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Archive: The answer lies somewhere in-between — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 18th, 2014 Comments off

The answer lies somewhere in-between

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Another Little League season begins here in Los Angeles and my son is joining his fifth team. It would be overstating the fact to say that I enjoy this time of year, but I do support my son in doing something that he enjoys, even if I don’t enjoy all aspects of it. One great benefit I receive, though, is the opportunity to observe people and how they interact in this microcosm of the world.

Looking back over the last several years, I have mined my time at the baseball field for a number of different essays I have published post the last home run of the day. You might question how career discussions can rise out of a kid’s game, but I often find that parts of our lives can illuminate the issues we find in our careers. For me, life and career are inextricably linked.

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Video: Building a “Hybrid” career from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

October 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Maybe you’re a musician, like my friend Andrea, and you have to make things work out. Well, one of the ways for musicians that I often recommend — and for other people that have outside interests — is, if you can’t do the job fully — if you can’t be a full time musician, perhaps you can be a part time musician while working in a company that deals, in some way, with the music business. You can exploit your interest in music by using it in different ways. You could use your knowledge of the music business to actually end up supporting and financing your interest as a musician yourself. I call them hybrid careers. Often times when people are transitioning I will talk to them and I’ll say, “well, what do you do on the side? What other interests do you have?” And perhaps they’re a lawyer or a paralegal or something like that, but they really don’t like working in a law office. One of the things I recommend to them is, “Have you ever thought about working for a software company that makes software for lawyers? Because you have some technical skills and you actually, sort of like the tech side and playing with computers. Why don’t you take your legal knowledge that you built up and you don’t want to simply throw away, but apply it in a different way?” If you’re a musician, why don’t you work for a software company that makes music software for kids? Or develops other projects for children based on on music. There are ways of taking your interests — the things you’re not doing today, but would like to do — and actually either build them into your current career or build an entirely new career.

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Video: Pay better attention to regain control from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

October 15th, 2014 Comments off

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Take Control. Take it back, if you feel that way. take control back of the situation. In order to do that, you have to pay deep, deep, attention to your life. Often times, we tend to either get distracted or simply cease to pay attention to what is going on around us for a variety of reasons and that’s a sure cause of losing control. If you’re not paying deep attention to what your doing in your life and what is going on around you in your life, yes, you will feel out of control, because you can’t possibly hope to be in control because you’re not paying attention to what’s going on. In a talk I gave on Saturday, I talked about “I’m not asking you to make decisions willy-nilly — and just do them off the cuff. I want you to make carefully decided decisions.” When you’re faced with an issue I want you to stop — that can be hard when things are a little crazy, but there are times you just need to stop and say, draw it out if you have to, “What’s going on? What do I need to do? Where do I need to be?” — and then make the decision and act on it.

Noted: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Don’t Know What You Want to Do via The Muse

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Don’t Know What You Want to Do via The Muse

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When You Don't Know What You Want to Do via The Muse

I started college as a musical theater major, but by the end of my freshman year, I knew I wasn’t supposed to have a career on stage. I dabbled in psychology before finding my calling in marketing.

A friend of mine, on the other hand, started her career as a marketer. But after picking up running, she’s in school to become a physical therapist. Another friend has been a software engineer by education and profession, and he recently transitioned into data science.

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Video: What does success mean to you? from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

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You need to define success in a way that makes more sense and has — this is an important word — has more nuance than the current beliefs of success. There are shades of grey here. What’s the mathematical concept, you can never actually walk to a wall if you are constantly walking half way to the wall, you’ll never actually make it to the wall. There are endless ways of dividing up these levels of success and the trouble is, success for you could be quite different than success for you..or you..or you…and probably will be. You may feel that living in a small town, working at a good job, having your own business in a small town, working online is much more preferable although it only pays this much — to working in a corporate office with all the stress, but it pays this much. I personally have made that decision in my own life. I often describe it as I buy time. I have time to spend with my son. I’ve always had time to pick him up from school, drop him off at school, go to school events during the day, because I work for myself. I make my own schedule. Do I make as much money as someone else my age with my skills? Not in the least, but you know what? I don’t care, because its those people who come to me and say, “Oh, I can’t go to the ball game. I had to work late. Oh, I missed him hitting the home run. Oh I couldn’t go see him in the play.” They miss their children’s lives. That’s important to me. Other people? Maybe no so and that is fine. Typically, though, if they’re complaining about it, it does effect them. They are upset about it, but they have given that away in search of something else. So, we all have to decide, for us, what we want out of this.

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Video: Know yourself better from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

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I have a little booklet  I wrote called the Career Compass — I’ve actually given a presentation here on Career Compass about how to decide what you want to do in life. One of the aspects of that is, most people are wanting to head North and they are heading due south. It’s not just that they’re of course. They’re going the entire wrong direction. I’ve seen it in my own life. I’ve seen it in all the people I talk to. If you let it happen, it will. Knowing what you want to do will let you make a better resumes. I will let you make better interviews. It will let you write better cover letters, because you simply know more what you want to with your life. The more you know about what you want, the more you can communicate that with others and help them understand not only what you can do for them — which is highly important to the person on the other side of that interview table — What’s in it for me? — How do you make my life easier? They also learn about what you want out of a career, hoping to find a combination of skills and talent and personality that allow both of you to win. Because, if it’s not a win-win, get out. If it’s not a win for both parties involved, in anything you do in your life, get out, because someone is losing.

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Archive: Personal networking isn’t optional anymore — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

Personal networking isn’t optional anymore

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Facebook. MySpace. Twitter. LinkedIn, Plaxo. Pownce and a hundred others. We are inundated with social networks these days with more being created every week. As with any new trend, there are the detractors that bemoan the loss of “real” friends to the passing acquaintances of online “friends.” Whatever you might think about the usefulness of social networking sites, it becomes clearer every day, to me, that personal networking, facilitated by online tools, isn’t optional anymore. If you want to raise your career to new highs and reap the benefits of serendipity that they provide, you have to engage with these services. Yes, you can do it on your own terms, but I urge you to do it, today.

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Noted: Why You Should Teach What You Know, Even If You Aren’t an Expert via Lifehaker

October 10th, 2014 Comments off

Why You Should Teach What You Know, Even If You Aren’t an Expert via Lifehaker

Why You Should Teach What You Know, Even If You Aren't an Expert via Lifehaker

By teaching what you already know about your profession or hobby, you’ll learn more, potentially gain some notoriety as an up-and-coming expert, make new connections with people, and find new opportunities. And you’ll have some fun.

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Video: Turn your other interests into a career from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

October 9th, 2014 Comments off

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We all have interests in our lives that we’re not pursuing. My joke is that I’m the world’s biggest dilettante. I;ve sold a piece of artwork. I’ve played music for money. I’ve one other things, but that’s not my job. It’s stuff I do on the side and I am sure that all of us have things like that. Maybe you do arts or crafts or gardening or landscape design or whatever in our own lives. Think about it. Maybe, well if I really like doing that why can’t I make that part of my job. If you like being outdoors and you like gardening and you have a facility for it and your knowledgeable in it — or you feel you could become very knowledgeable in it with just a little bit of work — then why are you working in an office 9 to 5 punching keys on a computer? You might begin to realize right away that that’s probably not the best place for you. Why not investigate that interest in gardening and see if maybe I could do a job that has something to do with that?

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Video: Take Control of Transition from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

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What transition doesn’t mean is, it doesn’t mean you don’t have control over your life. I think, sometimes, when we’re forced into transition, we start to think, “Oh my god, I’ve no control. Life is just in someone else’s hands. I’m totally out of control” and, of course, what’s that going to cause? More fear. Nobody likes to be out of control. No one likes to feel that they don’t have their destiny in their own hands. And again, that ebbs and flows are times when you have a health crisis and, yeah, things are taken out of your control for a short period of time. That’s not the new normal. That’s not going to last forever. It may make your life change forever, but it will find a balance there in that life that you are now living.

The most important part is, the way you regain control, the way you feel control, is that you take action for yourself. There are actions you can take in any situation that help to bring control back to you. I drove my nurses and my doctors crazy in the hospital because I’m the type of person that asks about everything. “Ah, what’s in that IV? Oh, what’s in that drug? What are you giving me for the pain? What is this…?” Every time they were going to do something. “What are these pills for? Should I be taking my normal pills that I usually take? No, you can’t take those pills because you are doing this.” I would drive them mad. Now, I really didn’t drive them mad. There were some people who actually appreciated that I was asking these questions because I cared about the work they were doing. That’s something you can do, too. If you care about someone else’s work, they’re going to care more about it. So, why not? right? Especially in a situation where someone is taking care of you, you probably want to establish some rapport with them. That’s how I took control in the hospital and that’s how I take control everywhere. I start to ask questions.

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