When billionaire Mike Bloomberg spoke to the recent graduates of Harvard Business School about their careers, he told them, “Make decisions based on the quality of the opportunity and where you’ll have the most fun and the most room for growth.” His message to them was rooted in understanding themselves. It’s a lot like the message Erika Boissiere wrote about in her April 22, 2019 Forbes magazine article, “When You’ve Made the Wrong Career Choice”. She says, “You can’t shelve unhappiness forever.”
Identifying the Career Conundrum:
Rarely does a week go by that I do not get a phone call, email, or run into someone who is experiencing disappointment in their career choice. They are in a Career Conundrum, with the nagging questions of:
- Do I stay or do I go?
- What else can I do?
- How do I know I won’t feel this same way 5 years from now?
So, is she right? Does unhappiness keep you awake at night, distract you while you work and drive, gnaw at your stomach, and diminish your performance? That feeling of being stuck is a miserable place to live.
People who love their work are highly motivated. But I believe that everyone has the potential to be highly motivated. Finding the “right fit” career is key. In fact motivation is one of the five key pillars of Emotional Intelligence and key to career success.
Counter the Career Conundrum:
Are you ready for a successful process? Contact me about taking The Highlands Ability Battery and creating a new path! Finding the “right fit” career is a process and requires an investment in self. Investing is the act of putting something in, like time, money, effort. We invest in our 401k and we expect an improved outcome. Why would anyone invest endless hours at a job that doesn’t feel right when there are so many other options?
I was interviewed recently by “The Catalyst” financial life planning for women in STEM.
I shared how your college student can save time and tens of thousands of dollars in college expenses.
Listen to the podcast here.
Jobs that did not exist 10 years ago are infiltrating the landscape. So, have you ever thought of being a Chief Listening Officer, Tech Ethicist, Self-Driving Car Engineer, or how about a UX/UI Designer? These are just some of the new job titles in a morphing career landscape. The trick is how to prepare. The PROCESS is everything!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has indicated that within the next two decades, 48% of the jobs we know today will no longer exist. Think about all of the places you already know that have self-serve checkout. The Career Landscape is Changing. So, is there a PROCESS?
My job is to help you prepare for the Changing Career Landscape. With that in mind, how do you prepare if you don’t even know what you want to do today? Good questions in a time when more than 60% of the country is not engaged in the work they do on a daily basis. Life is just too short to not enjoy what you do. That’s why I do what I do! It’s about working the PROCESS.
Your abilities, earning potential and happiness quotient need to be aligned if you are truly going to be “satisfied” in your work and live life in the terms that you are truly capable and desire to live. It is possible, but it takes work and a defined PROCESS. Work the PROCESS!!! Contact me to know more.
Social media is changing the way we network for career opportunities. But we can’t forget to develop our in-person networks as well. This is especially true for high school and college students. As you think about career directions, this is the time to do some explorations and especially if you are not working during the summer.
Tap into those networks that are closest to you. Parents and their employers, extended family members and their employers are all great places to begin. Find out if positions exist within their organizations that you may interest you. If so, a quick phone call or introduction followed by a couple of questions could well set the stage for an opportunity to spend a few hours or even a week exploring the career options related to the career you shadowed. By shadowing, you have also extended your own network for future opportunities. Career shadowing experiences help you to determine if there is more you want to know about a career or if it was just a whim.
In years past we only heard about networking as a business tool. No longer! It is a tool for everyone and students are no exception. Whether you are building a network of coaches, admissions contacts or career professionals, networking is powerful. While Facebook, LinkedIn and Yelp are all proven social media networking tools, don’t overlook the obvious. Check out your own family network and the network of businesses and professionals used by your family. It’s all part of promoting yourself, building experiences, eliminating the potential of stumbling into a profession you later wish you had gone another direction, and creating a path of satisfaction and success for yourself.
Contact me if you need more information or have questions. Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!
Do you click on those internet articles that begin with “10 Things You…” or “The Top 10 Places….”? I find myself intrigued at times and just have to go for it. But the truth be told, sometimes all we want is something short and to the point. So my message this time is for Students…both high school and college. If you anticipate needing a job or internship for next summer, now is the time to begin making a plan to make connections and get on the radar while you are on Winter Break. So, here are the 5 Key Steps to Help You Capitalize on Your Opportunity:
- Identify where you will or want to be during the summer. As a high school student that is probably at home, but for college students you may identify a different location.
- Identify your area of interest for work experience or an internship in your intended field.
- Identify who you know personally in that industry or find out who the industry players are that you don’t know yet. Key word, yet!
- Create your Contact List including name, name of business, email address, phone, physical location and be sure to leave space to make notes of your contact with them and future opportunities.
- Identify your available dates and times and take action to set up appointments with those individuals or businesses as soon as your Break begins.
Capitalize on your opportunity to secure a summer job or internship by creating a plan using these 5 Key Steps. Even if a business isn’t hiring yet it is never too early to develop a relationship with the hiring agent. That way, you get ahead of the competition, create a relationship with someone who may provide that great opportunity, and you still have plenty of time to enjoy that Winter Break! Organization using 5 Key Steps = SUCCESS!
Did you dream of being a fireman, football player, or a teacher?
Who asked you what you want to be when you grow up? What is “Grown Up”?
Did you ask yourself?
Do you still have that dream? What’s next?
There is POWER in your dreams. I’m talking about the dreams in your heart. When you think about what you want in your life and how you are going to get there. What is it that makes you excited?
Dreams motivate us forward, keep us from being “stuck”, and at times propel us in directions we may never have imagined. But dreams have to be backed up with action. Sometimes those dreams are not clear and require action like peeling an onion, exploring multiple layers. And sometimes, when dreams are realized or achieved, we find ourselves asking “Now what?”
Dreams keep us engaged in life. Whether it is a dream about a career, a dream to travel somewhere on a bucket list, meet someone you hold in great regard, skydive, climb a mountain, sit on a beach, write a book, start a business…….dreams keep us engaged. That drive within a dream is the power that keeps us going.
Where is your power? What is your dream? What’s next?
Love what you do!
I spoke just last night to a group of high school students and their parents regarding choosing college majors and careers. As part of that presentation, I talked about the importance of preparing now and part of the preparation needed to be addressing their “social image.” I defined their social image as anything from email address to social networks and chat rooms. We talked about the impact on college admissions as well as employment. This is a message I have carried and delivered for the last several years. In fact, one of my blog posts May 2012 was titled Your Image to Others.
Today I opened my iPad, went to CNN to start a little light reading while I ate my lunch and was horrified to read one of the headlines, Sexting Scandals: How They Will Affect Students’ Futures. My heart sank, but it just affirmed that my message was spot on and I hoped that those students and parents last night took the message to heart and answered my Call to Action. You can click the link to read the entire article.
Everything Counts! You can’t go through the technologically driven lives we are faced with afraid to act, respond, and click, but you must “click responsibly.” Clicking includes taking photos, sending messages via email, text or any other social media mode. That little voice of right and wrong or maybe even an “Oooops” needs to be awakened and put on full alert. There is too much at stake.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the day to day demands that we lose sight of the where we are in the big picture. For high school and college students that location can be critical. So in an effort to re-focus and clearly identify where you are, let’s look at the resources.
As a high school student with college on the horizon, you need to assess your grades. On-line access through district portals makes that possible. Do you use it? Are there patterns in your grades like low tests, or quizzes, missing assignments? This is a good time to evaluate where you are so that there is a good outcome for the semester. After all, many of you are nearing midterm and you have time to correct problem areas.
College students, you are in a similar position. You have on-line access to grades, you can see patterns of performance and you have time to address problem areas. Time management has a direct impact on your grades and a vast majority of college students face dropping out because of poor time management that manifests itself in low grades or even probation and loss of scholarships.
However, for you, there are some resources and practices that are different from high school. If you need assistance, check your professor’s office hours and make an appointment. It will help your status in class as they will see you as an individual who is interested and one who cares about their class performance. You can also check out math or writing labs that provide student-to-student tutorial services free. There are lots of services available, but you have to take action and take advantage of them. Contact me if you need help navigating the system.
Know where you are so that there are no surprises. Assess your situation and make a “To Do” list to ensure action and accomplishment.
High school and college students face similar questions, “What to do with the summer break?” Your age, transportation availability and class requirements may dictate part of your summer, but there may be some time that goes unclaimed. The earlier you begin making the plan and taking action, the more opportunities you can create for yourself.
Remember that volunteering is another great way to explore areas of interest, gain volunteer hours if you need them for high school graduation requirements, and to build value in yourself to colleges and future employers. Both working and volunteering build your resume’ and reflect a part of who you are and what you offer an institution or company.
There are some terrific web tools for identifying summer employers as well as tips for effective interviews. Here are just a few:
If you need more guidance or want to construct or update your resume’ for college or the work force, contact me.
Whether you follow football or not it is hard to escape the hype of the Super Bowl. I happen to love it. Who’s the best quarterback, the best rookie, the best commercial, the best Super Bowl party food, the best over the top fan attire….I love it all. It expresses a passion. And whether it is a hobby, an ethnic food, team logo wear or the work you do, passion adds to the enjoyment of life and helps us to be the best we can be. It helps us connect with others that have similar interests.
High school students, if you don’t know what your passion is, explore more and find it! Colleges and universities want to know what moves you and why their institution will be a good fit for you.
College students, whether you are applying for an internship or getting ready to graduate and applying for that first “just out of college” job, that potential employer wants to know that you have passion too. Happy employees make for more productive employees. Demonstrate your passion for the company you are looking to embrace.
Even you guys in the workforce, are you demonstrating a passion for your work? If not, why not? Sometimes we still enjoy our work but the balance of life brings us to a place that seems to have diminished that passion. What do you need to do to rekindle it?
Life is a balance. Being the best we can be includes enjoying the work we do, balancing it with spending time with family, friends or activities we enjoy and paying attention to the passions that make us better people. Are you the best you can be?