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Personal Development – How online learning can help you achieve your career goals

If you’ve been looking for a way to reach your ultimate career goals, why not consider starting an online learning programme? Designed to help you achieve your employment objectives, these courses could open up new doors for you when it comes to your progression at work. If you’re unsure how online learning could aid you, here are a few benefits to consider.achieving-career-goals-online-learningIt’s a great way to get ahead

Whether you’re looking to go further in your current field of work or you want to completely change the direction of your career, online learning can help you learn something new as a way of getting ahead. From acquiring new skills to becoming more knowledgeable in a certain area, e-learning gives you the chance to set yourself up for bigger and better things when it comes to your career. However, you’ll only succeed if you enrol on a course that’s specifically going to help you reach your end goal in your industry. personal-development-studying-learning-industry-accreditation-degree

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Personal Development – Here’s my card… the importance of networking

Welcome to the weekend everyone! It’s time for me to remind you about work on Monday morning and let you know what you can do right now to help you achieve your career goals. After all (I’ve seen this quote literally everywhere last month) ‘dreams don’t work unless you do’. Okay, I know you just want one day off but I promise it’ll be worth it if you do a little hustling on the weekends too. Here’s why it’s good to network and what you can do today to get started:how-to-network-like-a-proIt’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Honestly, most of the best opportunities I’ve worked on have come from knowing the right people. Okay, maybe I didn’t know that they were the ‘right’ people when I met them, but when the time came for them to commission a new project, I was the girl they called! Am I just lucky, being in the right place at the right time? No! I actually had to get up, go to events, meet people, chat in real life and maintain those relationships. Thankfully for me, it’s not a chore; I love finding like-minded souls and catching up with them on a regular basis, because the life of a self-employed gal can be quite a lonely one. Having that human connection makes me happy and, honestly, most of the people who started out as business acquaintances are now good friends.tips-and-hacks-how-to-network-like-a-pro-things-you-need-for-networking

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Personal development – Which career is right for you?

It’s all about careers on the blog this week – did you spot my article last weekend all about learning as you earn?? I think it’s the whole ‘back-to-school’ feeling I get in September that makes me want to think about jobs, studying, careers and personal development. So today we’re finding out how you can tell if a job is right for you and whether or not you should pursue it as a future career. personal-development-career-quiz-dream-job-girlboss-inspirationFinding the right career is always a challenge, unless you make a clear plan to help you achieve your goals. It is important to find out what job will make you happy as well as successful. It is also helpful to know what types of jobs will match your skills and what is best suited for you. You can take tests to find this out or use a job search engine such as Jobrapido to help you in your job search and give you some ideas of jobs you might never have known existed!

One important thing to remember is that although your career is a set of plans and ideas, it’s not realistic to think of it as a linear path. Often we feel like we need to find our dream career straight away but most of the time different jobs will take us to our dream career. display-272270

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Personal development – Learn as you earn

Are you currently working in a job you enjoy? Perhaps you’re an intern, or are working on a gap year, or just starting out in a new full-time role. Maybe you’ve already bagged your dream job and the only way is up? No matter what stage in your career, if you want to continue to work in your sector and develop new skills in order to progress up there is something you can do right now to become more talented at your current role. It’ll help you become a valued employee in the organisation you’re working for, earn you a pay rise and make you more employable in the future. What is it? Learning as you work.learn as you earn personal development career skillsThey say that there’s no longer a ‘job for life’, and that is partially true. Compared to our grandparents’ generation, who may have had the same role in the same factory for 50 years, it’s unlikely that this is how our working lives will pan out. But there IS such a thing as a career for life. And yes, there is difference! It’s about finding the job that makes you feel like you’re not really working because you enjoy it so much (for me, that’s writing) and sticking with that career for your whole life. You can change companies, work freelance, do work on different projects and collaborate with various people but, essentially, everything you do is linked to your ‘career’. When you start to see it like that, you can identify ways to learn from every experience you have.

Think of it this way, your CV is a work in progress. Okay, usually we only write a CV at the start of our working lives, once the education part is out of the way. We might update it with work experience when we look for a new job, but it rarely gets much attention other than that. I personally like to update my CV every year. Even though I work freelance and never really apply for jobs, it’s still a great way to keep track of the skills I’ve learnt from the projects I’ve worked on throughout the year. And the getting the most out of every project is the key point – learn as you work and you’ll add more and more value to your ‘offer’ as an employee.skills to learn career development personal knowledge

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Career inspiration – Top tips to become a fashion stylist

If you have a passion for fashion and love to shop, then becoming a fashion stylist is the perfect career choice for you. The position involves everything you love about the fashion world, and not only affords a hands-on experience in all the aspects of the fashion industry but gives you the opportunity to make your own ideas a reality. You’ll get to design and create your very own store displays, dress mannequins, manage the interior/outside decor, and arrange floor and store space. Sounds exciting, huh?the-devil-wears-pradaAll the while, you’ll be keeping up with changing fashion trends (yes, reading magazines and looking at blogs will be part of your job!), checking out branding updates, keeping track of new visual and marketing techniques (paid to play around on social media? Yes please!). If this sounds good so far, your training will probably cover coordinating outfits to fit individual customers, experience in diverse fashion styles to fit different consumer demographics, engaging in photoshoots for visual ads, and becoming an expert in customer relations in general. And that’s just for starters! Want to know how to get the job of your dreams? Read on… Continue reading “Career inspiration – Top tips to become a fashion stylist” »


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What to wear to a creative job interview

You’ve done it. You bagged an interview for that job that everyone in your industry has been buzzing about for weeks. They all tried out for it, but YOU got it. You were on cloud 9 when you got the call, but now beads of perspiration are starting to form on your brow as you realise that you now actually have to go to the interview. You’re not worried about your experience, you’ve got oodles of it. You can’t be faulted on your people skills and your professional knowledge is second-to-none. BUT you have no idea what to wear. No, don’t start to panic and reach for the nearest glass of ‘something strong’ – I’m here to help!job interview tips inspiration outfit clothing

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We all know that making a good first impression is important – well, you only get to make it once, don’t you? – so it’s a pretty sure bet that what you wear plays a big part in this. In days gone by you would’ve had one interview suit hanging in your wardrobe for occasions like this. Teamed with a pair of sensible shoes and a white shirt you were ready for any interview, anytime, anywhere. But it’s not that simple these days; interviewers what to know what you clothes say about you. Annoying, isn’t it? This is especially the case when you’re going for a creative career and, let’s face it, most jobs do involved some element of creativity nowadays. Here are a few essential tips that you should consider before you head out to that important interview:

1. Make a great impression before you’ve even met. Yes, your interviewers have probably already Googled you so you’ve already made the first impression without even knowing it. We blame social media for this one – they already know your style because you’ve posted hundreds of photos of it. Similarly they know if you’re trying ‘too hard’ just for the interview. The key here is to always stick to your signature style and keep it cool at all times if you want that job – no posting photos of comedy onesies for a while. Continue reading “What to wear to a creative job interview” »


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Considering a career in the beauty industry?

You may have spotted that I’ve recently developed more of an interest in the beauty industry. It’s not that I wasn’t interested at all in the past, I just hadn’t spent that long thinking about it or researching it. Since deciding to go cruelty-free (read my blog post about what kick-started this change) I’ve spent literally hours looking into all things beauty-related and it’s a fascinating topic to research.studying beauty against animal testing cruelty free

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The beauty industry has expanded beyond humble beginnings to become an industry worth billions – and that is just here in the UK. This may not seem like news to you, but what surprised me was the particular type of customer that has been driving this change. It’s no longer considered ‘vain’ or ‘shallow’ to look and feel good and now it is the older generation and male grooming that are at the fore of driving change within the beauty industry.Freedom makeup cruelty free collection

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As a result, this thriving and dynamic industry is attracting new brands, new fans and new recruits year on year in the UK. Of course, I’m most interested in finding out just how many of these brands are cruelty-free. I’m pretty sure that it will probably be most of them, as animal testing is banned in the UK market, so I’m definitely up for supporting home-grown beauty businesses and helping them making a great impact on the global industry as a whole. With businesses soaring, the future of the beauty industry is looking promising so many workers are looking to a career in the beauty industry either as an employee in one of the many spas, salons and clinics opening across the country or as a beauty industry entrepreneur. Finding out this information was what really got me interested and I started to read further into it and are some interesting facts I came across while reading an infographic by NCC Home Learning:

  1. Employing more than one million people and worth £17 billion, it is one of the most lucrative industries in the country.
  2. Women over the age of 50 have become the biggest buyers of beauty products in the UK.
  3. Recent research reveals that the average British woman spends up to £40,000 in a lifetime on her hair and £100,000 on cosmetics.
  4. Men aged 20-29 spend on average £35 per month on grooming products, while those in their 40s spend double this.
  5. There was a 13% increase in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in 2015.
  6. Globally, women spend approximately £300 billion per year on beauty products.vegan make up brushes cruelty free

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6 steps to setting up your own online clothing store

Clothing and fashion have always been lucrative markets and, despite a dip in high street sales here in the UK, the online clothing trade has remained fairly buoyant. And it seems that more and more people are realising that they too could be part of this online market. If you love fashion magazines, enjoy researching the latest trends, spend most of your life on Pinterest and can’t help sharing your #ootd photos, this could be an ideal career for you! fashion business career ideas

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As an online fashion retailer, you’d be able to get your hands on latest trends by purchasing your own selected ‘collection’ of high quality fashion items and accessories from wholesale merchants such as Eles Clothing and you’d always be the most fashionably dressed person in the room! But how do you go about setting up an online store? Here are 6 ways to turn your passion for fashion into a successful business. Continue reading “6 steps to setting up your own online clothing store” »


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Why I started my blog & how I ended up in the Cosmo Blog Awards!

What happens when your dreams come true? I’m not sure, but I think that’s kind of how I’m feeling about being a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.

As a teenager I remember spending my pocket money on glittery Spectacular nail polish and Cosmopolitan magazine, and spending hours reading it from cover to cover. It’s amazing how much effort teenagers will put into reading when it’s not a school assignment, isn’t it?! I’ve grown up reading this publication for the last 17 years and (as it is so often described by countless women around the country), Cosmo was my bible.

Photos of the Cosmo Blog Awards article that I snapped on my phone back in the Spring when I was considering entering!

I dreamed of one day being a journalist, having my work published and my articles being read by girls like me. And now, thanks to all the votes that my lovely friends, family and super-kind Cassiefairy.com readers submitted for me, my Cosmopolitan heroes are actually reading MY work! And I just can’t quite believe it. It’s actually unreal. Surreal. And if I think about it too much, it gives me a total writers block and I can’t finish my…

Over the years I’ve found countless reasons to continue working on my blog and to try to make writing my full-time job, but there was only one reason why I started the blog: I wanted to get better at writing. Just like an artist draws in their sketchbook and as a photographer snaps photos every day, I wanted this to be a place where I could practice writing and try to get better at it. I had no real concept that people could read my writing and I was kind of doing it just for me. It was my online sketchbook of ideas, photos and articles, and I’m still using it in pretty-much the same away. Practice makes perfect, after all. And I’m sure I’ll get there one day 😉

What happened when I heard I’d been shortlisted!

So after exercising my writing muscle almost daily on the blog, I started to get a little better (well, it couldn’t get much worse! – don’t just take my word for it – my early articles are all there in the blog archives for all to see, eek!), and readers started to keep coming back for more. And I’m so pleased that you did because it spurred me on, and every kind comment lifted my heart. I’m definitely still learning from every post I write and I still cringe at articles that I published only last year. And my photos still leave a lot to be desired (today’s are phone photos, sorry about the quality). Of course, I’m my own worst critic and despite a few articles that make me smile, I’m still not sure I’m doing it 100% right, but who can ever really claim that anyway?! Most importantly, I’ve been writing every day (or sometimes twice a day when I’m feeling particularly motivated!) and it’s really become my passion. The blog is as much a part of me and I am of it, so I can’t imagine my life without it. What on earth would I do with my time if I couldn’t write?! Writing for a magazine is my big dream and I don’t know if I’ll ever get there, but hey, I’m SO enjoying the journey!

Actually, writing that last sentence has just made me realised that perhaps I already AM a published magazine writer? Albeit on my own blog. But the point is that there are many fabulous ladies out there who actually ARE reading my articles every day and seem to be enjoying my work. It’s thanks to them that I’ve even got a place at the Blog Awards and that I have this opportunity for Cosmopolitan to check out my writing. I am forever in your debt and if you ever need anything from me, just ask and I will be happy to help you out. And please keep coming back to see me and carry on telling me what you think of my writing, because your feedback is what’s most important to me.

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