“The first step of getting help,” said Dr. Aubie Diamond, (Career Buzz, May 21, 2014) “is admitting it to yourself. If you’re in a [career] situation that’s not tenable, at a certain point in time, a person will begin to ask, ‘If I don’t do something now, five years from now I may not have that opportunity.’”
“You need to seize the moment right now while the opportunity is presenting itself,” Aubie said. “Being able to speak to family and friends is a great start. But there are professionals out there who can help make transitions.” Aubie disclosed that he came to see me, as a career client. Here’s where his career journey led.
What are the clues that apply to you? When you or someone you care about is in an “untenable” career situation, or at a crossroads, Aubie advised to speak to a Career Professional. When I asked what was helpful in our work together, Aubie said it helped to identify “things that were creating stress in my life; what were those things that I did not like to do, or did not want to do. And at the same time figuring out what are those things that give enjoyment and fulfillment. Once we can separate those likes and dislikes it’s much easier to approach them and identify possibilities,” Aubie said. “You and I did that!” Try this: Think of three things that you don’t like to do. Now name three things that you enjoy and fulfill you. Very practically now, list two things you can change, in work and life, that will give you more of your wants and less of your don’t wants.
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Listen to the whole interview also featuring a fascinating interview with Cubed author, Nikil Saval, on the history of the cubicle.
June 11, 2014
David Coletto is a founding partner and CEO of Abacus Data and the Canadian Millennial Research Practice focusing on people born between 1980 and 2000. Tune in to hear insights from David who was named a Forty Under Forty in Ottawa.
Diane Dowsett is Associate Vice President of Talent Management at LoyaltyOne. LoyaltyOne runs the popular Air Miles loyalty points systems and other retail loyalty programs. Both David and Diane spoke at the recent Generations 2014 conference.
After a long maternity leave, putting your work hat back on might seem a little odd, as if it just doesn’t fit the way it did before. While your life is decidedly different with a new child at home that doesn’t mean your career has to be put on hold. Motherhood could actually inspire you to make changes that could lead to an even more rewarding career in the long run.
Making the Change to Mompreneurship
Mompreneurs are a growing force within the economy. And why not? Women have mastered managing the home, and they are now bringing that management savvy into the business world.
Starting Your Own Business
Motherhood comes with many life changes, and a startup is very similar. It’s not surprising that many entrepreneurs call their business their “baby” because like the real deal, it needs a lot of your time and attention to nurture. While it may seem like a daunting task it is possible to start a business even if you’ve just had a baby. It’s not easy, but more and more new mothers are taking on startups with or without the help of a stay-at-home dad. A major upside is you’ll be your own boss and have more flexibility for your motherly duties.
Moms are uniquely qualified for startups because they:
- Are up for handling challenges
- Are used to wearing multiple hats
- Are often the financial managers of their households
- Are just as passionate about creating something successful as everyone else
Just being a mother could be the ticket to creating a business of your own. Entrepreneur.com recently profiled three mompreneurs that came up with super successful businesses based on their own needs as a mother. Had they never given birth they wouldn’t have become founders of their own company.
Many people are making the switch to freelancing, which comes with the ability to be flexible with your schedule. Essentially freelancers are their own bosses and oftentimes they are entrepreneurs in their own right. A study of freelance entrepreneurs found that women in particular found the flex schedule as one of the biggest benefits of freelancing. Freelancing could also be a good way to ease into mompreneurship.
Using Your Newfound Mom Knowledge at the Office
Many moms decide to stay at their old jobs where they utilize their new experiences and knowledge to improve the workplace. It’s all about setting yourself up for success right from the get go.
Discuss Scheduling and Workload – Before returning to work, have a frank discussion with your employer about any needed changes to your workload and schedule, including time to pump if you’re breast feeding. It may be easiest to ease back into work by starting part-time, or you can ask your employer to allow you to work from home part of the day. You’ve now got to balance work and home life even more than before, but having a child will definitely improve your balancing act abilities.
Having this discussion is also an opportunity to hone your negotiating skills. Unlike a raise, caring for your child is a must that takes top priority. A Forbes article on master negotiator Margaret Neale points out that women are often better at representative negotiating. That is, negotiating on the behalf of someone else instead of themselves. When you discuss the new work schedule approach it as if you’re a negotiating representative for your child, because at the end of the day it’s about what’s most beneficial to them not you.
Look Into Ways That You Can Improve Conditions for All Parents in Your Office – Maybe you’re the first person in a startup to give birth or the last to finally have a child. Regardless, now that you’re getting back to work you may notice all the ways that your company could improve conditions for all the parents. Come up with a list of ideas to present to your boss, or discuss the possibility of creating a committee that spends a little time working to create a better, more conducive environment for moms and dads around the office.
Showing your employer that increasing the enjoyment of workers increases their productivity and helps with retention could offset the time and expense spent on the project. Ideas worth considering are in-office day care, flex time during the week and the ability to monitor nanny cams from your desk.
Coming back to a career after maternity leave inherently comes with a lot of changes. Thankfully, it can also be an opportunity to get creative, overcome obstacles and figure out what work environment fits your life best.
Our CareerCycles Organizational Solutions team announces
A special showcase learning event, “Using Narrative Solutions to Build Your Talent Management Edge.”
The stories you tell about talent management, and the stories we hear from our career clients — are they two sides of the same story?
- You say: “We have an excellent leadership development program.”
- We hear employees say: “Leadership at my company is ineffective!”
- You say: “We have clear career paths in our company.”
- We hear employees say: “I want to look for a new job because I don’t think I have a future with my organization.”
- You say: “We have a succession plan in place.”
- We hear employees say: “I’m retiring soon, and no one has asked me what they need to know.”
- You say: “Our people work well together in teams with a high level of trust.”
- We hear employees say: “Members on the team don’t really know one another as people or professionals.”
We can help you bridge the gap!
We’re bringing together talent leaders and stakeholders from across industries in the GTA to showcase how CareerCycles uses narrative solutions to build your talent management edge. We’d like you to be part of this knowledge exchange group, and learn ways to improve your employees’ career stories. Here are the details:
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 7:30 am to 9:30 am. Coffee, tea, juice and muffins.
Location: CareerCycles, 873 Broadview Av. Click for details.
On behalf of Angie, Kris, Heather, Jim and Mark of the CareerCycles Organizational Solutions team, we hope to see you there!