Monday, 23 May 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
A while ago I gave myself the task of figuring out a few simple things...
What I'm doing, Why I'm doing it and Where it's taking me.
Thanks to this task, every now and then you'll find me visiting and revisiting past decisions and choices I've made (big and small).
Now this might sound like a recipe for driving yourself around the bend but there's more to it than that.
For a start, you get a better handle on the what's, why's and wherefore's when it comes to your career (and Yes, I'll happily admit the wherefore's were new to me too) and they would be worth the ticket price on their own but, every now and then, I've also come face-to-face with a cracker of a brand-new-and-wonderful fact.
To give you an example, I recently discovered that,
Almost all of the time (and especially when it counts),
I have always chosen for.
[Image courtesy of Auntie K on Flickr.com]
How We Make Choices For (as opposed to against)
A simple study of past decisions helped me realise that I have nearly always made choices for positive reasons.
OK, a sample of one doesn't make an expert but I'm convinced you make choices this way too.
Think about it for a moment...
There's something fundamentally positive at work when we make choices, even when we're not sure we're doing the right thing. Perhaps it's even more obvious when we have the hardest choices to make. When times are tough and/or the pressure is on, we choose for (and with) the things we really believe in.
I'm not talking about easy choices like, "Hmm, Shall I have chocolate or cake?", I mean the ones where there are sacrifices. When it's not at all clear cut or black-and-white. To give you a working example, maybe it's the honours graduate student who waits tables to put herself through college; or maybe it's the fully qualified physiotherapist who does shifts in a factory while his overseas qualifications await recognition in a new country (oddly specific but career facts often are).
In my case, I made a big decision a few years back to take my career into unknown territory. To head for the place where our individual choices and decisions come from. At the time it must have looked like I was choosing against the people around me or rejecting my more familiar work. Of course this wasn't the case but it was only recently, while reflecting on my choices (and their outcomes) that it stood out so clearly.
When it comes to work/life, we always choose for.
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Saturday, 12 February 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A good friend to ExploreYourCareer.com (and work/life fusion) has just found and started a new job
Art was one of the first people to sit our Job-Seeker’s Interview last year (you might find it interesting to take a look at his answers, particularly now he has landed this new role)
In the end it all happened in a flash (there were less than 2-weeks between first-contact and his start-date) but a quick turn-around like this hides a great deal of hard work and effort
Today I wanted to celebrate Art’s great result (and rightly so!) but I also wanted to celebrate every single one of those hard-won yards that played a part in this well deserved outcome
If you’re looking for a job right now a story like Art’s might catch your eye
Sure it has the happy ending we might all like to hear (at least every now and then) but I reckon there’s even more to take away from a personal job search story like this...
Art might not have known how it would come (or even where it would come from) but something in his interview answers tells us he knew a result was getting closer
Even when the going got tough (and when is it anything but tough on a job search today?), Art stayed positive, stuck to his task, remembered his value to employers and shared experiences (back and forth) in a small group he trusted
Art’s too modest - unlike me, I'm a blogger ;) - but he might forgive me for saying this in public one more time…
Good on you Art, you’ve earned this. Congratulations once again!
And all the very best for the future in your new job.
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Sunday, 9 January 2011
A New Year always brings in the new
The 2011 Edition of The Career Explorer's Journal is here to bring something new to the way we think about and experience work - one career, one person at a time. Maybe your something new will be a better idea of what you want for the future or a clearer picture of what you're working towards. Maybe you'll discover something a little more fundamental, like new feelings of progress on a job search or a sharper sense of focus on that all important next milestone and what it looks like for you.
The Career Explorer's Journal is free now and for the rest of 2011 and it offers something new to everyone who finds it. ExploreYourCareer.com is also there for you to tell us what you think and share your experiences before, during and after your reader's journey. It's my hope that 2011 will be a year full of new career discoveries for everyone who picks up this book. From your very first choice to become a career explorer you'll join me and everyone else who has already taken exactly the same first step. Every single one of us on a mission to discover where we want our careers to go.
Wishing all the very best to you and your career in 2011!