With Joe now at school full-time, thoughts have turned to the possibility of returning to the world of employment. In my previous life I was a teacher, but with all the recent changes in education, I don’t think this is an area I would really want to go back into, I’d totally lost the zest for teaching by the time Joe came along, and don’t honestly think this is something that I would return to – ever. But the idea of doing something new, on a part-time basis, appeals, and the money would certainly come in handy. But what?
With this in mind, I have recently joined City Calling, a UK job search site that allows you to search for jobs throughout the country, in sectors as diverse as travel and tourism, entertainment venues and theatre, sales and marketing and construction, amongst many, many more. At present, I am strictly in the browsing stage, (the CV needs updating for a start), but the blog part of the site, in particular, is giving me lots of food for thought, especially the post ‘A quick guide to a successful career change’, which gives lots of tips if you are looking to change career and do something completely different.
If you’re looking to start a new job this season, you may need to re-examine your wardrobe. Do you really have anything smart enough to wear for an interview? If the answer is no, it may be worth examining some work-wear essentials. I think what you actually spend on your interview suit depends on whether you will be able to wear it again when you get the job (do you love the positivity – not ‘if’ but ‘when’). If your work is office based, it may well be worth investing in something a little more expensive. But don’t disregard the High Street, lots of brand names have some really great suits and separates, with Next, in particular having a really strong offering in tailored pieces. I have picked out five key pieces that a good work wardrobe should have.
5 Basic pieces for your working wardrobe
This navy shift dress is a good, all year round option. Wear with a blazer when the weather is cooler and add a chunky necklace to change the look.
I love the cut of this single breasted jacket, and think it could be teamed with either a skirt or trousers to make two different suits.
The most hard-working item in a working wardrobe. Wear with white for a classic look, red to get attention, yellow to make the trousers summer friendly, and green for a vibrant twist.
A classic black heeled shoe is smart, sexy, and will look great whether worn with trousers or a dress.
Opt for a smart bag that is big enough for files, an ipad, and anything else you might need throughout the course of your day.
I will keep you posted on my job search, and any wardrobe updates that may come because of it.