Choosing a Career

Your choice of a career is one of the most important choices you’ll make in your life. Don’t take it lightly, and certainly don’t just follow the crowds. This category of blog posts is dedicated to helping you dive deeper and make the ideal career choice for your unique set of skills, interests, knowledge and personality.

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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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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How to write a CV: 10 steps to success

According to Glassdoor, a job posting will get over 250 applications, each with good CVs (short for curriculum vitae) attached. Generally speaking, around four to six of the applicants will get an interview. But, of course, only one of those 250 applicants will be lucky enough to get the job. So, how do you make your CV, which is normally the first thing employers will read about you, stand out from the 249 others? 1. Tailor your CV It is so important to tailor your CV specifically to the job that you are applying for. You should not be just …

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Why writing a cover letter will be the best decision you’ll ever make

We all know that writing a CV is so important in your job search. However, 53% of employers think a resume is simply just not enough to grab their attention. Therefore, you should be attaching a cover letter to your job application to ensure that you stand out from the crowd. Yet, incredibly surprisingly, only a tiny 47% of job seekers attach cover letters to their application. And all this means is that over half of you are missing out on the opportunity to really WOW employers. Tips for writing a cover letter I can speak from experience that knowing …

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Should you follow your passion at work?

It’s one of the most researched and debated questions out there – should we base our career on what we’re passionate about? On one hand, many strongly advocate that if you follow your passion, the rest (e.g., fulfillment, money and success) will follow. Whereas others place their feet firmly in the notion that following your passion really is terrible advice. Side A: passion is the key to success We spend so much of our lives at work, no one can deny that it is crucial that we enjoy it. Those on this side of the debate firmly believe that if …

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Six things to consider when choosing your dream career

I don’t think that you need me to tell you that picking the right career is very important. It is possibly one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make. You’ll have to do it day in, day out. And, for a very long time. If you get choosing the right career for you correct the first-time round, then you save yourself a bit of time and stress. However, with most people going through an average of 5-7 careers in their life, if you’re in the wrong career right now, don’t sweat it. What we all know, is …

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Career Counselors vs. Career Coaches: What’s the difference, and which do you need?

For most of us, deciding what career we want to do, or changing our career path, is a big thing that requires careful thought, consideration and planning. While some of us are happy to source our help from online resources, such as blog posts like mine (I hope!), others turn to seeking professional help that will aid them in their decision making. Our satisfaction with our job or career (remember, there’s a difference) will rub off onto many other aspects of our lives, such as our satisfaction at home and our well-being. As we typically spend the rest of our …

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Quarantine: 7 “New Career” Jobs You Can Train For in 6 to 12 weeks

As the time we spend on lock down appears to be getting longer and longer, some of us are fortunate enough and happy to be working from home in the jobs we already have. However, some of us are not that fortunate to still be in employment. Or, we’ve had some time to reflect and have realized that we actually hate our jobs. Regardless of in which position you find yourself in, this time is boring, frightening and for most of us, frustrating as we will feel lost or like our careers have ground to a halt. One hard thing …

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How to make a career decision based on 16 personality types

I’m a Student. How Can the 16-Personality Types Model Guide My Career Direction?

Prior to entering the workforce, you may have taken a personality test (or two!) in a high school or college careers course. Chances are, the four letters can seem a bit jargon-y and perplexing at first. ENFP…ISTJ…ESFJ…what’s going on here? The four letters represent four separate dimensions of your personality traits, as part of the MBTI®. It currently stands as one of the most widely-used assessments in onboarding and talent search—with over 88% of the Fortune 500 using it. The four-letter type codes are not just used by the MBTI® but also other recent personality typing models have also adopted …

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What Makes a Dream Job? Hint: Aim for Contribution

We all want to find the ‘dream job’.  Or ‘dream career’. Spending endless hours scrolling through the internet in the desperate hope of finding a career that gets us excited to get up each morning. Something stress free. Something that unites our budding passions with a fantastic career. Something that pays us so exceptionally well that we can spend our weekends chilling out at the Hamptons. But, is it really as simple as that? Well, no… First, let’s look at a couple of myths or misconceptions about what makes for a dream job. Myth 1: “Money buys you happiness” Ah, …

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