I recently found myself at a career crossroads. Nothing in my life had changed, but somewhere along the lines money stopped being as available as it used to. I had come to a point in my career where I needed to make a change or go broke ignoring what was happening.
What if that's not actually the case? What if, by simply labeling myself as an introvert, I'm transforming this into a self-fulfilling prophecy? Some of the labels we assign to ourselves are holding us back. Because of them, we don't see the "other path" when it presents itself.
While in the market for a new job, you will always appear to be a stronger candidate when you are a valued asset to a team - even if it is a team you plan to leave. Arriving to an interview "unemployed" may raise a red flag and potentially pose some cause for concern.
"Oh... no, I actually didn't read that." These were the staggered words of a company recruiter during a phone interview with me a week ago. They called after a brief e-mail exchange about my résumé posted on Craigslist.
Much has been said about the need for better information on college outcomes. Especially in an era of spiraling college costs and rising debt, it is more important than ever for students to be able to understand their return on investment - and thus, the theory goes, make better decisions.
Along the way, I've learned the most valuable lesson; that without my health my success was stunted and with it I could soar. So, I've dedicated myself to taking care of my body. In my case, that's keeping my autoimmune condition under control to the best of my ability. By doing this, I am and will be prepared for whatever comes my way.
Nearly 54 million men and women are now part of America's independent workforce -- working variously as accountants, computer programmers, translators, designers, health care providers, and more.
There's no shame in a blue-collar job. I can't tell you how many people I've met who started on the shop floor and ended up in the chairman's suite. Upward mobility is incredibly possible in the trades, unlike the business world where it's a slow and arduous climb.
You're done with college, but what's next? A job? Can I get one? Should I go to Grad school? Can I even afford Grad school?
Before 1910, there weren't really any standards for medical education in the US. Someone could go to school, get a degree, hang a shingle somewhere and call themselves whatever they liked.
Instead of generally feeling "blah," you'll have a picture of what needs to be shifted. And, over time, you'll have a lot clearer picture of how bad things are actually getting. That may motivate you.
While it is likely true that some colleges and universities may not endure, the teaching of a broad non-professional curriculum will always be needed.
Do you ever think about how much the average office life has changed in the past 5 years alone? How about over 30 years? A friend of mine who worked for the same company for 34 years shared his most compelling reflections and short stories.
In the era of "having it all," is it now possible for women to pursue their own creativity and have a successful career, remain an engaged and fun mom, have a happy family life while still getting enough sleep in your day? Am I being unrealistic here?
Most executives are actually being paid their market value based on their education and experience. So if a company has a beef, my recommendation is they should examine their culture and compensation packages. There is usually a valid reason the employees are leaving.
Most of my companies are in regulated industries, so criminal record or a failed drug test is a deal breaker. Companies don't want to hire people that make bad personal decisions.