marriott International
  • Lisa Stevens, Executive Vice President, Regional Banking Executive, Western Region, Wells Fargo
Apprenticeships Advertised at the Intellectual Property Office
May 10, 2018
Apprenticeship Scheme

Roles Available

The apprenticeships are training opportunities for anyone looking for a career in business administration.

You will undertake a programme of formal training combined with a wide range of work experience.

You will be based in one of the operational delivery or support units of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), who are responsible for Intellectual Property Rights (patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright) within the UK.

How to Apply?

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ESF Funding Rules

This document sets out the funding and performance-management rules for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014 to 2020 Programme.

It was last updated on 8 May 2018.

ESF 2014-20 Funding Rules V4.pdf

Ofsted Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook – Updated
April 9, 2018

This handbook (Updated April 2018) describes the main activities inspectors undertake when they conduct inspections of further education and skills providers in England under Part 8 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

It also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report.

The handbook has two parts:

Part 1. How further education and skills providers will be inspected. This contains information about the processes before, during and after the inspection.

Part 2. The evaluation schedule. This contains the evaluation criteria inspectors use to judge the quality and standards of further education and skills providers and indicates the main types of evidence used.

This handbook is a guide for inspectors on how to carry out inspections of further education and skills providers. It is also available to providers and other organisations to make sure that they are informed about inspection processes and procedures. Inspectors will exercise their professional judgement when using this handbook. It balances the need for consistent inspections with the flexibility needed to respond to each provider’s individual circumstances. This handbook applies to inspections from 1 September 2015 under the ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’ (the CIF). Read more

Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer Hits New Milestone with EOI Submission
January 23, 2018

An article by Claire Illingworth MIEP ACIP, People Development Consultant at Seetec and Chair of the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group (ETEG)

We are one step closer on our journey to develop new standards for Employability Practitioners and Lead Employability Practitioners within the Apprenticeship Trailblazer. After almost a year of discussion, debate and great levels of collaboration with colleagues in the ETEG, our Expression of Interest was submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) on the 16th January. The IfA will now consider our submission and we should hear within the next 6-8 weeks about what we need to do next. 

The journey to this point has delivered quite a lot of learning and it all started with the launch meeting in March last year.  This was the first time we had key sector employers around the table, all having had a previous or continuing relationship with the IEP, coming together to agree that what we wanted to do was to develop new standards for the Employability sector.  Read more

‘Be brave’ – Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in Tech
December 7, 2017

In an article by the Guardian, the following five high-profile female leaders in the tech industry reflect on their careers, offering advice and inspiration to younger women

Whitney Wolfe, founder of dating app Bumble

Joanna Shields, founder of WeProtect, a movement to end the sexual exploitation of children online

Holly Brockwell, founder and editor in chief of tech site Gadgette

Nicola Mendelsohn, vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Facebook

Sarah Wood, co-founder and chief executive of video advertising company Unruly

To access the article CLICK HERE

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