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How to succeed in your career, work, and life

Success and failure

 

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” – Booker T. Washington

There is often a fine line that we walk between success and failure. Some might think that success and failure go hand in hand. In my experience, the only way to succeed is to fail and learn from others who have succeeded and failed.

Here are some lessons to learn in order to achieve success:

Boldly fail. Failure is inevitable and we all will experience some sort of failure no matter how perfect we think we are. Don’t become disheartened and give up. Learn form your failure and move on.

Don’t procrastinate to take action. The majority of those successful individual’s out there don’t always know the correct answer, but this will not stop them from trying to find the answer and ask the right questions.

Set Realistic Goals. In order to succeed we need to set daily goals that are achievable, measurable, realistic and smart. If you set unreachable goals you will never succeed.

Believe in yourself and build on your confidence. It is always a good idea to take a good honest look at yourself and understand what you capable of accomplishing.

Luck has nothing to do with it. In some instances, being in the right place at the right time, can help in your success. However, most of the time it will take blood, sweat, and tears in order to succeed.

Giving up is never an option. When you are facing failure, don’t give up or lose hope. Work through any challenges and obstacles that you confront on your road to success.

Monitor and track your progress. In order to succeed, it is important to monitor your behaviors, strategies and tactics. How can you change and tweak your plans if you do not measure and track what you are doing.

Follow industry and global leaders. Take the time to read about how successful people achieved their goals. Buy and read an autobiographies or follow global leaders on social networks.

Be committed and work hard. If you are not prepared to put in the required effort and leg work, then don’t expect to succeed  in whatever you are hoping to accomplish.

Good communication skills. With communication skills you will be able to convince others buy into your ideas and plans.

Source: Forbes.com

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How to leave a job on short notice without harming your reputation

Quit your job on short notice

 

Have you been offered a new job that you cannot refuse and your new employers want you to start yesterday? How can you quit your job without ruining your relationship with your current employer and avoid leaving a huge mess behind when you leave.

Quitting a job without providing your employer an adequate notice period is always a shock, however employers only worry and care about the effects and repercussions it will have on the business operations. Should you find yourself in a position that you have to leave your current employment immediately, you must make sure that your departure is smooth and painless for the company you are leaving.  If you can accomplish this, then your hasty departure will not burn any bridges or damage your reputation.

 

Think of leaving like taking a vacation

Taking a vacation, in essence, is like leaving your job for a short period of time. When you go on vacation a few things can happen. One, work will pile up when you depart. Two, a temp will take over your work load. Three, your work load is delegated to another employee whilst you are on vacation. Assuming you know the procedures you need to take when you take a vacation, then begin putting that plan into action:

  • Delegate your work load to co-workers to asset you whilst you away and complete any unfinished projects or tasks
  • If temps are assigned for employees who take a vacation, then discuss replacement options with your supervisor or manager and make sure your work load is transferred.
  • If you leave your work to pile up while on vacation, then you need to make good notes and instructions and leave this in a place that is easily accessible for a fellow employee to find and take over without causing too much disruption to the business operations. This will help the individual who take over your work load and your job as well as keep you boss happy.

 

Help and asset to find a suitable replacement

In order to leave on good terms and keep your reputation in tact, you must assist your boss to find a replacement so that there is no big disruption to that daily operations of your soon to be former company. Given you cannot become the HR department and become a recruiter, however you can put a good word and use your network to try find a person with the necessary experience and expertise to take over your position. Use social networks like Linkedin, Facebook, and Google+ where people can share the position and details. You might not succeed but at least you will be able to demonstrate to your boss that you are making every effort to assist and make your departure as smooth as possible.

 

Complete any unfinished projects or delegate work to another employee

Most of the time when you need to leave a job immediately without the adequate notice period, in all likelihood you will have some tasks and projects that are unfinished. You need to find a way to take care of any unfinished work or delegate any unfinished work to another individual. After your departure, permit your boss to call you if there are any questions or issues that arise over the next 2 weeks. in essence you place yourself in a position as a free consultant for 2 weeks in place of your notice period that you should have given. The best solution is to delegate all your projects and tasks. Make sure that the person taking over your work load understand what has to be done and assist them to get acclimated.

 

Offer your boss any further assistance

You might take care of all the possible and inevitable issues that might arise due to your hasty departure. However, in order to not burn any bridges and damage your reputation, you need to go thee extra mile to please your boss. Ask your supervisor, manager, boss what you can do to make your departure as smooth as possible and make the transition as seamless as possible. try make your boss’s life easier in order to avoid any conflict so the best way to do this is ask how you can assist.

 

The company will move on after your departure

Leaving a job without the proper notice period will, in most instances, create a crisis and stress for the company and you probably risk burning some bridges if you do not manage your departure responsibly. Remember, the company and office existed before you got there and will continue to exist after you leave. Even if were an employee that worked harder than anyone else in the the office, remember the success of the business  did not and will not hinge on you alone. Your departure will not make or break the company. Even if your boss think the world of you and values you highly, in the grand scheme of things your position in the company does not really matter. The business will continue to function without you and believe it or not the damage you cause by your hasty departure will soon be forgotten and be a minor issue once your leave.

A hasty departure is not the end of the world, however it does need a little responsibility and care but don’t go overboard. The easier you make it for your former employer to easier it will be to avoid burning any bridges and to keep your reputation in tact.

 

Source: lifehacker.com

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How to accelerate your progress up the corporate ladder

Climb the corporate ladder

 

There is no blueprint to climb up the corporate ladder, however if you want to accelerate your progress up the corporate ladder and achieve your career goals and objectives, here are few tips and advise to hasten the journey.

 

Network – Make use of any and all your connections, family and friends to get the best possible job in the corporate world. The more people you know and the more people that like you, the better it will be for you.

 

Make a plan – Take the time to think about where you will in 5 years and create a plan and road map to achieve your goals. In order to succeed you need to have a long term career plan with clear goals and objectives. This plan must include the steps required to achieve your career goals.

 

Get an education – Be sure to get the best possible education you early in your career. there is no replacement for a good education.

 

Keep a record of your success stories  – Keep detailed records of all you achievements, in particular those that align with the company’s mission and objectives. Make sure your boss and others in influential positions become aware of your successes. This will show that you are a good leader and devoted o the company’s success beyond your own tasks and responsibilities.

 

Be a team player – Management always look at how employees work within their own teams and departments, as well how they  interact with other departments within the company. Individuals who can work within a team and have the ability to influence others is increasingly becoming a critical skill to advance up the corporate ladder.

 

Do whatever it takes to get the job done – Both your work attitude and aptitude are critical. Work hard and show off your can do attitude in order to be recognized and appreciated by the boss.

 

Continue with your education – Never stop learning and upgrading your current skills and knowledge to grow your status and credibility in your field of choice. Read, study, follow industry leaders via social media, and attend and network at industry conferences.

 

Work hard, work long, work smart – Nothing can paint a better picture than hard work. Be prepared to do more than your fellow employees, work harder and longer hours. Take on high visibility projects and treat everything with urgency. Work hard, work smart and get to be known as the go to person and the person who will get things done. Arrive first and be the last to leave.

 

Look further than your job description – Don’t limit yourself to your job description and contract terms. Perform your contractual and job responsibilities, and look further than your obvious and expected achievements.

 

Be a leader and take the initiative – Most individuals in companies are executors and follow instructions. It is those individuals who take the initiative and undertake tasks that are not asked of them who climb the corporate ladder a whole lot faster.

 

Understand your company’s mission and goals including your boss – Align your efforts with the goals and objectives of the company, make sure you understand your boss’s priorities and values. Once you understand your boss’s personal goals, do everything you can to assist to achieve these goals.

 

Understand and be aware of the broader company goals and objectives – Make sure you know which projects are being funded and exactly who is responsible and in charge of these projects. Align yourself with the more important projects and people to gain more attention. this will give you the opportunity to show off your expertise and create a good impression amongst the company’s most influential people.

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8 College Degrees providing the lowest Return on Investment

Education Return on Investment

 

There has always been an ongoing debate and discussion whether or not a college degree is worth the money, effort and time. The question that most people ask is what is more expensive than going to college. For many years the answer to this simple question was not going to college.

Over the years many studies and research has been done and shown that individuals who earn college degrees will significantly earn far more than those individuals who only have high school diploma by at least $1 million or more over the course of a life time.

Given the slow global economic recovery and given the fact that the cost of education is increasing at a far quicker pace than inflation, many people are beginning  to ponder and question how they should spend their education dollars. Currently,  there is a global trend of increasing students loans and students are having to face up to the reality of having to pay back these loans and high monthly payments, individuals are beginning to question whether or not a college degree is actually worth it.

The fact of the matter and from research done on this subject, the reality is that college degrees will provide individuals a far higher earning potential as well as broaden the career opportunities. However, having said that, the high cost of education today is forcing individuals to think a little more carefully about the degrees and career paths they want to take. When you look at the return on investment of a college degree, you will discover that not all degrees are equal. There are those degrees and careers that will make individuals happy but they fail when it comes to return on investment.

An article by Dawn Dugan and published on salary.com investigates the question and dilemma facing many high school graduates and even working professionals looking to continue with their education or perhaps considering a career change, whether or not a college degree is worth it. It also looks at which college degrees are not worth the return on investment.

 

Methodology

Even though this study looks into the USA cost of education and return on investment, the same methodology can be applied in any country globally. To calculate the return on investment (ROI) for a specific degree, they first determined the overall cost of the degree.

The study made the following 4 assumptions:

1. They allowed the degree holder four years to graduate.
2. Using data from a recent College Board study, they assigned a figure of $37,343 as an average cost of a four-year public liberal arts degree, and a figure of $121,930 for degrees earned at four-year private colleges.
3. The total cost included tuition, room and board, and books, and did not factor in scholarships or grants.
4. They then determined the median cash compensation over the course of 30 years of typical jobs requiring that degree using Salary.com data. Using the most recent Salary.com data and figures, but added 4.3% per year to account for inflation and cost of living increases.

To determine ROI, they then subtracted the cost of the degree from the gains over 30 years, then divided that figure by cost. Here are the results:

 

8. Sociology

Individuals who choose a to enter the field of sociology are, in general, compassionate people with an interest in helping their fellow man. Unfortunately, that kind of benevolence doesn’t usually translate to wealth. Here are three jobs commonly held by sociology majors:

SOCIAL WORKER
Median Salary: $47,121
30-Year Earnings: $2,779,195
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 73%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 21%

CORRECTIONS OFFICER
Median Salary: $39,630
30-Year Earnings: $2,337,376
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 61%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 18%

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELOR
Median Salary: $47,210
30-Year Earnings: $2,784,444
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 73%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 21%

 

7. Fine Arts

Artists are respected, revered and celebrated i  our society. However, the trick is to being able to achieve this status while they’re still living. We are all aware of the term, “starving artist” didn’t come from nowhere. Here are three jobs commonly held by workers with a fine arts degree:

MUSEUM RESEARCH WORKER
Median Salary: $48,401
30-Year Earnings: $2,854,689
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 75%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 22%

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Median Salary: $47,753
30-Year Earnings: $2,816,470
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 74%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 22%

PAINTER/ILLUSTRATOR
Median Salary: $37,819
30-Year Earnings: $2,230,563
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 58%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 17%

 

6. Education and teaching

Teaching is without a doubt the one of the noblest professions in the world. And while it stands to reason that communities would pay vast sums of money to the chosen few who shape the minds of future generations, sadly, it does not always quite work out that way. My personal opinion and feeling is that teacher should be on the top of the wage salary chart given their importance in our society. Here are three commonly held jobs in education:

DAYCARE CENTER TEACHER
Median Salary: $27,910
30-Year Earnings: $1,646,131
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 43%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 13%

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER
Median Salary: $52,241
30-Year Earnings: $3,081,172
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 82%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 24%

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
Median Salary: $54,473
30-Year Earnings: $3,212,815
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 85%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 25%

 

5. Religious Studies/Theology

Talk about finding your calling. While devoting your life to religion and dedicating your life to the service of others is commendable, however, it is not going to provide you a lot of disposable income after you earn your degree. Here are three commonly held jobs theological jobs:

RELIGIOUS EDUCATOR
Median Salary: $47,957
30-Year Earnings: $2,828,502
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 75%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 22%

CHAPLAIN — HEALTHCARE
Median Salary: $51,127
30-Year Earnings: $3,015,174
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 80%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 24%

ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Median Salary: $61,811
30-Year Earnings: $3,645,610
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 96%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 29%

 

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4. Hospitality/Tourism

This is often a career that does not give enough praise for those individuals who work like dogs in order to make sure that everything runs like clockwork while everyone else is enjoying the fruits of your labor. Sad to say that there is not always a lot of financial benefit after earning your degree. Here are three commonly held hospitality jobs:

MEETING/EVENT PLANNER
Median Salary: $55,476
30-Year Earnings: $3,271,972
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 87%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 26%

HOTEL RESIDENT MANAGER
Median Salary: $65,076
30-Year Earnings: $3,838,180
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 102%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 30%

CATERING MANAGER
Median Salary: $42,533
30-Year Earnings: $2,508,595
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 66%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 20%

 

3. Nutrition

Given the obesity problems in the world today, it is extremely difficult work making sure individuals eat the right foods,  preparing nutritious meals and/or checking to make sure the nation’s food supply is up to standard. But all that hard work and education necessary to land this job might not turn a huge profit.

DIETICIAN
Median Salary: $53,679
30-Year Earnings: $3,165,985
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 84%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 25%

FOOD SERVICES MANAGER
Median Salary: $56,711
30-Year Earnings: $3,344,813
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 89%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 27%

FOOD SCIENTIST
Median Salary: $64,019
30-Year Earnings: $3,775,838
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 100%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 30%

 

2. Psychology

Research and studies are beginning to show evidence and a growing trend  of doing work for others with minimal pay just doesn’t pay. If anyone out there can get inside the head of influential individuals and try to ascertain why these type of careers just don’t pay enough given the work that is done.

HUMAN SERVICES WORKER
Median Salary: $22,738
30-Year Earnings: $1,341,086
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 35%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 10%

CAREER COUNSELOR – HIGHER EDUCATION
Median Salary: $43,384
30-Year Earnings: $2,558,787
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 68%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 20%

BEREAVEMENT COORDINATOR
Median Salary: $52,200
30-Year Earnings: $3,078,754
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 81%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 24%

 

1. Communications

One would imagine that the glamorous newsrooms and TV studios of today are full of wealthy and famous journalists. Sorry to burst that bubble and fallacy. Even though this type of career demands a high level of education and training, the slaty earned by individuals in this field just does not pay off. Check these communications jobs out:

COPYWRITER
Median Salary: $52,549
30-Year Earnings: $3,099,338
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 82%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 24%

NEWS REPORTER
Median Salary: $37,393
30-Year Earnings: $2,205,438
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 58%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 17%

MARKETING COORDINATOR
Median Salary: $50,455
30-Year Earnings: $2,975,834
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Public College: 79%
ROI of Degree Earner Attending Private College: 23%

We hear the phrase being bantered about that money isn’t everything. Many individuals doing these jobs and following these careers have a full and meaningful life, however, given the increasing cost of education it is important to face up to the reality and decide if you will get your money’s worth and a realize a positive ROI with your education dollars.

 

About the author – Dawn Dugan

Dawn Dugan is the founder of Drop Science Ltd., which specializes in business-related writing for the human resources, management, professional/personal coaching, legal, and finance industries. After receiving a B.A. in English/Writing from St. Lawrence University, she started her career as a staff editor of trade magazines at Cahner’s Publishing in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then she has been the editor of an award-winning magazine, the director of publications at a national association, and has owned and operated a newspaper. Dawn is the author of Effective Executive Compensation, is the ghostwriter of more than a dozen books, and has written articles, press releases, newsletter, e-books, manuals, advertising copy, website copy, brochures, video and audio scripts, sales letters, and promotional materials for a wide variety of clients.

Source: salary.com

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How to choose the correct course, diploma, degree and institution

choosing a course

 

Choosing the right course is a big decision and it is important to get it right given that it can have an enormous influence on the future of your success. For those individual who are already studying, remember if you are not happy with your current courses, nothing is set in stone!

Before electing to choose a course there are few things you should take into account and do.

Visit educational institution before you enroll

Take the time to attend open days held at the campus and don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions about life on campus, the courses offered, as well as support services offered on campus to students. Speak to other students who are already enrolled and receive some honest first-hand experience of studying at the institution and about life on campus.

 

Pay attention to course details

Make certain that your primary course covers the modules that are suitable for you. Take the time to browse through course outlines and make sure you understand what to expect from the course. Note that a course title does not describe the content of the actual course, rather take a look at the unit guide and module descriptions for detailed course information.

 

Research and find out about the lecturers

It is always  worthwhile exercise to do some research and background check about your lecturers and their research interests. It is also  good idea to attend the end of year graduation show to obtain a better understanding of what the pros and cons are of the institution. Don’t be afraid to talk to graduating students to get a better idea of the institutions, courses and lecturers.

 

Interview your tutors before they interview you

Attend open days and talk to tutors. Ask question about individual courses to gain insight as to what is required of you. Tutors can give you give provide you with a better understanding of each course and they can advise and direct you with your course choices.

 

Do an online search about the educational institution

Take the time and effort to do some research about the institution online. Join some student forums to see what current student are saying about their choices and course they have chosen. Ask question about campus life and lecturers. Browse through Alumni networks to get a better idea of what graduates have to say and career options. Create a Google alert to receive news about a particular institution or lecturer.

 

Learn about campus environment and the surroundings

It is also advisable to research the environment around the campus. Research the costs of transportation, off campus accommodation costs, safety and security, and local entertainment and shopping. Make sure that the environment suits your personality. You could be the the type of person who enjoys an active nightlife, or perhaps you would prefer to visit a museum.

 

Always choose a course that you have a passion for

Registering for a course that you have a passion for will make your studies a whole lot easier and you will find that you will work harder.

 

Consider the costs of education and staying close to home to save money

Don’t be afraid to choose an institution that is close to home where you can commute on a daily basis. Think about the money you could save on rent and support you can get from your family while you are studying.

 

Investigate to see if institution offers work experience opportunities

Do some research and see if the institution offers any internships or work placement opportunities. This can be helpful in your final year of studies to gain some work experience before graduating.

 

Look into the support networks offered on campus

All students want to have an amazing time while they are studying, hover, when time get tough it is imperative that you have a good support network around you. Some courses, like nursing for example, can be very emotionally, mentally and physically draining and at times you will need somewhere and someone to turn to for support.

 

Campus or town environment

Before you enroll at any institution, take the time to consider what type of environment you prefer before sending in any applications. There are some major difference between campus and city schools. being on campus would entail that you are in the heart of everything and get to classes in a couple of minutes.

 

If you choose a campus away from home, consider the journey home

It is recommended to take into account when electing to study away from home the journey you will need to take to go home and visit. It may sound obvious, but if you need to take a journey that involves several changes, this can become less appealing as time goes by. Also take into account the cost of travel.

 

What if you are not sure about what your passions are

The only way to know if you have chosen the correct course, diploma, or degree is if you can ask yourself the question what about the course is it you like and find yourself rambling on for more than 10 minutes. When choosing a campus and course to study think about the life on the campus, the course modules and what is expected of you, and finally, what are your career prospects.

Do a mind map of the choices you have to help you make a decision. Make a list of all the possible institutions that you are considering to study at and then list all the requirements that are important to you, from campus life, fees, accommodation, etc. research the career opportunities open to you based on the courses you elect to undertake.

 

Look at local companies and businesses

It is also a good idea to do some research into job prospect and opportunities with local businesses in the area. During your studies you could possibly get an internship with a local company which can assist you enormously with in terms of work experience.

 

In the end of the day when it comes to choosing the correct course, diploma, or degree to study and training institution, you should take into account the following things: what interests you, research the institution, understand the course content, quality of the institution, course duration, entry requirements, cost of study, and finally your career opportunities. Never choose a course because everyone is going for it or because your friends and family are pressurizing you to take it.

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