So obvious now you mention it :)
The Coca Cola ad on tv "holidays are coming" along with the first rendition of the Pogues "Fairytale of Christmas" on the radio mean that Christmas is here (well 6 weeks away).
Not so much a fan of the adverts, due to them being on constantly, but some are quite enjoyable. JLP tend to be fairly good
My daughters birthday is the 18th December (not great planning admittedly), so that is the day the XMAS tree goes up. She is 4 this year so Christmas will be (should be), great fun.
I have 20+ years as QBE and had no problem working in industry (FTSE 100 and SME's) and had no problem being promoted to senior management, the soft skills are useful. Along the way I gained an MBA with a distinction.
A few years ago I was made redundant and no potential employer / recruitment agency would look at me (certainly at the salary I was looking for) as I was not "qualified". So guess what, I passed my exams and got a job.
It is sad that the tick box of recruitment now has control over experience and knowledge, I was being turned down for interviews that I am assuming newly qualified accountants with minimal experience would have been able to attend.
Hitting the books was interesting to a point, but I just had to learn how to pass the exams!
QBE is great if the experience is solid, being qualified is great if the experience is solid.
I went to meet a major client in London fully suited and booted. Was taken to meet their new FD but he hid as he thought I was the tax inspector! I was kindly asked to always dress down!
Have worked for the last 15 years in companies where dress code is smart casual, which is great as I always hated stringing the corporate noose around my neck, especially in 30 degree temperatures!