• Self-Inventory,  The Practical Stuff

    Location

    Location. Today’s task is probably the easiest one – it is about (you guessed it) your preferred location. When you are thinking and planning a career change, you don’t necessarily need to know what exactly it is you want to do (chances are that you don’t and that’s why you are reading this blog, ha). But I am nearly certain that you do know where you want to be based and where you want to live. Your dream location. Or the most convenient. I am not going to make this chapter too long and too in depth. There is no need. Where do you want to live and work? I…

  • The Theory of Change

    Living with a handbreak on

    This topic is so on point. Not only am I in the market for a new car (it is a bigger deal than I thought!) but also that term exactly describes my life. I am chasing this huge career change, satisfaction, purpose, happiness and big bucks, yet I am not moving anywhere. I am reading all the awesome success stories and I know I can achieve it, too. But for some reason, I am still at a starting point, even though the tyres are squeaking and burning under me, powered by this great energy. It wasn’t until I came across this metaphor in a book I am just reading (The…

  • Money, salary, career change
    Self-Inventory,  The Practical Stuff

    Salary

    Money can’t buy happiness. True or false? Most of us think that if we had more money, life would be easier hence we would be happier. That’s true. Money is important, to some level. But studies confirm that once our essential human needs are met (food, warmth, health, security, relationships, feeling of accomplishment, self-fulfilment – see Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) then no matter how much money we have and what kind of stuff we buy, we don’t get to be any happier (in a long-term, anyway). The abundance of money only increases our satisfaction, but not happiness. Actually the more money we make the less happy we feel, because of…

  • Interview tips, career change, job hunting
    How to

    How to fail an interview

    Do you remember when I said that you will probably get rejected or get no response to your job applications approximately 17times before you get one interview invitation (here)? Right. So I got my seventeen rejections and finally got the golden call for THE INTERVIEW. The interview I failed so miserably. I had a couple of days to get ready for it. You can easily guess what kind of questions they’ll ask you based on the role description, expected duties and the job requirements. Absurd thing is that I got this interview even though I applied with the “I apply because it costs nothing and at least I won’t regret…

  • Kindness, change, decent human being
    Just Rambling

    7 tips (for now) how to be a decent human being

    Once I came across a thought that ultimately changed the way I live and look at my life: “Imagine your funeral. How many people are there, are they sad, are they grieving? Who are those people – did they really knew the real you or are they mourning a certain image of you? And after the ceremony – what are the people talking about? Your acts of kindness, your adventures, your career, you hurting other people, being greedy, mean or fake? Now imagine that your grave stone states the truth about you. What does it say? Do you like it?” We are all different, that’s given. Everybody is unique, has…

  • change, direction of life, choice
    The Theory of Change

    Change of direction

    ‘If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.‘ – Lao Tzu This is one of my most favourite quotes. The more I read it, the wiser it gets. In some ways, we are applying this rule in our daily lives without thinking about its meaning. You are walking on a footpath and you see a large puddle taking up the whole width of the pavement right in front of you. Of course, unless you want to get your shoes all soaked, you cross to the other side. You are driving a car and you see a sign that the road ahead is closed due…

  • job hunting, career change, self-inventory
    Self-Inventory,  The Practical Stuff

    Knowledge

    This self-inventory chapter is about knowledge. Knowledge we acquired through jobs, hobbies, interests and knowledge that we enjoy and we love to use. I’ve never thought of what knowledge I love to use before. I’ve never even thought about how many things I actually know and know how to practically use. Everything I do at work is simply part of my job and something that needs to be done – it is like an autopilot. And anything I do outside work is fun or a hobby. Now let’s get going as this chapter has a lot of exercises. First one contains ten questions to help you to identify your favourite knowledge,…

  • Just Rambling,  The Theory of Change

    Is the world speaking to you?

    Have you read the book Alchemist from Paulo Coelho? It’s my ever favourite book. No matter how many times I’ve read the book there is always a new valuable lesson to take. It says that when you open your mind and pay attention, you realize that the world, universe, nature, God, red and white polka-dotted crocodile or whatever you want to call it – is speaking to you through signs. Has this ever happened to you? You were thinking about something for a while and you started to feel like there is no hope or you just felt extremely stuck and couldn’t see the next step. Then out of a…

  • Just Rambling

    Getting closer

    Job hunting can be very frustrating. Nerve wrecking. It can ruin your self-esteem and make you feel miserable. It makes you question your whole existence and purpose. And you’ll suspect all recruiters of signing a pact against you. … I am a job hunter. I am going from hopeful highs when hitting the “submit application” button to deep deep lows when opening the email stating “Thank you for your interest in our company but we decided not to take your application any further this time”. See, that soul-crushing email is the worst thing. You try to make a change and you try to get a grip on your life and career and no matter…

  • Self-Inventory,  The Practical Stuff

    Purpose, mission, goal

    Life purpose, goal, mission. Each of us has at least one of those. You say you don’t? Of course you have, you just never thought of it. Because life wouldn’t be worth living if it didn’t have a purpose, would it? This is a heavy topic. Philosophical. Spoiler alert – deep thinking required! They say that you can break life’s purpose into nine segments corresponding to human nature. Look at them, think them through and answer to yourself – which one(s) appeal to you the most? Think of what you want to leave behind when you die (I know, morbid). What do you want people to remember you for? Where…