Gearing up to make 2014 the best year ever? Consider cozying up with a great career-related book during your holiday break for strategies and motivation. (Books also make wonderful gifts for colleagues, if you’re still looking for a last-minute present.) Here are a few to consider:
Many administrative professionals work for companies with a strong global presence. Yet even as technology and other advances make connecting with others around the world easier, Americans as a whole still often have problems with geography. We may hear on the news about a typhoon hitting The Philippines or the use of chemical weapons being suspected in Syria and have little clue as to where these places are located. Some employees are not even sure where their firm’s branch offices are found within the United States.
If you’ve been frustrated by your inability to move up the company ladder as quickly as you’d like (or for those who are currently unemployed, to find a good job), you may be tempted to consider going back to school to get a degree. And while that can certainly be a smart move from a professional standpoint for many people, it’s not always a clear-cut decision. The value you might get from a degree will depend on a variety of factors, such as your career goals, prior education and experience and the type of degree you pursue.
Few workers go through a career without feeling “stupid” at one time or another. The emotion might be sparked by a water cooler conversation on a subject you can’t follow or perhaps because colleagues seem to be mastering new software at twice your speed. Regardless of the reason, the result can be a lack of confidence and fear that others think less of you. Cowering in your cubicle, however, is not going to make things better. Consider these strategies to get yourself back on track:
For most people, the ultimate goal of excelling at work is to move up to bigger and better things. If you are very successful, it’s likely that management will notice and you will at some point be offered a position higher up the company ladder. And no matter how happy you are in your current position, it will be tough to resist the lure of a promotion, especially if it’s a plum position that comes with a nice pay raise.
Hoping for a promotion? Well, that’s certainly understandable—we all want to move up in our career, and in this economy the boost in salary that usually comes with a step up the ladder would definitely come in handy.
Can you even imagine being Christopher Columbus, heading out looking for a western sea route from Europe to Asia and instead arriving in a place nobody from his homeland ever dreamed existed? While you’d be hard pressed to find a more adventurous career than being an explorer, all of us have opportunities to discover more about ourselves and others. In honor of the man who sailed the ocean blue in 1492, consider these courageous ideas:
A recent Gallup poll asked American adults, “Thinking about all the subjects you studied in school, which one, if any, has been the most valuable to you in your life?” Math topped the survey, being mentioned by more than a third of respondents. English placed second and science a distant third.
While graduation certainly is a happy occasion worthy of celebration, it should not be interpreted as the end of one’s education. To draw attention to the value of lifelong learning, Autodidactic Press is sponsoring Self-University Week from September 1-7. Here are a few ideas it has for marking the event and keeping your mind sharp: