Investing in the stock market for the first time: a retrospective (Part 2)

This is the second part of my experience of my first year investing in the stock market.  Please read Part One first. Being a foreign investor I had no clue how things worked being a foreign investor, could it be done?  The answer is yes. The great thing about the Internet is that it has … Continue reading Investing in the stock market for the first time: a retrospective (Part 2)

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Investing in the stock market for the first time: a retrospective (Part 1)

Investing in the stock market: the risk-averse saver I have always been a good saver and back in the pre-recession days (of 2007) I enjoyed the benefits of getting a whopping 6% interest.  Not bad for low/no risk investment. But since the crash, rates have never recovered and you are lucky to get a saver … Continue reading Investing in the stock market for the first time: a retrospective (Part 1)

Why do you want more money?

In my last post I discussed about keeping goals simple.  A major part of this is how important it is to apply a metric to any goals that you set so that there is room for measurement as you progress. This got me thinking about a goal that is very easy to apply a metric to … Continue reading Why do you want more money?

Competition in the work place

I really love my job, it is probably the best one I have ever had. It is strange because when I got the new job it was a step up from the old one.  I have more responsibility and more money.  But unlike my other job I am back at the bottom - basically I … Continue reading Competition in the work place

The Customer is always right

I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam. One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price. This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument "But you got it for free - so what does it matter what … Continue reading The Customer is always right

One simple way to improve your job application

Want to know how to make a job application or covering letter more appealing to your potential new employer? For many years when I completed job applications I always thought from the perspective of myself - the skills, knowledge and experience that I could offer - which in theory sounds right because I am showing … Continue reading One simple way to improve your job application

Cogs

In the corporate world there seems to be a big hard-on to aspire towards top level leadership. Answering e-mails on your holiday or at your son's football game doesn't really sell it to me. As a by-product of this thinking many organisations almost shove this level of career development down it's workers throats. But what if … Continue reading Cogs

LinkedIn isn’t working…

As a "professional" I am signed up to LinkedIn. At the moment the only function I can really see is to increase my connections, of people I once networked with in a professional setting.  Essentially has become some sort of organisation Pokedex where I have to catch them all - or rather got to network … Continue reading LinkedIn isn’t working…

Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager

My mum always said you knew you were getting older when you started to see policemen that were younger than you; so I don't know what Tracey thought when I walked in and said: "Hi, I'm James, your new manager." Tracey must have been around 15 years older, at first this wasn't intimidating as I figured being … Continue reading Managing someone with more experience: The Baby Manager

How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?

A common question asked at interviews is "What is your strength and what is your weakness?" I have heard a number of methods for answering this question and thought I would focus onthe second part of this question as usually people are quite good about talking about a particular area that they excel in. The … Continue reading How to answer the interview question – What is your weakness?