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11 Words of Careers Advice from Richard Branson’s Mum
September 19, 2018

The following article is by Melanie Curtin,  writer and activist whose work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the New York Observer and on the Today Show in Australia. She holds a master’s in communication from Stanford University.

Richard Branson is a force of nature.
In addition to being an actual knight, he is the founder of the Virgin Group, which now controls more than 400 companies. His net worth is $5 billion, which puts him seventh on a list of the wealthiest British billionaires. Plus, he’s known for being a compassionate boss and an icon of entrepreneurship.
He wasn’t always that successful, though.

As a boy, he struggled with dyslexia. In a blog on the subject, he wrote a letter to his younger self, saying:

“I know you’re struggling at school and I wanted to give you some advice on how to become the best you can be, even when it’s difficult and you feel like the world is against you. You should never see being different as a flaw or think that something is wrong with you. Being different is your biggest asset and will help you succeed.”

Embrace his difference he did. As a teenager, he named his company “Virgin” because he lacked real experience in business.He’s not a virgin anymore.But no one is an island (even if they own a private one). The fact is, the mentors and influences we have growing up have a profound influence on who we become. And Richard Branson had a major advantage in that department: his mother, Eve.Eve Branson was just as much of a force of nature as little Ricky.

For example, once, on the way home from a shopping trip, Branson’s mother left him alone in the countryside. She gave him basic instructions on how to find his own way home, then left.He was 5 years old. In his words:

“[It was] about three miles through the countryside [to get home]…. She was punishing me for causing mischief in the back seat, but she was also teaching me a larger lesson about overcoming my disabling shyness and learning to ask others for directions.”

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It’s Their Outcome, Not Ours by Laura Lee
September 14, 2018
Each new client brings their own life experiences, expectations, and desires to the coaching session.
The client is looking to uncover a future outcome that is different from their present state. The role of the career professional is to help the client identify their desired future, address potential concerns, and set goals to achieve desired outcomes. As career professionals, it can be easy for us to start inserting our own perspective but we need to keep our focus on our client’s vision. It is our responsibility to help the client determine what they feel are the right actions to achieve their goals. Career professionals do this by being outcome focused, staying curious about the client’s perspective, and only when asked, offer advice.
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6 Tips for Getting Back in the Game After Long-Term Unemployment
September 12, 2018

starting work after unemployment

The following article appeared in CareerSidekick.com – an American careers company helping people save time and stress in their job search and get hired for better jobs.

With the low unemployment rate, many people who haven’t been able to find jobs in the past are going back to work.

If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch of time, you too may be headed back into the workforce. And, if you’ve been out of work for a significant amount of time, you may be feeling a mix of emotions about this next step.

It’s normal to feel a heady mix of relief and anxiety (as well as excitement and fear) when you’re heading back into a job after an extended period of unemployment. To soothe your nerves and allay your fears, we’ve come up with a list of 6 tips for easing your way back into a job.

1. Adopt work-friendly habits in advance

One of the perks of being unemployed is the ability to eat, sleep, and socialize whenever you feel like it. Once you have a job, however, you’ll have to adhere to a schedule, which can be a major shock to the system.

To soften the blow, once you get your job offer, do your best to start getting back into a schedule that lines up with what your work schedule will be.

Start eating regular meals, adjust your workout schedule, and start going to sleep and waking up at times that will line up with your new work schedule.

2. Pare down your outside obligations

If you’ve been unemployed for a really long time, your mind might be slightly blown by how tired you are in the first few weeks of your new job. Your body will be adjusting to a new schedule and your mind will be spinning with all of the new things you are learning.

So, at least for a little while, take it easy on making plans during your workweek. Whenever possible, plan to pare down your weekday social activities to the bare minimum. Don’t underestimate how tiring it can be to get back into a routine. Remember it’s only temporary. Within a few weeks you’ll be on solid ground at work and will have more stamina for socializing.

3. Be humble

Once you begin your new job, remember that it’s okay to be the rookie. Ease into your role in the beginning.

Set realistic goals for yourself and don’t try to do it all or learn it all in your first week. Enthusiasm is a great quality at work but give yourself some time to be an observer of your colleagues and your environment so that you can learn the flow of things.

4. Don’t be a know-it-all

Long periods of unemployment can create insecurity in people and light a fire under them to burst through the door of a new job ready to prove themselves. But taking the place by storm might not be the best approach.

Remember, you were hired because you have the right skill set. So instead of walking through the door, ready to start taking names and kicking butt, take a deep breath and give yourself permission to start slowly. Ask a lot of questions, and admit that you have a lot of learning to do. This will not only take some pressure off of you but being humble about your knowledge will put your coworkers at ease.

5. Get to know your coworkers

Making a friend at work is a great way to begin to settle into a new job. For one, having someone who is available to answer questions large and small will help you feel a little less lost.

From simple things like, “Where is the printer?” to more complicated questions like, “Which health plan did you choose?” a coworker will help you get oriented far faster than trying to muddle through alone.

Also, if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, you may already feel slightly out of place in your new job. Making friends with your teammates or colleagues will ensure you’ll have someone to have coffee or lunch with, which will alleviate the anxiety of being the new kid in the cafeteria with no one to sit with.

6. Let your boss be the boss

If you have gone back to work in a different field, or have taken a less-senior role in your industry, you’ll have to adjust to your new circumstances. So, while you may have been at the top of the totem pole in your last job, someone else is chief now. It’s okay to share your experience but remember that you aren’t the boss anymore. Let your supervisor do his or her job without having a chip on your shoulder about your current job title.

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Why You Should Take Time to Mourn During Career Transitions
September 7, 2018

The following article by Kimberley Lawson was published in The New York Times.

Grief is common when you leave a job you love

On my last day in the newsroom at a North Carolina alt-weekly, I found myself choking back tears. For the first time in almost a decade, my desk was completely clean. All of my old reporter notebooks, past newspaper editions and sticky notes with scribbled writing on them were in the trash.

At the time, I didn’t think I’d be sad to leave — I chose to quit, after all. But, to my surprise, I did feel as if I’d lost something important, and I felt that way for months, mostly because I never stopped to consider why.

But feelings of grief are common when you leave a workplace you love, said Kim Scott, author of “Radical Candor.”

“Even if you’re moving on to something that you really want to do and it’s the right decision, change is really hard,” Ms Scott said.

She said it’s important to take time, both before you leave a job and after you’ve started a new one, to process these transitions. Dealing with bouts of grief instead of ignoring them can help you better navigate the complex emotions of leaving a job you love and starting fresh somewhere new.

Why do we feel sad when we move on from a job?

For many Americans, identity is tied to work. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, more than half of workers in the United States define themselves based on their job and have been doing so consistently since 1989. Read more

The Difference Between Goals, Objectives and Outcomes
August 31, 2018

The following article was written by Sharlyn Lauby, an HR professional turned consultant.

During this year’s Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference and Expo, I had the opportunity to attend a pre-conference workshop on improving human performance.

One of the big takeaways from the workshop was the difference between goals, objectives, and outcomes. I know how easy it is to use these terms interchangeably.

And at first glance, there might not be anything wrong with using the words as synonyms. They’re all focused on achievement, right? Not a big deal. But then, maybe it is important to differentiate them. Here are the definitions of each with an example:

Goals are an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved. Goals are typically broad in scope. For example, a goal might be for an organization to “increase profits”. Or an individual might have a goal to “become certified”.

Objectives are a specific result you’re trying to achieve within a time frame and with available resources. Read more

These Are the Three Key Dynamics Shaping Modern Careers
August 24, 2018
The following article was written by Lisa Mainiero, Professor of management at Fairfield University and is published in collaboration with LSE Business Review.
The career landscape of the 21st century, characterised by work interruptions, opt-outs, and temporary contingent work assignments, requires that we think differently about linear careers.

Until now, much of the career literature has been based on men in the twentieth century who had linear careers in a single corporation or industry. However, men and women in the 21st century have unique career trajectories, sometimes fulfilling the ideal of a linear career, but more often characterised by opt-outs, contingent employment contracts, and part-time work. The Kaleidoscope Career Model (the KCM) (Mainiero & Sullivan, 20052006) addresses the unique features of male and female careers and takes into consideration the non-linear aspects of contingent work. The KCM posits that needs for authenticity, balance and challenge over the course of a career will be present but arise at different intensities across the lifespan.

The three parameters

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Leaving the Only Job You’ve Ever Had
August 20, 2018

The following article by Caroline Rodrigue may be of interest to those clients looking for a career change.

Are you interested in making a career change but you’re feeling a bit paralyzed because you’ve never done that before? Like never ever?

If you’ve been in the same job (or with the same organization) for most of your working life, it can be downright scary to consider a job search. And sure, things have changed in the last 10, 20, or 30 years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt and thrive!

Here are some tips for embracing a first-time job change and how to celebrate your new chapter.

Embracing change, for the first time

You’ve invested a lot of yourself into this one organization because you thought that, perhaps you’ll retire from the desk you’re sitting at right now. But things change and for whatever reason, you’re ready to move on.

The road ahead is unknown, and overcoming social stigmas of what is age- or life-stage appropriate may be challenging, so keep your eyes on the prize and embrace the chance to change it up! An opportunity to reinvent yourself is worth a few ruffled feathers.

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Facebook Wants to be the Place to find a Mentor
August 16, 2018

Last year, the social media giant dipped its toes in online mentorship. Now they are getting serious.

Facebook is gearing up to mine what it sees as a massive opportunity to engage its users by offering mentorship through its Groups channel.

“Last year, the team worked with a couple of nonprofits,” says Gabe Cohen, Facebook’s product manager for Mentorship. In November 2017, the social network announced the new tool as a pilot program, and now they are rolling it out in earnest.

This is not to be confused with the partnership between Facebook’s Workplace and Ten Thousand Coffees that also debuted a mentorship matching feature recently. The startup is using Facebook’s Workplace to integrate its services to its client companies looking to match mentees with mentors within the organizations.

The good news for Facebook is that they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. In fact, when they debuted Mentorship last year, each mentee and mentor was matched by a nonprofit partner organization to work through a step-by-step program. The programs were developed by the organizations, tailored to fit the mentees, and geared to work directly on the platform through private interactions between the pair.

The pilot began with iMentor (for education) and The International Rescue Committee (for crisis recovery). From the outset, Facebook was eyeing expansion into other areas like addiction recovery and career advancement, according to Cohen. And he’s quick to point out that as “privacy is very important to us” (Facebook’s recent and constant refrain in all public forums), each pair’s conversations are private.Other Groups have participated since the initial launch, like Mama Dragons, which Cohen describes as a support network for Mormon families with LGBTQ kids. “They’re having a profound faith and family crisis,” he explains, “and finding people going through that experience is really hard.”

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Four Possible Future Worlds of Work
August 10, 2018

The following article by Rachel Sharp was first published in HR Magazine.

Speakers at Assoication of MBA’s (AMBA) Careers and Talent Forum 2018 shared their predictions for the future workforce and how leaders should get ahead

There are four different worlds of work that could be possible in the future, according to Juliet Stuttard, director of people and organisation at PwC

Speaking at the Association of MBAs’ Careers and Talent Forum 2018, attended exclusively by HRmagazine, Stuttard said these futures involve varying degrees of collectivism, individualism, business fragmentation and corporate integration.

“It’s impossible to predict exactly what the future of work will be like,” she said, because “uncertainty comes from the human impact”.

However, Stuttard pointed to four possible scenarios identified by PwC that could become reality by 2030: the yellow world (humans come first, ethical/social first or community businesses prosper); the red world (innovation comes first and outpaces regulation, organisations focus on customer needs); the green world (large companies prosper but are socially responsible); and the blue world (corporate is king, big company capitalism prospers).

The challenge, Stuttard said, is that “we need to make sure the workforce is flexible” so that organisations can adapt to whichever reality emerges. Well-established organisations such as PwC will not be immune, she said, adding that “around 90% of PwC employees today are consultants but we think this will go down to 50% in the near future, as the business model needs to change or we will die”.

Stuttard encouraged leaders to make what she termed “no regrets moves”. One proposed move was to invest in innovation and new skills. “Understand the skills you have and the skills you need – at the moment workforce planning is this mystical process no-one is quite getting right,” she said. Read more

Skills Shortages in Film
August 8, 2018

In this article, Yen Yau from Into Film, reports on skills shortages and especially the demand for numeracy skills in the film industry.





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