Consider Upskilling as an Alternative to a Complete Career Change

Success in one’s career is very much geared around continuous learning and improvement. Upskilling is a great way to explore change in your working life, without taking the more dramatic step of actually changing companies or industries completely. It is also something which many organisations actively encourage and may even be prepared to support financially. It’s always worth asking whether there is a budget for training and development, even if it is not something which is formally offered. Showing your employer that you are willing to learn new skills is a great way of demonstrating that you are ready for the next step in your career and that you are engaged, not just with your own role, but also engaged with the organisation and it’s long term goals and objectives.

Ongoing development is important in all aspects of work and can be an effective way of moving up or even moving laterally within an organisation or industry. Often those courses are outside of work and when they are, it can help to have your employer on board with your development plan so that they might allow greater flexibility if necessary to attend classes and complete course work. Of course, it is important to ensure that the course you plan to take is something which will facilitate the move you want to make so try and get advice or guidance to ensure that it will in fact help you reach the position you are aiming for.

If possible, work with your manager on a career development plan and map out the best course of action to take. Upskilling need not only mean academic qualifications. It can also include development of ‘soft skills’ such as self-awareness, leadership skills and relationship building techniques. All of these are vital in terms of progressing your career to the next level. A leader needs to be able to inspire, motivate and develop their team and this takes an entirely different skill set to those required to become the best in a particular field. Executive coaching can also be invaluable in this regard and can help build a road map for how best to progress your career and develop the leadership or other interpersonal skills you may require to move to the next stage. If upskilling is not something your organisation actively supports, consider making an investment in yourself and taking on a course independently.

If there appears to be no path for upskilling within your organisation, there are a number of things you can do independently. The first step to take is to look around you – who are the people you admire in the company, whose role do you find interesting? What path did they take to reach that position? Find out if that person might be prepared to mentor or coach you. Observe the behaviours of successful co-workers and see what it is that they do to achieve their success and emulate those behaviours if possible. This does not mean that you need to adopt a false persona, but identifying the behaviours which led to their success can help you develop them also and hopefully lead you to a similar outcome. Finally, consider looking for opportunities outside of the organisation, such as free courses or consider financing a course yourself, which would equip you for the role you are aiming for.

Best Wishes for 2019 from Davitt Corporate Partners!

It’s that time of year again, lists of New Year’s resolutions are being made by many of us. Blue Monday however, is just around the corner. Blue Monday is the third Monday in January and falls on the 21st of January this year. It is so called because it has been deemed to be the gloomiest day of the year, due to the arrival of bills, the short, cold days and of course the fact that many of us have broken our New Year resolutions at this stage. So how can we mitigate the effects of Blue Monday? One way is to try manage our resolutions in a way which will maximise our potential for success. Here are some ways of doing this:

Break larger goals down into more manageable mini goals – this gives us small wins during the month, rather than setting lofty goals that are more difficult to achieve

Stack new habits – this is simply the process of adding your new ‘good’ habit to your daily routine – attaching it to something you already do. If your goal is to drink more water and you drink several cups of tea or coffee a day, then simply having a glass of water with each cup of tea will soon help you make that an automatic habit. Turning a new behaviour into a habit will make this more sustainable and easily achieved than remembering to do it as an independent action

Don’t be too rigid in your approach. We are all human and make mistakes. Sometimes our resolve is not as strong as we would like. If you do break your resolution, simply learn from the experience and move on. Learning from the experience is recognising what it was that caused you to break your resolution. Being aware of this factor can help you avoid this pitfall in the future

Reward yourself for achieving your goals, or mini goals – it’s important to recognise your achievements and the progress you are making and to celebrate that – it does not need to be anything big, but a simple reward to mark your achievement can help build your confidence and your belief in your ability to continue

Remember, success does not equal perfection!

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Christmas Opening Hours

Davitt Corporate Partners would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please note that our offices will be closed from 3.00pm on Friday the 21st of December 2018, reopening on Wednesday the 2nd of January 2019. We will have very limited access to email during this period.

Should you need to contact us urgently, you can reach Adrienne Davitt on 087 242 9120.

This year we supported ReachOut.com, Dogs for the Blind, Front Line Defenders, Focus, 4Ocean, Uplift and St. Vincent de Paul.

Jayne Lee and Kirsi Aalto of Davitt Corporate Partners featured in the Irish Times

Jayne Lee and Kirsi Aalto of Davitt Corporate Partners were featured in the Irish Times ‘New Year New Career’ special report, published on Friday the 21st of December 2018.

Please click below links to read the two articles:

Things to consider before changing career

Upskilling may be key to soaring in your career

 

Tips on managing stress over Christmas and into 2019

 

Click here for some tips on managing stress over Christmas and into 2019.

Courtesy of www.helpguide.org

 

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To Make a Change at Work, Tell Yourself a Different Story

 

 

Click here to see the article.

 

Courtesy of Harvard Business Review – August 2018

 

The Art of Active Listening

Speaking and listening are soft skills that most of us take for granted and believe ourselves to be fluent in. However, often we may not be fully present in a conversation and as a result, important information can be ignored or simply forgotten. Research varies greatly in terms of how much of what we hear we actually retain, but it is far from one hundred percent, indicating that we may not be as skilled in this area as we might assume.

Active listening is a concept which is alien to many. Often, when people are speaking to us, our minds wander, thinking about what we are going to say next and focusing on the next gap in the conversation so that we can interject with our own pearls of wisdom. This can result in valuable information slipping through the cracks. Not just what the person is saying, but also what they are not saying.

The practice of active listening is when one focuses completely on the person speaking to them – not just their words, but their body language, facial expressions and tone. Themes can emerge and emotions become more noticeable, allowing the listener to understand what the person is really trying to say and also, what they are not saying. By focusing all of ones attention on the speaker, it allows for a far richer understanding of the message that they are trying to convey. That is not to say that interruptions should not be made, its fine to interrupt, if clarification is necessary, or simply to paraphrase what is being said, if there is an appropriate pause in the conversation, but not simply to interject with your own point or counter argument.

Top tips for active listening include:

  1. Focus on the person who is speaking, try to tune out any external stimuli.
  2. Maintain appropriate eye contact with the speaker; nodding or making some other signal which shows you are still fully engaged will encourage them to continue, knowing that they have your undivided attention
  3. Do not try and multitask – put down your phone, or any other work you may be absentmindedly be flicking through, not only is it disrespectful to the person to whom you are speaking, it does not allow you to fully process what they are saying and can mean you miss out on nonverbal cues such as facial expressions or even crucial gaps in the information you are being presented with.
  4. Ask questions in an appropriate way, try not to interrupt unnecessarily, but if something is not clear, do attempt to clarify, simply saying, “so what I’m hearing is…”
  5. If you disagree with what the person is saying, wait until they have finished before voicing your objections, respectfully listen to the point that they are trying to make first

 

Practicing this skill takes time and effort, but the benefits are undoubtedly worth the investment and can include improved workplace relations, a more complete understanding of your client’s needs, and a greater understanding of what is happening in your team and the wider organisation as a whole.

Uncover Your Creative Genius: How to Boost Your Creativity (Infographic)

For many professionals of all types, the freedom to create and innovate within a supportive work environment is an essential element of their overall job satisfaction. Studies have revealed that creativity and happiness are closely linked, with one survey finding that 78% of people believe that being creative makes a difference in their lives.

What is Creativity?

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
– Albert Einstein

Creativity is the process of turning new, imaginative ideas into reality. It involves cognitive processes that transform one’s understanding of and relationship to the world. Creative people are skilled at problem-solving due to their ability to identify solutions that may not seem initially obvious.

Creativity: The Key to Career Success

Creative workers are not only happier, but they are also more hireable. As more and more jobs become automated with technology, human skills like creativity and emotional intelligence will only become more desirable for employers. It is no surprise therefore that 60% of CEOs see creativity as the most important skill for leaders.

How to Unlock Your Creative Potential

“Creativity is more than mere imagination. It is imagination inseparably coupled
with both intent and effort.”
– Alex Osborn, Ad Man & Author

The creativity expert, Alex Osborn argued that creativity was a skill that could be honed over time. Just like any muscle, it is possible to train yourself to become more creative. Many people’s creativity may lie dormant for years, but some argue that it can be rekindled through specific activities.

Scientists have conducted some fascinating studies over the years about the various methods we can use to stimulate our creative minds. For example, one study has revealed that sipping a relaxing cup of black tea can put the drinker help put the drinker in the optimum state for getting creative.

If you would like to learn more about Osborn’s thoughts on creativity as well as some other quick creativity hacks, why not take a look at our infographic below?

Uncover Your Creative Genius: How to Boost Your Creativity