One on one help
One of the earliest and probably the most important professional relationships you will ever have is with your academic mentors.
It shares many similarities with a parent-child relationship. We are the eager ducklings learning to dive into the pool of knowledge, with the help of gentle nudging and the guidance of our mentors.
It’s that time again, my contract is ending and I am back on the job market.
I’m fairly optimistic this time, despite the fact that this is my third job hunt in as many years. I’ve developed a lot professionally, and built a stronger network. I am also able to learn from my past mistakes, and one of the things I have done to help myself this time is employ a career coach.
At the start of a new year, many of us like to set new goals.
Most of them are geared towards exercising more, eating healthier, or other things in our personal life, but how about setting a goal to improve yourself professionally this year?
Whether your goals are personal or professional, they can really help give a sense of direction. Don't make them lightly. - it is important to really sit down and think through what you really want to achieve and what the steps are to get there.
Finishing a PhD has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling goals I have achieved so far. However, the path was far from easy.
I believe most of my peers will agree with me when I say that towards the end of our training, the path becomes not only highly demanding, but incredibly stressful. In contrast to the beginning, when we feel excited and full of hope, towards the end the feeling is quite different.
Does your stomach do flips when you hear the word “presentation”? Does your throat get drier than the Sahara desert when you have to speak to more than one person? Do you sweat profusely when you have to “network”? Do your legs wobble if you have to resolve perceived conflicts and unequivocally state your opinion?
Last week, I accepted a new job that I am very excited about.
Of course, anytime you can wrap up a job hunt is deeply gratifying, but this time in particular, I am thrilled with the outcome. I am taking a role as an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software. That’s a job title I’ve never heard of as a grad student, with a company I’ve never imagined would hire someone like me.
Whether we are starting on a new job or have been in the same job for years, it is always essential to know what I like to call our professional value.
In other words, professional value is defined by how competitive we are or how much people are willing to do (or pay) to make us part of their company, academic institution, or research group.
I will be the first one to admit that I am mighty talented when it comes to finding ways to procrastinate or frivolously waste time on a daily basis. You’d think it was an Olympic sport.
So, past the half way mark of 2015, I am finally getting around to my awfully neglected New Year’s resolution of increasing my productivity, sadly ironic… Still, better late than never.
So, here is my to-do list to achieve this lofty goal:
We all know that we have many more job responsibilities than the ones originally stated on the job description.
It is more and more common to see “other responsibilities” listed as a responsibility in many advertised jobs, and these can be anything that your supervisors can think of that might be within the needs of the company. Although seeing “other responsibilities” in a job advertisement might look like a red flag, it is important to remember that the more responsibilities we have the more experience we will get.
January is National Mentoring Month, which was founded by the Harvard School of Public Health. The National Mentoring Partnership was conceived to raise awareness about mentoring programs, and to recruit people to serve as role models for youth in their communities. Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and research shows that “mentoring works”.