Think that you can’t get out of your work slump because you don’t have enough time? Maybe you’re not tapping into the mid-day break we all have (but many of us neglect): lunchtime. There’s a half hour to an hour …
Forget gift clichés like ties or tools or the beer-of-the-month club; if you have a dad in your life, what he'd probably like most this Father's Day is for you to listen to his advice for once. You could probably use it. Of course, if you can't stomach letting the old man know you need his help, pop culture offers plenty of stand-in father figures who can tell you what to do with your life and career.
Last year, only 32 percent of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs, according to Gallup. A little over 50 percent were "not engaged"; 17 percent were "actively disengaged." That's an awful lot of people who aren't crazy about their jobs – or at least, not crazy enough about them to concentrate on their work. If you're one of them, and generally consider yourself a hardworking person and a dedicated employee, you might be wondering how this happened to you.
Job hopping (and job hoppers more specifically) can sometimes get a bad rap, but that could be changing. These days, job hopping is better understood, and people are realizing that changing jobs every few years could actually be really good for our careers. We should reconsider the concept of job hopping so that we can better understand the advantages it offers. Let take a closer look at a few of them.
Starting a new job can make you feel like you're a kid again. You never thought you'd be this excited about going to work, but then again, this job's different – it's "the one." You work your butt off to impress your bosses, and they love you because you're the first one in, last one out. However, after the honeymoon phase ends and everyone stops being so nice and accommodating, you begin to feel reality sinking in … again. You start having those all-too-familiar feelings of uncertainty and frustration: "I thought this time would be different." The days roll into months, and you can't seem to shake the feeling that something's not quite right with your once dreamy 9-to-5. You might even feel like you chose the wrong job and career altogether. Before you decide all is lost, here are a few things you may want to consider.
Retirement often doesn't play out the way we intended. There has been a standing trend of non-retirees planning on retiring earlier than they're actually able to in the end. The average age of retirement right now is 62, although the average age of expected retirement is 66. But, what causes some workers to retire earlier than others? In a perfect world, we would retire because we could afford to do so, but unfortunately, other factors like stress or physical or health limitations are more often the cause.
Despite the rising cost of tuition, college is still worth the time, effort, and investment. However, learning and growth can happen outside of the bounds of the traditional classroom environment, as well. A rising trend among students (President Obama's daughter Malia included), is to take a gap year before beginning college – a time to travel, have new experiences, learn new things, volunteer, and so on.
Short of living with someone you can't stand – sorry, parents of surly teenagers and people with weird Craigslist roommates – there's nothing that will make you unhappier than hating your job. That's partly because most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours at work, and partly because work provides us with a sense of identity. What's the first question you ask someone at a party? Often, it's: "What do you do?"
Leaving one job to pursue another can be a bittersweet time in your career. On one hand, you're glad that you have this new, promising opportunity lying ahead, but it's also scary and unfamiliar. You may even struggle with feelings of guilt and sadness as you leave your current employer and co-workers behind. However, making the switch from one job to another doesn't have to be an emotional roller coaster, if you know what to expect. Here are six emotions you're probably going to experience during this transitional phase in your career.
We humans are a weird bunch, especially when it comes to our careers. If we want to lose weight or get in shape, then we get a gym membership and hire a personal trainer. If we go through a difficult time in our lives, then we hire a therapist for guidance. However, if we need help in our careers, we hardly ever think to hire a career coach – but why? Read on to find out why having a career coach on your side can make all the difference in your career.