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Audio: Transition as the New Normal with Douglas E. Welch

July 22nd, 2014 No comments

Transition as the New Normal with Douglas E. Welch

Transition as the New Normal with Douglas E. Welch

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Douglas E. Welch presents to Tuesdays with Transitioners in Northridge, California on “Transition as the New Normal” on July 14 2014.

While we all might like to think that transition is a short term process, it is not a fleeting process we fall into and out of. Rather, life is truly nothing but one long transition — a state of constant flux. We might have dreams and desires for stability, but in a world that is constantly changing, stability is only an illusion and a temporary one at that.

Transition is the New Normal. It is a constant part of our lives and careers and if we understand that, we can use it to our advantage.

When you first realize that you are always in transition, it can seem a bit frightening. It can feel like you are the mercy of the time and tides, being buffeted about without any ability to control what is happening around you. You do have some control, but it requires that you pay deep attention to your life, your thoughts, and your actions. Yes, if you let the world push you around, it will gladly (and easily) do so. If you, instead, take your life directly into your own hands, you can ride the waves of change and transition in ways that best benefit you.

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: Transition as the New Normal with Douglas E. Welch

July 21st, 2014 No comments

Transition as the New Normal with Douglas E. Welch

Transition as the New Normal with Douglas E. Welch

Douglas E. Welch presents to Tuesdays with Transitioners in Northridge, California on “Transition as the New Normal” on July 14 2014.

While we all might like to think that transition is a short term process, it is not a fleeting process we fall into and out of. Rather, life is truly nothing but one long transition — a state of constant flux. We might have dreams and desires for stability, but in a world that is constantly changing, stability is only an illusion and a temporary one at that.

Transition is the New Normal. It is a constant part of our lives and careers and if we understand that, we can use it to our advantage.

When you first realize that you are always in transition, it can seem a bit frightening. It can feel like you are the mercy of the time and tides, being buffeted about without any ability to control what is happening around you. You do have some control, but it requires that you pay deep attention to your life, your thoughts, and your actions. Yes, if you let the world push you around, it will gladly (and easily) do so. If you, instead, take your life directly into your own hands, you can ride the waves of change and transition in ways that best benefit you.

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: What are Career Prescriptions? from “Career Prescriptions” with Douglas E. Welch

July 16th, 2014 No comments

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From “Career Prescriptions” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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One of the things I have been doing recently in the Career Opportunities column, I’ve been writing a series of career prescriptions and most of these prescriptions have to do with online, social media and new media. Because often we can’t understand the benefit of some of these media until we actually get involved with them. And so, in Jennifer and I talking in the chat one night, we said, “You know what? That’s what we need! We need to write people a prescription.” Just like when you go to the doctor, we need to write a prescription that says, I know you don’t exactly how this drug interacts and what it does for your body, but you need to take this. Ok? We go to the doctor. We expect them to give a prescription if w’re not feeling well, right? We expect them to do something for us. Even if we may not like it. That’s what I’ve been doing with these columns — these career prescriptions is I’m saying, “I know you may not understand what it’s going to do for you. You may not understand exactly how it works. You may not understand why, but what I am asking you to do is take 5 minutes and try it.”

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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Video: It’s Your Career, After All with Douglas E. Welch – Presented at CareerCampSCV 2014

July 14th, 2014 No comments

It’s Your Career, After All with Douglas E. Welch – Presented at CareerCampSCV 2014

It's Your Career, After All with Douglas E. Welch - Presented at CareerCampSCV 2014

 

 

Douglas E. Welch, writer/host of Career Opportunities and Founder of CareerCamp International speak at CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) on July 12 2014. (Title card states 2013, but this is an typographical error)

“Your career isn’t about the externals of resumes, interviews, suits and ties, it is about the internal issues of your wants, needs and desires. You need to know what you want out of your career and then take the actions and make the decisions necessary to get there. If you don’t manage your own career, there are plenty of people who will gladly do it for you. Don’t let your career happen to you, though.”

Also mentioned in this talk, is Career Compass, FInding Your Career North. You can watch an entire talk on Career Compass, from a previous CareercampSCV, sample and buy the Career Compass book or read the original Career Opportunties column, Career Compass.

For more information on CareerCampSCV, visit http://CareerCampSCV.wordpress.com and http://CareerCampInternational.org

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

Video: Giving you a gentle nudge in your career from “Career Prescriptions” with Douglas E. Welch

July 9th, 2014 1 comment

Career prescription nudge

From “Career Prescriptions” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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Our job — as career writers and advisors and coaches and whatever else name you want to give us, is to push you. Just a little bit. But, I do this in my column every single week. I’m always out there gently nudging people along. The reason for that is, being on line, being part of larger group that you could possibly interact with face-to-face, is so important in your career search these days.

The fact is, you don’t know where your next job is coming from. Ok? It could just as easily come from the person you bump into over at Panera Bread as some interview that you go on. These tools allow us to expand our influence in much wider ranges than ever before possible. So, in our ways of pushing you, we just want to nudge you a little in that regard to say, there are some very, very large advantages to doing this and anything we can do to kind of nudge you along we’re going to continue doing.

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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Noted: Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique via Lifehacker

July 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique via Lifehacker

Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique via Lifehacker

The Pomodoro Technique can help you power through distractions, hyper-focus, and get things done in short bursts, while taking frequent breaks to come up for air and relax. Best of all, it’s easy. If you have a busy job where you’re expected to produce, it’s a great way to get through your tasks. Let’s break it down and see how you can apply it to your work.

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Video: Use Leadership to Build the Life You Deserve from “A Year of Leadership”

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Use Leadership to build the life you deserve

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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I really want to reiterate a couple of things that I have said in the whole talk, which is, leadership could be the most important skill you cultivate this year. It really could be. I really, truly believe that and I think that if you delve into leadership — if you start taking those opportunities — you’ll see that to be the case, as well, because the people who succeed this year are the people who are getting things done — making things happen. The people who are obstructionists will be minimized, because they’re simply — we don’t have the luxury of being obstructionist in an economy that’s in crisis like it is right now.

Your job, your career, your opportunities for leadership are under your control. They really are. I don’t know how to reinforce this any more. They really are, because at the very basic part of your life, getting up in the morning and putting on your clothes, sitting down and having your coffee, leadership is available at that level. You can provide a good example. You can do what you need done for yourself and, in doing that, provide an example to other people.

Finally, it is vitally important that you use leadership to build the job, the career, and even the life that you deserve. That’s actually the subtitle — the tagline — for Career Opportunities — helping to build the career you deserve. And I truly believe that leadership is an amazing part of building — at the very end of it — the life you really deserve. You deserve more out of life. We all do. We all deserve more than what we get, but no is going to come and give it to us — hand it to us on a silver platter. We have to reach out. We have to grab it. We have to “take the bull by the horns” to use a really bad metaphor/cliche/whatever, and make it happen. And that is what leadership is all about — doing something. Making it happen and building the life that you deserve.

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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Video: Lead By Solving Big Problems from “A Year of Leadership”

June 25th, 2014 Comments off

Lead to solve big problems from A Year of Leadership

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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Solve an intractable problem in the company. Take the customer support complaints you’re getting — and take the biggest question you get every day. Say you’re working on a help desk. Take the biggest question you get every day and solve it! Make it go away! Make it so the number of of calls you receive on that particular problem drop to as close to zero as you can get. That’s leadership and that’s an important thing to do for your company. Because it is going to free up all sorts of energy. It’s going to free up all sorts of money and people are going to look at it and say, “Wow! He solved — she solved — that problem?!?! Oh my god, this person must be really on the ball!” Because they’ve been starting at that same problem for months, years, whatever and never, either never identified the problem or never figured out a way to solve it. So, step up again. If you see a solution to an intractable problem like that, take advantage of it. Step in!

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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Noted: Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

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You probably don’t know Renee Raudman by name — but there’s a good chance you’ve heard her voice.
Raudman is one of the most requested narrators in the multibillion dollar audiobook industry, having recorded well over 300 books since 2006.

In less than a decade, the actress-turned-voice-over star has won several awards, critical acclaim, and changed the landscape of the genre.

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Video: Take leadership when others abdicate from “A Year of Leadership”

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

Leadership take abdicate

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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You have more power than you know, if you decide to reach out and take it. Oftentimes I have said before there are people simply abdicating their leadership role. They don’t want to lead. They don’t the responsibility. They don’t want the blame. They…they want to hide in their little office, close the door, and let the world kind of go on around them. Well, that’s fine — and it actually provides and opportunity for you, because when people abdicate their need to lead, you have the ability to step into that vacuum and take much more power than you might typically have.

So how can you do that? Well, one of the first things you can do is take on a faltering project. If you see a project that is failing, for whatever reason, especially if it is failing due to lack of leadership, stand up — take it on. Go to your boss. Go to your boss’ boss. Say, “You know what? I think I can take this project on and make it a success.” And do it. Scary? Of course! You bet! You’re putting your butt on the line, but you know what? You have so much to gain from that opportunity and relatively little to lose. Because, the fact is, oftentimes, large projects that are “off the tracks” have the ability to suck down the entire company. So, what does it matter if you might lose your job if the company itself might disappear?

So look for those opportunities. Look for those projects and opportunities where things are going very badly and step up and take control of them and see what you can do!

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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