Career Development

During the course of completing my thesis, ‘Developing a Coaching programme to facilitate transition into a managerial role: A Black African Perspective’ a work-based research project I undertook to earn my Master’s in Coaching from Middlesex University, I reviewed many studies which highlight the benefits of being coached during the transition into a new role. My previous article in this series explained the myriad of challenges that...Read More

If you are returning to the work-force after a long absence, wanting to switch careers or are a first-time job seeker, chances are you will come up against the ‘work experience required’ barrier. It can be incredibly disheartening and frustrating to see the job of your dreams advertised, in which you just know you would do well, and feel that your life circumstances have disqualified you from applying or competing for the position....Read More

Over the last five years, the composition of the workforce has undergone a significant change. For the first time in history – four generations (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y/Millennial) are present in today’s workforce, each generation with its own perspective, expectations, needs and values. This presents a challenge in that a “one size fits all” approach to managing such a workforce won’t produce a...Read More

By the time you decide to accept the offer of a new job, you have already put a significant and clear distance between yourself and your current employer.  You believe that all that’s left is for you to resign, pack up and say goodbye before entering the new chapter of your career that you have decided would be good for you.  When it’s time to resign, you will have probably visualised how you want this last stage to go, thought about...Read More

The probationary period for a new employee, typically 90 days, can often be tense and fraught with misunderstanding.  Some experts claim that as many as 1 in 5 don’t make it through their probationary period; a definite and significant lose-lose scenario.  It’s an issue that, in some cases, can be addressed by companies adopting better on-boarding practices.  But is there anything that a new employee can do to avoid pitfalls and get...Read More

Once upon a time we simply worked to earn money.  Today, an increasing number of people want a lot more from their work.  Our careers have become vehicles to get us to the lofty self-actualizing pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  Our daily jobs have become fields of possibilities where we search for inspiration, exercise our array of talents and play to our personal bests.  Of course, compensation is still one of the driving...Read More

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