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It doesn’t take permission to do good work from the Career Opportunities Podcast

February 19th, 2018 No comments

It doesn’t take permission to do good work from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Watching your child move through their school years can always be quite illuminating. It brings back memories of your own childhood while also allowing you to learn a bit more from these experiences than you ever did as a child. Today’s lesson came from the student council elections at my son’s school. Watching parents and children alike discuss the results, I realized that too many of us think that doing good work requires some sort of title. Nothing could be further from the truth.

These thoughts arose from parents discussing how disappointed they would be if their child — who was a current member of the student council — lost the election and wouldn’t be able to do the fun things they enjoyed as part of that role. Without even thinking, my first response was — if they enjoy doing it, why should they stop. Even without the title of “class historian” they could still go out and take pictures and store memories for their classmates. While the current council member would get first priority of having their photos displayed at school, there is no reason the other child should stop doing something they enjoy.

 

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Helping others help you from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

February 12th, 2018 No comments

Helping others help you from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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All of us need a little help in our careers. We need guidance. We need advice. We need support. Unfortunately, many of us don’t know how to help others help us. We often go about asking for help in odd ways or, even worse, ignoring or questioning the help we receive. Helping someone is a two way street and if you consistently go about it in the wrong way you will soon find yourself without anyone to help you at all.

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What I tell every new careerbuilder from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

February 5th, 2018 Comments off

What I tell every new careerbuilder from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Many of the readers and listeners of Career Opportunities have been working for a long time. They have had several jobs and maybe even a few careers. It seems to take a few years before most people start to consider their work and how to build the career they deserve. That said, I am always excited when I meet someone at the beginning of their career that, for whatever reason, has the foresight to see that their career and their life are intimately intertwined. For these people, today’s column focuses on the things I would love to say to every person just starting out in their career. Take these lessons to heart and your career may become much easier.

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Take responsibility for your own education from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

January 29th, 2018 Comments off

Take responsibility for your own education from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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I have been advising you to take control of your career for over 12 years here on Career Opportunities. I continue to believe that it is of the utmost importance that you manage your career instead of letting it manage you. Today, I am extending that advice beyond your work and your career. Starting today you must also take direct responsibility for your own education.

Through budget cuts and legislation, our American system of higher education is being priced beyond reach or destroyed entirely. While I will rue the day it occurs, there may come a time when many of you, or more likely, your children,  will find it difficult, if not impossible, to gain a college degree. In such a world, you may need to look to other, perhaps older, methods to gain the education you need to succeed.

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Are you learning with every project, task, opportunity? Are you “Hitting the Bullseye”? from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

January 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Are you learning with every project, task, opportunity? Are you “Hitting the Bullseye”? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Over the last several months my son and I have been increasingly active in archery at our local range with our local SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) group. We enjoy being outdoors and the camaraderie of archery, as well as challenging ourselves to improve our skills over time. During our hours at the range, comparisons between archery and your career have been coming to mind quite a bit. There is one analogy that I haven’t been able to shake so I felt it deserved presenting here.

When you are on the archery range your goal is typically to become better and better at your aim. The archery target presents a clear goal and clear feedback after each shot. If only our career was so forthcoming with feedback. Archery is a challenge of constant correction and adaptation. If you want to improve, you carefully evaluate each shot, what you did, and the results it produced. After some time you will find that your muscle memory will begin to kick in and it becomes easier and easier to hit the bulls eye consistently.

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Most Viewed Pages on Career Opportunities for 2017

January 21st, 2018 Comments off

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Here are the Most Viewed Pages for 2017 on Career Opportunities

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On YouTube: The Feynman Technique for learning anything via Sprouts | Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities with Douglas E. Welch » Video: Attracting Opportunity to You from “A Year of Opportunity”
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Your career is about YOU! from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

January 15th, 2018 Comments off

Your career is about YOU! from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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You may have noticed over the years that I don’t write about typical career-related topics here on Career Opportunities. Where other columns might focus on resumes or interview skills, I prefer to talk about how your career relates to you, your needs and your goals. Too often I think we forget the a career is a very personal thing. It isn’t some academic process that happens to someone else. It happens to you. You have to live with your career, day after day, so shouldn’t you be building the career you deserve?

When we talk about careers we tend to focus on the external factors. How can I perfectly answer that tough interview question? How can I mold myself into someone this company will want to hire? How will our boss feel about this action? Will the company have issues with that? To my eye, we spend entirely too much time trying to satisfy external forces and factors and too little looking out for ourselves. The true success of your career is how much you gain from it, not how much others gain from you. Sure there should be a balance, but in most career situations we err on the side of pleasing our employer instead of pleasing ourselves.

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Idea Generation Tools from Starters Code

January 9th, 2018 Comments off

There is no, one, creativity tool that works for every situation, place or time so it is useful to have a few sites, apps, and books that you can turn to when you need to create and capture your great ideas. This article provides a number of ways to keep your creativity flowing and also turn these ideas into something big! — Douglas

Idea Generation Tools from Starters Code

Idea Generation Tools from Starters Code

Ideation is the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas, where an idea is understood as a basic element of thought that can be either visual, concrete, or abstract. Ideation comprises all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.

These tools will help you capture you thought better, Organize your brainstorming into successful sections.

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Production, Promotion and Being Proactive in your Career from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio/Video]

January 8th, 2018 Comments off

Production, Promotion and Being Proactive in your Career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Production, Promotion and Being Proactive in your Career from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio/Video]

A live recording of my presentation, “Production, Promotion and being Proactive in your Career”, at Tuesdays with Transitioners on February 15, 2011. (1 hour, 23 minutes)

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The Care And Feeding of Your Career from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

January 1st, 2018 Comments off

The Care And Feeding of Your Career from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Your career isn’t just something you set on autopilot and forget. Sure, you might be engaged in a great job at the moment and enjoying your work, but even then you need to be constantly monitoring and adjusting your career. Times change and along with them the economy, the stability of your company and your own wants, needs and desires. Be happy, sure, but don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security. You need to keep building your career, even when you seem on the right path.

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