Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Close

Archive

Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Video: 3 Aspects of Opportunity from “A Year of Opportunity”

March 24th, 2014 No comments

3 aspect opportunity thumb

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

Watch this entire presentation

 

 

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

1. Attracting Opportunity 2. Recognizing Opportunity 3. Accepting Opportunity

Join Douglas E. Welch for deeper exploration of the Year of Opportunity and what it can bring for you!

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor.

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.

Follow CareerTips on Twitter Circle Career-Op on Google+ Like Career-Op on Facebook

Are you ignoring opportunities? from “A Year of Opportunity”

March 23rd, 2014 No comments

 

Ignoring opportunity thumb

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

Watch this entire presentation

 

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

1. Attracting Opportunity
2. Recognizing Opportunity
3. Accepting Opportunity

Join Douglas E. Welch for deeper exploration of the Year of Opportunity and what it can bring for you!

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor.

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.

Follow CareerTips on Twitter
Circle Career-Op on Google+
Like Career-Op on Facebook

Link Focus: Grab Over 500 Free Programming Books from GitHub from Lifehacker.com

March 7th, 2014 Comments off

Link focus logo

Grab Over 500 Free Programming Books from GitHub from Lifehacker.com

This story from Lifehacker.com points up just how easy it can be to get an education in today’s world. The article links to over 500 free programming ebooks available for download from GitHub — the home to version control service Git and a social network focused around programming.

Github

Github Web Site

Programming languages are covered, but also books on algorithms and data structures, databases, data mining, machine learning and much more. Hit the link for a complete index and download links.

Whether you are a technology beginner or someone seeking to build their career (or change to a new one) online resources like this a free and easy source of learning materials to help you on your way. Combine these with a mentor or two and you can be learning a lot investing mainly your time.

More info on GitHub:


Link Focus is a series that comments on some of the links I share on my social media accounts and here on the web site. To get these links as I find them, subscribe to me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere. Also look for the “My Favorite Things” posts that appear regularly in the blog. These include collections of links for each calendar month.

Get new shared links as I find them via my social media feeds:

Twitter Google plus Pinterest Facebook Linkedin 

Video: “A Year of Opportunity” with Douglas E. Welch — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

Twitht 2014 thumb

 

Building a successful career in 2014 requires that we focus on 3 things this year, including:

1. Attracting Opportunity
2. Recognizing Opportunity
3. Accepting Opportunity

Join Douglas E. Welch for deeper exploration of the Year of Opportunity and what it can bring for you!

Thomas Edison is quoted as saying ““Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is still true today. Work that expands our lives and careers should be sought out and embraced, even if there is a bit of hard work involved. In fact, most opportunities worth pursuing require hard work of some sort. Life doesn’t often give you gold simply for being you. You need to share your knowledge and show your worth and this often means some long hours, if not actual physical labor.

16 of My Favorite Career Things for January 2014 – Douglas E. Welch

February 1st, 2014 Comments off

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

Get new shared links as I find them via my social media feeds:

Twitter Google plus Pinterest Facebook Linkedin

Elsewhere: 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer from Lifehack.org

December 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Library Interner Seminar - PaD 3/22/07

I have always been an auto-didact (a self-taught person), so I am always interested in new ways and places to learn. This article from Lifehack.org points up 25 great places to learn everything from languages to technology to geography. I was already familiar with a couple of the sites, including Duolingo for languages, Khan Academy for a host of subjects and Project Gutenberg for free ebooks, but there are a lot more sites here for me to check out and I hope you do too!

Learning should be a lifelong passion, not just something we do to get through our school years. If we continuously focus on learning and growing, we can accomplish great things throughout our lives. 

25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world.

As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 such sites that may just make you more clever than ever before.

Read the entire article with links to all the sites

Categories: Education, Elsewhere Tags:

Gift Guide 2013: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

November 18th, 2013 Comments off

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

I have read — and re-read — Do the work by Steven Pressfield and would highly recommend you do the same. In fact, I am thinking that I will make it (and Pressfield’s earlier book, The War of Art) required reading before I will work with any client. Both books have helped me tremendously in my life and work. We all have to start somewhere on our creative adventures and Pressfield’s books are like an experienced guide that can help to lead us through the creative forest. Revisiting them on a regular basis reenergizes me to face the fight that all creatives feel.

Of course, creativity isn’t just the domain of some specialized class of people. We are all creative in unique ways and we all experience the haunting voice of resistance, as Pressfield names the monster that frightens all of us away from big, transformative changes in our lives. Pressfield reminds us of the nature of this beast and gives us the tools we need to defeat it — again and again.

In my work, I meet so many people who don’t realize their own potential. They drastically underestimate their power to change their lives and change the world. They face the resistance dragon and allow it to eat them nearly every time instead of emerging, triumphant, like St. George. It is often my goal to give them the tools — the horse, the lance, the sword — to help them slay the dragon of resistance just as I have to fight against it everyday. Sometimes I can bring them along with me — at other times, not, but I will never stop trying.

So, to repeat my unasked for advice — get these books, read them and then start on your own creative adventure. You can overcome resistance and create something new, something unique and something great!

The War of Art is also available from Amazon and your local public library. Add it to your creative toolbox today!

 

More 2013 Gift Guide Items:

Categories: Books, Education, Special Tags:

Video: Career Conversation: Andrea McClain of M Street Coffee

August 27th, 2013 Comments off

Douglas talks with Andrea McClain, owner and operator of M Street Coffee, an independent coffee bar in Studio City, California now entering its 6th year of business. I first interviewed Andrea during her first year of business, so in this interview we discuss lessons learned, challenges faced and the future of M Street Coffee.

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting 30 Day Podcasting Challenge

Andrea mcclain

Watch my original interview with Andrea McClain from 2009

M Street Coffee Web Site
M Street Coffee on Twitter

Find more career interviews at the Career Opportunities blog and podcast

Follow Douglas on Twitter
Follow Career Opportunities on Twitter
Like Career Opportunities on Facebook
Circle Career Opportunities on Google+

Audio: Career Conversation: George Krueger and Mary-Lynn Foster of Bigg Success.com

August 21st, 2013 Comments off

Douglas talks with George Krueger and Mary-Lynn Foster of Bigg Success.com about building success on your terms.

Part of the Dog Days of Podcasting 30 Day Podcasting Challenge 

Cc bigg success

Listen to this show

 

Bigg Success Web Site

Bigg Success on Twitter

From the Bigg Success Web Site…

“BIGG Success is an e-learning, coaching and small business consulting firm. We provide educational resources to entrepreneurs, professionals and the organizations that serve them, like Chambers of Commerce and community banks.

It’s your place for entreprenurturing™ — a learning community built around winning in life and business. We help you fight the fears and frustrations we all face on the way to finding freedom and fulfillment. That’s BIGG success!”

 

 

Follow Douglas on Twitter
Follow Career Opportunities on Twitter
Like Career Opportunities on Facebook
Circle Career Opportunities on Google+

Categories: Audio, Discussion, Education, interview, Podcast, Show Tags:

A few thoughts on Reflection from today’s Innovation Chat #innochat

August 15th, 2013 Comments off

Innochat

Here are a few of the thoughts I shared in today’s #InnoChat. This Twitter chat happens each Thursday morning at Noon EDT/9am PDT.

Today’s topic was “Reflection.”

Innovation Reflection

“I have been a strong advocate in Innochat for experimental approaches, test-and-learn processes for innovation. It’s one thing to say that, though, and another thing to actually discuss how to do it.

Reflection could be the missing link I’ve been looking for, the link that makes test-and-learn innovation processes really work. I believe innovators would benefit from including reflection in their processes. I’ve been researching the topic all week, and I am indebted to my sister, fellow innocat and educator @WandaMcClure, who pointed me toward education as an example. Teaching students how to reflect on what and how they learn has become a very hot topic in the education world and one of the methods some say can help innovate education, so there’s a lot of literature out there about the benefits of reflection and how to teach students how to reflect.

Reflection is critical to Japanese culture, I’ve also learned. In business, Toyota practices hansei, an exercise involving looking at past mistakes, outlining the lessons from those mistakes, and pledging to use the lessons in the future. Here’s another post on hansei from Matthew E. May.”

Read the enter blog post that gave a base for today’s chat

 What I said in today #InnoChat…

  • I know for myself, reflection, done in the wrong way, can lead to self-recrimination and regret for past mistakes
  • One (reflection) method I use os flipping back through my old handwritten journals to see where I was at the time
  • I think reflection is a constant, on-going process. Taking stock happens as part of each action/day
  • Yes, (recrimination) is not the same, but danger of sliding into recrimination if you aren’t careful
  • Reflecting at the end of both big and small projects is good, too. Should be a natural part of every project
  • Writing my Career Opportunities column has really been a 13+ year “reflection” on work and business, for sure
  • (People who don’t want to reflect?) I have run into that, too. Frustrating as it seems they don’t want to improve, just move on.
  • Capturing ideas is critical. Reflection often results in some of my best new ideas.
  • Paper journal, Evernote, Word Doc, etc. Doesn’t matter how, but that you do the capture.
  • (Reflection comes in) Different names, thoughts and applications for different people. We are all unique so reflection bound to be different for all
  • I have to watch out for descending into the dark areas of thought,  (but) emotions (are important), yes
  • Emotions are strong beasts and can sidetrack us, but certainly part of it. Not sure you can (or should) separate (them from Reflection)
  • (Fall into Blame?) Oh yes, The “B” word. Blaming and Shaming. Ouch!
  • Surprise is such an important part of life, in general, so yes, you need to let those serendipitous moments arise
  • (When reflecting on the past) I think we all tend to be harder on ourselves than others. I know I am
  • I think a lot of people avoid it because it can be painful
  • (Reflection should start) From the very beginning, as one of the basic tenets, I think. i.e. “learn from history so you don’t repeat it” at least bad (experiences)
  • Need to reflect on successes, too. WHY was that so successful? What can we do more of? 
  • Sometimes we can put all our focus on failures, which are learning moment, but learning from success important too
  • Reflection can be a creative engine that drive the net project forward to success.
  • Easy to recognize people who don’t reflect, regularly. These are the family, friends, coworkers who constantly make same mistakes.
  • Reflection can and should help you build the life and career you deserve. Look back, then look forward to better things.
  • I often have some of my best new ideas when looking back at old ideas, actions, projects, etc
Categories: Discussion, Education, Tips Tags:
Google+