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6 Common Career Myths

By Kris Powers | September 20th 2017

Career Planning

For those just entering the workforce (as well as those currently in the workforce) it’s important to realize that careers, dreams and aspirations are constantly evolving. The ideal career choice right out of school may no longer provide satisfaction in a few decades. It’s been reported that people can expect to change careers or jobs 5 or 6 times over the course of their work life!

Below are a few myths about career choices that might be holding you back:

MYTH #1: Choosing a career is simple.

FACT: It’s anything BUT simple! First, you must learn about yourself, including your interests, current skills, values and personality. Then you’ll need to do your homework to learn more about fields of interest, including what training, certifications or skills you may need to enter that career. There’s a lot of work involved, but exploring different occupations can be fun!


Add More to Your Day!

By Kris Powers | September 13th 2017

Work life balance

I had an epiphany the other day; I work so hard to make a living for my family, but what about working equally hard to make a life for myself?

At the end of most days, while I felt that I’d accomplished something in my professional life there was always the feeling that something important was missing.

For students and workers alike (and for those going back to school while working), the struggle is real. Finding time to nourish your soul while taking care of the “necessaries” can be difficult.

For me personally? Most days, it seemed all I had time to do was work. I felt depleted and started brainstorming ways I might enrich my life. Make time for other things that mattered. Prioritize.

I decided that each day I would do something to feed my:


In Search of the Organized Mind

By Kris Powers | September 6th 2017

Brain with gears

In light of my current crazed mental state, I hit upon the idea of writing on the topic of the “organized mind” for this blog piece. Imagine my surprise (and feeling of validation that I am not alone) when I found a book written by neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin entitled, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”


Going Back to School as an Adult Learner

By Kris Powers | August 30th 2017

Adult Student

The start of school was always a favorite time of mine. Fresh school year, new school supplies, new classmates and professors, the feeling of “anything is possible." Yet along with the excitement of starting something new, there was apprehension about the course load and work involved – would I be up to the challenge?

For those who may have been out of the learning arena for awhile, these apprehensions may be magnified. However, there are steps that you can take to set yourself up for success:


Mind Mapping

By Kris Powers | August 23rd 2017

A mind map is a free-form way of organizing long lists of information and can be a fun and creative way to show relationships between thoughts and ideas. Simply put, a mind map is a diagram that literally “maps out” your ideas by connecting your thoughts to a central subject.

Starting with a single concept or idea; an image, word or phrase is usually drawn in the center of a blank page. Related images, graphics, symbols and words related to that concept are added – radiating out from the central idea. Those ideas that are biggest, or closest to the original concept, are connected directly to the center; other ideas branch out from those – like branches on a tree.


10 Steps to Setting Effective Career Development Goals

By Kris Powers | August 16th 2017

Goals

When setting Career Development goals, it’s important to clearly define your goals as well as the steps necessary to achieve each and every one. By taking the time to set effective career development goals, you can measure progress and track yourself getting closer and closer to the career you have envisioned for yourself. This will not only keep you motivated, it will also help you feel more confident along the way.

The following are some tips for setting effective goals:



Time Management

I’ve always found my early morning hours to be my strongest “thinking” hours. And apparently I’m not alone! The first hours of your workday are the most productive, according to psychologist Ron Friedman.

 “Typically, we have a window of about three hours where we’re really, really focused. We’re able to have some strong contributions in terms of planning, in terms of thinking, in terms of speaking well,” Friedman told Harvard Business Review. “If we end up squandering those first three hours reacting to other people’s priorities for us . . . that ends up using up our best hours and we’re not quite as effective as we could be.”


7 Steps for Adult Back-to-School Success

By Kris Powers | August 2nd 2017

Group of Adult Students

There are a myriad of reasons adults return to school. Some are planning a career transition, others need new skills, degrees or certifications to advance and still others enroll in courses for enrichment and personal development. Whether it has been one year, ten years or even forty years since you were enrolled in college, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you’ll be successful in your new endeavor.

1.       Sign Up for a Not-for-Credit Class


The Power of Friendship

By Kris Powers | July 26th 2017

Group of friends laughing

Friends are good for your health. According to Harvard Health Publications, “social connections help relieve harmful levels of stress, which can harm the heart’s arteries, gut function, insulin regulation, and the immune system.”

In addition to improving or maintaining your health, good friends can also have positive effects on your sense of wellbeing. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during difficult times. They provide companionship, happiness and comfort and help combat feelings of loneliness.

According to the Mayo Clinic and AARP, good friends:


Creating a Vision Board

By Kris Powers | July 19th 2017

Vision Board

A vision board is a collection of images (photographs, sketches, paintings, pictures from magazines, etc.) typically displayed on a bulletin board or poster as a visual representation of your dreams and ambitions for the future.  

The purpose of creating a vision board for yourself is to serve as a creative, daily reminder of the goals you wish to attain by realizing the power of visualization. 

According to social scientist Frank Niles, Ph.D., via the Huffington Post, “Before we can believe in a goal, we first must have an idea of what it looks like.”


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