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  A collection of things I love.   In the past weeks - no, even months! - frequently I start discussions about trivial or business-related topics with people, then surreptitiously slide into personal, even spiritual topics. There's something in me, that, when asked "So, how are you doing?" keeps wanting to answer 100% honest, brutally even:  "Well, you ...

Career Planning for Young Graduates

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/04/unemployment-not-kids-problem   I recently took up two mentees from a student organization, and part of the Get To Know Each Other phase, we talked a lot about what they know and what they would like to know, about the "outside world", the corporate environment. We're talking about a reputed, large, well structured and well organized student ...

How To Get Quality Feedback After Your Job Interview

I'm excited to host another guest post! This is a post from Richard Munn of  www.how2become.com, a UK website specializing in tips for individuals targeting public sector careers. Thank you Richard for writing this article for LifeToolkit.net! As a former recruiter and of course also as a candidate,  I can relate to the experience of going to ...

Young careers – why passion won’t (always) get you a job

I saw two very good candidates today. Both very young (just out of University), both talented and with potential. However, only one goes forward to get the job. It is not the one who was ambitious, hard working, pursuing a passion and full of drive and energy. It is the one who steps back, takes a good look ...

How to leave work on time and enjoy life more

Usually when I talk to people about their workload, they say they just can't leave early, and find various excuses: - "my work is not done" - "I have too much on my plate and need to finish it today" - "there's an important deadline tomorrow" - "I was in meetings all day and now I have to catch ...

Why Gen Y-ers are so confused

[caption id="attachment_870" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Luiz Vazquez/©Gulf News"] In the past year I've been invited to several career events, to coach or hold speeches about choosing a career, a life vision, or something similar. At first, it was kind of surprising, since this blog's aim is not career planning. But there is a need out there, and ...

A different perspective on reality

I was doing a quick peer coaching (15 minutes "flash" coaching) yesterday evening, and something popped in my mind, so brilliant (excuse my modesty, it always gets in the way) that I thought I should share this with you. Jackie, the woman I was coaching, is returning to work next week, after 2 months of leave ...

What to do when you can’t figure out your Life Mission

I recently coached a young NGO leader on developing a conference for fresh graduates and master students, called "Heading for the Future". It's not the first time this conference was held, and I appreciated the idea even the first time I heard about it. But by working with Cristina, and wondering how we could better ...

Career Coaching: why long term plans pay off

Do you have a 5 year career plan? Does your current job make you happy? If not, have you thought about what it would take to improve? In these times of crisis, when most people would be happy doing just any job, I think it's critical that we define what provides a fair level of enjoyment - and ...

Transition to a new job Phase 3 – getting up to speed

Did you read "The first 90 days"? It's the best book ever written about the transition process of a newly appointed person, whether it's a new leadership role, a new job, or a new team. The principle there is that you have 90 days to prove.  They should have entitled it "The first 30 days". I've ...

Transitions – internalizing learning

The second week of my transition to a new job has passed, and I find myself with an obvious conclusion. I'm treading on thin ice. Constantly aware of what I say and do, exposing my views ("you don't want to seem unopinionated", my angel on the right shoulder, or Self 1, advises) but careful not to let ...