Saturday, 20th April 2019


Famous Faces

  • Henry Ford had five failed business ventures before founding the Ford Motor Company in 1903
  • Tony Blair spent a year trying to make it as a rock music promoter in London before going to University
  • Jerry Springer served as Mayor of Cincinnati at the age of 33, Ohio for a year
  • Martha Stewart left her successful career as a stockbroker when recession hit Wall Street in 1973. She then started a catering business with a friend eventually going solo. It is now a $160 million enterprise. (source)
  • Mick Jagger studied to be an accountant at the London School of Economics before becoming lead singer of the Rolling Stones

The Working World

Did You Know? The Working World, Question World

  • Workers in the UK face the longest commute in Europe, both in terms of time and distance. We spend on average 45 minutes travelling to work and an average distance of 8.5 miles
  • In 1989, 75% of Britain’s wealthiest individuals had inherited their fortune. Today, approximately 78% of Britain’s richest are self-made millionaires
  • On average, young professionals born after 1982 will change jobs every 13 months
  • Drinks lots of water! A 2% drop in hydration level can lead to difficulty focusing on the computer screen
  • Although many graduates talk of a desire to work abroad, only 4% will actually make the move
  • People with degrees earned an average of £12,000 a year more than people without a degree over the last decade
  • The average graduate starting salary in 2010 was £19,794
  • More than 1.5m people are employed in the IT & Telecoms workforce

Happy Workers

  • Vienna, Zurich, and Geneva are considered the top 3 European cities to live and work in, while London ranks 39th, Birmingham 55th, and Glasgow 57th
  • The UK is ranked third in Europe in terms of work satisfaction, as 9 out of 10 employees state that they are satisfied with their working environment
  • Research by the Warwick Business School found that happy Workers were more productive (The Telegraph)
  • Teachers are the happiest workers in Britain according to a survey reported in The Telegraph
  • 42% of UK workers say they are happy in their jobs