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It’s Never Too Late

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Mid-stream career changes can be terrifying, but sometimes we don’t really have a choice… My article on how it’s possible to recover from what seems like a devastating career setback was published in the May 2012 issue of Life Positive. An excerpt is produced here and the complete article can be viewed at:

http://www.lifepositive.com/Mind/Personal_Growth/Shift_your_stream52012.asp

We are what we do. For most of us, our job defines our life. On the face of it, this does not seem so surprising – after all, we dedicate a large chunk of our lives to our career. Not only is this accepted, it almost seems admirable. I am sure we can all relate childhood experiences of being told how studies and career are the most important part of life. Study, study, work, and work – we grow up internalising this belief, and having placed our career on a pedestal, move into adulthood.

This emphasis on career does have its benefits. We gain motivation, are inspired to do better, and occasionally even find a sense of beauty in our work. Unfortunately, this also has a flip side. Major job changes are regarded as amongst the most stressful experiences one can undergo even if it involves positive changes like a major promotion or transfer to a dream location. The simple fact is that if something is important, any change will be highly charged too!

If that is when things are going well, what about when something goes wrong? If we define ourselves by our work, what happens when we are forced into a job change, or worse, hit by a spell of unemployment or business loss?

Time Marches On

My article on time management was published in the January 2012 issue of Management Compass. An excerpt is published here and the complete article can be viewed at:

http://www.mediamates.biz/archives/e_magazine/2012/january/management_compass/feature-2.pdf

Time management’s not just about maximising your free time. It’s also about ensuring that commitments are met, that your priorities are in order, and that the stress on you is reduced to the bare minimum. It’s a way of maximising your working – and relaxing – efficiency. You’ll still have to study, of course, but pacing yourself over the academic year will ensure that come exam-time, you’ll be relaxed and unhurried. Mess this up, and the price could be confusion, panic, and an inability to perform well.