Heather Harper

Heather Harper is the lead content manager for The Career Project. Her interests include organizational psychology and the impacts of variables upon workplace productivity and job satisfaction. Heather holds an MSc in Organisational Psychology from the University of Manchester, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Lincoln. While at the University of Manchester, she completed her master's thesis which was entitled: "The variability of personality expression in response to situational cues and it’s relationship to job satisfaction". Heather is based in Cambridge, UK.

Effective Altruism: How your job or career can make a meaningful contribution to society

‘Effective altruism’ is a philosophical and social movement. It advocates using evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective way to aid and benefit others. ‘Altruism‘ means having the selfless concern for the well-being of others. If you are altruistic, you have the strong desire to promote and protect someone else’s welfare. A lot of us behave in an altruistic manner. We donate occasionally to charities. Maybe we’ve participated in charity fun run or relay race. Or, we might buy Christmas cards where the proceeds go to a particular charity. Of course, this is doing a good thing – go …

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The 10 Highest-Paying Jobs in 2020

F0r many of us, money makes the world go round. So, when deciding what career you want to pursue, you may want to consider which ones are going to pay you the big bucks. Or at least make ends meet! To help you with this decision, we’ve done the research for you and made a list on the 10 highest paying jobs in the United States in 2020. The 10 highest paying jobs in 2020: We headed to our favorite and most trusted website: the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They have done an extensive amount of research and have concluded …

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How To Stop Your Mental Health Challenges From Impacting Your Work Life

Mental health in the workplace is a topic that I personally feel is not addressed enough. According to the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, an estimated 26% of Americans aged 18 or over suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year. That’s over a quarter of the American population. With so many of us facing mental health issues each year, it is important to know how to stop your mental health from impacting your working life. How to stop your mental health from impacting your working life Our mental health, which includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being, can …

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How to Deal With Conflict at Work

Throughout our lives, we will all find ourselves facing conflict at home, at work or in our social circle. We all deal with this conflict in different ways. However, when at work, your reputation and job are on the line. So, it is very important to know how to deal with conflict at work What is conflict at work? Conflict at work is inevitable. People from different backgrounds, with different views, different working styles and different ideas are brought together for a shared purpose. And, according to a CPP Global Human Capital Report, employees in the United States spend approximately …

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What is Logotherapy and Can it Help Me?

If you are a student or fan of psychology, then I am sure you’ve heard of the popular therapies: cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, and person-centered therapy to name a few. But what about Logotherapy? In a world focused on well-being and mental health, I find it interesting that so few people have heard about logotherapy. Admittedly, even with a masters degree in psychology, I’d never heard of logotherapy until very recently (when reading Frankl). And my mother, a psychotherapist, had also never heard of logotherapy. So, what is logotherapy? And, is psychology’s best kept secret a hidden gem or just …

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The Three Viennese Schools of Psychotherapy: What Drives Human Behaviour

Vienna, the capital city of Austria, was the hometown of three of the most famous psychotherapists who have shaped much of how the modern western world views psychotherapy. Together the theories and work of Freud, Adler and Frankl make up what is referred to as the Three Viennese Schools of Psychotherapy. We’ll analyze and compare each school of thought in a moment.  But first let’s consider the question: what is psychotherapy? What is Pyschotherapy? The term ‘psychotherapy’ covers a wide range of approaches and methods used in therapy. These approaches can use sessions that involve one to one talking. Or, …

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A Low GPA Score? Here’s What To Do About It

Not achieving the GPA we had hoped for can be stressful, to say the least. But, a low GPA doesn’t have to be the end of your education journey! If you scored a low GPA at school, here’s what you can do about it… What is a GPA? And how is it calculated? GPA stands for a ‘grade point average’. It is an average score from all your courses that indicates how well you scored in your courses on average, and thus whether your overall grades have been high or low. Its typically calculated on a scale up to 4.0, …

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The Difference Between American and British Higher Education

As a British citizen writing for an American company, I sometimes find it hard to understand the difference between the American and British higher education system.  So I decided to take a bit deeper dive into this topic, and summarize my findings for everyone below.  My editor, Jon, who is in the US will also weigh in with his American-centric comments along the way. According to the world university rankings compiled by the Times Higher Education, more than half of the world’s top 200 universities are located in either the U.S or the U.K.  However, although we speak the same …

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Nature Versus Nurture: How is our personality developed?

Without a doubt, one of the oldest debates in psychology is the nature versus nurture debate. It is applicable to anything: our intelligence, our mental well-being and our interests, for example. However, it is also widely considered in relation to our personality. Is our personality developed over time, or are we born with it? Personality really is a complicated topic. If you’ve been following along with my posts, you’ll remember that I talked, in quite a lot of detail, about the debate as to whether we have personality traits or personality types. Or, whether our personality is state based or …

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How to be Productive ALL DAY LONG – 7 Tips

With many of us still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, our levels of productivity may be dramatically decreasing. One question I get asked a lot by my family and friends is how to be productive all day. So, below you’ll find seven simple tips that will ensure you make the most out of your time: 1. Make sure you eat enough They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, so many of us skip it. I’ll hold my hands up… I used to be guilty of not eating breakfast when working from home. …

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