Career and life planning in challenging times. David Levinson, International Careers Adviser [email protected] This session aims to…. Help you to reflect on where you are and where you want to get to in your career Reflect on how to make this happen Help you to identify next steps .
How on earth did I
‘To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive’ Robert Louis Stevenson
‘Life is a journey, not a destination-we determine our destiny by the direction we take’
‘It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end’
Ursula K. LeGuin
Most people spend more time planning a car purchase or upgrading their smart phone than they do thinking about their career.
What kinds of knowledgeand interests do you want to use?
What kinds of skills do you want to use?
What kind of life style do you want to have?
Are there any potential barriers or conflicts?
Logical process of analysis, logic and elimination
Drive to find ‘ideal’ job
Matching skills and values to roles
Systematic narrowing down of choices through comprehensive research and information gathering
Future uncertain and unpredictable
Behavioural strategies to deal with this
Chance events provide opportunities
Must be pro-active
Based on ideas and concepts of theories of chaos
Over half the people in the UK feel they are in the wrong job!
86% are not working in their dream job
Does this matter?
A sense of purpose / meaning
Friendship / affiliation
It could involve shifting from……
Other peoples’ definition of success
“ railway tracks” – started so I’ll finish
Failure is not an option
Success is always somewhere else
Focus on internal – what we are in the process of becoming
Being about your passions
Being the best you can be
Failure and sidetracking are allowed!
What is success…?
Move in related steps
BUT beware of damaging your CVPragmatism v Idealism?
Increasing breadth of opportunity
increasing likelihood of re-training
increasingly further from ‘comfort zone’
increasing effort to investigate
increasing effort required to make the move
less value likely to be attached to previous experience
Research what employers want
Brief yourself – LinkedIn, Twitter
Be realistic about your market value
Fail to demonstrate results
Surviving interesting timesDon’t……
25% advertised vacancies:
75% not advertised:
People you know (and maybe
the people who they know)
People who know you (and
maybe the people who know them)
A way of accessing help and
A way of providing help and
This is the start of your online brand
When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments
what’s your USP?