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5 Career Tips for Those with Lofty Ambitions

Rising to the top is never a smooth, stress-free transition. Self-doubt, competitive co-workers and an endless number of headache-inducing deadlines are just some of the setbacks that threaten to throw us off course every day. So how do you make it big? How do you fulfil the personal dream that eludes so many of us? If you’re an ambitious individual, you’ve come to the right place. Below you will find five career tips that can transform your maybe into a sure thing.

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1. Seek Feedback

Nobody enjoys hearing criticism. That is the crux of the matter. However, without direction and honest criticism, how can you know where you need to improve? Whether it involves formal, structured meetings or casual coffee catch-ups, stand out from the pack by requesting regular feedback sessions. Not only will you be able to reduce or eliminate any perceived weaknesses, you will appear engaged and enthusiastic about your job.

2. Take Failure in Your Stride

If every single businessperson or entrepreneur decided to give up after their first failure, the world would be a very different place. There would be no Disney, no Harry Potter and no Oprah. Movies like Jaws or Indiana Jones would be unheard of, while KFC could stand for just about anything. The story of businessman Ron Bakir is a great example of how to rechannel disappointment. After achieving success at an early age, Bakir’s company went into liquidation. Instead of fading away, the business-savvy Australian then returned several years later with a new property development venture.

3. Self-Improvement

One of the easiest ways to reach a state of stagnation in your career is to become complacent. Push yourself each day to improve your performance and learn new skills or lessons. Ranging from learning Mandarin to wearing a tie each day, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, chooses a yearly challenge for himself and then works on it on a daily basis. There are so many ways expand your skillset, with courses, textbooks, magazines, blogs and websites all on offer.

4.Have a Mentor

Another great way to get ahead is to be connected with someone who is already there. Having a mentor immediately gives you an advantage over those who do not. They can offer quality advice, be a source of support and most importantly, open doors that could lead to just about anywhere. Many companies advocate a mentoring system; why not suggest this at your workplace?

5.Networking

Speaking of opened doors, the power of networking knows no limits. Time and time again, we hear of individuals who received a rare, fantastic opportunity thanks to someone they know. Could this be you? Expand your pool of contacts by reconnecting with old managers and colleagues on LinkedIn and always remember to ask for help when needed.

More often than not, the people who succeed in their chosen careers are talented, motivated individuals who use a number of strategies to get to the top. What other career tips have you been given? Did Ron Bakir and Mark Zuckerberg’s stories inspire you? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

Enjoy Working Outside? These Careers Could Be Just What You Are Looking For

For many people these days, the career into which they fall when leaving school is not the one they will follow for the rest of their lives. There are far more options available now than at any time in the past when it comes to thinking about work. Generations of workers before were restricted, mainly by the inability to get about, in their choices and would often spend their lives working for the same employer. They did have the advantage of job security, however, that is sadly missing in today’s fast paced world.

 

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There are many factors to be taken into consideration when choosing the right career for you. Are you an academic type, for example? Perhaps you would prefer to do a job that is more manual. Often the choice of inside or outside work is a major consideration; some hate the thought of being cooped up in an office while others shiver at the thought of a winter outside.

Here are some great outdoor jobs you may consider taking up if you are a lover of the great outdoors.

Farmer

If you are a lover of animals, farming may be for you. Early hours and long working days are normal, so if you have trouble raising your head from the pillow farming may not be for you.

Street Sweeper

The street sweeper provides a valuable service to all of us. They carry out the work without complaint at a gentle pace and often go unappreciated.

Overhead Linesman

As the winter weather seems to be getting more extreme, overhead linesmen are kept busy. Power lines are brought down all over the country during storms, and they need replacing. A head for heights will help with this job.

Steeplejack

The steeplejack will work in, what appears to be, precarious positions, very high up in the air, and nerves of steel are needed. The job doesn’t only entail working on steeples; it includes repairing industrial chimneys too which can be very tall indeed.

Bricklayer

Laying bricks is an art form that takes a lot of practice and is far more involved than many people think. As with all trades in the Australian construction industry; a construction induction card is required to show that the worker is competent to work safely on site.

Lorry Driver

For lovers of the open road, this is a great job that will put a smile on your face. There are long haul jobs or local deliveries from which to choose. You will need to obtain the relevant licenses; however, lighter vehicles can be driven on a car license. Check the laws in your country.

Postman

Maybe you enjoy a lot of exercise and are as fit as a fiddle. A postman walks many miles in a day through all kinds of weather. Postmen aren’t afforded the respect they were years ago when the uniforms resembled those of the police force. They play a vital role in the running of the country, however, and deserve our appreciation.

Civil Engineer

Perhaps the thought of using heavy plant will be tempting. Roads need building and repairing all over the world.

As mentioned earlier, whatever career path is chosen, there is a strong possibility it will be for the foreseeable future and not for life. One career often points the way for the next and there are some fantastic outdoor opportunities to be had.

 

4 Engineering Careers You Should Definitely Consider In 2014

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When you’ve just left university after obtaining a top degree in engineering, it will be time to start thinking about all the employment options open to you. You probably want to avoid all the standard solutions, as hundreds of other qualified people will be applying for the same roles, and this means your chance of success is significantly decreased. No, you want to try something nobody else has even thought of. Something guaranteed to leave you fulfilled every single day of your working life. And this is why it’s vital you pay attention to the four suggestions made in this article.

After much research, I’ve determined the four jobs listed are probably some of the best engineering roles out there. Don’t get me wrong, they won’t be suitable for everyone, but presuming you’ve got an open mind and you’re not too bothered about working really hard when it’s requires, they could be perfect. So, give me your full attention as I relay information that could change your life for the better, for good.

1 – Structural Engineering

If you have an interest in how things are put together (which you probably have being as you’ve just completed an engineering degree), then opting to find work with one of the UK’s main structural engineering companies might be ideal. Whether you’re working on buildings, bridges or anything else exciting, your days will never be repetitive, and you should always find new and interesting challenges.

2 – Armed Forces

The royal engineers is one of the largest and best trained brigades in the British armed forces, and so long as you’re willing to undergo the military training involved, the day to day realities of this job could provide you with all the fun and excitement you’ll ever need. Obviously, you want to avoid being deployed in a warzone, but on the plus side; engineers rarely do much fighting. You could specialise in pipeline supplies or anything that takes your fancy.

3 – Demolition Expert

Most people think engineering only teaches them how to create things, but it also teaches them how to destroy them. These days, the buildings we throw up are far too large and sturdy to take down brick by brick, which is why demolition experts are called in. However, you have to understand how a building was made to work out how to bring it down safely, and this is something your skills are perfect for.

4 – Airplane Design

There are very few jobs ever available at places like B.A Systems, but they do come up occasionally, so you should bookmark every airplane manufacturers website you encounter while browsing the net. Generally, this is one of the best paid positions an engineer can have anywhere in the world, so thank your lucky stars you’ve heard about it here.

Well, unfortunately, I’ve got to head off now and give some career advice at my local school. Hopefully, the kids there will be just as enthusiastic as you were about going to university and giving themselves the best start in life.

 

Good luck with your job search!

 

Could you quit the day job to become an entrepreneur?

enterpreniurGone are the days when people were content with a job for life. If you feel disillusioned in the workplace, you know what, you can just up and leave. Life’s too short to feel unhappy at work. Why should you settle with an arduous commute only to feel undervalued and unfulfilled when you arrive.

The internet has greatly increased the options at our disposal. There is enough high quality information available for even a business novice to get a good grasp of the key strategies to grow a business from the ground up. Resources such as the business blog at Everline.com (a short-term finance provider for small and growing businesses), the BBC’s Entrepreneurship pages and the knowledge and community pages at Simply Business are an invaluable source of free assistance and ideas.

So, if you’re considering trading in your comfortable job, steady wage and paid holiday entitlement for the unpredictability, stress but ultimate satisfaction of going it alone, here’s some advice to help you along the way.

Don’t resign on a whim

It’s awfully tempting, particularly after a bad day, to make a snap decision and hand in your resignation without giving it the forethought it deserves. There are some days when the thought of going to work is soul destroying, but if you’re going to make this work, you need plenty of time to plan ahead while you have the safety net of a steady wage.

How are you going to support those who depend on you? Are you willing to work longer hours? Are you happy to except a drop in living standards? These are all important considerations before breaking the news to your boss.

Start your business while you’re still employed

It’s always best to start a new business while you still have a regular salary to depend upon. This gives you the best of both worlds, allowing you to develop the business so you can transition seamlessly from employment to entrepreneurship while avoiding a prolonged spell without earning.

Prepare for the onslaught

The truth of the matter is, in the early days, you’ll probably never work so hard. The stress can be enormous, after all, your livelihood is at stake, and the thought of crawling back to your self-satisfied ex-boss is too much to bear. So you have no choice; you must make it work. The trouble is that at some stage, everything which can go wrong probably will, and when it does, the buck stops with you.

After a year of business you might think you’ve turned the corner and it’s plain, profitable sailing from there on in, but like the second album, it is often during the second year that a lot of businesses fail. You should still prepare yourself for plenty of rejection, inconsolable downs and plenty of late nights; but you know what? It’s still worth it.

Don’t dwell on the past

Mistakes are inevitable for any entrepreneur, but as clichéd as it may be, it is the mistakes you make which teach you the most. It is important not to dwell and think of what might have been. Stay focused on the future, set achievable daily goals and remain positive; all it takes is one email to completely change your fortunes.

Do you have a strong desire to become an entrepreneur? Perhaps you’ve made the transition to self-employment and you’d like to share your tips? Either way, we’d love to hear from you, so please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.