communication skills

I’ve been working for minimum wage. Why?

by Sarah Lockett on October 29, 2020

The National Living Wage is £8.72/hour – this is the government’s minimum wage for people aged over 25. I have recently been working for £87.20 for 10 hours (minus a 10% commission for the agent who got me the work) so you see I’ve actually been working for less than the minimum. Why is this? […]

VPL? Clout? Pig’s ear? What are we talking about?

by Sarah Lockett on October 10, 2020

We Brits use a lot of idioms: strange phrases that mean nothing to do with their actual words. How are foreigners meant to navigate them? We probably all have international colleagues, whichever business sector we’re in, with differing levels of English: from perfect (and I have almost never found a non-native English speaker with perfect […]

Feedback? Yes or No?

by Sarah Lockett on October 5, 2020

I recently submitted a sample piece of work for a job, and didn’t get the gig. I wasn’t totally happy with the work myself – but had to do it to a tight deadline, and felt the client would know that I’d be much better on the day. You can see where this is going […]

I take it back: I HAVE got Imposter Syndrome

by Sarah Lockett on September 26, 2020

I recently did a blog saying I didn’t have Imposter Syndrome, because somewhere along the line, I’d realised that if people keep paying me to do something, I must be OK. That was the gist of it anyway. But I have recently been picked to do a job that I actually have no training for […]