Picking a career path seemed so simple as a child. You proudly told everyone you wanted to be a doctor or a dolphin trainer like it was as simple as choosing your favorite toy. Then you grew up and realized careers seem a lot less like paths and more like roller coasters. They’re full of highs and lows with unexpected changes and moments where you question it all. So how do you find THE career that’ll fit into your life and make the roller coaster worth it?
Questing for a perfect work-life balance can seem as elusive as the quest for the holy grail. It’s something companies love to talk about, but 66% of employees don’t think they have. Why is something as simple as having work-life balance so hard to achieve? A lot of it has to do with commonly held beliefs about work-life balance setting us up for failure. Here are four work-life balance myths busted:
Let’s be honest, ringing in as big of a year as 2020 can be stressful. Closing out an entire decade is a lot to process. There’s pressure to make resolutions and reflect in a way that’s bigger than just any other new year. I’m sure you’ve seen the lengthy posts on social media with friends and family summarizing their epic 2010's. When looking back at your decade, it can be easy to feel that you didn’t do as much as you thought you did or that you're experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out) when comparing yourself to others. Ask yourself these questions to make the start of 2020 a moment of reflection that celebrates you and all you’ve accomplished during this decade:
The holiday season can be the culprit for some added stress to your every day routine. While there are many levels of stress, some can be harmful, and even make you feel ill. It is important to learn what triggers stress so that it can be prevented. Learning to manage your stress is also key to stop it from taking over during the busy holiday season. Follow these simple tips to help manage stress at work or school:
You now know just how important it is to set goals. They not only help you achieve your dreams, they show potential jobs or grad schools you mean business. But when it comes to formulating that perfect goal, what should it look like? What makes a goal a good one you’ll live by versus a bad one you’ll throw away in a few weeks? Make it a goal for your next goal to follow these tips:
When did the concept of setting goals become so complicated? At their core, goals are easy to understand. They’re defined as “the end toward which effort is directed.” Put into practice, they’re the answer to pressing questions like, “what do you want to get out of life?” and “what do you want to achieve professionally?” But you probably already know this. What’s holding you back from setting goals isn’t not knowing what goals are, it’s not knowing why you should kick that goal setting process into high gear.
If an employer asked you to describe your skills, what would you say? Your brain likely jumps to all the hard skills you’ve picked up along the way. Maybe you are a coding wizard or just added another degree under your belt. But what about your soft skills? That’s what employers really care about. In fact, 57% of business leaders think soft skills are the most important skills. Here’s how to identify and show off your own soft skills so the next time an employer asks, you know how to answer:
Call me naive, overly self-confident, or maybe both, but I always assumed I would be successful by now. I thought I would be mid-level by now in international development, making a decent salary, feeling fulfilled by my job and its impact on the world, living a life of comfortable leisure. That’s what I thought 28 would look like. Instead, I’m getting my Master’s in a completely different career field, going into debt, and preparing myself to start in a near entry-level position come graduation.
Realizing that you don’t like your job is one of the worst feelings in the world. After all, your job is a HUGE part of your life. And you know in an ideal world you should feel fulfilled at work while simultaneously making decent money and growing professionally. Acknowledging that this isn’t the case for you is terrible. So what should you do about it? It’s time to make a plan to break your unfortunate status quo.
Since we last talked to Jack Kramer and Nick Martell, Co-Founder of MarketSnacks, they’ve been busy. In a little over a year, they’ve scaled their company, launched a newsletter, and negotiated an acquisition by Robinhood. On top of becoming Robinhood Snacks, Jack and Nick both made big decisions when it came to their MBA programs. Learn the story of their acquisition and how business school helped them get there: