At this time when the media is full of negativity about the economy and job prospects, it is very easy to get drawn into a state of doom and gloom.
Go ahead and do that if you want to, but if you do, you should probably stop reading now because this is about creating a positive career outlook.
As we came into 2020 the path was clear.
We could make plans for the future and see how our careers might pan out in the future.
Or could you?
I only ask because a lot of people work with me because they are lost in the fog and want to find a way out. They feel stuck in some way in their...
“Wait a minute”, I hear you say, “I haven’t got a flat tyre. And anyway, what’s that got to do with my career?”
Stay with me on this one, it’s a good analogy.
Imagine your career is going well. You enjoy the work, you love the people, you like the organisation. Because of that it allows you to do what...
I don’t know what your individual situation is or how Covid has affected you, but I do know two things:
Firstly, everyone I speak to has some concern about their career either right now or for the future.
Some have lost their job or been furloughed; some are just really concerned about the long term future of their job; some are still...
I’m going to make a generalisation here.
Think about whether it might apply to you.
Many people find those type of phrases challenging because they go against everything you were taught and it plays to beliefs you may have picked up as a child along the lines of it being bad to boast and “you shouldn’t blow your own...
I mean it!
The language you use can seriously affect how you feel and the results you get.
We’ll look at the big picture, then some specific examples. before finishing with a look at the language of covid.
Here we go.
Start to pay attention to the words and phrases you use in conversation, both with others, and with...
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...
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,...
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...
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...