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We all know the benefits of becoming an engaging and effective leader, but what are the qualities that can help us succeed? Career Guide Lucy Watson explores a counter theory which embraces individuals' potential.
What do we mean by a “senior role”? It will mean different things to different people. To some it symbolises things like status and power and control. To others, the phrase represents progression to a level of more reward.
The way employment has changed in the last 25 years has created a much larger working population of freelancers. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – interims, contractors, consultants, portfolio workers. They are sole traders, or working as limited companies but very much on their own. They may also be associates of other groups or collectives of workers, but still trading their professional wares independently. If any of this sounds like what you’ve chosen to do next with your career, here are some tips for succeeding.
Too many of us plunge head first into our job searches. We feel like we don’t have any time to waste and therefore start shooting off job applications before doing any sort of real preparation. As a result, we often end up with a role that doesn’t match our skill set. Even worse, we may struggle to get a job at all because we’re only going for roles that we don’t have the skills for. Therefore it’s vital to target jobs that are relevant to your unique set of skills.
One of the hardest things for us to do is to project our experience and skills onto a new career that would be exciting enough for us to pursue. This article looks at various avenues that we may want to take.
We quite often hear stories of how things can so easily go wrong when you try and do something commercial with friends – sell them a car, buy a house from them…those are extremes but not unusual. The traditional advice is not to do that sort of thing with your mates because it’s a recipe for ruining a friendship. There are echoes of that when we think about working with friends. Here are a few things to watch out for and even expect when you find yourself in a situation where you’re in the same organisation, department or even team as your pal.
We often read or hear about the concept of having “fun” at work. Such a concept may be an alien one to you because work is often…well…work. Fun doesn’t always come into it. If you were to try and make your career journey more fun, in what ways could you go about it?
The HR function makes a superb contribution to organisational life. That’s one view. Another view is that actually they are difficult and it is wise for us to understand how we can manage our way round it. Is HR a friend or a foe?
When we’re 60 plus and going into retirement, this phase of our life, sometimes called the third age, is a time when the pace of our life has probably slowed. We have more time and we can go at things at a different pace. Pace is important when we’re thinking about that period of life when we’ve stopped working. We’re not driven by the alarm clock to same degree, nor are we driven by the daily timetable of meetings and whatnot.
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