Category Archives: Reality check

30 is not the new 20

Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best

Well, now that you have started in your quest to find a job, I’m going to let you in on a little secret that’s going to hopefully make the process a bit easier and not turn you insane: it’s going to be rough. It is better you know now what things are likely going to be like than discovering it mid job search and almost suffering a nervous breakdown from the stress. Lisa over at Savvy Career has a great post about it here. Continue reading →

The Big Reality Check

“You take the blue pill, you wake up and believe..whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”.

Most career advice given to people over the last 40 years has been misguided at best and downright dangerous at worst. The West was caught in the grip of a “follow your dreams” craze that is only now just beginning to end. I want you to watch the below video, then watch it again.

Take it in and really internalise it. This is the reality of the job market, and indeed the world for young people leaving school now. In this utterly awful economic climate, there are far more people looking for jobs than there are actual jobs. And not just by a small margin. I live in Australia which has been relatively unaffected by the GFC – nevertheless thanks to poor government business profit and confidence is at an all time low. I’ve applied for jobs recently that had over 750 applicants for a single position. The recruiter only knows how many of those people were actually qualified for the position, but if you assume only 1/7 of them were, you’re still at a less than 1% chance of getting the job (in terms of pure numbers). Continue reading →

On a Wing and a Prayer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, no doubt you have seen a reality television show or two in that time. Odds are high that you’ve watched quite a few singing shows – Popstars, American Idol, X Factor and more recently, The Voice. They are full of hopeful young (and a few old) people trying to “live their dreams” and be one of the rare few that finishes up with a recording contract. Some sound fantastic and have a good idea of where their abilities lie, others are clueless and just waiting to be humiliated.

And there is always one that inevitably makes me cringe when the judges ask “what’s your plan?” Continue reading →

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