Key for for all individuals and corporate based in Tanah Merah Singapore, should always be on skill enhancements. Most times mid-life career changers are overlooked when we consider the need for career guidance and counselling. Timely investment in nurturing the skills through appropriate training programs in today’s world of digitization could define the future of the company and the economy as a whole.
Personal Support Worker Program - A Satisfying Career Option
Thus, the provision of several grants from the Singapore Government for individuals and organisations in Tanah Merah at various stages of their life is a boon. This opens a doors to a rewarding career option for those who are looking for good money and great job satisfaction from their job.
One must plan to build upon skills for their own personal and future growth. In today’s business environment, you need to manage your own learning. When you are managing employees, you think about their development within the organization. What about yours?
Short Term Enhanced Facilication Skill Workshops
Although there is a growing trend towards purchasing digital tools as a service, the barriers to Digitalization remain relatively high. ‘Going Digital’ in itself, is expensive and requires SMEs to actively plan for the business as a whole in a longer-term time horizon.
Do You Feel Lost in your Mid-Life Career Transitions?
This article will provide you with increased insight into the world of experienced people who want or need to re-enter the employment rat race. It is aiming to provide guidance for career coaches/counselors but is just as useful if you yourself are 'lost in transition'. Sometimes mid-life career changers may be overlooked when we consider the need for career guidance and counselling.
However, the changing worlds of work as well as economic reasons have forced many people to search for jobs. We will discuss how career counseling can assist and what additional services we can offer We are going to explore some of the differences between career advising for young people and mid-life career changers who are people with life experience. Why do people seek help from career advisers? Some of the subjects about which people approach career advisers:
- Information about possibilities
- Pointers to the future of a particular area of work
- Referral to a particular scheme, course or employer
- Tips on presenting themselves in person and in writing
- Guidelines on what action to take and when
- To check out that they are on the right lines and are taking a sensible approach
- To get help to see what they might like to do
- Encouragement to keep on trying
- Motivation to burst through barriers
- The confidence to aim high and to success
- To answer the question: Where am I going in my life?
Most people feel a bit scared and can feel very vulnerable when they have to ask for help. (Think of visiting a doctor or dentist) Even if the matter in question is not personal, it can feel a little humiliation to ask for help because it means admitting that you don't have all the answers about your life. This is especially true of some adults who feel that being grown up means they should know exactly where they are going and what they hope to achieve. On they other hand, young people are more used to consulting adults, and might feel more comfortable about asking advice.
When taking feelings in to account, remember that especially people that have been made redundant or have been unemployed for some time may not only feel anxious about asking advice but may also be depressed and very cynical. The treatment they may have received at places such as Job Network Agencies may have left them with a huge chip on their shoulders. This means that they could come in the career counsellor's office with an attitude!
My experience has been that the first thing I need to do is to get through the barriers that this demoralized person puts up. Empathy and respect can open the way into constructiveness. Funny enough, something as seemingly obvious as a genuine smile and a warm handshake, as they first meet with you, can be seen as a sign of respect.
Through the years, especially when working for CRS Australia as an employment consultant, I have often applied for positions, even when I did not need work; just to keep in touch with what if feels to be unemployed. I often went through the interview experience so I would remember what it was to be nervous. Even though it was never the same because I was not desperate and needy, it helped me to keep feeling a little of what the client feels.
Mid-Life Career Transitions. I have found that Super's theoretical life-stages model may need some revision. Socio-economical realities of life today tell us that people must be prepared to:
- change jobs several times,
- to change occupations sometimes,
- and to consider radical changes to the form their employment may take;
- such as a port-folio of part-time or casual jobs, or self-employment.
As we prepare to assist a larger proportion of mature adults to make career transitions, we should appreciate that their career problems often have been forced upon them by circumstances beyond their control. Let's explore how we can understand and assist mid-life career changers.
What are some of the reasons for mid-life career changes?
- Women want to return to work after home duties.
- People have been injured or ill and need to look for a different career.
- Redundancy is forcing people to become job seekers
- Midlife crisis makes people realize they want to do something different
- Healthy people in their forties from the Defence Forces, who are now expected to retire
Can you think of other reasons? Full-time workers are more and more becoming an increasingly limited commodity. Our aging population and the anticipated retirement of the baby boomers is worsening this shortage. Furthermore, many of working Australians are now self-employed.
What have you experienced?
- Think of some experiences you've had with mature-age people (in or outside work settings who are trying to find work or change direction).
- What were some of the perceived barriers?
- If you are the this person try to think about your own situation.
As you see, the transitions may be smooth or rough, anticipated or unexpected, voluntary or involuntary. Some people will come to you upset about a crisis situation. They may be fed-up with an unreasonable boss OR the increasing bureaucracy and paperwork in a job. They may be sick of commuting. There are lots or reasons and situations.
HOW CAN WE HELP OR RECEIVE HELP?
- Career Guidance
- Motivational Encouragement
- Demonstrate Research calling
- Resume preparation
If the client does not get to the interview stage look at the resume. If the resume does not open doors, look at how you could change it.
- Selection Criteria
- Interviewing coaching
What are the most important points to teach these job seekers about what employers look for when interviewing?
- UNDERSTANDING OF THE JOB - RESEARCH
- ABILITY TO DO IT- SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
- ENTHUSIASM - ATTITUDE
- ABILITY TO FIT IN AND WORK WITH CURRENT TEAM - INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
A PROGRAM FOR MID-CAREER CHANGERS.
We are dealing with two very different age groups such as a 17 year old High School student who will complete Year 12 this year and a Middle Manager who is about to be out placed from his position in an industrial company. Although the basic program will be following similar steps, there are differences that come into the program when dealing with Mid-life changer. The key differences, are that with the mid-life person there would be an emphasis on analyzing past experience. We would also be looking more closely at roles that have been established, as well as values and needs. Sometimes these values and needs may not have been met in the past.
Let's look at a possible nine step-counseling program The first three steps are essential for mid-career changes, while the other six are useful in any standard career counselling program.
CLARIFY THE REASONS FOR CHANGE
Both the client and the adviser need to clarify the reasons for the career change. This will also assist the client to share his story and express feelings that could be painful and confused. It is important that the career changers feel you are on their side. Some people will feel secure and optimistic and is contemplating a voluntary change. They may not be completely sure about the reasons for change but just have this 'gut' feeling they are following. Clarifying reasons for a career change will give better chances of achieving future goals.
PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE EXPRESSION OF EMOTIONS.
Career changes may be very traumatic and there is a need to allow the client to express emotions connected with it. There may be feeling of anger or betrayal. If the emotions are dealt with first it will clear the way for productive efforts to find and achieve new career goals.
An empathetic careers adviser, using sound practices, can often turn crisis into opportunity. As career adviser, you must expect that some of your clients, however calm they may appear, are trying to handle a traumatic career transition.
EXPLORE THE BROADER CONSEQUENCES OF A CAREER CHANGE.
The client also needs to face the broad consequences of a career change. Many areas of his life will be affected by the changes and dealing with this will provide a basic framework, which will help to ensure that no important aspect is neglected in the later stages.
What is the 'big picture'? How is the career change going the affect the client and their future life. Our aim is that the client will become aware of the complex ramifications of the decisions, goals and plans that lie ahead. For example: as adviser you may raise the issue of retraining or further study, whether it appears relevant or not. At this stage you will want to explain the steps that are involved in the process ahead. This gives the client a feel that he is sharing control of a process he understands. Another matter likely to be explored is the financial implications of a career change. Possible relocation?
Now we come to identifying the client's experience and probing how it can be used for future choices. The big difference between young career-starters and older career-changers is that the latter have experience which will add greatly to the basis for decision-making.
- Specific work experiences - what kind of work?
- Likes and dislikes of former jobs?
- Specific educational and training experiences?
- What aspects did he enjoy and do well at?
- What kind of leisure experiences can the client recall?
- What kind does he prefer?
- Has the client received any kind of special recognition or awards?
You can analyze these things in various ways: Autobiographical sketch, guided by some structured questions, probably as homework You may use interview questioning and make brief notes. What the client reveals about past experiences can also be used to obtain indications of skills possessed by the client.
Appropriately identifying client interests can lead to a possible occupational list. Most convenient for classifying personalities and occupations is probably the Career Voyage program. This program, only available to accredited career counselors, can be used through web access and clients can continue to work further at home even after they have seen a Career Counselor.
It is surprising how often people are unaware of their own skills. Identifying client skills in various areas such as work, hobbies, social activities, volunteer work, and other activities. Various skills assessment instruments are available.
VALUES AND NEEDS.
Now we come to a very important area, the heart of the process identifying the client's values and needs. We move towards our values. The knowledge of personal values and needs can provide a powerful focus for goals and assist with a successful occupational choice.
CONSIDER RELEVANT EDUCATIONAL AND OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION.
Research relevant educational and occupational information through various sources. I would include some instructions here on how to conduct research calling to empower the client in his research.
HELP THE CLIENT TO MAKE DECISIONS AND PLAN ACTION.
Conclude the career counseling program with assisting the client to make decision and preparing a realistic action plan.
- What options have emerged?
- What (if any) retraining or further education may be needed?
- Which option offers the most?
Support During Career Transition: Keeping Upbeat and Focused
New government grants for startups, instituted to provide funding to individuals and SMEs to hon their skills for better future.
Key areas suggested by Lifeskillsnutrition where you may benefits in future are:
- Business excellence program
- Business strategy development program
- Technology innovation program
- Human capital development program
- Intellectual property and franchising program
- Productivity improvement program
- Enhancing quality and standards program
Do you sometimes find that as soon as you take that leap and decide to make a positive career change, you're met with criticism and resistance from those around you? They tell you why it's a bad idea and try to persuade you not to follow your dream.
Luckily, it only seems that way. One of the biggest challenges that many people in career transition face is trying to convince their families, friends, coworkers and the people who know them best, that change is a good thing. At a time when everything is in flux, it's tough for us to reassure people we are headed on the path to success despite any obstacles which may surface along the way. We may even be uncertain ourselves! And because we frequently experience the most resistance to our ideas from the people who mean the most to us, it can FEEL like our core support system is caving in. But don't worry, I assure you it's not!
As a certified career coach who has helped many people overcome obstacles and who has paved the way for my own career, I make sure my clients know where to find the best type of career support, at the time when they need it most. Here are five sources where you can seek out guidance, education--even commiseration!--during your career transition period.
1. Career networking - both online and in person.
There are tons of career-focused networks and resources on the internet and in your local area. To locate them online, do a Google search. Check out your home town paper to find out where the best career focused communities are hiding. Go out and mingle with like-minded professionals who are seeking a change in their own careers or who are currently in the career you want to pursue. Participate in workshops, contact your college alumni office or attend a networking event. The information is there for the taking, all you have to do is seek and you shall find.
2. Individual career coaching.
On my site I offer what is known as Co-Active Coaching - a style of coaching that empowers the career seeker to find the right answers on their own and navigate their career course in a way that feels right for them alone. A good coach will never just hand you instructions, but is there instead to offer expert advice, an objective viewpoint, positive encouragement and suggestions to help manage your goals effectively, in a manner that works for you.
3. A career seeking buddy.
Sometimes it isn't easy being that "horse of a different color" in your group of friends. If everyone you know is consumed with their corporate job but you have a strong urge to strike out on your own, you may get some resistance from those who can't relate or are fearful you might be making a mistake. The solution is not to try to persuade the naysayers, but instead seek like-minded people or a supportive friend to commiserate with, share experiences with, and bounce ideas off of. It's so important to feel like you have someone who understands what you're going through during the sometimes unpredictable yet exhilarating career transition time. You can find a career seeking buddy by following up with some of the other points in this article--for example, visiting online and in-person networks where career seekers converge, taking a career education course or career teleclass and reaching out to classmates, or even asking your career coach to introduce you to others in her circle of contacts.
4. A mentor or someone who has "been there."
Is there someone in your life who you admire because they didn't follow the status quo, created their own path or just seem to be living out an amazingly full and satisfying life and career? Maybe you have a friend, relative, or acquaintance who started their own business or managed to interweave creativity and flexibility into their professional life in a way that stands out from the crowd. Now is a perfect time to ask for advice and guidance from that person, listen to their story, learn from their mistakes, and apply this knowledge to the changes that you're going through in your own career. Most people are more than happy to share what they have learned. The experience is sure to be enlightening and you will be making a friend and professional contact in the process.
5. Career education courses.
Newspapers, career publications, public libraries, online career resources and even my career website, http://www.HallieCrawford.com, are all great places to discover reasonably-priced career education and transition courses. Become armed with the knowledge needed to begin your journey on the path to a more fulfilling career. I myself offer a terrific and inspiring Career Seekers Teleclass that's held several times per year. It's a fantastic support program for those who are interested in coaching but either aren't ready to invest in individual coaching just yet, or really like the idea of participating in a group where others are going through the same thing you are. For more information, visit my website at the bottom of this article.
When you're striving for a positive change in your life, the goal is to seek out experiences and people that help you pursue that goal, enhance your knowledge, and offer positive feedback. It's understandable that our human support group won't always exist in the places where we're used to having it... but help is out there. I have confidence that you will receive the guidance and understanding you need to move forward with your dream of the ultimate career for you. Good luck!
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