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How to get the career you want – What do you want?


15 September 2016, by

This is the second in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 1 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to work out what you want to do.

How many of us really know what we want to do? And does anyone have a good way to find out if you don’t?

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How to get the career you want – Do it


13 September 2016, by

This is the fourth in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 3 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to execute the plan that you came up with in Step 2.

This is the step that really sounds the simplest. You’ve made a plan, so now you just need to follow it. Don’t be fooled though; this is the step where it’s easiest for us to trip ourselves up.

How often have you decided that you will do something, and then found that you didn’t actually do it? I will tidy the kitchen. Doh! If you’re anything like me – all the frigging time!

There are two things that work against us here FEAR and DOUBT.

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How to get the career you want – Make a plan


12 September 2016, by

This is the third in my series of posts about how to get the career you want. Step 2 in my infallible all-purpose career plan is to make a plan that will get you to where you want to be.

Now I bet that almost all of you make plans to execute tasks and projects all the time. But somehow when you come to make a plan to achieve a big scary career goal, it doesn’t seem so easy. Sure, you say, I’d love to be Managing Director, but how on earth would I ever get there?

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How to get the career you want – Intro


5 September 2016, by

I recently gave a lunch and learn on how to get the career that you want.

I find this a fascinating subject, as all of us have so much more potential than we realise and could achieve all of our dreams with sustained application.

Of course I can only speak from my own experience. My thoughts come from my own journey to become Managing Director (you can hear more about that here – https://youtu.be/DqRPymBHAPM), my career chats I have with other members of Softwire and my experience outside of my job trying to make a second career in acting.

The basic way to get anything you want is really simple.

  1. Work out what you want to do
  2. Make a plan
  3. Do it

The challenge is that each of those steps is harder than you think. I’ll write about each in a separate blog post.

In the meantime, I made a list of my top career tips.

  1. Work hard; find what helps you to work hard
  2. Discover self-efficacy – what have you done that made a difference?
  3. What do you want to do? I recommend the Artist’s Way
  4. Leap into a big goal (5+ years)
  5. Find a way to be buoyed up by your successes (use http://achievements.io)
  6. Don’t stop; don’t go too fast (I use this tip for jogging!) i.e. KEEP GOING