The inhabitants of the Japanese islands of Okinawa are known for their longevity. They also believe in the idea that everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living, the source of value in your life. They believe that to live a long and happy life you need to work out what this is. If… Continue reading Find your Ikigai
If you’ve been out of work for a while and money is running out then applying for a lower level job can seem like an easier way to get into work quickly. Maybe you’ve been in a situation in the past when taking a less senior role seemed like the best thing to do. It… Continue reading Should I aim for a lower level job?
A common theme with those of my clients who are unhappy in their current role is that they have difficulty working with their boss. It can make even the perfect job a miserable experience, stilt your opportunities for development and progression and sap your confidence if you feel that your efforts are not valued. So… Continue reading Ten tips for managing upwards
As we made our New Year’s resolutions this time last year, we were probably all hoping that 2021 would be the year when we could begin to live our lives again. To some extent many of us did, but life feels more uncertain again as 2022 begins. It does still make sense to make resolutions… Continue reading Resolutions for a happy 2022
Remember when you started out on your career. You were probably excited about the future with all its possibilities and keen to gain as many skills and as much experience as you could. You had lots of ideas and energy, and most likely you set yourself ambitious goals. But now, a good few years on, have… Continue reading Are you stuck in a mid-career rut?
We have had such an unusual time over 2020 and 2021 with big changes to the way we lead our day to day lives. It’s been hugely worrying and difficult for many of us. Has it also given you time to think about what is important to you? It does feel like life from now… Continue reading Time for a change?
Are you feeling frustrated by your progress in looking for a new job? Is it time to change your strategy? The traditional approach A different way of thinking They are in charge … Continue reading Change your thinking about job search
If you are looking for a new job, it might feel like you should slow down now till the New Year, but there are lots of reasons why the festive season can help your job search. December is often less competitive than January – many job searchers reduce their efforts then, thinking that there’s not… Continue reading Use the festive season to help your job search
How do you present yourself persuasively to employers when you’re making a career change? Package yourself in a way that is appropriate to the sector or role that you’re targeting. The research which you’ve carried out before deciding to make the change should be the basis for helping you to work out what transferable skills… Continue reading Marketing yourself when planning a career change
Do you dread Monday mornings? Are you going to look back at your life and think “if only I…..”? Are you in the wrong job? As Confucius said: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” So, life in 2021 is still fairly uncertain, and you have… Continue reading Planning a career change