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GradStart programme kicks off in Oxford

The GradStart programme commenced at the Oxford Science Park on 30 April 2015 with an incredible bunch of talented young graduates, not to mention one old fogeyme (yes, I joined in too!).

There are still a couple of places available on this programme.  We are also booking for programmes commencing September 2015.   Call for details on 0800 619 9697.
Don't blow your investment in training

In this article, Larry Mougios argues that there is "a major industry problem because many organisations invest a lot of money in formal training but fail to include active follow-up for embedding skills within the first six weeks”.
How to control someone else's arm with your brain

In this TED talk, Greg Gage uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to enable one person to make another person’s arm move beyond their control.  Remarkable:  Seeing is believing!  [5:52]
To CV or not CV?

Given that CVs are often not fit for purpose, should we try something different?  If so, what?  If not, how can we encourage CV writers of all ages to think more carefully about what they put in their CV?  Rukshana Horwood has some ideas in this article.
The career advice you probably didn't get

In this TED talk, Susan Colantuono shares a simple, very surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly.  This talk, while aimed at women, has universal messages — for men and women, new recruits and those who have been in employment longer. [13:57]
How to deal with bureaucracy in your first job

The contrast may seem huge between the reality of office life and the lofty intellectual nourishment of university life.  In this article, David Shindler argues that, while the temptation is to look for greener grass prematurely, this is probably not a good idea....
Quotations about work

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
John Cleese, comedian and actor

Work.  Finish.  Publish.
Michael Faraday, English chemist and physicist, advice when asked the secret of his success as a scientific investigator

We must cultivate our garden.
Voltaire, writer and philosopher, Candide
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