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How does society affect career development of young people?

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Written by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 17th June 2022.

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This paper is about how the wider society in which a young person lives, is educated and works affects their career options, decisions and subsequent development. It considers how young people make decisions and what influences those decisions. It then describes the context of the wider society, drawing on sociology. In drawing conclusion this essay suggests that one cannot separate the individual and society in careers management and coaching.

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National Minimum Wage Rates

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Written by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 16th May 2022.

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National minimum wage figures for UK employers. This data is updated whenever legislation changes.

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Bank Holidays - England, Wales and Scotland

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Written by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 20th April 2022.

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Bank Holiday dates for England, Wales and Scotland

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Should recruiters ask candidates about current salary?

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Written by John Berry on 18th November 2021. Revised 21st November 2021.

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The phrase ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’ is common in the labour market. Penned first by Carlyle and then Engels and it applies now. The employer and candidate reach a bargain between work and pay. It’s not necessary for managers to know about the past. They should never ask anything about history. As soon as they do, they're wide open to bias.

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Writing Responsibility Statements in Job Descriptions

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Written by John Berry on 25th June 2021. Revised 22nd July 2021.

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The vast majority of job descriptions on Earth contain a list of tasks or duties. The job holder can do these, year on year, and yet fail miserably in contributing to the business. Tasks and duties are useless. Sadly, that means that most job descriptions are useless. What’s needed is stated responsibilities or accountabilities embodying required achievement. Here's how to build such statements.

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Making a supplier contract work

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Written by John Berry on 12th July 2021.0

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How do you make a supplier contract work? Agreeing what’s to be agreed is typically complicated. Start by setting out the nature of the services to be supplied. Then describe how the services are to be specified and called off month by month. Ask the supplier for a quote, then raise a purchase order. Have the whole process managed by a project manager.

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