When do we manage and when do we lead? For some of us this is easy to answer in a work context because we are in a professional environment where we recognise those definitions. But in life, we use skills like this in lots of different ways. So how do we go about building leadership skills that we can use in all facets of what we do?
Welcome to the Position Ignition Career Blog, where you will find career advice for your career change, job search and career development. Explore our advice on career planning, how to change careers, personal and professional development and more.
If you’re thinking of a career change, it may be that you want to switch sector or industry completely. Whether you already know which industry you want to shift to or you’re considering quite a few, you will need to do your research to confirm this is where you want to go next and to work out how to proceed. Here are some tips for carrying out that research.
If you neglect your network when you think you don’t need it, your network will neglect you when you do need it. Everyone hates that one person in their network who only gets in touch when they need something. Here’s why you need to continuously nurture your network.
You’ve finished school or university and you don’t know what to do next. All the career advice out there tells you to explore your options and try out different types of work, but how are you meant to fund this experimentation? Whether you’re looking to fund a gap year, a business idea or some other project that could help launch a long-term career, there are ways of making it happen.
There are many ways we can upset our own apple cart by letting our ego get too big, especially in the context of our careers. If you don’t watch out, the behaviours below will irrevocably get in the way of both your work and your working relationships.
We all know to find out as much as we can about the role and organisation before we go for a job interview. If we’re fortunate enough to actually know who’ll be interviewing us, it’s a good idea to also do some research on this person. Follow our advice on how to go about this and you’ll go into the interview in a position to better connect with them.
Are you unhappy or disillusioned in your current career? – Perhaps you’ve got impressive credentials and a starry CV, but something doesn’t feel quite right? - Or maybe your current situation is ‘OK’, but the prospect of carrying on for another 15,20 or 30 years leaves you feeling utterly cold. Perhaps you’ve really enjoyed your career, but you’ve had a change of perspective, been through a life change, or simply feel that the time has come for something new.
It’s very easy for us to feel energised when we’re in a new job. We have new things to do, new goals to achieve and new relationships to foster. After a while though it all gets a bit samey and we can get quite bored and complacent. What can we do to breathe new life into our work?
As New Year's Resolution season comes to a close, career guide Lucy Watson examines how to succeed when it comes to making big changes.