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Video: Always look for the “next, best job” from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

October 30th, 2014 No comments

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You will be in situations in your life. I have been in situations in my life where you are truly desperate. Where you are desperate for something. That is the time you take a job like that. If you are not in desperate and dire straits, I consul you, please, look for the next, best, job. It is out there. It is out there and the more work you have on here in the Compass the more you will be able to understand that. You’ll understand that Wow, that job is going to be really tough. Can I do it for 6 months? Yeah, I can do it for 6 months. I wouldn’t want to do it for a lifetime. Go into that job with that knowledge clear in your mind.

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Video: It’s Ok to say No! from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

October 29th, 2014 No comments

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You have to engage with transition. You can’t ignore it and yet, you have to manage transitions, too. It’s Ok to say no. It is and I want to really  reinforce that with you. When faced with a transition that goes counter to what you want to accomplish in your life, your career, your relationship, whatever, you not only have the right to say no, you have the obligation to say no. It’s important for you to say no for your own self-preservation. I meet a lot of people who feel that because of obligation or family relationships or responsibilities, whatever, they can’t say no an it eats them up. And often times in talking with them about career stuff, we can’t get beyond their issues that they’re talking to me about because they have a much deeper issue that they’ve never resolved and that is this feeling of obligation. A feeling of being trapped. .

Video: Wanting — and wanting to believe — too much from “What is success and why you might have it already?

October 28th, 2014 No comments

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Some people get caught in the position of — they really, really want those things and they can’t have them and it really tears them up. I’ma little lucky on that regard. I don’t really care that much. But you can find people — yourself included sometimes — who can get tied up in things like that. “I really, really want that fancy car.” Well, you know what? You can’t really afford it and you are better off understanding you can’t really afford it and moving on, because, if you don’t, you’re going to get in the situation that so many people found themselves in with their homes. They bought more home than they could afford and the bird came home to roost — the pigeon came home to roost. There was no way it was not going to do it. But we like, sometimes we want to believe too much. We want to believe that advertisement is telling us the truth and that this cream will make our skin look 20 years younger. We want to believe so much that we’re willing to ignore our own intuition, our own bet thoughts. Don’t fall into that trap, because that is one of the things that will move you over here. And we don’t want you there at all, if you can possibly avoid it. That’s truly unsuccessful. You are struggling. You are desperately having trouble.

Video: What is a “desire”? from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

October 27th, 2014 No comments

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It is that very internal thing to, the desire is something that –well, I’ll give my own example. I love presenting to people. I love sharing what I know. I love teaching people. I’ve heard the word passion about it. That is something that drives me. You get what’s called a “teacher’s high”, I’ve heard it called when you come out of a class and you’re like, “I’m all wound up.” It gives me as much as I hope it gives you. That is one example of a desire that perhaps can go unspoken for a long time if you don’t think about it. You need to find those things. You need to notice those things. Those things that just, Wow, you come out of them with more energy than you went in. Even if you go on a long hike and your dead, physically dead tired at the end of it, but you just feel great! ok. Maybe you need to be a ranger. Maybe you need to lead wildlife hikes. Maybe you need to learn about birding. You know, what’s that telling you? That feeling is telling you something that you need to notice and look into more deeply.

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Noted: Don’t Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else’s Middle via Lifehacker

October 26th, 2014 No comments

Don’t Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else’s Middle via Lifehacker

Don't Compare Your Beginning to Someone Else's Middle via Lifehacker

When you’re jumping into a new project or endeavor, it’s natural to look to those who know what they’re doing in order to learn from them. That’s great, but as the blog Life Without Pants points out, it’s important to remember not to compare yourself to those who have been doing something for longer than you. 

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Archive: Our passions — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 24th, 2014 No comments

Our Passions

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

Two weekends ago I attended the latest incarnation of BarCampLA. This unconference has become one of the highlights of my year as I get to “confer, converse and otherwise hobnob with my fellow wizards!” For a more detailed overview of what BarCamp is, you can visit the web site at http://barcampla.org. While that will give you a somewhat technical definition of BarCamp, for me is it a weekend devoted to passions. Passions about life, work and the world at large. 

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Video: The Southwest Quadrant – Jobs you never want to do from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

October 23rd, 2014 No comments

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The final quadrant — the nasty old, Southwest. We don’t want to spend a lot of time time down here. This is where, I am sure, some of you have spent some time. These are the quadrants — which is, things you don’t like to do and things you never want to do. Say you were a, say you were thinking of being a teacher, but you suddenly realized that man, you really hate little snot-nosed kids. You just can’t stand them and they aggravate you so much. That’s telling you something, right? You don’t want to be a teacher. Or you don’t want to be a teacher at the elementary level. I know it sounds silly and I often say silly things for the effect that they have. If you don’t like kids, put that on your chart — if you don’t like working with kids. Then you will avoid all the situations where you are forced to work with children. You would be surprised how many people don’t pay attention to something like that. They simply ignore it, because a job is presented. Bam! I got to take it.

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Video: Don’t let fear make you give up control from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

October 22nd, 2014 No comments

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Fear can drive us to inaction as well. it can cause us to retreat to our cave and basically let the — make the world go away. The worst thing you can do, because if you try to disengage with what is going on around you — one, it doesn’t further your actions. You feel further out of control and, frankly, if you don’t manage your life — if you manage your career — there are lots of people out there who wil gladly manage it for you. Your managers. Your supervisors. Your family. Your spouse. If you don’t make a decision, they will gladly go, “You need to do this!” and all of a sudden, you’ve lost even further control. You given up your control,to them. Which I don’t think is necessarily something you want to do. I think, even in the smallest ways, we need to feel in control of our own lives as much as we can.

Video: Don’t undervalue your achievements from “What is success and why you might have it already?

October 21st, 2014 No comments

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We undervalue our own achievements. Someone will say, “Hey that was a great dinner!” You’ll say, “oh no no no. Found a recipe online.” We always do that. We’ve got to stop doing that. We really do. We have to realize our own achievements and understand “That was a good meal  and I’m proud of that and I will do that again.” We have to look at ourselves through other’s eyes sometimes. We have to let someone praise us and simply stand there — being in theater, where I came from originally That’s my degree is in theater — one of the first lessons I had to learn was simply when someone comes up and says, “Oh, what a great show. You did so well.” and just simply sitting there, taking it in and saying, “Thank You.” There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s nothing to be uncomfortable about. They’re saying you did a great job. Your job is to say “Thank You.” To say anything else insults the person who is praising you. You just said their opinion doesn’t matter to you. I want you to put yourself in their shoes and see you through their eyes. They saw something in you — of they are speaking genuinely — which most people do. They saw something in you that was exceptional. Take that. Accept that. Accept that as a success in your long road of overall success. The next time someone says Thank you. The next time someone praises you, I want you to just stop and say, “Thank you.” 

Video: A great career combines your wants, needs and desires from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

October 20th, 2014 No comments

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You have to learn about your person wants, needs and desires. These are three words that I come back to again and again and again and again in my career columns and everything I do. Wants are those cool things we want. We want the flashy car. We want the nice house. We want the you know, whatever accoutrement or luxury that you would like to have. Needs are what you need to survive. You need the money. You need a place — a decent place — to live. You need a decent family life. You need to live geographically close to your job, if at all possible. And you desires are those things that go far beyond wants or needs and these are the intrinsic parts of your life that reward you. It’s a little difficult to talk about, but your desires are those things that — given your druthers, to use and old fashioned phrase — given your druthers, these are the things I love to do. These are the things that would give me the most joy. Well, as you might imagine, the ability to combine those three things together in a career — chances are you are going to have a darn good career, because your thinking about those three, necessary parts of any career that combine to make a whole that is much bigger than any of the three individually.

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