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Variety Is The Spice of Transition from Transition is the New Normal 2016 [Audio] (1:00)

May 17th, 2017 No comments

A clip from the presentation, “Transition is the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on March 4, 2016

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But we have the ability to change. We — that we do like variety. I’m a variety freak. I love variety. I hate having the same meals every week and all that. I want a variety of things. but there are some people who prefer more stable environment. That’s fine. For your own benefit sometimes, we need to inject a little bit of change into ourselves. Then use those opportunities — those ideas as a way of saying, “Well, I can do that.” Maybe sometimes, it’s very funny, because it’s the smallest things that can break through your thinking sometimes. I’m wearing my red power speaking socks that I always wear when Igo out to speak and sometimes just changing the color of your socks. Sometimes just changing how your brush your hair. It doesn’t — it’s not these gut wrenching, life altering, divorce-related, move to South Sea Island, changes in our life that we should feel that we’re trying to accomplish. We’re simply trying to “tickle” things a little bit.

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Don’t be a groundhog from the Career Opportunities Podcast

May 11th, 2017 No comments

Don’t be a groundhog from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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From the Career Opportunities Archives…

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.

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Serendipity and Your Job Search from Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career [Audio] (0:51)

May 10th, 2017 No comments

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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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This goes back to what I said about serendipity. We never know where great career opportunities are going to come from. They could just as easily come to us from the person sitting next to us at the Starbucks or whatever as they could from some formal job ad on Monster.com and sending in your resume and doing all of that. In fact, I believe that in this day the opportunities that come from the Starbucks person are going to be more plentiful and they’re also going to be more profitable and more to your liking. They’re going to be scary. They’re going to be different. They’re going to force you to think in new and different ways and they’re going to force you to think about flipping that job search over and start to do things that attract opportunity to you.

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Transition Is Often Not Under Your Control from Transition is the New Normal 2016 [Audio] (0:49)

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It’s an opportunity for you to readjust your course. To perhaps see where you’ve been on a path that is not the path for you. Which is perhaps why — layoffs are horrible because it usually has — in most cases — I would say 99% of the cases — it has nothing to do with you. A lot of us have been in that position. That project didn’t come through. That sale didn’t get made. Well, guess, what? We don’t have the work for the people we’ve staffed up to do. Take that to heart and see this truly as an opportunity for you to move beyond a company that is perhaps struggling or needs to evaluate its own priorities and evaluate your own. See this as an opportunity to get a little “kick in the butt” sometimes which we all need on many occasions and more forward.

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Everyone a teacher from the Career Opportunities Podcast

Everyone a teacher from the Career Opportunities Archive

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Look anywhere in the news today, local, national and global and you will see lots of discussion of teachers and education. Here in Los Angeles there is a large discussion of good teachers, bad teachers, teachers with tenure, teachers out of work. While I am certainly not a “teacher” in the usual sense, most of the work I do involves teaching concepts and actions to others. Some might say I am working as an educator, while others would deny even that, preferring the name consultant or coach. All this talk, though, ignores one important fact. Regardless of our job title, career, or day-to-day functions, we are all teachers in some fashion.

Some of you might be wondering how you could possibly be described as a teacher when you don’t work in a traditional classroom with traditional students. Isn’t that what teaching is all about?. I would say, no. The fact is we teach countless people every day without realizing it. Everyone we contact throughout our day has the potential to learn from us. Even if we only teach them how to use the ATM or how to work the automated checkout at the grocery store, each interaction is a moment of learning, for better or worse.

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Changing the Way We Find Our Work from Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career [Audio] (1:00)

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career with Douglas E. Welch 

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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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We’re used to — in this day and age — a job environment which I say is ending, not rapidly enough for my liking, but it is ending of where we take our resume. we go “hat in hand” and we beg for a job. That’s really — ever since I ‘ve been in the workforce — ever since our parents have been in the workforce that’s been the model. You say “Please give me a job!” It’s even how you talk about it. When someone says they/ve hired you, they say “Yeah, I gave him a job.” Well, I like to think you didn’t give them a job. You hired the person who had the skills you need. Just the terminology used, to mean, is backward and off. It will probably never happen in my lifetime, but my goal for the work world — and I hope that some of you will be able to implement this in your own life — is instead of going out “begging’ for the next job or the next or this or the other is that you attract opportunity to you.

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Transition as an Opportunity to Change from Transition is the New Normal 2016 [Audio] (0:48)

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

A clip from the presentation, “Transition is the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on March 4, 2016

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For most of us in this room, we are lucky. Even in our situations as they currently stand most of our life needs are being met. we can feed ourselves. We have a roof over our head. It may be a struggle. It may be troublesome right now, but we at least have those basic needs met and it’s that stability that allows us to think about these other-other ways and other wants, needs, and desires in our lives. It also allows you to look out there and see transition not as a threat but as an opportunity. This is an opportunity — and it sounds like a cliche, I know — “This layoff is an opportunity for you!” Right? It doesn’t feel like it at the time. It feels so bad and so scary and so frightening. It is an opportunity.

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Career Prescriptions – A Talk to Tuesdays with Transitioners [Audio] (42:06)

April 29th, 2017 Comments off

Career Prescriptions – A Talk to Tuesdays with Transitioners [Audio] (42:06)

I presented this talk to Tuesdays with Transitioners, a local group dedicated to helping workers recover from layoff and make the move to a new career.

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Developing A Career From Your Interests from Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career [Audio] (0:56)

April 26th, 2017 Comments off

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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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Once you figure out what you want to do, how do you do it? What are the steps? What are the ways that you take the Career Compass and use it to development a career — like my own, if you want — out of a mish-mash — anyone who looks at it from the outside sees nothing but a mishmash. The fact is, it took me years to figure out what everything relates to in my career. The fact is, everything I do relates to education. I don’t’ teach in the classroom. Beyond presentations like this, but everything I do has something to do with education. I love teaching people about things. It used to be technology almost fully. I used to do work in a corporate IT department. Then I started working in people’s homes, small offices, stuff like that. Started talking about it. Started writing about it, but everything over the years finally revealed to me that I do education and you’re going to need to figure out that same thing.

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Stability Can Be A Trap from Transition is the New Normal 2016 [Audio] (1:01)

April 25th, 2017 Comments off

A clip from the presentation, “Transition is the New Normal” to OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) Ventura County in Simi Valley, CA on March 4, 2016

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Now I talked a little bit earlier about how stability can be a bit of a trap. Stability itself is not really the goal and probably never has been, because if you know anyone who is totally stable they’re probably, in most cases, bored out of their mind. They may tell you that. They may not tell you that, but they get up, they got to work, they do the job, the go to lunch, do the afternoon, come home watch tv, have dinner, watch tv and go to bed. Cycle and repeat. And you’ll often hear from them, verbally, “God, I’m so bored. Uggg.” Because they have stability. Yea! Great thing to have. Wonderful. And you hate your life. We don’t — it’s conflicting ideas. We’re taught that stability is good. Stability is normal. Stability is solid, but it can also lead to a life that’s just not really interesting and a life where you’re not achieving everything that you could achieve.

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