The Power of Skype

I’ve always been impressed on Skype’s ability to keep family and friends in touch.  To be able to see someone when talking with them is so much more valuable than a faceless e-mail or telephone call.  It almost feels you are in the room with them.

Equally, I’ve found it frustrating at times Skyping Dubai to keep in touch with family.  The quality of the connection has always been a bit shakey – dipping in and out of clarity.

However, after an excellent session with Betsy Schwartz and her team from The National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington DC last night, I now know it’s not the distance in Skype that matters so much as the local internet connection!

The meeting with Betsy to discuss rollout of mental health training in the business world was excellent.  We exchanged knowledge and ideas easily.  I’ve a mind now to look on Skype in a better light and use for more business meetings now – will save huge sums in travel costs!!!

If you haven’t already embraced Skype – do so.  It’s free and with the right internet connections a great way to stay in touch!

Jobs…….Jobs………..Jobs – Growing Talent – Definitely gGrowing!

The word is spreading…..

Ahead of the 19 January deadline so far permanent jobs in, include:

Food Services Assistant – City of London

Hospitality Assistant – City of London

Service Solution/corporate Mailroom – Charing Cross/London Bridge

Driver/Operations Assistant – Silvertown x 5+ positions

Office Support Assistant – Silvertown – payroll, database, records management etc

Trainee Sales for Business Relocations – Silvertown

Data Management Specialists x 5 – Canning Town

Recruitment office all rounder – Basildon

Design/Printroom specialist – London Bridge

Know anyone who is interested? refer them to the Growing Talent pages.  If they are still interested they need to contact me by 19 January 2015.

Calling all out of work drivers……………..

We are recruiting for the next round of Growing Talent.

One of the employers who has recruited through Growing Talent since the beginning, specializes in business relocations nationally.

They are looking for Driver/Operations Assistants.  The first part of the role is self-explanatory.  The Ops Assistant is more varied!  You will support the team in dismantleng computer equipment, storage equipment, office furniture, boxes of files – everything connected with the business world.  Loading and unloading the vans efficiently with good customer service skills as you will be liaising with the clients on site as well.

The role calls for shift work with the opportunity of overtime.  You must live locally to Silvertown, be flexible and adaptable.  There are opportunities for progression and training especially as the company is global.

HGV licence is not essential as the company will train you.  However, a full driving licence and the above qualities are.

Remember, for the 12 week duration of Growing Talent, participants retain their benefits and have their travel paid.  Only on completion of this period will you start the permanent contract.  This is why Growing Talent is for people out of work not those looking for a change.

Additional investment in you can be found on the Growing Talent pages on this blog site.

If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please contact me at for further details.

Just do it!

Over the Christmas break I undertook some ‘administration’!  Finally sorting through those bits of paper, electronic files and e-mails in the hope of making identifying information more efficient in 2015!

I managed to do this but a valuable by product was finding a page of quotes some past and recent graduates of Growing Talent had sent.  They made me realise that even when politics raises its ugly head in trying to do something new, the value to people in the ‘just do it’ mantra I adopted many years ago makes it more than worthwhile.

‘There are no limits to growing talent.  Attitude, dedication and determination will decide your destination.’ – previous to Growing Talent this person had little education and zero commercial work experience.  They had researched and helped build a family website over a few months.  Now he is an integral part of the team of this manufacturer in Southwark.  He undertakes payroll – having passed all three levels of Sage, company records and administration.  His personal confidence has soared.

‘Be flexible and adaptable to new changes.  This will be a stepping stone to a great future.’  This accountancy graduate had a troubled early life having arrived in the UK as a refugee with her family.  Living in temporary accommodation with her family the uncertainty of home/work didn’t detract from her determination.  She is now working her way up a global management records company with her eye on their accounts department.

‘Stay strong! Remember why you are doing this and what your end goal is.  Make use of every opportunity you find’.  A graduate in communications with a passion for art and photography, this person was outwardly confident having been encouraged by parents, each with their own business, to succeed in everything from an early age.  However, on leaving university the jobs didn’t come and the confidence dipped.  They are now working in recruitment as a consultant and have set-up their own on-line business as well.

The guys wrote these quotes to encourage those following them on Growing Talent  Having been with them on their journey start to finish and still in touch with them know, it encourages me how much Growing Talent meant to them, what it has done for them and what the skills learnt on the programme will do for them in the future.

Having re-read these and remembered the individuals’ powerful journeys I am determined to ‘just do it’ when met with the ‘politics’ of partner organisations.

If you have read this, take the time to think of the difference you have made to others both at work and at home.  Be enthused at the impact you have on others and ‘just do it’ next time you are faced with a challenge!