"What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” Well, while that’s not quite true, we all get the idea. That’s also the premise of Nassim Taleb’s book ‘Antifragiel’ which talks about how various stress on different systems (from the human body to the financial markets) actually benefit from temporary stress because it allows them to develop great resilience and long-term strength. For example, going to the gym to put your body under temporary stress will ‘weaken’ your muscles for the day but strengthen them overall. Dealing with challenging new situations in work is often stressful, but prepares us for doing that in the future.Read More
Accountancy is an alluring profession: solid career progression, stable jobs and almost guaranteed employment. But what if you decide you need a change but don’t want to sacrifice your salary level? It’s a fear that many have even though it’s unfounded most of the time. Changing jobs may lead to a reduction in salary but not necessarily. If you have strong qualifications and good experience, why would it? Let me explain...Read More
You’re not getting any good results from your job search, right? You’ve emailed every company in your desired industry and you didn’t get the job. You’ve tried "everything" and nothing has worked! Without knowing anything about you, I know that if what you’re doing isn’t working, then it’s time to try something else. Simple, right?
Please keep in mind that some of these suggestions will be more suitable than others, depending on the type of work and the industry that you’re interested in, so it’s up to you to choose the ones that are best suited to you.
Here are 5 alternative ways to get your foot in the door of a company that you’d really like to work for.
Often clients come to my office and feel like they don’t know what they want to do. In many of these cases, the person actually does know what they want to do but they have run out of ideas for making it happen. Maybe they’re not getting the interviews they need, there doesn’t seem to be any jobs for them or they’re just not having any success in general. That’s a tricky situation so let’s think about some solutions.Read More
Personal stories on depression and statistics from mental health organisations are in our newspapers on almost a daily basis, so it’s obviously a very topical issue at the moment. According to the OECD, Ireland’s suicide rate is 11 per 100,000 population which is just below the EU average of 12.2 percent, however there will always be incidents of suicide that are not reported as such. Many voluntary organisations are working hard to support people who are suffering from mental health illnesses, although as with almost everything these days, someone somewhere is profiting from it.Read More
I thought this was an interesting concept to ponder. When we think about it, so much of our time at work can involve trying to solve problems and so much of our personal lives can involve dealing with problems. So what if we considered them helpful rather than unhelpful? What would that mean? Would it really make sense or would it just be classed as mere positive psychology? If you’re open to the idea that problems are not just problematic - that there may be some other possibilities, take a look at this post.Read More