If you’re anything like me, there are a hundred things vying for your attention online every day. From the moment my eyes open until I log off and head to bed, I’m bombarded with messages, personal emails, work emails, etc. Every day, I try to selectively choose what gets my attention and, particularly when work is crazy, I make sure to build in mini-breaks. During those breaks, I step away from projects and seek out information that will make me think, laugh, and even cry. These breaks improve my productivity as I go back to the task at hand feeling refreshed.
Many of us are getting ready for the holiday and a nice winter break. The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with friends and family (as well as catch up on some much-needed rest!). However, after the first few days of relaxation and overeating, you might find yourself a bit bored and looking for something to do. Instead of sitting around and letting the weeks go by, here are some tips to make your winter break more productive:
A vision board is a collection of images (photographs, sketches, paintings, pictures from magazines, etc.) typically displayed on a bulletin board or poster as a visual representation of your dreams and ambitions for the future.
The purpose of creating a vision board for yourself is to serve as a creative, daily reminder of the goals you wish to attain by realizing the power of visualization.
Last month we published a blog on the importance of Career Planning. We’re hopeful that you took a few moments to start the process of developing a career plan for yourself. Doing so can help you manage potential learning opportunities as well as identify ways to grow your professional development.
Developing a career plan will help you assess your skills and interests, explore what careers might be a good match for you, as well as determine what additional skills or training you may need to reach optimal career success.
Career planning is helpful for anyone at any age or stage – whether you are still in school or not, seeking to improve your skills to advance in your current field or interested in changing your job or career entirely.
Whether you’re looking for career advice or need insight on some other big change in your life, mentors are there to help you navigate the journey.
Below are definitions of nine different types of mentors. Make it your goal to have these different types of people as part of your mentoring team to help you succeed. In addition, strive to fill one or more of these roles in someone else’s life. The rewards are tremendous!
As careers become more specialized and the business world grows more complex, the demand for individuals with industry approved credentials will continue to grow.
In fact, career training courses that offer certification can provide learners with a less expensive alternative to traditional degree programs as well as provide a faster pathway to job opportunities.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you still searching for the answer? Are you where you want to be in your professional life or does it feel like something is missing?
In this crazy world of overbooked schedules and constant striving for work-life balance, I frequently come across articles or learning opportunities that look interesting but that I skip past or save for later (which I rarely get to). I often ask myself, “do I have the time to read this article?” or “do I have time to listen to this podcast?” I’m discovering that the answer has to be “yes”.
Classroom training and studies are often the easy part of finding and obtaining a job in your chosen profession today. To stand out in the job market, a comprehensive education, coupled with hands-on experience and training can play an essential role in getting the ideal job upon completion of your program. The opportunity to take formal training and put it to practice in an internship, externship, apprenticeship, or even through volunteering can have a huge impact on career and employment opportunities.