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It’s Never Too Late To Change Your Career

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

The average working person is likely to change careers between five and seven times during their life, according to career change statistics. There are many reasons why a person’s career goals shift to a different perspective but, regardless of the reason, it can be a daunting prospect, particularly in later life.

What was previously set in stone that we stay in the same job for 40 or more years has changed considerably in the modern world so that, currently, revamping yourself and career is becoming the norm. The question is how to go about it to keep a work-life balance that brings both happiness and financial security to a newfound career change.

Focus on the positives

If you’re over 50, you’re in a prime position to transfer your skills to a new career move: with plenty of knowledge and working experience, there’s no need to shy away from jumping into a new profession.

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Instead of focusing on the negatives such as your age, competition from younger workers, or financial issues, capitalise on the positive attributes you have. If you’re not the retiring type, working in later life will keep your mind sharper, your body fitter, and give you healthier financial independence for when you do decide to stop working. Now you have the maturity, long term commitment, and stability on your side that younger candidates won’t have.

Take your time to research

On the surface, it can be a drastic decision to make a career change later in life but providing you do your research and avoid making quick decisions, there’s nothing to stop you from making a successful transition. Whether you choose to launch your own business or sidestep to another company with better prospects, it’s essential to prepare yourself as much as possible.

Over the years, you have probably developed numerous marketable skills so determine which ones are best suited to the new position you want to apply for. It’s also a good idea to update your CV and if necessary, get professional help to hone in on all your positive attributes.

Build up a network

With years of experience on your side, the chances are that you’ve built up a considerable amount of contacts associated with your working sector and now is the time to use them.

Reach out to anyone who you think will be able to help you further your career in a different direction, from junior to senior positions so you can make significant connections in your new career choice. There are many ways to establish a path into a new work move so it would also be advisable to join professional networks and groups to become even more in tune with people and any organisational aspects of your potential career to make things easier.

… and change your career

If you concentrate on what you really want to do, possibly for the rest of your life, you’ll eventually conclude that it’s never too late to make the change, so you should just go for it!

Author: Cassandra McNulty

7 Personal Traits That May Hinder Career Advancement

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Andres Herrera.

If you’re career oriented and wish to achieve great things in your life, you might be thinking that you have certain qualities which hold you back more than allow you to progress. The truth is that there are indeed some personal traits which can make a person less productive and efficient in their job.

Understanding and recognizing these traits is the first step to starting to change them for the better. Here are some personal traits that could hinder career advancement, and some tips on how you can make them work in your advantage and achieve your professional goals.

Personal traits

1. Procrastination

One of the personal traits that can really set a person behind on schedule is procrastination. This can be a result of many different things though. Instead of jumping straight in and attributing this trait to pure laziness, you should keep in mind that not every procrastinator is lazy.

Not enjoying the work you’re doing is more often than you can imagine and it can cause even the best professionals to slack off and postpone their job until the very last minute. A career change or a reevaluation or your skills and expectations from your job could really help you see this issue from a different perspective and solve it once and for all.

2. Lack of focus

Due to the time and day we live in, we are constantly surrounded by obligations and problems. This can very often be a reason for us to lose focus, even when we’re doing something important. It can cause to forget things about your job that make it important and therefore miss some milestones which could help turn your career around.

In order to solve this, you will have to learn how to prioritize your problems and tasks for each day. Knowing where to begin will help you stay more focused and will allow you to tackle each task methodically.

3. Aggressiveness

When you have to work with other people, you will have to know how to respect each other’s boundaries and be polite to be able to effectively communicate with them. Always keep in mind that not every person you work with will be as smart or as good at their job as you are. Being aggressive will only make you look like the bad guy in your business.

If people can’t keep up with your expectations, you can’t become aggressive and force your working style and opinions on others. You will lose many opportunities as people will consider you difficult to work with and will avoid chances of coming in contact with you just for that sole reason.

4. Perfectionism

There is both a good and a bad side to being a perfectionist. On the one hand, you will be able to always produce work which will be of the best quality, free of any errors and always submit it on time. On the other hand, though, you will constantly be stressed and under pressure, doubting yourself and your abilities as nothing you create will ever be good enough.

When you progress in your professional career and you get to gain more working experience, it is very easy to see how much you know compared to when you started. This should give you the motivation to stop worrying too much about quality and focus on learning new things which could help you elevate your work without too much effort.

5. Pessimism

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work you don’t manage to make much progress in your field of work? Your negative attitude could very well be the reason why you are holding yourself back. While being arrogant and overconfident is not a good thing, you should give credit to yourself when you do something well.

Acknowledging your hard work and your successes is essential for you to continue making progress. Turn your pessimism into optimism, and keep reminding yourself that as long as you work hard, everything will turn out okay in the end and you will be able to reach all of your goals.

6. Individualism

Working with others can be tough but it is an essential part of making progress in your career. Even if your profession in a lonely one, you should still keep your contacts active and network in order to have people around when you need them.

Individualism is a trait that can alienate you from valuable contacts which you will need to book more jobs and progress in your field.

7. Lack of confidence

There are many talented people out there who could go very far but they sadly lack the confidence to help them succeed. If you find yourself in this percentage, you should make sure to start working towards boosting your confidence. As impossible as that might seem, there are plenty of ways to do so.

You can ask people you trust for their opinion on your work and use their feedback productively. Negative comments will always be present, but as long as you remind yourself that they’re a necessary part of your progress as a professional, you will be able to gain some much-needed confidence.

Old habits die hard, but the change is worth it

While it might seem impossible to change some personal traits you might have had your entire life, you will be able to do so as long as you’re dedicated. Working hard on yourself and doing everything you can to succeed in your chosen field of work will be the best guides towards your advancement.

Which personal traits would you like to change for yourself?

Author: Estelle Liotard
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Estelle is a seasoned content writer and a blogger, with years of experience in different fields of marketing. She is a senior writer at WoWGrade and a content editor at Studicus, and loves every second of it. Her passion is teaching people how to overcome digital marketing obstacles and help businesses communicate their messages to their customers.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

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Around 40% of UK workers have a ‘side hustle’ (including their own business), according to research conducted by the Henley Business School, with uncertainty about work, a desire for a better standard of living, and the desire to face new challenges being three key reasons why. Ensuring your business thrives without your ‘standard job’ suffering – and vice versa – can be a big challenge, but getting the balance right isn’t a matter of intuition or chance. Rather, it involves creating a strict business strategy you follow to the letter, without wavering from what is probably your ultimate goal: being your own boss, 24/7.

What are the Elements of Business Growth?

The key elements of most business growth strategies include leadership (vision, knowledge, risk taking), marketing (connecting with your audience via social media and branding), sales, tech (relying on the right people to solve technical glitches), and support (having a team that attends to clients quickly and efficiently). All these elements are far easier to run smoothly when your business is a full-time occupation. However, when you only have part of the day to dedicate yourself to each department, time management is key.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

Building Your Plan

For each key element of your strategy, goals and time limits should be set. For instance, if you are selling your services as a writer, legal professional, or accountant, set reasonable goals for areas like marketing and social media. How many followers do you have on Instagram and Twitter, for instance? How many do your competitors have? What number can you set as a goal and how many weeks or months will you give yourself to achieve it?

Branding is another area that should be broken down into components with time limits for each task. Your brand should connect with your target audience via the right logo, website content, and social media channels. Technical knowledge is another problem. Try to think of what might be standing in the way of a smooth customer experience. Is your website mobile compatible? Does your page take too long to load? You can tackle many problems yourself. However, when you are truly stuck, don’t waste valuable time trying to solve a problem that needs technical knowledge. Rely on trusted professionals when you are stuck in a rut.

Take Calculated Risks

Growing as a business involves stepping outside your comfort zone frequently. As stated by Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, fear causes you to overestimate risk. However, the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life, lies precisely in your willingness to embrace change. Calculated risks are not based simply on ‘gut instinct’. They involve researching into possible losses, having a “Plan B”, and seeking advice from valued mentors. Request feedback from trusted entrepreneurs and be especially open when they point out possible flaws or mistakes. When you take risks, check periodically that they are bearing fruit. If something isn’t working, change your strategy to minimize loss.

Validate Your Idea

There are many ways that business ideas can be validated, one of which involves developing an MVP (minimum viable product) and seeing your target audience’s reaction to it. If it’s an app, for instance, test your MVP on investors, mentors, and your target audience. Ask for feedback so as to tweak any existing glitches. Conduct keyword searches with WordStream or Moz Keyword Explorer, to find out the existing supply for the demand your product is meant to fulfill. Ensure your business offers greater value than your competitors, and make a social media schedule, using various media to share awareness about your product.

Products like Hootsuite (which allows you to programme your social media uploads days in advance) exist to help you save time. However, this and other tools only work if you set a schedule for them that you stick to – even on days on which you feel tired after a full day at work.

By defining key tasks, setting goals and time limits, taking risks, and obtaining feedback, you can grow at a steady pace, staying motivated until the day you can dedicate all of your time to your true passion.

Author: Cassandra McNulty

How to Prepare College Students for a Career

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Students in colleges aspire to pass their courses and graduate, then afterwards to find their
dream job, travel, have adventures and eventually settle down for a happy life. The reality,
however, is far less direct than this statement would imply. You are likely to meet college
graduates who have not managed to find the job they have desired for a long time and others
that have completely changed their careers, losing years as they relaunch in a different sector.
The main cause is insufficient career preparation while they are in school.

Both the student and professors have the responsibility to prepare the graduates to know how to
find a job after college. Today we want to look at what can really help you regarding career
planning for college students. Learn more here about getting the most out of your education. You
have the potential to find the best jobs on the market that you can even enjoy if you prepare
yourself.

Here are the five good tips to follow when building your career plan:

1. Participate in Work-Based Learning:

Most Universities have the option of working for professors or with associates in industry, either
as summer jobs or throughout the academic year. These experiences can really help you later
when writing resumes/CVs for your field. These positions enable students to make a living while
completing their education. This caters not just to your finances, but also to your future goals!
If you can, avoid minimum-wage, low-skill jobs as a student. They won’t help you on your
resume in 10 years!

Avoid being misused just because you have not graduated yet. To build experience for the
career you want, you need to find jobs related to your major and job goal while you are in
school. An example is if you are studying to become a tech developer, you should start by
getting a job in a computer store with software related services. The exposure makes you stand
out when you graduate from college.

2. Expand Your Knowledge:

There are many subjects and courses offered in colleges. Many students choose what they
want to be and disregard the rest. When you want to know how to choose a career, keeping
away from other subjects in college is risky. You will need them in the future after graduation,
they always give you insight. It is better to pay attention and seek new knowledge rather than
discarding any academic opportunity.

Prospective employers will gladly take you if you have knowledge in a wider range of
interrelated fields they may need in their companies. For instance, if you are planning to
become a software developer, it is ideal to learn how to develop websites as well.

3. Find and Participate in Job Shadowing Positions:

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Job shadowing is when you visit a business to observe how they run. You can see the
responsibilities of one more job positions of a real business in any field of study you are
interested in. You will learn the basics of a job, the challenges, and the potential. The time you
can have to learn this depends on how long the business owners are willing to welcome you.
Job shadowing allows you to make a sound decision as to what career you should settle for.
When you know what a real job in the business world is like, you will have a better idea of how
to find a job after college.

4. Be Wise with Internships:

The internships help the students get hands-on experience with a real job while they are still
advancing towards graduation. However, some students don’t get the opportunity to intern at a
place that actually helps them with their career goals. It is sad to acknowledge that companies
may take you for an internship and offer you a job that is outside your career plan.
If this happens, you need to make changes. Find something that will help you with your career preparation.
Even if it means that you have to work long hours, it is better. An instant assignment help service (UK)
can help you write your assignments while you get your hands on the career you are aspiring towards.

5. Stay Updated:

Are you able to discuss the latest developments in the industry of your choice? In the effort to
innovate, new technology, discoveries and methods tend to play a significant role in most
business. For any graduate to land a job that fulfills their desires, they need to ensure that they’re
up-to-date with all the aspects in their industry.
Current college students are privy to all the big new tech trends and innovation. Older
employees out there understand industry developments, but are often a bit outdated in tech and
research. Learning to stand out from the majority of graduates is a primary goal in your career
preparation.
Instead of relying just on the knowledge you get from your lectures and textbooks, you need to
take time to learn about the industry trends in your career path. Universities have professional
journals released every month for various industry subjects. You need to read as much as
possible and discuss this knowledge with your professors and colleagues to get ahead with your
career preparation!

Author: Michelle Lambert

Mums and Dads Getting Back to the Workforce

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We have received the following question from a reader and thought that the topic would be interesting for mums and dads that have taken time off from their careers to stay home with their kids and are now trying to re-enter the workforce.

“I used to work for a telecommunications company; I started in the early ninety’s, when mobile communication was just beginning to become more available to the public. It was an exciting time and everything was changing. I was good at my job and one of the few women on the team. I worked with the same company from 1991 until 1999, taking maternity leave when I had my first child. A year and a half later, I had my second child and decided to stay at home and care for my children. Recently I’ve been applying to jobs and even landed a couple of interviews, but not one bite. Recruiters look at my CV and then wonder what I’ve been doing for the past 16 years. Do I tell recruiters I decided to become a stay-at-home mom, turning down my chance to make it up the corporate ladder? How do I get back out there?”

Mums and Dads Getting Back to the Workforce after taking time out

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