Posts Tagged: Career Crossroads

Pitch cul de sac? Read this.

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A portfolio career could be the answer

This is the first in a series of 6 blog posts by Simon Strong about his portfolio career. Simon used to work in advertising and is now self employed with a portfolio career.

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Do cobblers’ shoes need reheeling?

Working in the industry, you’re great at helping clients have a competitive advantage, but what about yours?

In times of high unemployment, frozen or restricted recruitment and a high degree of competition, you need to have a strong competitive advantage to be chosen.

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What Will You Do When You Grow up?

Train driver? Ski instructor?

One of our clients has landed their dream job! Like many people, they fell into their career by accident. Most people never do anything about it.

Career change is not always radical. Finding a new boss or company that matches your values can make a BIG difference.

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What Is The Future Of Work?

Man in sand of egg timer

Like media fragmentation, the landscape of careers is changing hugely.

I have had a virtual PA for over 10 years and she keeps me sane and enables me to focus on the important tasks and things I love. I never ever waste time holding on the telephone listening to ‘excruciating lift music’ to sort out a niggly hassle.

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Career Change Dreams Up In Smoke?

Suffering from that ‘going back to work feeling’?

Reality after the festive season reminds many people of going back to school at the start of a new term. A feeling of dread; shining those shoes; buying a new fluffy pencil case; the who got the best Christmas gift parade, but mainly the sinking feeling. Life can be so superspeed at work that it feels like being on a giant human hamster wheel.

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Are You A Pushover?

I was amused to read that Pizza Express are helping their staff with training from a ‘conversational flirt expert, so customers are comfortable and relaxed. I feel comfortable and relaxed with a big glass of wine, good company and carbohydrate in my stomach. ’ I shall be extra vigilant next time I do there to see what they do, and I hope that the brand experience isn’t like that TGI Fridays Catherine Tate sketch, otherwise the only thing I will be ordering is a chat with the manager.

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Need Inspiration for Xmas Gifts??

As I know how busy you are, I got my virtual PA to dig out some ideas for imaginative Christmas gifts for your delectation. Here’s the best of the bunch:Protect your delicate bananas, but please note that they only work with non-EU certified i.e. ‘bent’ bananas.Banana guards

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Time or money? Which would you choose?

New research by The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) shows that there is a hidden and growing trend of ‘under-employed’ people stuck in part time unemployment or temporary work. It is the highest figure on record, an increase of 45% since the recession began and likely to stay at these levels for 5 years.

The world of work has changed forever, and yet I find from my career change Steer your career workshops for executives who have been made redundant, that not many people realise. Isn’t life ironic? Do you find that? When I do executive or personal coaching, people complain about never having enough time. Then when they have more time, they want more work.

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Career change as scary as choosing a life partner

Did a career change workshop yesterday and it struck me from what people were saying, that career changeis as scary forthemaschoosinga life partner– very scary! Not only that, but career change can cause divorce, because sometimesitmeans less money coming in for awhile or forever, depending on the new career path. Aloss of perceived (in the eyes of the partner) status.Whoever said that love was dead!

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Career tips – meaning and purpose

Hi – how’s your year going? We have come out of hibernation now it’s Spring!

Changing world of work

The world of work has changed forever. It’s not just that there are less full time jobs and more competition for them, plus more contract and project work, it’s that more and more people are looking for meaning and purpose through their work and to have their values honoured at work. This can mean finding an employer with ethical values or doing work that makes a difference to the world. We have seen this trend emerging for a while, and it has grown hugely since the credit crunch. In our Energise Steer your career workshop, it is usually mentioned by 50-75% of the participants. So how do you find meaning and purpose in your work? It doesn’t have to mean leaving marketing and advertising and working for a charity. It could be simply finding an employer that better matches your values or working with a company with green/charity clients or a corporate social responsibility policy

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