Category Archives: General

What Do You Really Want?

Being that it’s Monday and the start of a new week, and you no doubt are starting to get a clearer idea of the reality of employment at the moment, I think it’s time I asked you one very simple question: what do you really want? Don’t answer straight away (but if you have thought about it already and have the answer, well done!), but really think about it in terms of your whole life. What do you want out of your career? Your family life? Your health? Your hobbies? Your life in general? I bet there’s at least one, more likely a couple of those that you can’t answer. Continue reading →

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The Myth of the “Dream Job”

One of the links I just put up on the previous post goes into how “if your chosen career feels safe, you’ve chosen what society wants for you”, and farther down is “how to break out of the matrix”. For those of you that have bought into this, or think that working in an office is a rat race and boring, or that any “typical” job is going to leave you depressed everyday, you couldn’t be more wrong. The media has done a really good job in the last 10 years of convincing everyone that their working life sucks, that they could be doing so much better work and all you have to do is have a bit of courage and “leave it all behind”. I think I proved in this post just how stupid and dangerous for your career that could be. Continue reading →

Recent Reading

Hello everyone. It’s been a bit of a slow start here as I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked to devote to writing. I’m quite surprised at how many followers I have already – it’s great to have you here and I hope you’re enjoying the content, because I really want to help people by keeping things real rather than blowing a whole lot of feelgood hot air. Please feel free to tell me in the comments what you want to see more of – while I have a good 20 or so ideas for articles, whatever you want I will try and deliver.

http://savvycareer.wordpress.com – Lisa is doing some great writing here, showing the non sugar coated version of unemployment in the present day.

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2008.636/full – Study on how obesity affects people’s perceptions of you and how it can hurt your chances of getting a job.

 

http://www.news.com.au/business/worklife/the-secret-to-being-happy-at-work-8212-and-loving-it/story-e6frfm9r-1226657694118 – Somewhat reaffirming that happiness at work is not about the traditional “finding your dream job.”

 

http://www.news.com.au/business/worklife/australian-graduates-pay-for-internship-programs-in-china/story-e6frfm9r-1226657101561 – Yikes! Seems for some professions, jobs are rarer than hen’s teeth. Be careful about going to uni and investing years and thousands of dollars in a field that is almost impossible to crack.

 

http://www.primermagazine.com/2013/live/designing-your-dream-life-uncommon-assumptions-common-misconceptions – I love Primer Magazine usually, but take a look at this article and tell me how much it seems like wishful thinking.

 

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