Episode 50 features Carl Pullein. Carl is a sought after and renowned productivity and life management coach. He has over 25 years of experience and has helped thousands of people around the world get better at managing their time and become more productive using a simple system and the technology they carry around with them every day. Originally from Leeds in the United Kingdom, Carl has lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea since 2002. Carl knows what it is like to feel overwhelmed by work and distractions. He has developed strategies and systems to get the tasks done. Carl is the author of three productivity and time management books including the popular Your Digital Life and Your Digital Life 2.0. During this episode, Carl chats about mastering productivity and why he’s on a mission to help one million people to become better at time management and be more productive by 2020.
Episode 28 features Sable B. returning for the second interview of our three part series connected to our course, Her Career By Intent. Sable B. is the founder of the professional development organization, Real Brown Girls. Through a collaborative and supportive community, Real Brown Girls helps women who trust and believe greatness is in their reach as long as they are willing to put in the the work. Over 35,000 Women and Girls of Color are a part of the online community. Sable is a former high school educator that one day realized that she could build a community outside of her classroom. She left the world of teaching and began conducting career readiness focused workshops. Currently she is a non-profit program director.Sable has had many career pathing takeaways from her sold-out networking events and workshops. We continued the conversation from the previous week and discuss the second focus of the Her Career By Intent series, Career Change Now or Later.
A career search can cause you to experience a range of emotions that can sometimes lead to frustration. Career search frustration can encompass; the unexpected duration of your career search, interview outcomes, financial needs, and sometimes feeling unfulfilled with your current career path based upon multiple variables. To combat frustration, it is important for you to focus on the positive experiences and results of your career search to date and remain encouraged. It is within your ability to implement power filled thoughts, words, and planning fortitude when you need to overcome frustration.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams
Below are a few ways to remain encouraged during your career search.
Speak positive affirmations during each instance of frustration. Example: I will connect with an industry professional that will lead me to my employable opportunity.
Push and encourage yourself to have a mind shift of perspective that will ignite you to re-strategize your career search if applicable.
Do something that makes you smile and/or laugh.
Seek advice from industry influencers.
Display an attitude that is open to receiving constructive feedback that can help you improve your marketability and skills.
What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. ~ Benjamin F. Fairless
Before you start your career search or plan to change your current career path; it is crucial for you to complete a self-reflection of how you want your career path to manifest. Breakdown your career plan beyond position details and income. Identify a top ten list of what you want your next position on your career path to provide you.
Career Path Development Exercise and Questions
Take a personality test.
Career Changers, review your resume and determine what your top experiences from your previous positions were. Are they potential transferable experiences to your next role?
New Grads, what classes did you enjoy and excel in during school? Are there possible positions that will provide you the opportunity to expand your learning and experience in that area?
Were there community service experiences that brought you fulfillment that can be transferred over to a professional position?
Was there a success story that you observed or read that you need to revisit and research how you can have similar success outcomes?
Your ability to speak the language of your chosen industry is important not only when interviewing but also when conversing with various industry professionals. Taking the time to learn your industry language including acronyms and jargon beyond the textbooks is essential to your professional success. Being able to effectively communicate as an industry professional will prompt other professionals to view you as credible and increase your confidence in your professional skills and knowledge.
Below are a few language development tactics that will help you evolve the fluency of your industry language.
Listen attentively during business initiative launches and reviews.
Read and notice the verbiage details from business meeting minutes, industry related periodicals and books.
Study industry websites and the description of their services and products.
View industry advertising campaigns through various media forums.
Your industry language versatility will permit you to communicate well with various levels of professionals while leading you through the path of becoming a verifiable industry subject matter expert.