Remember that brilliant kid?

So I’m guessing you started life pretty much the same way you did. The little girl me was brilliant. (And cute af too, look at me werking my new homemade dress for Easter!)  I aced exams with ease. I read voraciously. I had musical talent. I loved to learn. Basically I excelled at this school…

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You are more than ordinary

I had moved to London, leaving behind university and an unfinished degree.  I was determined to tell a new story about my life. No longer the nerdy engineer or weird brass band musician, I was going to be a glamourous, sexy dancer.  Working for a big 4 accountants in the heart of the city, I…

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Equality at Sky

I noticed a tweet from Sky corporate The comments are pretty much as you would imagine. A lot of white men saying that people should be employed on merit and positive discrimination is still discrimination. Assuming that all the white men that are in charge got there on merit is just terrifying. There certainly seeems…

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What I learned from watching Hamilton

Like most of the world, our house has spent the weekend absorbing the theatrical phenomenon that is Hamilton.  Stories are important. It is certainly an impressive work of theatre.  The music and staging is awesome.  And the central message that Alexander Hamilton (and I challenge you to say that without the musical motif playing in…

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Being brave

She says that she realizes she has been so busy trying to be brilliant and perfect that she has been missing the opportunity to learn, to not know, to make mistakes, and to be on an equal footing with her peers. Speaking as if from the voice of her painting she says, “I am your…

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Career coaching

You’re not really sure what you want from your career but you’re pretty sure it’s not this. You’ve invested so much time and energy, actual years of your life have been devoted to your research and your teaching but the reality of working in the 21st century university is slowly grinding you down and you…

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Post Covid career thoughts

CW: grief and death. This crisis has been very informative of what employers really think about their staff. I think we need to try and treat this period of lock down and social distancing as a hibernation: a chance to withdraw and quietly consider possibilities. Now I know that most of us are going to…

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Gasping for air

It’s the last day of the holidays. The day has vanished under the weight of of last minute homework, bag packing, laundry and tidying away Christmas. Alongside a heavy dose of the Sunday night fear for 50% of us. The day has also vanished under a chorus of “mum” “mum” “mum” “mum” “mum” “mum” peppered…

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