Introverted? How to Thrive in a World Designed for Extroverts

In this very complicated world, being an introvert can be a huge struggle. In this posts, I will offer all the introverts out there some advice on how to thrive in a world designed for extroverts. How to thrive as an introvert in a word designed for extroverts ‘Introvert’ is a word commonly used to describe our personality. An introvert, which is the opposite of an extrovert, is someone who is generally considered to be shy, quiet, reserved and thoughtful. According to the type theory of personality, which includes assessments such as the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, we can only be …

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Taking the O*Net interest profiler

What is the O*NET Interests profiler? The O*NET interests profiler (IP) is a free online tool, designed based on Holland’s R-I-A-S-E-C codes, which aims to help us discover the type of work activities and occupations that we would find the most interesting, exciting and engaging. The IP was developed with four aims in mind: To create an instrument that reliably and accurately measures the Holland (1985a) typology. The IP measures this over six types of occupational interests, namely: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. The IP has been found to have excellent psychometric properties, making it a reliable and …

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Our Review of Coursera: What’s it best used for?

Coursera is a world-wide online learning platform founded by computer science professors from the the prestigious Stanford University. With the rise on online learning platforms, it is in fierce competition with other online learning platforms, such as Udemy and Masterclass. This post aims to write a review of Coursera. It focuses on its value for money, its usability/site navigation and what it’s paying customers really think of it. What is Coursera? Coursera is an online learning platform that works with well recognized institutions, such as universities, to offer online courses, certifications and degrees. It has over 3000 different courses in …

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A Key to Success: knowing HOW you work best

No two humans are the same, that’s what makes us unique. Some of us like the color red, whilst others are obsessed with fluorescent orange. Some of us love dogs, while others prefer cats. You may love the hustle and bustle of busy cities and busy parties, whilst your sister prefers reading a book in a quiet local coffee shop. When it comes to the workplace, we can still expect to see this. We all work differently, and it is important to know how you work best in order to get the most out of each day. Your way of …

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The advantages of working from home

Coronavirus has completely changed our lives. The ‘new normal’ means that many businesses are scrapping office working and encouraging their employees to work from home. For many of us, we can see the advantages of working from home and are thrilled that we won’t have to find ways to tackle coronavirus anxiety when heading back to work.  However, many of us will be struggling with the new adjustment. It can feel odd not conversing with your coworkers each day. Maybe you’re finding it hard to distance work life from home life. Or, maybe your internet connect is really beginning to …

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How “Passive Entertainment” is only a recent concept, historically speaking

There are many ways to entertain ourselves in our free time: reading books, playing sports, baking or watching a film. Until very recently, I had never paid much attention to the idea that each of these activities, the ones that prevent us from getting bored, are not simply just ways to fill our time. The types of activities actually fit into one of two categories: active or passive entertainment. Now, this is a recent concept and there is actually very little information on the subject. However, as we all have a lot of free time on hour hands at the …

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10 Questions to ask yourself before changing careers

Changing career can be very stressful and overwhelming. When we feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to process our thoughts correctly and think rationally. So, to help you find clarity in your decision, this post will discuss 10 questions to ask yourself before changing career. 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Career Change Firstly, before ask yourself the following questions, consider this big one: Do you hate your career, or your job? The difference between a career and a job is that a career is a series of connected employment opportunities that offer you skills, experience and …

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How to Write a Successful Business Plan: 5 Top Tips

I’m guessing that as you’ve clicked on this post, you’re considering starting your own business. Perhaps lockdown has taught you what you’re passionate about. Perhaps you’ve lost your job. Or, maybe you just fancy a change. Whatever the reason, with 20% of business failing within their first year and 50% by their fifth, it is crucial to have a successful business plan to follow. The importance of a business plan Before I tell you how to write a successful business plan, it will, of course help to understand why you need one. Having a business plan is like having a …

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The classic signs that its time for a career change

There are no two ways about it: having a career can be very hard work at times. However, if it always feels like a constant battle, then maybe it is time for a career change. With the pressure of modern day life, it is actually really hard to tell what level of stress is normal and what isn’t. However, a huge 14% of all U.S. workers reported being ‘very dissatisfied’ or ‘somewhat dissatisfied’ with their jobs, according to results from the CNBC|SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Index. With this number worryingly high, it is more important than ever to understand the key …

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Why the gender pay gap still exists (and what we can do about it)

This is a bit of a different topic to what I normally write about, but I am really interested as to why the gender pay gap exists and what it means for women in todays society. Before I dive any deeper into the subject, the gender pay gap is the average difference between the remuneration for men and women who are working. This pay gap looks a little different around the world. For example, in South Korea, women are paid 65 cent for every dollar men make. Whereas, in the United states women make around 81 cent for every dollar. …

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