The workplace is changing, thanks to new technologies and new ways of thinking about work. If you're looking to venture into semi-uncharted territory in hopes of a brighter career trajectory, then you may want to consider one of these five new careers.
"So, what do you do for a living?" Nine times out of ten, this question is asked out of habit or courtesy. Very seldom do people expect an unusual answer. However, imagine what a nice change of pace it would be to hear someone respond with, "I dive for pearls in remote locations around the world" or "I design Barbie clothes." Here are five obscure careers that will definitely leave people wanting to know more.
Hollywood would like us to believe that everyone goes to school, works hard, and quickly winds up in their dream job. From pauper to Wall Street, shy guy to leading man, or mailroom clerk to CEO, it's all about that fairytale ending. Now brush the popcorn from your lap and let your eyes readjust to the light, because the movie's over and we're heading back to reality.
Sometimes, workplace social events feel like a chore. Management may not want to "waste" time sponsoring fun during the workday, and not all employees are thrilled about spending their free time on the weekend at the company picnic. However, that social time among staff can boost productivity and increase morale and quality of life at work. Here is why you should encourage social events at your workplace.
Would you think twice about sharing a mindless "I'm so bored" post on social media if you knew that research shows that people who do so experience higher rates of heart attacks and strokes? What's worse, research that ties social media use to emotional stability/instability is making its way into the hands of people that you probably don't want to be privy to such information: recruiters, hiring managers, and employers. Here's what you need to know about what your social media sharing is saying about you.
Don't you ever wish your dream career would just fall into your lap one day? Thanks to the majestic ways of the internet (and a little due diligence on your part), that fantasy could be a reality. Read on to see how marketing your expertise online can lead to bigger and better opportunities finding their way into your career.
Wouldn't you like to "test-drive" a career before committing to it, much like you do when buying a car? In case you didn't know, you absolutely can and it's called job shadowing. We'll take a look at what job shadowing is, whom it's for, and why it's the bee's knees when it comes to choosing a promising career.
It can be really tough to turn down a request from your boss or supervisor. But, sometimes it's necessary and the right thing to do. Here are some tips to help you draw the line without inviting any negative consequences.
We all want to be tough. It's something that was ingrained in us from an early age -- more so for boys than for girls -- but the impression we may get is that we should be able to handle everything that is thrown our way. But, what would happen if we set all that aside for a minute, and we re-evaluated what it meant to be tough? On the job, if we took a closer look at our toughness, we might just see that we've approached it in all the wrong ways.
Considering how much time we spend on the job, it's kind of amazing that becoming friends with the people we work with is still somewhat controversial. Some feel that it is best to fully separate our personal and professional lives, but more people are starting to intentionally blur these lines in a lot of ways, including becoming close friends with people at the office. If you enjoy what you do, (or even if you don't), it can feel unnatural to turn away from potential on-site friendships. And, why should you anyway? Here are some reasons why you actually need friends at work, and how those friendships can support you both personally and professionally.
If things are going great in your career and you want to do everything in your power to keep it that way, then, whatever you do, don't do any of these five things listed below and you should be in the clear. Read through the list and see if you’re guilty of committing (or thinking of committing) these career-ruining crimes.
One Minnesota high school teacher, Michelle Van Bibber of Stewartville High School, decided to teach her students a valuable lesson about over-sharing on social media and how quickly things can go viral on the Internet. The lesson learned that day is one that doesn't just apply to our younger generations -- especially, it concerns working professionals who may not be convinced that their posts could negatively affect their careers.
The beginning of your workday is important. Many people feel as though they get the most accomplished during the first couple hours of the day, whereas others take a while to get warmed up. Whichever camp you fall into, these early morning minutes set the tone for the rest of the day. There are some things you should never ever do during these critical hours. Avoiding them should help you get your day started on the right foot.
The last thing you should do, if you get fired, is tweet about it -- especially in the heat of the moment, when you're embarrassed and trying to gather up the tattered bits of your dignity. If you've got a severance package, blabbing could even jeopardize it. No matter what, you want to look professional. No one wants to hire the person who complained about their former employer on social media, even if that employer really deserved it.
When's the last time you wrote a letter by hand? If you're like many of us, it was probably the last time you had to write an actual thank-you note -- your wedding, perhaps, or a childhood birthday. If you are already short on time, the idea of adding such a labor-intensive project to your to-do list can seem overwhelming. But taking 10 minutes a week to send at least one handwritten letter can provide a networking boost that email can't offer.