End of season one.. time for a break!

I hope you've been enjoying War Stories so far! I certainly have.

After six episodes I've learned a lot about what you enjoy about the podcast (thanks for the feedback), and now is a good time for me to take the time to start work on the next six. Whilst I do that, there will be a break in publishing episodes.

Stick around, folks. I think you'll love what's coming ;)

Mat

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E05: Mark Goodfellow, Clinical Project Manager

Mark Goodfellow is a Project Manager with a difference. He's helping to bring Electronic Patient Records to people on the front line of the UK's National Health Service. He's also allowed to don the uniform and be on that front line as a qualified nurse himself. He has several desks, each reflecting his different roles and experience.

In this episode, we talk about Mark's career path up to now. It's been a winding road that has lead to a satisfying career that caters to his various interests. This episode is definitely for anyone who looks at people with a clear vision of what their career will be and thinks, "how the heck do they know?" If Mark's experience is anything to go by, it's ok to be a little unsure 😉

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E04: Jennifer Williams, Social Affairs Editor

Jennifer Williams covers political and social affairs news at the Manchester Evening News, as Social Affairs Editor. She's broken important stories around failings of the NHS in the northwest of the UK, as well as coverage of the 'spice' drug problem haunting Manchester's homeless population.

In this episode, we talk about how she got into journalism, how a personal interest in politics helped her get to do what she loves now, and how she'd tell her past self to just knuckle down and learn shorthand. We also talk about some of the ethics of the role of journalists, the impact of social media, and how 'papers of record' are potentially becoming a thing of the past.

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E03: Dr Matthew Jones, Associate Professor in Film Studies

This month, I'm chatting with Dr Matthew Jones, Associate Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University.

In this episode, we talk a lot about his work because it's really cool. One of Matthew's current interests is around how we remember cinema-going. We also talk about work/life balance, teaching technique, and the value of empirical research. I also let him plug his book ;)

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E02: Stephen Siragher, Business Analyst

I’ve known Stephen for ten years. We met when we both started out with careers in consulting, working for one of the world’s largest consulting and outsourcing companies.

Since then, we’ve both had a few adventures of our own. Stephen has spent time working in consulting, technology, government policy, product management, and is now a business analyst for a financial services company in London, in the UK. Think of all the times you’ve said, “someone should look into this” at work. He’s the kind of person who does.

In this episode, we talk through Stephen’s colourful career path, and he shares some of his learnings on becoming a better people manager, and tailoring his approach to different people’s needs.

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