Advice for Older Job Seekers

I came across this recently, aimed at those over 50 who are looking for a job. Briefly the advice is – think strategically about your career, do your research, and hustle like a millennial. The article is US oriented, so  some of the websites may be of limited use (though still worth exploring).

Just don’t do a Yosser Hughes (from Boys from the Black Stuff) – it rarely works.

Interesting thoughts on the future job market

Though as with any prediction, they may turn out to be inaccurate.

“The future job market will be radically different—almost alien—to what we have now. There are a waves of forces that will significantly change the way we work and the type of jobs we hold. The rapid ascension of sophisticated technology, global connectedness and a confluence of other factors will make the workforce of the future almost unrecognizable.”

AI will increasingly replace some jobs but there will be new demands from an increasingly elderly population.

Read it all via Forbes

Career Ladder or Career Lattice?

An interesting concept via Forbes. The straight line career for life is increasingly a thing of the past. Instead your career may involve moving sideways, diagonally and even sometimes downwards in order to move forwards. And it is difficult to pull a lattice up after you.

Of course, some future careers do not exist yet, so career management and skills development will be key.

The article can be read here 


Questions That Make a Big Difference

Every day we make choices that influence our pace and quality of life. All too often we are completely unconscious of the choices we are making and how they affect our life. Generally we are operating from habit, instinct or need.  On one hand, this can be less stressful, as we do not have to think through every one. On the other, it is all too easy to carry on activities which are no longer needed, interfering with the rest of our lives. Bad habits also interfere with our work, which in turn affects our out of work lives. We need to review our decisions from time to time, and be conscious and deliberate about making them.  If we do not, the negative consequences can leave us stressed, overwhelmed, or out of control. That in turn can lead to ill health and family problems

As you start a new month, become more aware of the many choices you have already made and decide how many are still right.

An Unbalanced Life Comes At a Price

Living life out of balance – at a frantic pace — comes with a price. Not only for those people experiencing the imbalance, but also for their friends, families and loved ones, and the companies they work for. And the schools, charities and other organisations missing out on volunteers.

Did you know that companies lose hundreds of pounds per person every year due to work place stress?  Did you know that 80% of people feel stress on the job and that stress is the number 1 health problem? Did you know that prolonged stress leads to both physical and mental symptoms? And global studies indicate that 70% of workers do not feel they have good work-life balance.

Frantic, chaotic, hectic lifestyles not only come at the cost of the joy we find in life, but also create a feeling of loss of control, while negatively impacting everyone and everything around us. And it makes us perform less well at work, making us more frantic still!

Make 2019 different and choose to move towards balance, so instead of paying the ‘price’, you can reap the ‘reward’.

What do career coaches do?

What do Career Coaches Do?

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“The word coach comes from the old English word coach, which was a vehicle, a carriage that took royalty or very important people from where they were to where they wanted to go. That’s really what a coach is. He or she tries to create a vehicle that will help get you where you are going, not where the coach wants you to go.” Tim Galwey

If you have ever wondered “what do career coaches do?” it helps to start with what any coach does. Hence the quote above.

Importantly, a career coach helps you to decide on your own career direction (rather than telling you what it should be). Coaching gives you the time and a safe space to consider your aims, aspirations and options. It is much more than a cosy chat. It will generally be structured, your thinking may be challenged, and it should lead to a commitment to taking action.

Unlike career advisers, we generally start with your values, ambitions, and only then look at your qualifications, skills and experience. We also help you apply a reality filter. Of course, if you need a job immediately (or if you want a similar job to the one you have now) these elements can be left aside.

We can help you prepare your CV – we encourage you to write and modify your own. Part of the service is to help you prepare for interview (including mock interviews) and take you through the mechanics of modern day job hunting.

We also remove blocks – whether in your mind or in skills such as presentation.

The ultimate aim is for you to develop the capacity, skills and confidence to manage your own career in the future, without having to return to us.

That’s what career coaches do! If this is of interest, email now.