The best way to find your feet after your formal working life is done is to give yourself the longest lead time of thinking about this transition that you can. The better that you mange your transition, the more likely you are to find your feet. When you do this, you’re going to have a plan. The plan is going to cover both the timing of when you stop and the affordability of knowing you can comfortably stop in financial terms. The more you can give attention to those practical things, the more you can move into the very significant space of creating different contractual arrangements with the people you’re going to spend more of your time with. This is to get over the adage of “I don’t want them coming home; they’ll get under my feet!”
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Finding a job in an industry you have no previous experience of is one of the hardest career challenges there is. Employers can demand that job candidates have prior experience in their industry because the market allows them to. You’ve got to be really up for the challenge if you’re going to succeed. It’s difficult, but it’s not impossible. Here are 5 ways to make the path to success a little easier.
For most of us a holiday is a chance to relax and refresh but it can also be a time to reflect. We can use vacations to reflect on a range of things, including the way we spend our time back home. As holidays are so precious and so different to our day-to-day lives, they provide the perfect environment for envisioning what we might want to change once we’re back home – and that change could be to do with our work life.
Some people are natural public speakers but many of us aren’t. However we feel about giving speeches or talks to an audience, we can increase the likelihood of giving a confident and engaging performance by preparing well for the occasion and following a few simple steps before we take to the stage.
Every work situation will define this subject differently but here are some generic tips on the things you don’t want to get noticed for in the workplace.
Getting others to do what you want is a key skill to getting ahead. See how you can improve your influencing skills with this month's animation:
The better we know ourselves, the better it is for both our careers and our lives in general. Once we get to know ourselves, we get to know our strengths and therefore get better at using them. Being able to use our strengths on a daily basis at work is a confidence-booster in itself but just knowing that you know yourself well will also give you the confident aura every professional needs in the workplace.
At Position Ignition, we use career guides to help our clients rather than going down the traditional career coaching route. There is often confusion about how career guiding differs from career coaching. It’s not merely an issue of semantics. This article aims to clarify the differences between what a conventional career coach does and how our career guides work.
Many, many years ago there was some research done into change and transformation, which is a big and important subject in the world of work. The research was about the risk of an organisational change not working out very well. Four specific risks were identified – the one that came fourth in importance was what the researchers called skills of change agents. The next one above that was the kind of barriers typically put up by middle managers. The other two were to do with leadership and how long the leader sponsored the change for.