The ultimate toolkit to help you with any career challenge
This week we are taking a different approach to our fortnightly blog and using this opportunity to point you to resources that can help inspire you to take action with your current career challenge.
The blogs I share with you represent real problems which my clients are working through or prospective clients share.
The first thing I want you to take away from today’s blog is that you are not alone in the challenges and emotions you feel in relation to your job and hopefully knowing this backdrop to the source and inspiration for my blogs you will start to see and feel that. Yes someone, is walking in your shoes and come out the other side and you can too.
How to ask your manager to invest in your development
To avoid feeling stagnant in our careers we know we need to grow, learn new skills, to try new experiences to build on our existing knowledge. As our world evolves so do our jobs and the need to keep updated on changes and advances in our chosen profession often falls to the responsibility of the individual. But how do you ask your company to pay for your development, what are the key points to consider and how do we position our request in a context of rising costs?
This blog takes a look at how you build a persuasive case.
How to identify a mentor to support your career development.
“You should get a mentor Kerrie” I nodded my head in agreement. But what actually was a mentor and how could I find one and why couldn’t my manager be my mentor?
If you have thought about getting a mentor but are not really sure what a mentor does and how or where to start then this is a blog for you.
When your manager asks you about your career plans...
How do you handle a career conversation, when your manager asks what areas would you like to focus on for your development and what you really want to say is no thanks! As your future career is anywhere but this place!
If you are not ready to share your future plans with your manager this is about achieving a balance between your needs and those of the organisation and team, avoiding any negative perceptions or repercussions.
This is the exact scenario a blog reader is facing and has asked for my help to resolve, here are 5 different points to consider in your answer enabling you to strike a balance between you and the organisation.
How to explain a career break to a potential employer
Career breaks have traditionally been viewed through a negative lens, anytime out of work could be seen as someone losing touch, their skills becoming outdated, and their value to a potential employer diminished.
But is this really the case, do we stop using skills and gaining experience and knowledge when we take a career break? Or is it rather that we have to find a way of helping people see the positive implications a career break can have?
And how do you explain a career break to a potential employer? All key questions which we take a look at in this blog.
What phase of the career change journey are you in?
Are you ready for a career change, do you wonder if it could be the answer to your problems? As a career coach, I have come to identify that there are different phases of readiness for a career change. In the early days, we start by questioning if we need to consider making changes and then we progress through to knowing what we want but unsure of how to make it a reality.
In this blog, we take a look at the different phases and uncover some of the questions you may be trying to work through and one step you can take to help you.
Can you find a job you love and earn a decent income?
This is the dilemma I have observed in a number of clients over my years as a career coach. Clients who are frustrated in their current roles for a variety of reasons, clients who are looking for a greater connection with their work, but doubt whether it is really possible to find a career they will enjoy and find more fulfilling and earn their desired income.
Perhaps it’s something you personally struggle with and maybe you are desperate to take your career in a different direction but don’t truly believe it is possible at this time, because you can’t afford to take a pay cut?
How to make your job interview work for you.
An interview is a powerful tool, it has the ability to change the course of someone’s life and for an organisation, the selection of an ill-fitting candidate can be costly in many ways. Yet despite this how many of us as interviewers or interviewees can say we have sufficiently prepared for an interview? As an interviewee do you know how to prepare so you can showcase your experience AND assess the organisation’s suitability for you? Yes, it really is a two-way decision.
The very first job interview was first formally recorded in 1921 and while the format of job interviews has evolved from in person to video, the purpose and objective has not. At the heart of a job interview are two objectives 1) to understand if a candidate has the ability to meet the demands of the job and 2) if they will be a good fit for the organisation and the team.
In this blog we take a look at how you can prepare and showcase your suitability and assess whether it’s going to be a good fit for you and them.
5 Recommendations If You Are The New Kid On The Block (Starting A New Job)
Starting a new job can be exciting; getting stuck into fresh challenges, meeting new people and making a contribution, maybe even an opportunity to reinvent yourself. But let’s face it, it can also be daunting, questioning if we are going to fit in, have we made the right decision, are we going to be good enough, will people like us and not knowing really what to expect.
And when you worked at your previous place for over 20 years and you were the person who knew it all, the one people turned to, the fountain of all knowledge the guru all these feelings can intensify, which is exactly the situation a couple of my clients have found themselves in recently.
This blog takes a look at how we can build strong foundations in the first few days and weeks of a new job.
Learning to survive January!
Boom and before we know it the Christmas holiday season has gone. Now what? You thought some time off would have recharged you, but instead, you are feeling lethargic and grey like the weather!
And perhaps on top of that, you are trying to have a cheap month after the expense of Christmas, planning on shifting those holiday pounds and even going for dry January – not surprising then many of us struggle with the beginning of the year and all this on top of a career that isn’t working right now.
If you are nodding your head in agreement or know someone who is, here are my top tips for surviving the January blues.