Author Archives: Victoria Tomlinson

Personal Branding Feature

Reinvent Your Personal Brand

Is it too late to change your personal brand? NO! Since we launched Next-Up earlier this year, we have been helping people to reinvent themselves for the next stage of their life. As someone said to me last week, “I suddenly realised that being chief executive of Smith & Co… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • September 17, 2018
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Career Transition

Go From Corporate Life to Encore Career in 5 Key Steps

You have spent your life in a corporate career – whether that is private, public or voluntary sector – and had both a clear career path and even clearer identity. But as you leave this life, have you thought about who you are or will be – and what your… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • July 16, 2018
stay young

How Do You Stay Young and Relevant in your 60s? (and 70s and 80s!)

I mentioned before that we’ve been helping people to find purpose in, and enjoy, their ‘unretirement’. A few weeks ago, one of our clients talked about having left corporate life and becoming a consultant. Just three years later, he is starting to feel out of touch with current language, trends,… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • March 27, 2018
Career Transition

The 10 Stages to Enjoying Your “Unretirement”

Over the last few years, my business has been helping a lot of people who are coming up to ‘retirement’ – I use the word retirement cautiously, because the last thing they actually want to do is retire. I have seen definite themes coming through and want to share them… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • January 29, 2018
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Career Maker

10 Successful Networking Tips to Gain More Business

Everyone can use a refresher now and then on best practices for networking. These are my successful networking tips for making the most of the next opportunity you have to get out there and mingle. The worst night of my life was a speed dating networking evening. If ever you… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • August 14, 2017
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Leadership Growth

Get Connected – Essential First Steps for Twitter Beginners

Well done! You are about to join the 328 million monthly active users on Twitter worldwide. But why do you want to start tweeting? Probably like most Twitter beginners you have no idea, because you don’t know the potential?! So in this blog, I will give twitter beginners ideas as to… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • July 14, 2017
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Leadership Growth

How to Take Constructive Criticism in 6 Steps: A Priceless Gift

Prime Women asked me to write about this subject, as it is something that has been asked by readers: How should you take constructive criticism?  It is one of those interesting topics that I thought many would have a view on. They do! I put it out on social media… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • June 13, 2017
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Career Maker

How to Write a Business Blog

I have written a lot about using social media to become a thought leader, positioning yourself to win customers, promotion or speaking opportunities. Blogging is a key part of this. All the women contributing to Prime Women have learnt the value of blogging – for themselves and on other sites.… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • June 2, 2017
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Leadership Growth

Reaching Your Career Goals in 2017

Are you someone who sets your new career goals as Auld Lang Syne finishes the end of a year? Or halfway through the year do you think, ‘I must do something about my future’? I tend to plan some ten or 20 years ahead – as your goals become more… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • January 25, 2017
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Leadership Growth

9 Lessons on Being a Non-Executive Director

Ten years ago, I was invited to join my first board as a non-executive director. It was an advisory board to a business school. Looking back, I have learned a lot since then. In particular, there are several areas where board newbies in general make mistakes, behaviors that take time… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • December 2, 2016
Leadership Growth

What Are the Trends in Social Media? What You Need to Know

There are some great blogs around at the moment about trends in social media. I have shared these with you below.  But, what I wanted to do here is talk about the underlying trends in social media in business that are less obvious. First, the blogs that are worth reading:… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • August 25, 2016

Life in Post-Brexit Great Britain

I must admit, I am excited about life in Britain post-Brexit. But then again, I am an entrepreneur and have long learnt that change brings opportunities – it’s just hard spotting them and knowing which ones to exploit! However, the day after the UK referendum I was very much alone… Read More
  • Victoria Tomlinson |
  • July 21, 2016

About Victoria Tomlinson

Victoria Tomlinson

Victoria Tomlinson is founder and chief executive of Next-Up, a membership platform for individuals moving on from conventional working life, helping them refine their identity, rework their skills and find new opportunities. A key focus of the business is sharing experiences and tips of peers who have created another career and purpose in their unretirement. Through webinars, events, guides and videos, community groups, coaching and practical support, each member can work out what is right for them and then make it happen. This includes finding organisations that need their skills – from charity projects to start-up businesses and business schools; starting a business or becoming a consultant; finding speaking opportunities; and much more.Victoria is an Amazon bestselling author, one of the world’s top 100 on Twitter on leadership and one of the BBC’s expert women regularly appearing on TV and radio to comment on news. She is an honorary teaching fellow at Lancaster University.