Taking A Career Break: Quotes and Resources

Taking a Career Break

Taking A Career Break: Quotes and Resources

Taking a career break! Lots of us think and may be dream about the idea of taking some time out from the daily grind. Here are some quotes on the experience. Plus I’ve included below details of two books to  help you on your way. And now the quotes…

  1.  It is energizing and liberating to turn down a road you have not traveled before. To reach toward what you cannot yet touch brings new passion and strength to your life. Ralph Marston
  2. Disconnect with your work self on a sabbatical, and you’ll reconnect with who you really are.  Corbett Barr
  3. It’s a time to immerse yourself in a different environment, try new things, reassess your priorities, and look at your life from a different perspectiveMarelisa Fabrega
  4. Give yourself the priceless gifts of new experiences, new skills, new knowledge and the confidence of knowing how quickly you can grow. Expand your horizons, again and again, and discover that every limit is there to be transcended.  Ralph Marston
  5. Getting away from it all might be the only way you can really reset or change course. If you continue around the day-to-day, making significant changes is tough. Taking a few months off will give you the space you need to figure things out. Corbett Barr
  6. Taking a sabbatical is the first step towards discovering whether or not I can take the leap of faith and do something fully on my own.  Do anything for a while, and it becomes increasingly harder to cut the cord. Sam Dogen
  7. Of Fortune’s best 100 companies to work for in America, 21 of them have paid-for, formal sabbatical programs. It’s a competitive advantage with regard to recruiting talent. Jaye Smith
  8. Almost everybody got back to some form of better eating and exercise, and they keep that up. And they say, “I didn’t realize what stress I was under. Now I can go back for my next five years with some balance” Rita Foley
  9. My sabbatical didn’t really recharge my batteries as I hoped it would.  Instead, the sabbatical helped realize my preference for freedom over a steady paycheck at this point in my life.  I’ve experienced what life could be like if I worked for myself and I must say that I’m extremely excited about the prospects. Sam Dogen
  10. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things that you didn’t do than in the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Mark Twain

Books on Taking A Career Break

Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind by Dan Clements and Tara Gignac  

“What’s your dream escape? Relaxing on a palm-studded beach? A year off to write your novel? Missionary work with the needy? Exploring ancient ruins or saving the rainforest?

Whether you’re an adventurer, a poet, a volunteer or you just need a break, Escape 101 provides you with a step-by-step system to take as much time as you need from your job, career or business, without losing ground.”

A Gap Year for Grown Ups by Susan Griffith

“A guide for grown ups wanting to take the trip of a lifetime, containing information on specialist schemes and opportunities for professionals and mature travellers. Covers everything from what to pack to paying the mortgage when away, as well as advice from adult gappers who have been there and done it.”

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Managing Older Workers

Managing Older Workers

Why don’t you want to manage older workers?

Managing older workers! We hear a lot about the efforts required to get young people into work. And, of course, that is important. But spare a thought for those managing older workersat the other end of the age spectrum. There remain those who dismiss the suggestion of hiring at older without even thinking about why!

There may be lots of reasons given, of course, as to why older workers are not a first choice. For example, employers often quote a lack of mental flexibility and an unwillingness to learn new things. But, those reasons may not be valid for large numbers of older workers. Check out the age profile of those choosing to follow online courses provided by organisations like FutureLearn in the UK. You will be surprised how many are over 60.

Sadly, though, many of those making hiring decisions continue to believe older workers don’t perform as well as those between 25 and 35. In fact 25 to 35 appears to be the new “golden zone” for recruits. Older workers are said to demand higher pay, cost more in terms of resources, resist change and aren’t prepared to fit in with a team. As a result , carefully disguised, age discrimination is widespread.

Managing older workers: does it require a different approach?

Managing older workers does not require a hugely different approach from managing young people. But some younger managers still find the prospect daunting. So they do their best to avoid it. And, the biggest concern employers’ express about hiring older workers is that there will be conflicts when they are managed by younger supervisors. In the US, it is said that an incredible 88 percent of employers worry about hiring older workers because they fear such conflicts.

Managing someone older than you, seems to touch a very raw nerve. And there can be a high level of distrust on either side. So how can managers get the best out of their older workers?

Getting the best out of older workers!

In most circumstances, older workers are just like other workers. They are unlikely to respond well in a command and control culture. Except in an emergency,  most workers don’t respond well to being “given orders”. But, they will respond well to an intelligent and enlightened leadership style. This means communicating clearly about issues and challenges.

Older workers, like others, welcome being involved in decision making and having tasks delegated to them. Give an older worker responsibility and most will give you their all. Older worker will a wealth of experience. Why not give them the chance to share it?

Like others, they will expect you to give them recognition for what they have achieved. But why not reward the wisdom they share with you. If you give your older workers the opportunity, their work and the intellectual capital they bring, will shine for your organisation, just like the grey hair on their heads.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Personal Development Mindset: Having One Is Important

Personal Development Mindset

What is a personal development mindset?

Having a personal development mindset means that you take responsibility for understanding yourself as an individual and for identifying and developing your

Personal development mindset sets your compass

own strengths and talents. It means you take control and become responsible for your own life and what you make of it. You begin to manage your own success and happiness. But you can receive support from others in developing the mindset and in helping you to develop yourself.

Personal development includes understanding your values and living in accordance with them. This in turn helps to strengthen your self-image and self-esteem. Then, you begin to be able to see your own potential and you can work towards fulfilling it, in your both your work and in your home life.

Personal development enables you to;

  • Expect to succeed in your own terms,
  • Take risks that are right for you and set challenging goals,
  • Keep working patiently until you reach your goal.

Having a personal development mindset means you are;

  • Optimistic about the future even in hard times
  • Self-confident and believe in your own abilities
  • A self-starter who takes action – there can be no success without action
  • Open to new ideas wherever they come from
  • Someone who values yourself and your special contribution
  • Abundant in your thinking – it is all out there waiting for you
  • Someone who knows how to influence others for the good of all
  • Patient – you know worthwhile things are worth waiting for
  • A student – you continue learning throughout your life
  • Prepared to question yourself and respond to your own self-review

It sounds aspirational doesn’t it? But it is something worth working towards and, if you wish we can work together on its development!

Wendy Smith is a career, life and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can book a discussion with Wendy about your coaching needs and your personal development at this link

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

The pain of positive change

The pain of positive change

The pain of positive change – like many other people, I spent a large part of my life working out how to avoid pain.  I say “many” but I suspect it is true of most people.

Physical pain and gain

One little known fact about me is that when I was well into my forties I took up weight training.  I’m talking about serous weight training here, shading into body building with free weights.  Over time I became quite fit and felt very strong.  It gave me lots of confidence.

Later, my whole life changed and going to the gym was not a priority. I regret that I dropped out of training and have never gone back.  But the experience did teach me a fundamental life lesson.

The pain of positive change and growth

There are two kinds of pain. There is the kind that tells you something is wrong. And there is the kind you experience during positive change and growth.

All change is accompanied by pain to some degree and so is much growth.

If you really want to achieve something in this life then it helps to learn the lesson about good pain.

You need to be prepared to go through your own personal pain barrier.  But of course you also need to be able to distinguish “good” pain from that which tells you something is wrong.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

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Defining Your Value in the Workplace By Ilchi Lee

Defining Your Value in the Workplace By Ilchi Lee 

Today we are privileged to have a guest post from the well known author and educator, Ilchi Lee.  Ilchi Lee has spent nearly three decades helping people create better lives for themselves.

Since you are here looking for ideas on finding a job or for keeping the one you have, it’s helpful to think first about what value you bring to your workplace. I think the value you bring to your job or any endeavor comes from your true value.

Sometimes we can get lost in believing that other people will give us clues that let us know how well we “measure up” when compared to others. We absent-mindedly use these clues to decide our value in the workplace and the world. But, what if you decided that the opinion of others is not in favor of you? You could easily become less efficient and less dedicated to your job or your life. At work, this would have a negative impact for you and for the company that pays you to think on their behalf for their business. And in life, it could certainly demotivate you.

From my own early experiences I discovered that my true value did not depend on the evaluation of others. This lesson did not come easily at first, and I searched my own creativity for ideas that would let me experience my own value in this world. What I discovered was, when my idea helped others to discover a greater vision for the community and for other individuals is when I knew I had true value and purpose here. And this is true for you!

It can be easy to think of ourselves as separate from others. This is what allows us to imagine their opinions and consider them as a measure for how to value ourselves. However, if we can understand the way that energy is present in all things, we realize that we are not so separate after all! From this perspective, we can define our own value for ourselves by initiating and participating in efforts that benefit others and are for the greater good.

Operating with this awareness, you will radiate a quality of energy that communicates apart from your resume and beyond the words spoken in your interview that cannot be mistaken. Whether we are talking about the company, or the world, this is where your true value lies.

Byline:

Ilchi Lee is the author of 36 books including The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, a New York Times bestseller, and his latest, Change: Realizing Your Greatest Potential. A visionary and educator, he has spent nearly three decades helping people create better lives for themselves. Lee has created Dahn Yoga, Brain Education, and hundreds of other wellness programs and methods. A model for the self-improvement he teaches, Ilchi Lee is continually changing and continually creative. Find articles and videos based on his methods at http://www.ChangeYourEnergy.com. Learn more about Ilchi Lee at http://www.ilchi.com.

Career Advancement: Advance Your Career Using Lifelong Learning, Part 2

Career Advancement with Lifelong Learning, Part 2

Career Advancement – today we have the second post in this series from Tamara M. Williams. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found  here

Career Advancement – in  Part 1 of my article, I explained that Lifelong Learning is required in order to advance your career. I identified learning through Company Training and Industry Training. It is always best to ask your employer first about these options and ensure that the training is related to your current work. Of course, Industry Training can be pursued independently if you wish to attain training related to a future career. Some employees do not offer training or may offer only on the job training so you have to get qualifications on your own. In this article, I plan to discuss College or University degrees and studying from Free Online Courses.

Community College or University Degrees

You can pursue numerous academic degrees at various community colleges or universities. Ask your employer if they offer educational loans to ease your financial burden. If they don’t offer assistance, you should apply for loans or scholarships directly from your target community college or university. When you have completed your degree, you should find out if you can negotiate increased wages and benefits at work. You could also decide to gain a degree unrelated to your current work and use it as a stepping stone into a new career.

Free Online Courses

If you are not able to access finances to pay for your tuition then you can still learn by taking free online courses. Some colleges and universities offer open courses which are free to the public. Some examples are Harvard Open Courses for Free, MIT OpenCourseWare, OpenLearn – Open University. Courses are offered in a variety of subjects such as Business and Management, Computer Science, Food and Nutrition and Social Sciences.

You will not receive a degree or certification from most free courses but the knowledge and skills gained are still worthwhile. This is also a great way to try various courses so that you can decide what you are really interested in. That way, you can decide what you really like before actually spending your money and time on getting a degree.

Remember, you should always examine your career by determining your current level of expertise. Then seek further knowledge, skills and experiences so that you can switch jobs or climb the corporate ladder. You can do this by attending company and industry training sessions, pursuing academic degrees or participating in free online courses. This will ensure that you move ahead in your current career or start the journey on a new career. You need to put your own career first because no one else will do it for you.

About the Author:

Tamara M. Williams encourages you to contact your nearest Career Center or a Life & Career Coach for more assistance. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found  here.

 

Career Development is Founded on Personal Development

Career Development is Founded on Personal Development

Fundamental to career development is personal development. By this I mean developing self-awareness and self-confidence, together with a rounded approach to life.   This allows you to enhance the quality of your life as well as realizing your aspirations at work.

The first step towards self-development is to open your mind to possibilities and be willing to explore and try new things.

Personal development is mind opening

Mind opening is one of things that make gap years so successful in helping young people to mature.  Even though it can be quite devastating for Mum and Dad when the son or daughter who returns seems to have changed so much.

Some people are lucky enough to spend time on a long sabbatical later in their careers. For most of us that is not an option.  Despite that you can make a choice to find out and experience new things in you everyday life as it now.  And that will aid your own personal development.

Suppose you make a resolution now to do something new and different each day.  This could be as simple as taking a new route to work.  It just needs to be something new.

If you really wanted to get full benefit from your experiences you will begin to reflect and record what you did, how you felt about it and what you got from it.

Think about it! There could be all kinds of new possibilities – what could the weekend bring?

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

Career Advancement: Advance Your Career Using Lifelong Learning, Part 1

Today we have another  guest post from Tamara M. Williams. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found  here

Lifelong Learning involves increasing your knowledge, skills and experiences throughout your entire life. Lifelong learning is important because of new or improved technologies, changes in market trends, increased competition from new or existing competitors, and changes in standards and regulations related to your industry. You need to be aware of what is currently happening in your company and industry.

Stay up-to-date in your career so that you can attract new customers and strengthen existing customer relationships. It also improves your overall job performance and gives you a better chance at getting a promotion, salary increase or pursuing your dream career. There are many resources available to help you to learn. In this article I explain learning through Company Training and Industry Training. In Part 2, I will discuss learning by getting College or University Degrees and studying Free Online Courses.

Company Training

Ask the HR staff at your current company about various opportunities to increase your skills and knowledge. They should be able to inform you of internal staff training for new or existing products and services offered. Attend the training sessions, watch training videos and study the related materials for the department that you are in. Ensure that your attendance is recorded on your employee file so that it can be added to your performance review.

By participating in training, you demonstrate to your supervisor and co-workers that you have an interest in the company. In addition, you have the opportunity to suggest new ideas or provide important feedback. This should also increase your chances of a promotion or salary increase by showing dedication to improving yourself and your company.

Industry Training

There are also many industry leaders which offer a variety of workshops, lectures, forums, conferences. These inform you of industry wide products and services that are available. Attending these training sessions allows you to expand your social and professional network by meeting employees from other companies. Sometimes, training is held at various locations so always check the schedule to find events being held close to where you live or work.

There are many free events that are held and these are great to attend. However, aim for multiple industry certificates related to your current career. The more qualifications you have the better the chances of climbing the career ladder.  This is the same for pursuing a new career or changing roles within the same field. The training sessions can be expensive so you should find out if your employer offers discounts or reimbursements. If not then you might have to put aside money in your budget for training. Usually training resources include classroom training, online training, DVDs, books and software so explore the different resources that you need and then save towards them.

In closing, Company and Industry Training can be challenging but in some situations you can arrange to attend training during office hours since it counts towards improving your performance at work. Some employers offer funding so it is always best to ask and choose the best option available to you. In Part 2, I will be discussing College or University Degrees and studying Free Online Courses.

About the Author:

Tamara M. Williams encourages you to contact your nearest Career Center or a Life & Career Coach for more assistance. Tamara publishes articles in topics such as Software and Marketing on EzineArticles which can be found  here.

 

Career Development – Are You Holding Yourself Back?

Career Development – Are You Holding Yourself Back?

When it comes to meeting your full potential, how are you doing?  Are you as successful as you would like to be? No? Well lots of us unintentionally get in our own way.

There are lots of ways you could be blocking your own ability to succeed. Here are some questions to consider.;

  1. Are you overemphasizing your personal goals and position at the expense of your work group and your organization? Protecting your own position can limit your ability to take a wider view or to gain from group success. This approach is particularly limiting if your aspiration is to lead
  2. Are you obsessed with your personal image? Apart from alienating others, this can mean you avoid taking the risks necessary to achieve success.  Yes, you do need to protect your “personal brand” but not the point where it stops you talking a risk that might lead to a good opportunity. Be aware of the impact your personal brand, and how you protect it, is having on those about you.
  3. Do you see the competition as the enemy?  Hmm, that means you are not building the kind of alliances that might support you in the future.  Remember the old adage about keeping “enemies” close.  All well and good, but how about finding the common interest!
  4. Do you go it alone instead of looking for, and accepting, support and advice? At no stage in your career are you likely to know all you need to know. At no stage are you likely to be able to do it all alone.  Learn early to ask for, and accept, help gracefully and learn how to give in return
  5. Do you fear of failure?  Most winners have many years of the experience of being losers.  The trick is not to win every race but to learn from each failure and have the confidence to start again. How good at that are you?

So we’ve talked about being prepared to accept advice and help.  Here is an offer!  I’m a career coach and if you need my help, my contact details are below.

Wendy is the The Career Coach – helping you to find fresh perspectives on your Job Search and Career. She helps you work towards your goals and aspirations, in a way that fits in with both work and home life. Email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

Book a free trial/consultation to try phone coaching from the comfort of your own home and without risk. Don’t forget to ask about the Summer Special Offer 
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Skills Matrix

Skills Matrix

Boost your Career and Personal Development with a Skills Matrix

By Tamara M. Williams

Skills Matrix! Developing your Career and Personal life is a lifelong process. This process requires the use of various guides and templates. The Skills Matrix template is used to identify your current skills and those that you need for the future. It is usually done as a part of a Personal Development Plan but can be completed separately. You should use a spreadsheet or create a table in a word document for this Skills Matrix exercise.

Build a Skills List

Skills are what you can do. Write a list of skills that you know you have or search online for the top 10 skills in demand. These could include Teamwork, Leadership, Time Management, Communication, Critical Thinking, Organisation, Decision Making, Creativity, Customer Oriented and Adapting to Change. Working with 10 skills narrows your focus so you can complete the task in a shorter period of time.

First, write down skills that you know you already have so that you can build your confidence. Then add skills that are highly recommended. Open a new spreadsheet or create a new table in a word document. Write the list of 10 skills in the leftmost column in the spreadsheet or table in the word document.

Identify various Experiences

Experiences are where you obtained your skills. You would also use them to obtain more skills in the future. For the experiences, you can choose ‘Work Experience’, ‘Academics’ and ‘Volunteer/Community Work’. Feel free to use the examples provided or add your own. Write those areas in the topmost row for the spreadsheet or table.

Add Examples to your Skills Matrix

The cells that intersect your Skills List and Experience will be your actual Skills Matrix. Fill these cells in the spreadsheet or table with examples of how you achieved the particular skill from each experience. For e.g. you learn Teamwork from an academic course or learn Time Management from a part-time job. As a bonus you can use these examples in interviews or on your CV.

You might notice some gaps in your Skills Matrix. These are skills that you do not have examples for in a particular experience. These can be filled by seeking to gain experience in that area in the future. This means that you could take a course in Leadership. You could ask to volunteer at your community center or local shops.

Challenge Yourself

Congrats, you have now completed your Skills Matrix. Challenge yourself and make a new list of skills that you want to develop in the future for your own personal development or your career. Then follow my advice to fill the gaps in your spreadsheet or table. Good luck.

About the Author

Tamara M. Williams reads guides and books related to personal and career development. She encourages you to do the same. Contact your college or university career center or a Life & Career Coach for more assistance on using a Skills Matrix. Tamara also publishes IT articles, read more at http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Tamara_M._Williams

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