Insight: Xindi Zhang the 2015 Potentia Scholar

Insight: Xindi Zhang the 2015 Potentia Scholar

Last month Xindi Zhang was chosen as the 2016 Potentia Scholar. Xindi is an inspiring and driven individual and her story is one that needs to be shared. Below you will gain an insight into what led her to study Computer Science as well as her thoughts.

How CV SPAM  is worse than the real thing

How CV SPAM is worse than the real thing

A frustrated colleague earlier today had a little rant at his computer, which went something like this, "You just can't apply to every $%&*@ job we have with a generalist CV. Don’t you get that it’s reeking of Eau-de desperation!" Whilst perhaps a little bit harsh, and obviously, the individual was quite desperate to secure a job, unfortunately however they’re doing it all wrong!

Personal Branding On Social Media - The Challenge Of Positioning Yourself

Personal Branding On Social Media - The Challenge Of Positioning Yourself

It wasn't that long ago you could say ‘social media isn’t my thing’ and get away with not having a professional profile online. However, in these contemporary times, (and certainly more so for certain professions) it is expected that you have an engaging professional presence online as an individual.

8 ways to help your productivity at work

8 ways to help your productivity at work

With the multitudes of distractions we face, notifications buzzing on your phone, pinging emails and high-pitched laughter from the latest office prank flowing across the open plan office, it’s sometimes hard to imagine how one does focus, be productive and get any work done.

Are you surrounding yourself with radiators or drainers?

Are you surrounding yourself with radiators or drainers?

Every year as winter lands on us, we start the winter routine of cranking up the radiators to keep us warm at night and ensuring the drains are unblocked of leaves to ensure the rain drains away. One wise person once told me to surround yourself with people who are radiators and distance yourself from drainers. Radiators glow with happiness and bring out the good things in life, and the drainers, well they do the opposite - they bring you down and drain life out of those around them. So as winter is now upon us, and you have started your winter routines, how about also taking a look at who are the radiators and drainers in your life.

“Tell me about yourself”

“Tell me about yourself”

This can be one of the most dreaded questions poised to you in an interview. There is no real right or wrong answer, yet how you answer it will set the tone for the rest of the interview. As it’s such an open question it often throws people, unsurprisingly most people do not prepare for it. So when poised with the question one will think – what exactly do they want me to say here? What do they want to know? And then the panic sets in; some of you will freeze not being able to respond, start reciting every detail in your CV or worse turn into a rambling Michael Scott! “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way...” - Michael Scott (from the Office).