What a difference a song makes

Having spent a weekend doing my best impressions of a noughties teenager at Reading Festival 2017 (leaving me with a neck that can barely move from my flailing attempts at hairography), it’s no surprise that my brain has been percolating on some ideas around music. Because you might be rocking headphones whilst you read this, but does music help with productivity? Does your favourite song really lift your mood? Is it true listening to music can make you smarter? Learn languages faster? Boost your memory? There are dozens of myths about the power of music. Here are some of the ones I find most interesting.


Strong on the surface: men & mental health

Chester Bennington died on the 20th July 2017. He killed himself. He was 41 years old. Most of the responses to the news of his death have been outpourings of grief. Personal and emotional, heartbroken and collective. Grief in the social media age is never alone.  Some have pointed the finger in various directions - at … Continue reading Strong on the surface: men & mental health

Anything but Ordinary: twenty-something ambition explained with Disney

Is all this hard work really what I want? I suspect a lot of twenty-somethings have asked something similar at one time or another – at uni, in careerland, whilst scraping mould from the shower curtain. For example, it might be the question that pops into your head one Friday evening when you’ve had a … Continue reading Anything but Ordinary: twenty-something ambition explained with Disney

Hack The Ceiling: How to close the gender gap in tech

Women are under represented in digital technology occupations. It’s a given – a well-known, hardly news-worthy, fact. Marie Stafford described the situation in her article for Campaign: despite being avid users of tech, women are dramatically underrepresented in the industry. In the UK, only 17% of IT specialists are women compared to a quarter of … Continue reading Hack The Ceiling: How to close the gender gap in tech

I’m an impostor & everyone is about to find out

A fear that teachers or colleagues will realise you have no real grasp on the work. A snake of insecurity that means you can't comprehend how you deserve to be part of a friendship circle. A shiver of apprehension every time you have to present something because of a belief that your ideas or results can’t possibly be enough. Or – as in my case – a cold, constant voice in the back of your head telling you that you are not really a writer, that you’ve been fooling everyone and one day they’ll turn on you because of it. Oh yes, it’s time to talk Impostor Syndrome.