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How To Successfully Ask For A Pay Rise At Work

Regardless of how much you might love your job, there are some aspects of working life that can prove difficult – like discussing salary increases with your boss for example. Studies in the UK suggest women are less likely than their male counterparts to ask for a pay rise, and in some cases, when women do ask for more money, they lose out to those who make a more convincing case. Our confidence, intuitiveness and the way in which we ask for certain things has a lot to do with whether or not we’ll be afforded them. So, if you…

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Why We Need Women’s Co-Working Spaces

In the past few years co-working spaces have become a big hit, especially for small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Any creative working in the UK will know that hiring private space can be expensive, working from home can be isolating and that planting yourself in an environment where there isn’t room to grow, or at the very least be yourself, can undermine your process and your goals. Now, in 2017, co-working spaces are a normal and viable option for many people and are talked up by single workers and business owners all over the world due to the supportive,…

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INTERVIEW: Blogger + Creative Director Chidera Eggerue

Chidera Eggerue, also known by her alias The Slumflower, is a blogger and Creative Director, not to mention a notable social media activist. In all these pursuits she uses creativity and hard-won wisdom to propel and support open conversations about health, happiness, identity and self worth. Always rocking whatever feels good and inspiring others to do the same, it’s easy to admire Chidera for her style, showcased in the brilliant narrative shoots that populate her blog The Slumflower. Last year I invited Chidera to take part in my first talks event at Google Campus, to share her insights on life as a working creative….

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INTERVIEW: Cockpit Arts CEO Vanessa Swann

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve recently been dedicating a fair bit of air time to the discussion of why supporting independent businesses is important. At this time of year, I feel that buying direct from makers and shopping from independent stores and ventures can make a positive impact, not just on the quality and meaningfulness of the gifts we give and receive and our greater impact on the planet, but on the people that craft and sell them with passion and great attention to detail. I recently caught up with Vanessa Swann,…

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How To Balance Your Career with Your Creativity

We live in a society where ‘by day and by night’ careers are commonplace. Many of us work at typical full-time vocations between the hours of 9am and 6pm and feed our creativity by the waxing and waning light of the hours either side. Some sit at desks for nine hours a day and still manage to make a relative success of part-time exploits. Motivated individuals the world over are nailing the ominous work/life balance. So how do we do it too? The main element in balancing creativity with a traditional career is applying yourself. There are not and never…

INTERVIEW: Olivia Bossert Founder of Atlas Magazine

There are many magazines in the world but not many editors can attest to their publication being as well-loved by its loyal readers and supporters as one mag in particular. Atlas Magazine is an quarterly fashion and photography publication that aims to showcase the image-making talents of a global community of creatives. It seems to have blown up overnight, with a Kickstarter campaign aiding a sudden leap into print, and a subsequent boom in its following turning heads all over the world. Atlas was founded in 2012 by Megan Breukelman and Olivia Bossert. After nurturing a creative online friendship from…

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INTERVIEW: Founder of Karma Cola Simon Coley

What if I told you that everything you knew about cola was about to change? Of course, when I say cola, I’m not talking about the billion dollar company synonymous with the colours red and white. I’m talking about the little company. The little company that does good on a massive scale and happens to make fizzy drinks. I’m betting that if you’re reading this you’ve probably drunk a can or bottle of cola in your lifetime but how many of you actually know where cola comes from, who makes it and what kind of impact fizzy pop has on…