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Video: Accepting Opportunities from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 30th, 2014 Comments off

A New Paradigm of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already? 

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Now, I’m also not telling you to ignore opportunities that come your way. Because, the fact is, sometimes these opportunities that happen to fall in our lap, are what can lead to something like this. Just by shear dumb luck. Just being in the right place at the right time. So, don’t stop looking for opportunities that preset themselves. Those are great gifts that you’re given. You happen to meet that right person here at CareerCamp. You happen to sit down at coffee next to someone who has a great idea that ties in perfectly with your idea. You happen to meet the right mate for your spouse. I look back and I met my wife on the first night of Fall semester of my freshman year in college through shear dumb luck — and we’ve been married for 26 years. Any — there are so many different ways that could have just blown apart and we never would have met, but the opportunity presented itself and it has been a wonderful opportunity. So, don’t ignore those opportunities when they present themselves. Sometimes we think, oh I can’t take that job because that’s too much of a change. No. Think about it. You owe it to yourself to at least think about it. Maybe it’s in a different industry. Maybe it’s a slightly different type of work. Maybe someone has seen in you something you don’t see in yourself. At least investigate it. At least check it out and say. “Oh, maybe I could do this.” That is where your true power in success comes from. It’s by following those opportunities that present themselves.

Archive: Litigation Support – An interview with Mike McBride — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

September 27th, 2014 Comments off

Archive: Litigation Support – An interview with Mike McBride — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Video: Thinking about the present from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North with Douglas E. Welch

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

Thinking about the present from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

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The first step of the Career Compass is platting your presents– your present — figuring out where you are today. Now the way — again, forgive my drawing skills — but here is our Career Compass. We have north at the top. South at the bottom. East and West. Going back to what I said earlier, being “on course” is considered due north, in my little metaphor here.

If you then divide the compass into 4 quadrants like that, you get northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast, these take on a certain meaning. First of all, upper-right. Upper-right deals with our present. It’s work we are doing today that we actually enjoy doing. And when I say work, I don’t necessarily mean your job. I want you to think about aspects of your job. “Oh, I really like dealing with the customer, but I hate cashing out my cash register. That drives me nuts because its all fiddly numbers and stuff.” Or “I don’t like dealing with people, but I can be on the phone with people or I love being in the back room working on fiddly bits.”Think about all the tasks you do in a given day and how much you like or dislike them. This isn’t about whether you HAVE to do the work. This isn’t about saying, “Well, I gotta do it so its part of my job.” This is about actively thinking about what you want to do. What you like and dislike. Then you start plotting those tasks on your compass. And things that you really like doing you may put up here. I really like talking with people. I really like dealing with the customer. Boy, I really hate dealing with money and numbers. Kids? Yeah, I like working with kids. Maybe seniors I like working better with. I don’t like managing. Or maybe I do like managing. I want you to step through all of the tasks you do in a given day and think of it in the way of “Things I am doing today that I like. Things that I am doing today that I dislike.” Using South as the negative We’ll say that things in the southern quadrant, the southeast quadrant, things that I’m doing but I really wish I didn’t have to.

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Video: Fight or Flight Response from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

September 24th, 2014 Comments off

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Now when you first start to realize that transition is the normal — transition is constant — the first reaction, as I mentioned, is usually blind fear. And I say this because I’ve been there. When you are forced to make a change, for whatever reason, the first emotion we tend to feel is fear and do you know where that comes from? That comes from our days living in caves when the sabertooth cat was outside the cave door. We had to be fearful because if we didn’t we would simply cease to exist and be eaten. Well, as you might imagine, that’s simply not the case today. Yes, there are still people in the world who struggle on a day-to-day basis for survival, but I can probably guarantee that anyone in this room is not in the realm. we have established a base level of stability on our lives that then shouldn’t become some stasis point where we stay. it should actually give us a platform to reach out and be a little more open — a little more risk-taking — a little more open to change, because we have this stable base to stand on. We’re not worried about the sabertooth cat outside the door. Unfortunately, our brains still respond that way. When change is forced upon us, we go into fight or flight. We either say “I’m going to fight you or I’m going to run!” Doesn’t serve us well, whether it is in an interview situation where we’re faced with that, whether it’s on the street or in our live with our families, whatever. That is something that humans have had to learn how to curb a little bit over, over time, as civilization has grown, because it doesn’t serve us as well as it once did. Life is much more nuanced now. We need to have other reactions than fight or flight. 

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Video: A New Paradigm of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?

September 23rd, 2014 Comments off

A New Paradigm of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already? 

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I hope to bring forth in you a new, a new look, a new understanding, a new paradigm for success. This is something I am trying to live in my own life and I think you would benefit greatly from living it in yours as well. First of all, I’m not telling you to stop striving. One of the great abilities of humans is are ability to learn and to grow and do amazing things. We have put men on the Moon. Not once. Several times. We have people flying over head right now in space. We can do amazing things. We can strive for those things. What I’m asking you to not do — stop striving for this. This, for the most part, happens on its own. We either are or your aren’t. You get struck by lightning or you don’t. You can try all you might, but the number of people that actually reach that level of success is just very small. There is nothing you can do about that. What I want you to do is, I want you to focus your attention here. I want you to understand that there are things that each of us do, no matter how mundane we might think them in our lives. When I sit down to pay the bills, I’m being a success. I can pay my bills. I can write the check for my mortgage. I can write the check for my grocery bill. I can do those things. I have accomplished that. I am living a life that I am happy with. 

Video: Seeking Balance from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

September 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Building the Career You Deserve from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

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We spend all this time serving the needs of other people. There’s a time in your career when you need to serve yourself and, unfortunately, I think most of us forget that — or perhaps we never learned it. Perhaps we’ve been indoctrinated in the 1960’s style of management of “Be luck you’ve got a job.” How often do you hear that? Right? Yes, you are somewhat lucky to have a job, but that doesn’t mean you have to be happy about it. A job that is sustainability is not a career that services you for the rest of your life. So, yes, be grateful you have a job. Go find a better one. That’s always my mantra that I put out there.

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Audio: 10 years…and done! — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

September 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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The clip at the beginning to today’s show is what is sounded like 10 years ago when I started the Career Opportunities podcast on September 24, 2004 — only 2 weeks after the term “podcast” was coined. I like to think my recording quality, delivery and content have improved over the years. It is hard to believe it has been 10 years and even more hard to believe that it has been 17 years since I started writing Career Opportunities for ComputorEdge magazine in San Diego, California. It was those first 7 years of columns under my belt that allowed me to jump into podcasting so quickly. I was able to borrow some equipment from an audio engineer friend and away I went — hand coding my RSS feed every time I wanted to release a show and using Adam Curry’s original Applescripts to download what few shows were available at the time.

At the end…

While 10 years of podcasting is certainly something worth celebrating, it has also made me do some hard thinking about the future. I have been mulling it over this entire year and I have decided to bring Career Opportunities to an end with this column and podcast. Some quick estimates of 50+ columns for each year of Career-Op, give or take a few over 17 years, bring my total to around 800+ columns and podcasts. At this point. I think I have said about all I can about careers, at least in column and podcast form. I’ll still continue speaking on careers and also developing my CareerCamp unconferences, but for me, this era of Career Opportunities is over. I continue to spin out my speaking engagements, clips and archival columns until I get through the last few years of shows, but I don’t plan on writing or recording any new Career Opportunities podcasts.

You can search through the entire backlog of Career Opportunities using this local Google Search page or by using the Google search command site:welchwrite.com added to the end of any Google search.

I t has been a fun ride over the last 10 years. I have met some really great people, including all the folks over at Friends in Tech and at the original Podcast Expos and all the listeners and readers who have contacted me over the years. 

Podcasting (and blogging) has also provided me some excellent opportunities, including spokesperson gigs, speaking engagements and more. I don’t believe I ever wasted a minute in my podcasting pursuits and I will be continuing my other podcasts including A Gardener’s Notebook and Careers in New Media for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for reading, listening and watching over the last 10 years. I appreciate all your support, emails, Twitters and more.

I hope the Career Opportunities has had some impact on “Building the Career You Deserve!” and wish you the best career, and life, possible.

You all greatly deserve it!

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Archive: Scared by too many possibilities — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

September 19th, 2014 Comments off

Archive: Scared by too many possibilities

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

Sometimes the amazing amount of possibilities in our lives can simply overwhelm our ability to deal with them. Once you see everything that you could be doing, it can scare you into inactivity. This can happen for a number of reasons, but often it is because we only see the big picture and not the thousands of tiny little steps that make up any project.

Whether I am talking to someone about changes in their career or the possibilities that podcasting and new media provide, I can tell when I reach the saturation point . They start to get a panicked look and begin shaking their head. “Stop, Stop, Enough”, they seem to be saying. I try not to get to that level, but my own passion for the topic can get the better of me, too. In these cases, I need to spend the next several minutes, “talking them down.” The way I usually accomplish this is to start looking at the next, physical action we can take.

Whether I am talking to someone about changes in their career or the possibilities that podcasting and new media provide, I can tell when I reach the saturation point . They start to get a panicked look and begin shaking their head. “Stop, Stop, Enough”, they seem to be saying.

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Video: The Northeast Quadrant: What you do today from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

September 18th, 2014 Comments off

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The first step of the Career Compass is platting your presents– your present — figuring out where you are today. Now the way — again, forgive my drawing skills — but here is our Career Compass. We have north at the top. South at the bottom. East and West. Going back to what I said earlier, being “on course” is considered due north, in my little metaphor here.

If you then divide the compass into 4 quadrants like that, you get northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast, these take on a certain meaning. First of all, upper-right. Upper-right deals with our present. It’s work we are doing today that we actually enjoy doing. And when I say work, I don’t necessarily mean your job. I want you to think about aspects of your job. “Oh, I really like dealing with the customer, but I hate cashing out my cash register. That drives me nuts because its all fiddly numbers and stuff.” Or “I don’t like dealing with people, but I can be on the phone with people or I love being in the back room working on fiddly bits.”Think about all the tasks you do in a given day and how much you like or dislike them. This isn’t about whether you HAVE to do the work. This isn’t about saying, “Well, I gotta do it so its part of my job.” This is about actively thinking about what you want to do. What you like and dislike. Then you start plotting those tasks on your compass. And things that you really like doing you may put up here. I really like talking with people. I really like dealing with the customer. Boy, I really hate dealing with money and numbers. Kids? Yeah, I like working with kids. Maybe seniors I like working better with. I don’t like managing. Or maybe I do like managing. I want you to step through all of the tasks you do in a given day and think of it in the way of “Things I am doing today that I like. Things that I am doing today that I dislike.” Using South as the negative We’ll say that things in the southern quadrant, the southeast quadrant, things that I’m doing but I really wish I didn’t have to.

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Video: Your job search should be constant from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

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When do you start your job search? When do you stop it? How long should it last. Blah, blah, blah. For me, a job search is constant. You should always be looking to improve your career in some way. So, that — looking for a career — is not a transition that happens every so often, like a heartbeat. It is jut something that becomes and integral part of your life. Sometime you integrate into everything you do. Whether it is talking to people on the street or at the coffee shop or coming to a meeting like this or CareerCamp or anything you do. There is some aspect of all your life in all of those events. They shouldn’t be seen as anything different, or strange, or new, or — in some cases — frightening.   

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