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Develop your career plan

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

With a personal career plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. By working through the steps below you’ll end up with an effective plan for having the career you really want—one rooted in your key strengths and personal values, giving you a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Step 1: Set the scene Start by asking yourself the following questions: What motivates you? What ar...

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Returning to work after a career break

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

Whether you’ve been away for 6 months or 16 years, it’s normal to experience a range of feelings as you prepare to return to work. You may feel nervous, eager, daunted and excited. How you tackle the negative emotions will determine how smooth your transition back into the workplace is. Confidence A lack of confidence is one of the biggest issues affecting people returning to work. It might be ...

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Tackling ageism

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

Since the compulsory retirement age of 65 was abolished in 2011, it has become more common for people to continue working into retirement. In fact, for many people, retirement can be the perfect opportunity to try something different and have a change of career. However, older professionals often face the barrier of ageism. While legislation has been passed in an attempt to help combat discrimi...

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Not sure what your "desired salary" should be? Here's how to figure it out

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

A crucial reason why people decide to change jobs is because they want more money. Salaries are usually a key factor in our decision making when it comes to switching jobs. However, people also change jobs because they want increased responsibility, more flexibility, a greater sense of purpose or a more suitable organisational culture. However, most often employees feel they’re not being paid f...

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How to build resilience and confidence when you're looking for work

9 months ago by Claire Brandon

Looking for a job takes a lot of energy, and if you’ve been out of work for an extended period it’s very easy to lose confidence and motivation. The key is resilience. The more resilient you are the more confident you will feel and the more productive and effective your job search will be. Here are some ways to build your resilience and keep your job search on track: 1. Establish a routine For ...

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