By Tai Goodwin
Get Real: Acknowledge how you are feeling about your work-life. Journal it, talk about it with someone you don’t have to sensor yourself with, but stop holding it in. The more you try to ignore how you really feel, the more anxiety and frustration you will feel about your situation. The sooner you identify how you feel, the sooner you can address it.
Get Inspired: Find a book, audio CD, or MP3 – something that tells someone else’s success story and read it or listen to it. The focus here is to connect with their ups and downs on their journey and the challenges they had to overcome to reach their goals. Let their success motivate you to press towards your vision despite how you feel right now.
Make a Plan: It can be really hard to stay motivated if you can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. Most people stay on the road to no where because they haven’t made a map to go anywhere else. Start putting together a plan for how you are going to escape or move into another role. It could mean going back to school, updating your resume for a lateral move within your company, expanding your professional network – the point here is to move from being dominated by feelings of frustration to a place of action.
CNBC reported recently that degrees from online universities are gaining acceptance with employers and with society in general. There is no doubt that employers are simply familiarizing themselves with the validity of online degrees as they increasingly show up on job applications. This is why the accreditation of online universities is so important. Without accreditation, your employer can never be sure if your online degree is not just the product of a diploma mill that cranks out worthless diplomas to people willing to pay for them.
Online degree-holders should know how to market their degree, using their particular mode of education to their advantage in interviews. Employers’ ears perk up when they hear that a job candidate was able to go to college and work at the same time, balancing both successfully. That translates to them that the candidate has the ability to be dedicated to a task and accomplish a challenging goal.
The Global Workforce
We are all taught, from youth, the basics of general niceties, but knowing how and what that means in a global environment requires intentional understanding of the protocol of the world around us. A few examples:
Shaking the head in a horizontal direction in most countries means “no”, while in India it means “yes.”
Showing the thumb held upwards means in “everything’s ok”, while it is understood in Islamic countries as a rude sexual sign.
Creating the sign with the thumb and forefinger forming an “O, with the other three fingers extended” is known as “okay” in North America and western European countries. In Japan it means “now we may talk about money”. In southern France it means the contrary of Japan, “nothing, without any value”, and in Spain, some Latin American countries, Eastern Europe and Russia it is an indecent sexual sign.
In Africa, saying to a female friend one has not seen for a while that she has put on weight means she is physically healthier than before or had a nice holiday, whereas this would be considered as an insult in Europe, North America and Australia.
Based on an extensive study conducted by CareerBliss.com, here are 5 of the happiest career in the U.S.
Teacher. People who become teachers are excellent communicators, organized, patient, able to inspire, and adept at dealing with different personality types. Teachers are actively involved in the educational and social development of children and youth. To become an elementary school, high school, orspecial education teacher, a bachelor’s degree is a must. In 2008, elementary school, middle school and high school teachers earned between $47,100 to $51,180 annually on average.
Administrative assistant. These individuals are responsible for making sure an office runs smoothly and often play a role in managing the office, clerical tasks, planning office events, and other important office work. Since an administrative assistant is the liaison between the general public and the upper management, excellent communication and writing skills are a must. The average administrative assistant salary in 2008 was approximately $50,000.
Buyer. When you walk through your favorite clothing store, everything that is on the floor was purchased by a buyer. These individuals often travel the country to see fashion shows and pick from the latest trends what they think their market would buy into. A buyers responsibilities often overlaps with fashion merchandising professionals. According to BLS.gov, purchasing managers earned $89,160 on average in 2008.
How important is it for you to be happy at work?
I hear about networking all the time, but it is proving difficult. I’m shy to begin with, which doesn’t help much when trying to contact people. Do you have any advice from building a network from scratch when you don’t know anyone and are having trouble even finding names?
How are you going to find people to network with?