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MCT / How Your Relationship Influences Your Career
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:44:39 PM »
It’s natural to want a romantic partner who shares your ambitions, goals, and dreams—your relationship influences your career in major ways. If your partner believes in your goals and pushes you to accomplish everything in your professional life, you are actually more likely to succeed in your career. Not only because your partner will push you to get out of your comfort zone (in other words, tell you to get a raise), but also because you will receive constant praise and admiration from your partner, which will motivate you even more. With the right support, you can advance in your career smoothly and reach your goal more quickly. Research from Washington University in St. Louis even found that “a spouse’s personality influences many daily factors that sum up and accumulate across time to afford one the many actions necessary to receive a promotion or a raise.” Meaning that if you and your partner are on the same wavelength when it comes to professional paths, you will both succeed.
Since your partner’s personality can have an imprint on your personality and your career, discussing each other’s priorities is always a necessity. There is a lot that you may know up front about them but there will always be some hidden truths that can only be found with careful questions.

Some good questions to ask your prospective partner:

What are your long-term professional goals?
Understanding your prospect’s long-term goals will shine a light on where they want to be in their career. You’ll know whether or not they have the same professional goals as you, and whether they put a lot of importance on career advancement itself, money, or something other than their career.

What are your short-term professional goals?
Short-term goals will tell you how motivated your prospect is about their career. If they don’t have any short-term goals for their professional life, they might be in a stage of life where they’d rather focus on something else, like family. It’s very different from the long-term professional goals question because it covers the changes your prospect wants to make in the near future, rather than the dreams for 10-15 years down the line.

What’s your one, five, and ten-year plan?
If your prospect makes a yearly plan for their life, they’re organized. Period. They know what they want from life and they are working on accomplishing it. Some people might answer the question with a simple, “I don’t know.” This either means that they are confused about their life or haven’t really thought about the future so far. Either way, you can decide on whether you want to be with an individual who takes each day as it is, without planning it, or if you want to move on to the next one. Remember, your partner’s lifestyle and personality will rub off on you.

How do you plan to accomplish these professional goals?
It’s all great if they have a plan set out for the next few years, but do they have a plan of attack? Are they going to do something to accomplish their goals? If not, they’re just dreams written on a piece of paper. Chances are that you’ll have to push him/her to make those dreams a reality. Are you ready to invest that much time and energy?
This is what I want to do, what are your thoughts?
This question will tell you a lot about their personality. Are they jealous? Envious? Pessimistic? Opportunistic? Are they going to get excited about the idea and in turn make you even more excited? Depending on the answer your prospect gives you, you’ll have an idea of how they will be in a relationship—whether they’ll push you toward your dreams or pull you back by being negative or “realistic.”
What have you accomplished in the last five years? Is it what you wanted to accomplish?
Five years is a lot of time for someone to change their life around. Heck, people change their life around in a matter of months sometimes, so imagine what they can do in five years! This is a great question to follow-up on the yearly plan question, since it will tell you whether or not they work on making their goals a reality. If they’ve accomplished what they wanted to accomplished in the last five years, chances are that they’ll do the same thing for the next five years. Being in a relationship with someone who’s motivated and determined to make their dreams a reality will most definitely have a good impact on your life and career.

What’s your morning routine like?
Someone’s morning routine says a lot about the type of person they are, since mornings determine how someone’s day will go about. If you get into a fight in the morning, your whole day will be ruined, but if you get into a fight in the evening, you get over it more quickly because you have less time to think about it. On the same note, if someone is very productive in the morning, it means that the person has a purpose and will work hard in accomplishing his/her goals as fast as possible.
Have you been in a long-term relationship with someone who was high in the corporate ladder? Why didn’t it work out?
Better to have a few glasses of wine before asking this question, since you want the real reason it didn’t work out. You want to find a way to get the truth out of him/her. By getting to the truth, you’ll know whether your prospect can handle a person who has ambitions and who has to deal with a lot of responsibilities at work. You’ll know whether he/she is the type of person to be envious or the type who will push you towards accomplishing your goals. Of course, I was kidding about the glasses of wine… or was I?

These questions will shine a light on the type of person you’re dealing with, and if they will influence your career positively or negatively. Not only will you get to know the person’s personality and ambitions on a deeper level, but you’ll also see if their personality and ambitions match yours.

Writer-Sarah Anton

MCT / Types of People Who Always Struggle With Their Career
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:39:28 PM »
The American Dream is supposed to be the standard for not only those in America but for people all around the world. The one your parents, grandparents or teachers have taught you about. The one that was made famous by James Truslow Adams in 1931 when he wrote,” that dream is a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with the opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” As you get older it seems prophetic, which is why so many in prior generations fell in love with his dream. But somewhere along the road, Adams’ dream faded. Maybe it was decades of prosperity in America that caused complacency, maybe it was the brokenness in homes or maybe it was that people just got lazy. In many ways it doesn’t matter why it faded, the point is it did. It has caused a generation to struggle to understand why they exist and what they are meant to do. It’s caused the highest job hopping rates of all time, limited innovation, a disengaged workforce and a bunch of individuals looking out for their own self-interests instead of the greater good of all.
Instead of trying to recreate the American Dream or resurrecting it from whatever graveyard it’s in, the time has come for you to dream. Without a dream it will be extremely difficult to be a leader. Robert Kennedy famously said:
  “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” 
I had the great fortune of interviewing Bill McDermott, the CEO of SAP, who wrote a book called, “Winner’s Dream.” In his book, Bill so eloquently said “We are all entitled to a dream and when you believe strongly enough in the dream, no one can take that away from you.” Senator Kennedy and Bill McDermott couldn’t be more correct. This world needs people like you to dream big, with one simple caveat: you can’t get in the way of others.
Your dream can’t be one where there is only one winner. It can’t be about stepping on others to realize your dream. If I’ve learned one thing, it is that nothing great happens alone. Unfortunately we have too many modern professionals sitting on the sidelines either living out someone else’s dream or worse, not having one at all.
The majority of almost every generation in the workforce is living for the weekend. It’s gotten so bad, that people get into work on Monday morning and they are planning their Friday night before they have thought about work.
It’s as if this modern generation has been split into three distinct categories, two of which will always struggle to find fulfillment in their career.

Weekend Dreamers:
I estimate Weekend Dreamers makeup about 50% of the millennial generation. They don’t necessarily like the work they do, it’s just a job they do to pay the bills and many times they feel trapped or suffocated by their job. They show up on Monday and can’t wait for the clock to hit 5:30PM. They love taking breaks, rarely care about how successful they are in their job and are floating through life without much care for what’s going on around them. The weekend dreamers aren’t measuring success or are future-focused at all. Instead they’re worried more about instant gratification and giving into their every urge. They will always struggle with their career until they start doing some things differently.

Financial Dreamers:
Financial Dreamers make up about 40% of the millennial generation. They have solely monetary purpose and are out working their tail off to either provide a better life for themselves and their family or to get themselves to the next financial class. The reasons vary; many times it’s out of necessity because they didn’t grow up with much and they don’t want that life ever again. Others just want more. Once they get the taste of financial success, there isn’t much that can stand in the way of the next vacation, car, house, or status symbol . They measure success based on the material possessions they own. Unfortunately many professionals in this areas can't stand the work they do and have a difficult time thinking about anything beyond making more money or looking forward to retirement.

Purposeful Dreamers:
I estimate Purposeful Dreams to be the remaining 10% of the current millennial generation and the one type of professional who doesn't struggle in their career. They have a purpose for being on earth, they know why they are here, they can clearly communicate it and they act on it. They are thoughtful about how their actions impact those around them and they dream bigger than themselves. David Schroeder said on this week's episode of the Follow My Lead podcast, "These people know they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves."

The factors are endless in what causes young people to fall into these three categories. The popular answers are: socioeconomic upbringing, genes, family life, organizational culture, friendship circles, mentors, teachers, schools or universities. While I don’t have the answer, my best guess is it’s a combination of everything listed because people are impacted or influenced at different times in their lives. Since I don’t think we will ever have a scientific answer, let’s focus on why it’s important more people become purposeful with their dreams. Purposeful dreamers have full lives, love going to work, love going home and love life. This doesn’t mean 100% of the time they love all of these areas, but the majority of the time they are fulfilled and happy.

Writer -John Eades

MCT / 4-Step to Launching a Successful Full-Time Freelance Career
« on: September 07, 2018, 05:22:20 PM »
Step 1: Figure Out What Would Make You Worth Hiring:
Your goal is to make a living doing whatever makes you happiest: writing, designing, developing, taking photos, whatever it may be. Now, you need to identify what makes you the best choice among your competition—and, no, it doesn’t have to be your experience level.
Consider these areas when defining why clients should hire you instead of someone else:
Reputation and personality: Most people would rather work with someone who’s likable, rather than someone who has more experience but is a pain to work with.
Pricing: Whether you offer the most value at your experience level or you’re pricing yourself for top-tier clients, sell it as a benefit.
Exclusivity: Consider focusing on a specific niche. Or, if you can, only work with a limited amount of clients a time. Don’t try to do everything!
Partnerships: If you’re a writer who works with the most talented graphic designers and developers out there, make it known.
Quality and experience level: If you’re the best at what you do, prove it. Collect case studies, awards, testimonials, and results.

Step 2: Build Up Your Online Presence
No matter what you’re offering, your voice, tone, and overall image needs to reflect your personality and work style. This will make even strangers feel like they know you (trust is everything!) and help you stand out. Consider how you want to be perceived professionally as you build the following assets: your website and online portfolio, the social channels relevant to your audience’s interest, and your professional photo (here are some handy tips!).
These are the must-haves for an online presence. Others items that’ll help build brand awareness and credibility are a logo, blog, and branded templates for proposals, invoices, and strategy docs.
When building out these assets, make sure everything contributes to a cohesive story that represents your unique personal brand. Be consistent: Your URL and social handles should be the same whenever possible. And be authentic—if you try to be someone else, potential clients will see right through it and will be less likely to trust you. Remember, people respect confidence.
Make your offering and personal brand clear from the start—keep your bio short, to the point, and charming. Finally, don’t underestimate a tagline. It’s your unique selling proposition in 10 words (or less!). Make sure it conveys the value you add.

Step 3: Find Your First Clients:
Thanks to the internet, even a novice freelancer can win over clients. Start by spreading the word to your friends and networks. Let them know you’re accepting work, what you’re looking for, and what you’re offering.
Next, build your brand on social media by sharing interesting stories, anecdotes, and quotes relevant to your field. To get attention on social and cut through the clutter, share posts that are educational, entertaining, visual, or funny. (Bonus points if what you post is all four.) Be punchy and add value to your (prospective) client’s day with your content. Oh, and don’t be afraid to share your work!
Looking to find more structured opportunities? There are a ton of sites dedicated to helping freelancers find jobs. Among them are, of course, CloudPeeps and The Muse, as modern takes. But there’s also Upwork, FlexJobs, Freelancer, Guru, the Envato network, and other older players. Facebook Groups can also be a great source of opportunities! Check out The Freedom to Freelance Project, Dreamers // Doers Jobs, Albert’s Jobs, and the CloudPeeps group for a taste. Use them to your advantage, sign up for the email updates, and pitch, pitch, pitch. These sites will help you build your portfolio as well as a great foundation to learn the ropes of running your own business.
As you continue to build your client base and produce quality work, clients will start referring you to others. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to transition to being a full-time freelancer!

Step 4: Prepare to Be Broke:
OK, step four is actually out of place. Because honestly, you’re going to have to keep this in the back of your mind as you’re going through steps one through three. However, before you quit, you do need to ensure that you have money in the bank—no matter how many Twitter followers you’ve gotten or how many clients promise to refer friends.
The minimum amount to save for yourself before leaving your full-time job is four to six months of $0 income living. If you’re not there yet, you’re going to have to cut back on extraneous expenses. We’re talking about making coffee at home, giving up shopping splurges, and forgoing hair cuts. That’s right—I didn’t get my hair cut or styled for over a year when I first quit my job. All in all, put what you make from your side work directly into savings to build the cushion you need to go full-time freelance.
When you’ve saved enough to quit your full-time job, don’t simply cut your old company out of your life. If you like working there, inquire about working together in a freelance capacity. Be ready to explain why you’re a crucial asset and how freelancing will allow you to focus on what’s most important for the organization. Present it as a win-win situation.
Ready to get started? There are a lot of products and services that allow you to run a lean freelance business. For insurance, consider Oscar or Freelancers Union. For all things finance, check out Wave Accounting, Xero, and Mint. For legal, you can find a lawyer on your budget with UpCounsel and any legal documents with Shake, and use HelloSign for obtaining signatures. My favorite time-management apps are Timely and Harvest. For project management, I prefer Asana and Trello.


« on: September 07, 2018, 05:17:21 PM »
Artistic, creative people can struggle to find careers that fit. When you're used to thinking out of the box it's easy to feel boxed in by traditional jobs. Good thing the world of work is broad enough to need your unique abilities.

Creativity and Business:
It can be argued that any job in business takes creativity, especially for problem solving. But there are certain careers in business that are truly based on imagination and ingenuity. Do you like preparing budgets and managing expenses? Would you also be interested in launching new products and services, using advertising campaigns and promotions? Here are two jobs that let you do just that:

Artistic Director:
Artistic Directors work for orchestras, theatre groups and arts festivals. You'll have creative input, plus responsibility for finances, membership and other administrative areas. Help increase audience attendance for your favourite artistic events.

 Marketing Manager:

Business-types with creative leanings may be drawn to the field of marketing. In this job you get to work with ad agencies, research companies, design houses, packaging producers, public relations firms and other related suppliers. You'll also have financial responsibility for your products.

You needn't move to Hollywood to realize your movie making dream. You will, in any case, need an eye for detail and a really good sense of how to tell stories visually. There'll be scripts to prepare, scenes to shoot, and hours spent editing to perfect the video.

You make studio quality videos. These might be creative and fun, or serious and business-like. In general you're hired by employers who need corporate videos and films for training staff. Your knowledge of lighting, film speeds, setting and background choice - in addition to the technical aspects of shooting and posting videos - will qualify you for this career.

Can you bring creative ideas to life with animation? If so you may be in demand with movie, commercial and video production houses. Likely you have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (or similar program) and Maya or 3D Studio Max.

Architectural Technician:
Drafting designs for buildings and living spaces is what architectural technicians do. You'll become a whiz at CAD (Computer Assisted Design) and visualization software. Combine your creative impulses with technical accuracy in this expanding field.

Graphic Artist:
Use your visual artistry and creativity to design images of all types. Match these up with your computer graphics talent and you too could work in an ad agency, marketing company, public relations firm, fashion house, or other place where graphics need to be generated continually.
Website Designer:
More than techie skills are needed when designing websites. Creative flair and knowledge of user interface requirements are essential. So is the ability to create arresting graphics.

You spin out words with the greatest of ease. Would you like to write copy that sells? Advertisements and brochures are filled with phrases created by writers. So are annual reports for companies. And pamphlets or other marketing material.

Copywriters tend to do their wordsmithing in advertising agencies and on content-heavy websites. They fabricate the writing in advertisements and commercials, to accompany visuals and musical themes. You should be able to adapt your material to specific audiences.

Visual Arts:
Some people have a gift for seeing the world in ways that highlight its beauty and distinctiveness. Maybe you can walk into an empty room and see its possibilities. Or use a camera to capture pictures that speak a thousand words.

Interior Designer:
This is a job for those with flair for harmonizing colors and furnishings to different spaces. You'll plan room themes, then purchase appropriate furniture and artwork. All within budget, deadline and client specs, of course.

Professional photographers need to be familiar with product, event and portrait photography. Your picture shooting aptitude is needed by newspapers, magazines, content-heavy websites, and ad agencies, among others. So say "cheese" and apply today.

« on: September 07, 2018, 05:10:01 PM »
Generally a Career Plan is for a better life style.If your planning is clear, your duty and function will be cleared. Now the fact is the planning. For career planning brainstorming is must.

1.Know Your Values:
Before you answer this question, you need to know what, in general, values are.Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. But when these don't align with your personal values, that's when things feel... wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.

2.Learn About Yourself:
You want to choose an occupation that fits your unique qualities - your abilities, talents, needs, values, and interests -and the life-style you want to live.Knowing your "unique qualities" is not easy. Learning about yourself is a challenge for everyone. But, the clearer picture you have, the more likely you are to choose a satisfying career.It is important to write your ideas down. You may find this difficult to do, many do. But, it will make a big difference in your self-understanding. Write down your thoughts and feelings as you do the exercises below. Make a folder to keep your notes and writings.

Here are eight strategies you will find helpful:
1.Take tests or inventories that measure your abilities, interests, values, and personality. Write out your reactions to the results
2.Look carefully at your achievements in school or at work to identify your abilities
3.Examine how you use your leisure time - your hobbies, community projects, activities with social, political, or religious organizations.
4.Talk with a friend or family member who is a good listener.
5.Talk with a professional counselor; learn about career counseling.
6.Go to identify your skills.
7.Write an autobiography and identify the themes that represent who you are.
8.Write a personal mission statement.

3.Identify Your Skill:
Identifying your motivated skills can be a powerful approach for guiding your career direction. It was first pioneered by Bernard Haldane and later adopted by Richard Bolles in the national bestseller series, What Color is Your Parachute?
It works best if you take a methodical, analytical approach, or work with a person trained in this process.
Make a list of all those achievement, accomplishments, or similar "good experiences" that you have had in the past 2-5 years, whether work-related or not. Those,
You feel you did well,
Enjoyed doing, and feel proud of.
Rank order them and choose the best. Now, for each one, write down or tell someone,
What you did,
How you did it and
What happened.
Add these skills to your list.
Review your list and make a mark next to any of the other skills you consider your "motivated skills," the skills you most enjoy using.

4.Research Your Career Option:
Once you identify possible career paths or academic programs of interest, learn as much as you can about them. Use basic research techniques to understand the requirements for specific careers, or how a degree program prepares you for post-graduate study. Talk to individuals in jobs or degree programs that interest you. Conduct informational interviews to better understand how your background and strengths relate to specific career options. The more research you do, the better prepared you will be to make good career and life decisions.
Remember, this is a process. Don’t rush it! Take the time you need to do your research and understand your options.

5.Link Your Career with Your Life:
Your values are included in your life and lastly it shows that your choice , your happiness,your destiny as well as your dreams are your career relative work. So linking your career in your life is quite important.


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