The finance industry isn’t all about data entry and number crunching. In fact, now that AI is on the scene, the industry is on the hunt for individuals with strong soft skills. (more…)
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We often lie in bed at night and think “Right. Tomorrow I’m going to be productive. I’m going to check everything off of my list: wake up early, cook a healthy breakfast, organise my desk, answer all of my emails, crush my deadlines, go for a run…” and the list goes on. Often we end up waking up with that same motivation but quickly become distracted and achieve less than half of what we set out to do. This can leave us feeling frustrated and cause us to put our tasks off until tomorrow once again. Rinse, repeat and what do you have? Well, you’ve got poor time management. Don’t worry, most of us do too.
When thinking about our future career, we need to follow the road we’ve given ourselves: the education we chose, the plans we’ve made. It seems the right and simplest way. The key is never to be passive: don’t stick to routine, try to create, invent and make a change.
Before you start planning your career, start thinking differently. Try to forget everything you have achieved so far. Try not to think about any norms or limits of society. Try not to consider the control others may have on you. Otherwise, once you reach your destination, going with the flow, you’ll notice something is missing and meet a personal struggle.
Why should you wait for this moment? You may prefer to surf the waves of life with pleasure, catching every opportunity, challenge or adventure life offers.
One of the most dreaded job interview questions is “Tell me about yourself”. This question is often the first one an employer will ask – about 80% of interviews start with this seemingly innocent question. It is known as a ‘stress question’ which can either induce silence or a long ill considered ramble. If you are prepared this can be a ‘dream question’. (more…)
We can all benefit from a boost of confidence from time to time, regardless of how much confidence we normally have in our lives. Even though we may usually feel quite confident in many aspects of our lives; setbacks, stressful events and negative feedback can have an impact whereby we may feel less than our usual confident selves. Therefore, developing stronger emotional resilience will help you be able to confidently deal with whatever happens in life.
People who have the ability to bounce back and to keep on going, regardless of what happens, have developed strong enough confidence levels and have strategies to deal with things. To help you develop more emotional resilience, that bounce-back-ability, use a technique called re-framing. Reframing is looking at a situation from a different, more positive, perspective. (more…)
Surviving and thriving in today’s competitive markets and workplaces needs some active organising if you are going to be “career-fit” suggests Patrick Forsyth.
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The dynamic economic environment has wrought many changes of late, and the world does not owe you a living. Nor currently can you realistically assume that regular, automatic assistance will be forthcoming from an employer intent on furthering your career, or even assisting you perform the job you do for them currently satisfactorily.
As the months are flying by it seems like it was only yesterday that it was the beginning of the year and many people were taking time to set their goals. See Give Yourself a Boost – part 2 for more details about effective goal setting.
As the months have progressed, some people are progressing well and are on track to achieving their goals whereas others may not be doing so well. How are you doing? Are you continuing to take action or have things stalled, slowed down or all together stopped? (more…)
With the ongoing technological revolution and the liberalisation and globalisation of the economy, the job market has been undergoing a sea change. There is fierce competition in various specialised jobs, and consequently a fiercer competition for admission to professional courses. Hence one must go through the process of career planning in a systematic way.
Stage 1 – Self Assessment (more…)