...tune in to TBS eFM This Morning on 101.3 at 9am local time Monday, December 9th, to hear my interview regarding the Monday Morning Blues - causes, symptoms, and cures!
In the time since my last blog posting, lots of exciting things have been happening! I've worked with some really great clients who have gone on to get new positions they love, even though the unemployment rate has continued to hover above 7% (and went up to 7.6% for the past couple of weeks). I also attended the Career Thought Leaders annual Global Career Brainstorming Day to discuss "the now, the new, and the next in careers". One of the things we all agreed on was that even though the surface may appear still, underneath there are so many changes happening in the job market and so many new ways to work. As we head into the winter holiday season, and people start slowing down a little, it's actually a very good time to stay focused on the next - to develop a plan and put it into action. How will you become the best choice for your dream job?
I really enjoyed this New York Times article "How to Get a Job with a Philosophy Degree" - it's so nice to read about schools actually preparing their students to enter the workforce upon graduation. (Disclaimer: this article will NOT actually tell you how to get a job with a Philosophy degree.) While I can understand how some skeptics feel it is reducing the value of an education to its worth in the job market, I see so many people who have invested a lot of time, effort, and money into their post-secondary educations, and yet graduate with no idea of what comes next.
The June 2013 issue of More magazine included tips for people making transitions later in their careers. I spoke with one jobseeker looking for a new position after losing her job, and offered my advice on strategies to uncover opportunities and break through some barriers.
I love these kinds of stories! (And not just because I would love a piece of cake right now.) This British fellow did a great job of leaving his position with the Border Force to pursue his dream of focusing on his cake business - he wrote his resignation letter in icing on a cake. And he picked up a lot of press along the way!
Amid last week's disappointing news reports of slowed hiring and people dropping out of the labor force altogether, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also released info in its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) that indicates people are quitting their jobs and picking up work in a freelance capacity. This has been discussed in numerous other studies, including this recent one from Intuit that made headlines for claiming that by 2020, 40% of Americans will be freelancers. This report also pointed out 19 other demographic, economic, social, and technology trends to watch over the coming decade, including interesting comments on the reduced costs associated with starting a small business, how seniors are "unretired", and the rise of niche markets.