The silent anxiety of the sharing economy

Fear of failure and existential panic stalk the self-employed

D9CW6P Online prescription order concept with bottles of medicine on keyboard

Illicit pills for the hyper-competitive

Prescription-only is no deterrent for some seeking an edge at work, despite the health risks

Paul Weldon, founder of the Panic Room, looking out of the window of his office in the grounds of his home at Thurcroft, near Rotherham.
©Asadour Guzelian

Purveyors of a place of greater safety

Panic rooms are latest buy for the security conscious

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Video games on the gender agenda

Six women discuss their work in a male-dominated industry

Workplace bullies’ weapon is a smartphone

Email and social media make potent threats easier


Review: ‘Two Awesome Hours’ by Josh Davis

It is counterproductive to force your mind to stay focused

Preparing for K2: David Tait will next month fly out on another fundraising expedition for the NSPCC
©Rosie Hallam

A brave ascent from childhood abuse

For David Tait, climbing mountains spares others his pain

Effervescing with pride: it is clear that Linda Pike and her son Spike love their part-time jobs
©Jay Williams

A reel change without losing a frame

Linda Pike passed on the dying art of film projection to her son

Caucasian girl painting on glass
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Paid to advise on the ‘right’ nursery

Wealthy Londoners seek outside help to smooth their infants’ rise

Equine Affinity workshop in Kent. Emma Jacobs takes part in an Equine Affinity workshop at Bedgebury Park, Kent. Picture shows Catherine Bray, Equine Affinity Specialist, with Belle. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL JONES 2015 07815 853503
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Horses for courses to gee up interactions

An equine away day promises insights into behaviour at work

Kill the passion for work

Talk of passion is best kept for the bedroom

Young, bright, paying to work overseas

Graduates anxious to stand out in the jobs market are opting for foreign internships

Review: Generation Jobless by Peter Vogel

An optimistic look at a range of solutions to youth unemployment

Marathon runners make us competitive

The rise of ostentatious online fundraising has added a new level of career-enhancing sponsorship opportunities

Finding a new life after Westminster

Losing a seat is an abrupt end to a big job; what do MPs do next?

The company that is on constant alert

International SOS gives medical help to workers across the world

Taking on the smart criminals

Marc Goodman identifies the high-tech crimes of the future

Review: The Power of Being Yourself

A promotion of authenticity carries another, harder message

Career advice for the second machine age

Five experts on work trends outline their tips for future-proofing jobs

The case of the vanishing secretary

Administrative jobs are in decline thanks to technology


Emma Jacobs
Emma Jacobs' new column Working Lives takes a look at thriving and dying jobs amid the economic downturn. She also writes features and interviews across the paper, including for Weekend and UK news, but with a particular focus on Business Life, exploring business culture and entrepreneurship.

Jacobs has been at the Financial Times since 1999, working on UK news, companies, markets and

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