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Playing the Covid Miracles Forward, Something We Can Control!

career mindset Apr 06, 2020

Starting with the reality, we are in a severe situation with this pandemic and it’s affecting our whole planet. Most of you reading this will, by now, know people who have contracted the virus. Some of you will already, and I suspect many more of us will, know people who die from it.

There are many, many people whose jobs and work, and as a result financial stability, have been affected. As one politician here in the UK was quoted last week as saying “this is the worst crisis since WW2”. To which, surely, most of us responded “no shit, Sherlock”. There will be very few people on this planet unaffected.

BUT, this is a wake-up call to us all AND WE HAVE A CHOICE.

Choice A: We can focus on all the negatives and tragedy (just turn on the telly or read the papers) and look for someone to blame for everything; choose to treat it as a disaster.

Choice B: We can create a better world as we emerge from the pandemic. We can re-imagine a kinder, fairer,...

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How to Work from Home without Killing the Cat

business career cv Mar 30, 2020

Many of you will have been working at home for a while now because of the Covid-19 virus outbreak. It can be quite a stressful time when you’re either sharing a space with other family members or living and working alone.

If you want some strategies to reduce stress and stay calm and in control, check out 7 great tips in last week’s blog How to Manage Your Career Stress During Covid-19 and sign into The Career Café for more tips from other contributors.

There are also a lot of practical things you can do to make sure that working from home is successful during this time.

It’s especially important if you’re sharing your space with other family members.

Set times when you are working and when you are not.

Agree them with other household members and stick to them. You’ll need to agree about things like when it’s ok to have background noise and when you’d like some quiet.

This may seem particularly important if you’re having...

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How to Manage Your Career Stress During Covid-19

business career cv Mar 23, 2020




These are words that are part of the Careers Landscape. Organisations have an onus to look after your wellbeing and to help you be resilient and deal with stress.

But how seriously they take it is a matter of conjecture when so many people are taking time off due to stress and anxiety.

Right now, this is a particular issue with some people working very different patterns to normal and some being laid off completely as their industry shuts down.

I’ve set up The Career Café to provide up-to-date advice and support for your career as we move through this event and to make sure you’re in the best position to thrive beyond it.

There are three things in this world:

  1. Things we can do something about
  2. Things we can influence
  3. Things we have no control over

A global Pandemic such as we are experiencing now definitely falls into category 3:

You may have some influence over how you work, but very little influence on the virus or it’s...

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5 Ways To Have More Fun At Work

business career mindset Mar 16, 2020

Who doesn't want to have more fun at work?

I mean, really, it is ok to have fun at work.

Whatever the old rubbish you may have been told about work:

For instance not supposed to be fun, or that it is supposed to be hard, forget it.

You’re at work for such a lot of your time, so you need to make sure that you’re having fun, feeling fulfilled, enjoying yourself.

On this note, I thought I would put together a series of tips to help you make sure that you are in fact having fun at work.

Tip 1: Decide! Make the choice.

Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? Well it is, and don’t discount this tip for that reason: the simpler you can make it the better.

I’ve worked with people who have transformed their experience of work just by taking that decision every day. Here’s how you can do it:

At the start of the day, set the intention

“I am going to have fun at work today”

If there is any activity you are going into during the day and feeling less...

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How To Know If You Are Stuck in Your Career

career change transition Mar 09, 2020

I keep reading statistics and hearing people say that the majority of people are not happy in their job.

You may see the same stats pop up from time to time. I find that alarming and sad because we generally spend more time at work than in any other one activity, so surely it would be great to enjoy it.

A lot us still hold what are now outdated ideas. We picked them up from our parents and they from theirs.

Things like “you’re not supposed to enjoy work” and “It’s work. It’s supposed to be hard”.

We have a choice.

We can either perpetuate those beliefs or make a new choice to enjoy work more, either in our current role and organisation, or by changing job or even career.

Just take a moment to think what you believe that might be stopping you getting the most from your working life.

How do you even know if you’re stuck?

My clients often come out with phrases such as “I feel like I’m in a comfortable rut”, “I feel...

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Where Is Your Career Compass Pointing?

career mindset Mar 02, 2020

I was going to call this article “How to find your Career Direction”, but I thought that if I did you might think it is just aimed at students and young people looking for their first career step.

However, this blog is applicable whether you’re just starting out or already part (or even a long) way through your career. Whether you’re mid-career or yet to start, you might recognise that feeling of uncertainty, discomfort and perhaps some anxiety about what to do next.

You may experience it several times during your career.

Read the map, know the landscape

It's a thing that you can no longer ignore. Way back when, people used to make a career choice as they left education and for most it was a choice for their whole working life and some even stayed within the same organisation for the whole of their working life. There’s nothing wrong with that and some of my clients have been in that situation and had hugely enjoyable and varied careers within one...

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Five Top Tips To Start Your Career Change

career cv networking Feb 24, 2020

One of the key things that stops people changing their career is that they do not know where to start. Often, even people who are fairly unhappy will stick with a job or career because it seems to difficult to do anything about it and they haven’t got the skills that they’d gain from talking with a career professional.

In last week’s blog I shared 5 key reasons why It's Never too Late to Change Career. In this blog I’m going to share my top tips to getting started with a career change.

Tip 1: Understand that almost all of your skills are transferable.

We often define ourselves and others by job titles and industries. Once we’ve been working in a career for a while, especially if that’s in the same organisation, we start to think that’s all we can do. I hear clients say things like “I’m just a project manager, that’s all I know”. Firstly, nobody is “just” anything and secondly,...

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5 Reasons It Is Never Too Late to Change Your Career

business career cv Feb 17, 2020

One thing that is consistent in the world of work today is that it is continually changing, and that change seems to be getting faster.

It is reckoned that someone joining the workforce today will have three or four different careers, either through choice or because of changes to their organisation or industry. When I started work, had I ever considered the question (which I’m fairly sure I didn’t back then), I probably would have expected to be a cartographer for the whole of my working life, probably with the same government department.

Are you an exception?

So, I’m an exception compared with many of my generation in that I’m on my third career. I loved cartography although I wouldn’t say I had a passion for it. I enjoyed computer systems development: the money was good, the people were nice, the work was fine, but there was something missing. Career Coaching on the other hand - I love it! I have a passion for it, and I can’t think of a better...

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How To Get Your Saturdays Back [And Other Top Tips!]

career cv mindset Feb 10, 2020

I was invited to talk for a few minutes at the opening of the Career Guidance and Development CPD Conference at The University of the West of Scotland. The whole day was fabulous on a number of levels and prompts some great practical tips for your career (we will get to the Saturdays in a mo).

There were some great key-note presentations and workshops, so it was wonderful for my own continuing professional development. I love that that there are always new things to learn and there were two sessions I particularly enjoyed:

  • Dr Julia Yates sharing some great creative career coaching tools in a session she called “Unsticking the Stuckness”. I particularly liked that this added even more tools to my own career coaching tool kit as I work a lot with people who feel “stuck” in their career.
  • Dr Jonathan Vincent from the University of York’s talk was about “The transition to employment for autistic students and graduates”. What I loved about...
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How to get the best result from your performance appraisal

career mindset Feb 03, 2020

Well, the next couple of months will see performance appraisals coming up for many of you (and even if it isn’t, pay attention as this will be useful). 

What’s your experience been so far. In your organisation, are they in-depth discussions about the difference you’ve made to the company, the areas to develop and grow in, and the place where you set goals that are meaningful and inspirational to you and the organisation? 

Didn’t think so!

In a lot of organisations (and this may not be true of yours) performance appraisal is the place to dust off the goals you set last year, realise things have changed and they aren’t actually relevant any more, then ditch them and talk a bit about what actually happened. Then you set more objectives and put them in the drawer not to be seen again until next year. Of course, what happens in that meeting often affects the amount of money you’ll get paid each month over the next year, so it seems a shame to...

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