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LEARN TO BE CONFIDENT

Building confidence

I have often heard people say they are not confident and that is just the way they are! That feeling of ‘there is nothing to be done because it is what it is’ is both liberating and limiting. Liberating because, if confidence really is part of our DNA then there is nothing to be done about a lack of confidence, we must accept our lot in life. 

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WILLINGNESS TO LEARN

Every day is a school day

I remember my grandma saying, “every day's a school day” on many occasions and I thought, ‘Blimey I hope not!’ However, over time, I have come to realise those who have an ‘every day's a school day’ philosophy have a positive and enquiring attitude that stands them in good stead in pretty much every aspect of life. 

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NETWORKING

Networking is one of the skills that helps you throughout your career; it's one of the skills that is worth developing early and maintaining rigorously year in and year out. If you don’t yet have a business network, now is the time to get started. If you have already started building a business network, now is the time to continue building it to your best advantage.

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Prepare for the world of work

Prepare for the world of work

Take time to talk to people who have the sort of job you might like. Think about who you might ask about their job and how they managed to get into the company they work for.  It can be as informal as a 5-minute conversation with friends of friends, family of friends or people you know from clubs or organisations you go to. 

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The top 5 ways graduates can mentally prepare for entering the world of work

The top 5 ways graduates can mentally prepare for entering the world of work

One of the most significant changes that a person will experience in their lives is the transition from being a student to entering the workforce. The disruption of routine, new schedules, and a fresh set of responsibilities can be challenging for any graduate to adapt to. 

Prior to landing their first role, graduates must be mentally prepared for the world of work.

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JUST ASK!

Agree to communicate

There is sometimes a difference between wanting to communicate and finding the right time or way to say what we want to say. This is particularly true when we need to ask questions or want to give feedback.  As soon as we think the message might have a bit of risk attached to it our fear instinct kicks in and produces an adrenaline rush so we hesitate do do something that might feel difficult.

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IT'S OK TO SAY NO

It’s ok to say no

How hard is it to say no?  Well many people say it is really hard to say no to your boss if they ask you to stay late or work an extra shift even if you don’t really want to. Its hard to say no to your family when they ask you to do something for them even if you don’t really have time to do it. Its hard to say no to a friend who asks for a favour even when you know they take advantage of your good nature and generosity.

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MASLOW AND MOTIVATION

Motivation and Maslow

One of the best known models of motivation is by Maslow, he developed what he called a hierarchy of needs. He stated that we have 5 level of need and each level has to be satisfied before we can move to the next! I wondered if Maslow really fitted with todays world, after all it was developed in the 1940’s to 1950’s and the world was a very different place then. WW2 started and ended , countries were in ruins and there was great hardship after the war, so could a model developed in such extreme circumstances really still apply?

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WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW

The story of maybe

How often do you find yourself reacting to something that has happened in the moment? It is natural and easy to react, however if we can ‘wait and see’ we may find the old adage ‘ everything happens for a reason’ to be true.
We can seldom tell if one event is truly bad or good, we don’t know what will happen next so instead of using lots of energy worrying about what might happen it is simpler and less stressful for us to take a deep breath and think about how we manage the circumstances we have at the time. 

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BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION

Gossip at your Peril

Chatting and story telling make the world go round , particularly in work. Often people share their thoughts and opinions and this is all good and healthy to build relationships.One thing to watch out for is hearing people speak negatively of others, particularly if there is no real fact or evidence to support negative comments.

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THE ELEPHANT STORY

Believe and you can do anything

If you believe you can’t you can’t and if you believe you can you can!

A man on holiday walked through an elephant camp and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was stopping them from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.

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SUSPEND JUDGEMENT

Suspending Judgement

There was a time when I thought every judgement and every decision I made was right or at least justifiable. It wasn’t until I had gotten it wrong a few times and felt embarrassed a few times that I tried to suspend making judgements until I had as much information as possible before I jumped to any conclusions!

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FITTING IN A NEW TEAM

Fitting in a new team

Joining a new team can make us feel both excited and a bit anxious. How will I fit in? Will people like me? What role will I play in the team? Will the team accept me, particularly if they have been together for a while! How can I find my place and add value quickly?
Here are a few top tips for fixing into a new team quickly and easily.

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SUCCESS FACTORS

Success Factors

Success factors give you an advantage, as these are the skills employers want. The result is that you become highly employable if you have these skills.

These skills are also known as ‘soft skills’ and they include teamwork, communication skills, self-management, willingness to learn and thinking skills.

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SLIGHTLY IRRITATING

The small stuff kills the vibe

Not washing up your cup and putting it away after a cuppa at work sounds like the smallest of things. However, you would not believe how much slightly irritating behaviour affects your relationships in the workplace. If you have ever shared a house you will remember how easy it is for the slightly irritating things to build up into a fully blown issue. Little things like being untidy, using the last of the milk and leaving the empty in the fridge, someone not doing the small chore they promised they would…

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