As workers, we underestimate the process of career change. We also don’t have many skills to navigate successfully through the process. Where can we get the expertise and skills necessary for career change? The services at our schools and universities are under-resourced and not sufficient. We learn to change careers by actually doing it. In the context of work, there are three broad categories of people. There is the type who settles for staying where they are, whether they are happy or not. The complete opposite of this is the type of person who never lets herself get tied down and never lets anyone else take control of her career. The final category fits in somewhere in the middle and contains the bulk of people—those who want a career change but are unable to do so because they are not mentally prepared for it.
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The number of freelancers in the UK and US is growing yet it is not always obvious how to build your pipeline of work. That's why we've put together this list of freelance job websites to help you explore the platforms available for you to build your career, portfolio and work:
PeoplePerHour - says it's the UK's number one freelancing community. It has both 'hourly' and 'fixed' price projects which you can bid for by sending in a 'proposal'. It covers a wide range of projects and specialisms so take a look and see if there's a good opportunity there for you.
Today’s workforce is comprised of fiercely competitive and qualified candidates. This is why you need to be on your game at all times. Taking advantage of professional training, whether in-person or via the Internet, is always in your best interests. Even if you find that you don’t leave with new skills, the mere fact that you participated and took advantage of the opportunity will sound good in an interview or on your resume. Professional growth comes from many different places, but due to the influx of webinars and virtual training spaces, it’s easier than ever to access training that can enhance your skills and make you more employable. Here are a few tips on how to take advantages of webinars to grow your professional career.
In certain sports, when a player is shown a red card, that’s it. Their misdemeanour and the judgement of the referee lead them to leave the field. This is always a travesty for the team that’s lost the player. There are particular cases where, even though the referee can be criticised, the spirit of the game is at one with the laws of the game. In such instances, the governing body may even come in hard behind the instantaneous decision of the referee, delivering further punishment on the player who has transgressed, such as a prolonged suspension. In the wider world of work, we see a similar situation when there is gross misconduct in the workplace.
Whether your current career goal is finding a new job, changing careers or getting a promotion, creating a personal brand statement, or elevator pitch, can help you to define more clearly who you are and what you’re about, which will in turn help you to achieve your objective. However, we don’t always find it easy to write or talk about ourselves. To feel comfortable about creating such a statement and to be successful in creating one that will add value to your brand, have a look at the steps below and take your time in executing each one.
It’s often said that if you’re an executive or director looking for a new position, you should effectively work for free by taking on pro bono work or a consultative role. It’s not as if you need to build up your work experience at this stage in your career, so how exactly does what some people call ‘glorified voluntary work’ enhance your job prospects? There are several factors to consider here.
When it comes to your career, the old adage, “it’s not what you know, but who you know” rings true. But is your current network working hard enough for you? Follow these simple tips to ensure you’re well primed to reach out when it’s time to change jobs.
At some time in your life, you start doing a very basic calculation about life itself. Maybe it’s related to one particular stage in your life or maybe it’s part of your middle life crisis but you begin to think about questions like “how far is my life going to take me?”, “how long do I actually think I’m going to live?”, “how effective am I going to be and for how long?