Focus your energy on the right career

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Focus your energy on the right career

Did you know that most people spend only 5% of their time doing something they actually love! The average person spends 60% of the day working (which is why is essential to choose the right career), 20% sleeping, another 15% commuting and only 5% doing something they actually love. That 5% means everything for some people, especially for those who do not enjoy what they do for living. For many people it means not seeing their children growing up, not been able to keep healthy habits, not sharing with friends and family and in general not enjoying life.

These frightening statistics show that the average person barely has time to see his/her family, work out, read a book, go to the movies, have a hobby, etc. And if we are consistent with the metrics, it means that we only have 5% of the energy of the day to do the things we love on those 1.2 hours that left of the day.  It does not sound fair at all, does it?

Building your career

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Building your career

How can we choose the right career in life?Are we too young or too old to choose/change a career path? One of the causes of dissatisfaction in life is the job that we choose to do every day. I used to believe that once you choose your study field you will be stuck in one domain for life. This is the worst thought people can ever have regarding careers. I recently had the opportunity to work with a young intern in the company and he pointed out a few times that he wasn’t really sure of what he would do next. He wondered many times if he would really like to make a living on the field he was developing -which was consulting services. I thought: “this is completely normal, he is so young”. I know I am not working in the field I used to work during my first internship. When we are young and we hit our first job experience, we often have the feeling of being lost and we are not so clear about the future.

Personal – work balance: Is it time to redirect my career?

Reconciling a better professional and personal life resembles us to a mountain too big to climb and at the same time, satisfy the needs that must be met. However, doing this, could be a real investment to long term if is carefully planned.

Now, when should we take this initiative? Possibly, when the idea of a calmer life starts to manifest in our minds or when the lack of balance between professional and personal life generates stress added to our jobs or family. A change at the professional level may be a way to redesign our life and make it more fulfilling and rewarding.

Most of the time, when the transition pathway identified is completely consistent with the personal and professional needs (even if you work is so hard), the stress is completely different, at least the perception is different. In other words, the obsession for work decreases, and therefore, we dispose more of our time and energy for the personal sphere.

In previous articles, we have talked about the importance of our decisions in our career building and we have reflex ourselves with affirmations such as: “I am very old (or very young) to change my career”

This time, I would like share you 3 tips that will help you in redirect your career in order to achieve a more balanced personal life:

1 – Check your drivers.

If the search of the balance between the professional and personal life is the only driver of change, then we can ensure that we have taken important steps forward. I say this because in order to successfully achieve change, it is essential that the new choice meets with all levels of your needs: environmental, behavioral, relational, in terms of capabilities, tasks, beliefs, values, needs, etc. This will ensure that the wish for change is real.

2- Accepts the loss of the past condition to increase your self-esteem.

Once we get certain hierarchical level within a company, for example, surely change will imply that the level of responsibilities decreases. This means, the acceptance of the loss of a status. For many of us, this condition is fundamental: we think that we need recognition of our accomplishments to feel ourselves valuable; this is just a reflection of a fragile self-esteem. As a result, the fear of the loss of this external recognition becomes an obstacle to change. On the contrary, to think that we will gain a balanced life, the internal recognition and the emotional inputs will be our self-esteem allies.

3 – Accept the loss of money by the well-being gain.

Another direct consequence of the career transition is the financial loss. However, we have to take into account that this well-being has a cost. The fall in revenues could be compensated by the benefits in terms of personal and family well-being.  Well, we have the key for doing a “temporary” loss if  we focus our efforts in some activity that redeems us in a economical well-being to medium or log term.

In recent years the world has changed and the professional transition is no longer a simply change of company. Any professional transition is a change that can be, either to move forward in our career, or perhaps –even more times that we can imagine- to disrupt what we used to do and to start something completely different. It is also an opportunity to learn, undertake new projects, and why not, to risk!.

Redirect our career is change, life itself is change, and many times change is an opportunity to improve ourselves.

Read the traffic lights on your career path

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How to read the traffic lights on your career path

Traffic lights were first established in 1868 in London and their main function is to send a signal that indicates whether you are allowed to proceed through the intersection on or not. Anyone able to walk and drive on the streets should understand how traffic lights work.  Regardless of the country where you live and the possible variations, traffic light rules are pretty much standard all over the world: green means “go”, amber (yellow) means “precaution” and red means “stop”. If we decided to take a ride on your career path, would you say that you know how to read the signs?

Red means that you need to change your career now! 

When you “have to” go to work, you feel like it does not make any sense to spend the day there and you dream about winning the lottery  to not have to set foot in your job ever again, well that definitely means that you need to change your job, and even consider a career redirection now. Pay attention to the signals! I know it’s not easy to make changes, but if you are familiar with these feelings you should really consider paying attention to the STOP sign and evaluate the next steps on your career path.

Here are a few signals (red) that will help you identify how bad the situation is: you are not giving 100% to your tasks, you make lots of mistakes, you feel tired and even angry at the end of the day, you get sick very often, you are wishing for the Fridays and cursing the Mondays, you are expecting to get extremely well paid for what you do (which by the way will not be the case most of the time), all you do is complain and criticize everything, you do not feel there is anything to be grateful for.

Amber (Yellow) means that you are in your comfort zone

When you go and leave your job every day at the same time, you only do the tasks that you know you are able to do and you often think “it could be worse, other people don’t have a job at all”- I think you are in your comfort zone. The amber light indicates that you can go on but you have to be cautious. Staying in your comfort zone means that you are doing what you can do, instead of doing what you love to do. You are not inspired and you need external motivation to get up to go to work and make it through the day. In the long run this behavior leads to deception, unhappiness and sometimes anger.

How can you tell that you are parked in the comfort zone?: You have a hard time  waking  up in the morning, you do your tasks well but you do only what’s required, you think about making a career from your passion but then you think that’s only for very talented people, you eagerly expect the yearly salary raise (if any), you complain regularly with friends and family but when asked what are you going to do about it you say “nothing, I want to stay here a couple more years to get more experience, it’s a good company, it’s good for my CV”.

Green means that you have an inspiring career

When you feel that you have a purpose, that your cause is even bigger than you and that what you do is aligned with your values it means that you have an inspiring career. When you do something that is aligned with who you are and what’s most important to you, you don’t need external motivation (like a salary), you are inspired from within.

Here are some of the signals (green lights) that indicate that you are truly inspired: You feel energized, you can’t wait to start the day, you often think about how you can be better at what you do, you are serving others and you love it, you help others succeed as well, you want to keep reading and learning about what you do, you dare to take on new challenges, you are grateful and you inspire others.

 

Are you reading your traffic lights correctly? What are the next steps you will take on your career path? You can leave your comments below.

If you are considering a change of direction I do recommend you to check at our coaching programs on career transition and contact us. Helping others to build an inspiring career is what we do best!

 

How to succeed your job application

 

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How to succeed your job application

Are you looking for a new job? Are you perhaps considering a change of careerWhatever your case may be, if you are reading this article is because you are in the tedious process of applying for a job. You know how it is, it gets repetitive, you have to fill in many application forms, cover letters customized according to the company, you set up alerts in a few job boards, you spend hours in front of the PC and then you reach the point of despair and you start applying to every job post you come across.

Career Development Program: Highly Beneficial for Employees

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

Do you look forward to becoming successful in the near future? Is your career of great importance to you? If so, work towards improving your skills and making the most of your abilities. By working on yourself, you will invite endless career opportunities that may be missing at this point of time. Participating in your company’s career development program would work wonders in bringing out the best in you. The reason organizations look forward to implementing career development coaching programs is that they help in full professional development of an individual.

Career development programs not only awaken the true potential of the employees, but also enhance their productivity in a massive way. Upgrading the skills on a constant basis helps employees meet the challenges of the changing work environment and prepares them for the upcoming hurdles. Career development coaching programs play a vital role in improving the skills, knowledge, and behavior of employees, which in turn, prepare them for the future positions in the best way possible.

Companies that look forward to encouraging a more creative, open-minded, and solution-oriented approach from employees, learn that career development program at our organization would be the best for you. Our corporate programs will definitely awaken the true potential of your employees and motivate them towards becoming the best versions of themselves & offering great results.

So, if you want to strengthen the talent and skills of your employees, get in touch with us forthwith!