• Set up a life you don’t need to run away from

    I read this in an article in the paper this morning as I was balancing eggs, coffee and reading material on a small café table. It was attributed to Seth Gordon and as things are inclined to do on a Saturday morning, it jumped up and hit me between the eyes.  I often think I might run away. When I did a quick online search to verify the quote, there were many references to Seth and his

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    Workplace Bullying

    School yard bullying can be humiliating and isolating for the victim – even more so now that social media is an effective means of perpetuating the activity.  Sadly, it doesn’t stop at the school gate. Bullying has many insidious forms in the workplace as well. There are usually differences in the workplace format of bullying, and it can be intertwined with discriminatory

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    Authentically Yours

    In my last blog, I introduced the concept of Authentic Vocation and discussed some of the underlying elements of this notion.  This week I will introduce the remaining elements which contribute to that ideal scenario.  As a reminder, the definition of an authentic vocation is one which uncovers your inner motivations and helps you to make the shift towards a career that is aligned with

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    The Lonely Journey of the Solopreneur

    Ever fancied launching your own business? In the year since I launched Work Life Junction, I have learnt a lot about the challenges of being a solopreneur. This is not just based on my experiences, but also gleaned from interactions with others who are treading a similar journey. It is an exciting time, and a great time in which to be directing your own future. Memories of other ventures which I

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    The Rise of the Portfolio Professional

    Can you list the number of jobs that you have held?  I couldn’t. What about occupations? I’m not sure about that number either. Reviewing my career span, these are most of the occupations I’ve had, in no particular order: the usual hospitality jobs in younger years a painter’s labourer an Executive Officer a bookkeeper a venetian blind cleaner and restorer sold and

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    Get some Clarity for the new Financial Year

    If you’re like me, you’ll feel that July has come incredibly quickly. You have barely had time to get over the indulgences of Christmas and the current year is half gone already. It’s a time of focussing on tax and financial issues as you prepare your annual returns. You will be reviewing how much income you have earned and how much of that you have spent. Frightening,

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    Age: Barrier or Benefit?

    Is age a barrier when looking at employment and training opportunities? Depends on which way you look at it.  You and I both know that forty doesn’t feel much different to thirty, except that you are a bit wiser and probably perform better at your job. You are looking for new opportunities in your role or industry and may be thinking about starting a postgraduate qualification, now that

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    What do you want to be when you’re grown up?

    If you are like me, the hard part of that question is deciding just when you are grown up.  I wondered if I was the morning that I first held my newborn son in my arms, but knowing how you want to spend your working life is a challenge at any age.  School leavers are overwhelmed with those career choices and they don’t get any easier with increasing decades.  Often we sort of fall in to an

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    In Praise of the Older Intern

    The recent movie “The Intern’ came and went without a huge amount of fanfare. It featured a retiree (with a wealth of management experience) who by some miracle was able to get an internship with a new e-commerce fashion business that was in its post start-up growth phase. As is to be expected, there were many Hollywood ‘feel good’ aspects to the movie, but it recognised several important

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    Eight Steps for Managing Redundancy

    Eight Steps for Managing Redundancy On a regular basis, news broadcasts list either industry downturn or company resizing, resulting in significant job loss.  There are small businesses also who are paring staff numbers, sometimes in response to reduced commercial activity by larger companies and employee redundancy is increasingly common. Our working life is characterised by many different jobs

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