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Start a career club today from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Archive] [Audio]

January 29th, 2016 Comments off

Start a career club today

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Article after article, both online and in the traditional media recount the story of the thousands of unemployed Americans visiting their local employment office, only to be faced with long lines, long waits and hundreds of people in competition for each listed job. While these services are important and welcome, it strikes me that your local employment office might be one of the worst places to look for a job. While I don’t suggest you stop visiting the office and looking for opportunities, I would also suggest you try some less traditional methods of finding your next job. What I’m suggesting is that you band together with both employed and unemployed neighbors to combine your job-hunting efforts on a regular basis.

At first it might seem odd to encourage you to come together on your own, after all this is basically what the employment office does. Instead, though, I want you to come together for your own specific interests and needs. The jobs listed at the employment office are well publicized, perhaps even largely advertised in newspapers and online. A career club, though, can turn up lesser known opportunities passed by word of mouth. They can turn up opportunities that might not be an actual job today, but could turn into one with a little effort

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People Are Looking For Excuses to Make Decisions from “It’s Your Career, After All 2015” [Video Clip] (0:56)

January 26th, 2016 Comments off

A Clip from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

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I…and I see an interesting trend immediately when those sites (Whisper, Secret) first started. Amongst the largest secrets and/or whispers out there, were some very distressing statements. All very similar. ” I wish that my boyfriend would cheat on me so I would have an excuse to break up with him. I wish my girlfriend would do something stupid so I could have an excuse to break up with her. I wish that such and such would do something so I would have an excuse”…again and again and again. I would see these comments being made and it drove me a little bit mad. How sad is that? How sad is it to not be able to make a decision that’s in your own best interest, but to rather look for an excuse from someone else for you to make, what might be, a hard decision. That told me a lot about people. 

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Use the Career Compass to Evaluate Opportunities from Two Challenges in Building Your Career [Audio Clip] (1:14)

January 26th, 2016 Comments off

A Clip from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve with Douglas E. Welch. 

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

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The other great this is this can be used to help you evaluate opportunities that do arise. Remember, I talked about that goal of mine to bring opportunities to you. Well, what happens when opportunities pop up out of the blue sometimes. Well, what’s our normal reaction when an opportunity pops up out of the blue? “Oh My God! No, no no . I can’t do it. It’s too scary. I can’t…” We’re fearful. We;re terribly fearful of it because there is something new and something we hadn’t really considered. But if we have worked with the Compass, we can say, “Ok. Let me step away from the fear issue of this opportunity and let me say ‘Where does that opportunity fit on the Compass?'” If I take that opportunity. Say I have a chance to tour as a harmonica player with a blues band in Japan. Which actually happened to me once, but where does that fall on my compass? OF those elements of doing that particular job where would it fall? Well, I really like music. Travelling is a little scary for me. I’m not a good traveller. That would be a little..um, ok. I like the people I meet. I like performing. So, you know, I could use the compass to then evaluate that opportunity and say “Is this something I should look into further?” 

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Use the Career Compass to Evaluate Opportunities from Two Challenges in Building Your Career [Video Clip] (1:14)

January 25th, 2016 Comments off

A Clip from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve with Douglas E. Welch. 

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Use the Career Compass to Evaluate Opportunities from Two Challenges in Building Your Career

 

Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

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The other great this is this can be used to help you evaluate opportunities that do arise. Remember, I talked about that goal of mine to bring opportunities to you. Well, what happens when opportunities pop up out of the blue sometimes. Well, what’s our normal reaction when an opportunity pops up out of the blue? “Oh My God! No, no no . I can’t do it. It’s too scary. I can’t…” We’re fearful. We;re terribly fearful of it because there is something new and something we hadn’t really considered. But if we have worked with the Compass, we can say, “Ok. Let me step away from the fear issue of this opportunity and let me say ‘Where does that opportunity fit on the Compass?'” If I take that opportunity. Say I have a chance to tour as a harmonica player with a blues band in Japan. Which actually happened to me once, but where does that fall on my compass? OF those elements of doing that particular job where would it fall? Well, I really like music. Travelling is a little scary for me. I’m not a good traveller. That would be a little..um, ok. I like the people I meet. I like performing. So, you know, I could use the compass to then evaluate that opportunity and say “Is this something I should look into further?” 

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Big ideas and small actions from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Archive] [Audio]

January 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Big ideas and small actions

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It is often our big ideas, our big plans, our big goals that sustain the energy of our career. This is especially true if we are not currently enjoying our job. Having plans, and working towards our goals, gives us a focus beyond the day-to-day grind that can sometimes be our reality. The problem is, of course, that big projects take a long time to come to fruition. What must you do in the meantime to maintain your income and lifestyle while striving for these bigger goals? The best advice I can offer is to break down your bigger projects into much, much smaller parts — parts that can be monetized quickly — but also parts that work towards the larger project.

I had a great discussion the other night at the LA Geek Dinner, a regular event which brings together 40-50 tech and tech-related folks for food, drinks and open discussion. Among this group I am beginning to see more and more people who are at the end of consulting contracts, looking for a new job or who have recently been laid off. Many of these people are the smartest and most motivated people in town, yet they are now faced with financial troubles as the economy slows. One major issue is that they have some amazing ideas and projects, but are wondering how they will pay the rent at the end of the month. They don’t want to stop pursuing their projects, but they need to find some immediate source of income. You can guess how frustrating this can be.

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Not Selfishness, But Self-Preservation from “It’s Your Career, After All 2015” [Audio Clip] (1:12)

January 20th, 2016 Comments off

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

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It’s not selfishness, as I said earlier, it’s not. It is self-preservation. If you’re constantly doing what others want, then you’re not living your live. You’re living someone else’s life. Does that make sense? Does that — I want that to really sink in. If you — don’t live your own life, build your own career, make your own decisions, if you’re constantly doing what others want, then you’re not living your life, you’re living someone else’s idea of your life. A life that better serves them than you. I’m glad I read it because it put it better than I said it. We can often — and do often — decide to help other people. That’s just part of human nature as well, but when we do so at the expense of ourselves we are doing a great disservice to ourselves. You deserve better. Which is, again, why you need to be in a good position and have your “ducks in a row” and have your career thinking done and your ideas of what you want to do to make those decisions for yourself and not let others make them for you.

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Not Selfishness, But Self-Preservation from “It’s Your Career, After All 2015” [Video Clip] (1:12)

January 19th, 2016 Comments off

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

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It’s not selfishness, as I said earlier, it’s not. It is self-preservation. If you’re constantly doing what others want, then you’re not living your live. You’re living someone else’s life. Does that make sense? Does that — I want that to really sink in. If you — don’t live your own life, build your own career, make your own decisions, if you’re constantly doing what others want, then you’re not living your life, you’re living someone else’s idea of your life. A life that better serves them than you. I’m glad I read it because it put it better than I said it. We can often — and do often — decide to help other people. That’s just part of human nature as well, but when we do so at the expense of ourselves we are doing a great disservice to ourselves. You deserve better. Which is, again, why you need to be in a good position and have your “ducks in a row” and have your career thinking done and your ideas of what you want to do to make those decisions for yourself and not let others make them for you.

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Revisit the Career Compass Regularly from Two Challenges in Building Your Career [Audio Clip] (0:42)

January 19th, 2016 Comments off

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

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The great thing about this, too, is you can revisit the Compass at any time and you should revisit it at least…um…oh, twice a year? Once a year at least, because your wants, needs and desires change over time. What you may really enjoy today, maybe you’ll find something else you enjoy even more in the future. Constantly be reviewing what’s going on in your live and career and seeing maybe are there other interests — maybe something — maybe you just had a really bad experience with something and you’re like, “Forget it. I never want to do that again, ever, because I just had the worst experience with it.” And that might change in the future, but right now, unh uh, it’s down here. It’s down here in the Southwest and I don’t ever want to see it again. Well, it can happen.

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Revisit the Career Compass Regularly from Two Challenges in Building Your Career [Video Clip] (0:42)

January 18th, 2016 Comments off

A Clip from Two Challenges in Building the Career You Deserve with Douglas E. Welch. 

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Revisit the Career Compass Regularly from Two Challenges in Building Your Career

 

 

Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

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The great thing about this, too, is you can revisit the Compass at any time and you should revisit it at least…um…oh, twice a year? Once a year at least, because your wants, needs and desires change over time. What you may really enjoy today, maybe you’ll find something else you enjoy even more in the future. Constantly be reviewing what’s going on in your live and career and seeing maybe are there other interests — maybe something — maybe you just had a really bad experience with something and you’re like, “Forget it. I never want to do that again, ever, because I just had the worst experience with it.” And that might change in the future, but right now, unh uh, it’s down here. It’s down here in the Southwest and I don’t ever want to see it again. Well, it can happen.

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We are just human, after all – We are men, not gods from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio] [Archive]

January 16th, 2016 Comments off

We are just human, after all – We are men, not gods 

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By the time you read this, or hear this podcast, Barack Obama will have started his tenure as the President of the United States. While I have great expectations for this presidency, as I do whenever anyone takes on the job, I also remind myself daily that presidents are men (and hopefully soon, women) not some god-like, mythological figures. As people, we can only do the best that we can do. We are flawed and apt to fail. Still, just like the President, our job is to do the best we can with what we are given and ignore those that expect us to be perfect, either in our lives or in our careers.

While we may never be tasked with being the leader of a large country, we each have our own leadership challenges. We also have people who will expect too much from us. They expect us to almost magically repair years of damage overnight, boost profits and make your company or department the world leader. While these people need leadership, their overblown expectations make it even harder for us to succeed. While it is great to dream, dreams take a long time to come to fruition. Often, these same people become quickly disenchanted. They don’t have the patience and understanding of how long and difficult change can be. These fervent supporters and cheerleaders for your work can suddenly become your most vociferous critics.

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