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Video: Production, Promotion and being Proactive in your Career

February 19th, 2011 Comments off

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A live recording of my presentation, “Production, Promotion and being Proactive in your Career”, at Tuesdays with Transitioners on February 15, 2011.

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Production, Promotion and being Proactive in your Career

February 18th, 2011 Comments off

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A live recording of my presentation, “Production, Promotion and being Proactive in your Career”, at Tuesdays with Transitioners on February 15, 2011. (1 hour, 23 minutes)

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The Care And Feeding of Your Career – Podcast

February 14th, 2011 Comments off

Career Opportunities podcast logoYour career isn’t just something you set on autopilot and forget. Sure, you might be engaged in a great job at the moment and enjoying your work, but even then you need to be constantly monitoring and adjusting your career. Times change and along with them the economy, the stability of your company and your own wants, needs and desires. Be happy, sure, but don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security. You need to keep building your career, even when you seem on the right path.

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For me, one of the most important factors of building your career is constant and consistent learning. Sometimes, when we are in the midst of the good job, we forget that the world continues on. Innovations are created every day, but they might not filter down into your work until much later. You can very get comfortable with your company’s systems, software and organization and miss the most important new trends.

Feeds

In the “old” days of my IT career, keeping in touch meant reading a host of weekly trade magazines about technology, computer networks and computers. I used to have a constantly revolving stack about 3 feet high in my office with new magazines arriving every day. Thankfully, now,it is much easier to keep in touch with your industry , thanks to the web, RSS feeds and RSS readers.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you point your browser to Reader.Google.com and set up today’s equivalent of my old stack of magazines. Reader allows you to add the RSS feeds of any blog, web site, newspaper, trade magazine that you find interesting and monitor it for the latest news and information. Today I monitor over 1100 RSS feeds on a variety of topics including technology, food, gardening, and new media. Without Reader (or some other RSS feed reader) there would be no way I could manage that information flow and tease out the useful information found there.

I rarely read print magazines today, but I find reading my RSS feeds perfectly analogous to the way I used to flip through my magazine reading. I can do it on my iPhone or my computer no matter where I might be. I can read while waiting in line, at lunch or anywhere else I have a few minutes. RSS makes it easy for your to keep in touch with what is happening in your areas of interest without spending hours clicking from source to source. Let the information come to you, instead of running from one web site to another.

Books

Of course, not everything comes in the form of an easily consumed RSS feed. There are still a wide variety of traditional books that can bring new insights and information to you and your career. If you don’t do so already, start maintaining a list of “to read” books and publications. I am currently using GoodReads.com to keep my list, as well as share my reading choices with friends. As I complete one book on my list, I look to my “to read” list and request another from my local library. If you tend to buy your books, this can be the signal that it is time to head to the brick and mortar or online ebook store for the next item on your reading list. Just like your RSS feeds, this “to read” list offers a constant reminder that there are interesting books you should be investigating.

Your own personal Masters Degree

Even though my wife is completing her Doctorate in History this year, I decided that getting a graduate degree was probably not one of my main goals. I tend to be a very self-directed learner and over the years I have pursued what I call “my own personal Masters Degree.” Basically, whenever I hit upon a topic that interests me I dive into it as deeply as possible. I have always believed that being a geek in one thing (technology for example) tends to make you a geek in all things. So I have immersed myself in all sorts of interests including the study of creativity and innovation, business, and career development as well as more diverse areas like coffee, wine, food and art.

I also use books, video and podcasts as a way of supplementing the knowledge I gained in my undergraduate career. Shows from the BBC such as In Our Time and Thinking Allowed (both available via podcast) provide short, yet amazing informative, seminars on topics ranging from Aristotle, to The Wiemar Republic, to current research on social polices. It is my own personal Masters seminar class each and every week. Ted Talks, from Ted.com, are another great source of cutting edge thought. Finally, the slightly more quirky talks from Ignite events around the world leaven all the heavier learning with some intriguing new ideas you might not have heard elsewhere.

Whether you seek out my sources listed above, or find your own unique learning resources, I hope that you do seek them out. Feed your career and feed your mind. For me, this is the most important way of building the career you deserve.



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I Like This – February 9, 2011

February 9th, 2011 Comments off
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Elsewhere Video: Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work from Ted.com

February 7th, 2011 Comments off

I found this talk to be quite interesting and it reflects of my own beliefs about work-life balance. Check it out! — Douglas

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Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

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Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.”

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Archive: Don’t be a groundhog

February 2nd, 2011 Comments off

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Don’t be a groundhog
By Douglas E. Welch

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CareerCampLA 2: Helping to Build the Carer You Deserve Friday, March 18, 2011
Los Angeles, California

A hybrid conference/unconference dedicated to “helping you build the career you deserve”. The day will include scheduled speakers, ad hoc presentations and breakout sessions on all aspects of building your career. CareerCamp is for anyone who wants to build and/or improve their career.

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For some odd reason, maybe because I grew up in an area that actually harbored groundhogs, I have always had an affinity for the large rodents and their namesake day of February 2. The groundhog is the harbinger of spring in my old area of the country and if he sees his shadow, he could be foretelling another 6 weeks of Winter, which was never a good thing when I was growing up in Ohio. The groundhog also had a slightly different meaning for me as I often saw human groundhogs all around me — people afraid of their own shadow, quick to duck back in their burrow and hide whenever adversity came along. As you might imagine, in your career you don’t want to be a groundhog. Let’s use this Groundhog Day as a reminder of that fact.

One of the largest problems of being a career groundhog is that you don’t just hide away from the difficult parts of life. Just as often you run away from the wonderful, exciting parts of life — the big challenges, the big opportunities that could take your career to the next level. It is quite normal to be scared of change, but you can’t let it stop you from engaging in those opportunities. Running away to your burrow is counter-productive in so many ways. It is always a retreat, a “hunkering down” for the six more weeks of winter that may never arrive.

The Better Groundhog Nature

So how do you defeat those times when your groundhog nature gets the better of you? Take a lesson from the animal itself. It noses out of its burrow a little, checking out the surrounding area for danger. Then it scurries back in. Then out a little more — then back. Then out still further and further in a cycle of constantly stretching how far he gets from his burrow, always looking for the greenest shoots and the best feed. He always has his burrow to retreat to for safety and that allows him to challenge himself a bit more each day. You have one great advantage over the groundhog, of course. He is risking life and limb to venture out, you are risking much, much less.

Why don’t you try a little of this good “groundhogging” each day. Find small ways to stretch yourself, both personally and professionally. Check out a new neighborhood or a new restaurant. Ask a co-worker what it is like to do this or that work. Look at the other jobs open within your own company, or at a company you admire. What can it hurt? You can always rest in the safety of your home base and charge up your risk muscle for the next day. Seek out those opportunities that might have scared you off in the past. Look for new opportunities you may have missed.

Let’s choose February 2nd as our “reset” day. Most New Year’s Resolutions have come and gone by then, so Groundhog Day gives us a milepost, and a reminder, to reengage in our careers and our lives and challenge ourselves in new and unique ways. Don’t hide away in your burrow until Winter is over. Come out and let the new Spring of your career begin!



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Event: Douglas speaking at Tuesdays with Transitioners – Feb 15

February 1st, 2011 Comments off

On Tuesday, February 15, I will present “Production, Promotion and Being Proactive in You Career.” at Tuesdays with Transitioners.

I will touch on various uses of social media to help show people “what you do and how well you do it” and help attract work to you, instead of always searching for that next job.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – 12pm-2pm

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Congregational Church of Northridge
9659 Balboa Blvd, Northridge, CA

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