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7 out of 10

Can’t stand your job anymore? Well you’re not alone, 7 out of 10 people are dissatisfied, disengaged or hostile towards their employer. 7 out of 10! Being stuck in the wrong job affects your mental and physical health and your company’s bottom line. Here are some suggestions to make the shift.

  • First, the old saying is true, don’t quit before you have another job or an idea of what you want to do.
  • If you have topped out on promotions or salary, you could start looking for another company and refreshing your resume is a great place to start.
  • Ready to make a complete change, you need to discover other careers which are a better a match for you.  Start with “discovering you”. Let’s be honest, how can we give other’s your best if you don’t know what your best could be. There are some great tools to help you with self- discovery, understanding your strengths, gifts, talents with matches to careers which fit you. In addition, working with a career development professional will expedite this process, and give you feedback with specific next steps.
  • You may want to consider starting your own business. This is a big step but if you have the right idea, funding and a team you can build – take the leap.

Life is too short to not do what you were made to do!

Nail the daunting Performance Review

1.    Know if there is a skew or ranking.

Those are dirty words, but let’s face it, not everyone can be given the highest rating or review. This is especially true if the results are tied to ‘salary, promotions, and/or equity’.

2.     Know what’s important to your Manager and the Organization’s goals.

We normally understand what we need to do to fulfill our job roles, and as important we should understand what the business objectives are and how your role fits in. Hint: frequently we are not aligned, so ask.

3.     IMPACT and RESULTS.

All too often the discussions are centered on your effort ‘what you did’, but what’s even more important are your RESULTS and IMPACT on the business (this includes, results on Products, Services, People, Process, Sales, you get the picture).  

As you prepare to discuss your review, ask yourself “so what?”…meaning, what was the impact or result of what you did?

If you can’t tie your efforts directly to a result or impact, you should question why you did it.

4.     Moving Forward.

Use this time to think about your job, your role, your purpose. Are you really in the right place? What can you take away to make the next review better?

#preparation #performance

Start With Some Experience!

Choosing a career path is a big decision. Our Career Match service brings self-awareness of the students gifts, talents and strengths, while providing a clear path to the job roles which best fit them.  We often pair the student with professionals to give them insight into a ‘day-in-the-life’ with an informational interview and if possible a shadowing experience.

Before the student meets with a professional, we recommend they research their field on mynextmove.org and look them up on LinkedIn and review their profile. They’ll be notified you did, and it will show them you’ve done your homework.

Here are some recommended items to cover in your informational interview:

#1: Start by telling them a little about you and why you are speaking with them.

#2: Ask them what are the major tasks / activities their job entails on a daily basis? About how much time is spent on each?

#3: What do they enjoy the most/least about their job? Ask them to recall an awesome achievement or special day they had?

#4: How do they see this job changing in the next 10 years, do they see it as a growing career field or declining?

#5: If they could go back and do anything differently on this career path, what would they do?

Oh the Infamous Gap year : Myths vs. Facts

How about a gap year? There are many misconceptions about these programs, here are some facts.

MYTH #1: Gappers take longer to graduate from college ( #1 misconception).

FACT: The average time to graduation for “gappers” is 4 years! The national average is 5+ years. By the way, the average cost of changing a major is $45K. Gappers change their majors less.

MYTH # 2: Their college GPA will suffer because they are out of the “rigor and discipline of school”.

FACT: Colleges are seeing gappers as more focused, motivated, mature and broader thinkers.  They have an expanded world-view and are more adaptable.

MYTH #3: It’s a full year and I could lose my spot in college.

FACT: Nope, gap programs can range from a few weeks to a full year or more. Most colleges will allow applicants to retain their spot and delay their start date (always check with the schools).

MYTH #4: It’s VERY expensive.

FACT: No need to break the bank. Gap year costs can range from zero to several thousand dollars. There are even options to ‘make’ money: non-profit grants, scholarships, corporate support, or ministries.

MYTH #5: Gappers are less apt to go to college.

FACT: 77% of gappers stated it helped them find their purpose in life and 59% said it helped  them determine what to study and were motivated to get their degrees.

Here’s a great source of information about gap years – https://usagapyearfairs.org

 

Discover Pathwaze is a career consulting company.

We focus on three areas: Young adults and Career transitioners. We support the college process from selecting the best fit colleges to the application process.

We provide career services from resume creation to preparing for salary discussions.

Listen to a podcast by Discover Pathwaze on “How to Raise a Maverick” https://howtoraiseamaverick.com/?podcast=023-career-coach-teen

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