Imagine you work in an open-plan office and the staff member who works opposite you is a gigantic chatterbox. This is becoming a huge problem for you because you are finding it increasingly difficult to concentrate on your work. Indeed, most days you don’t finish your daily tasks, and consequently have to work unpaid overtime.
And, last but not least, it’s costing you a fortune in headache painkillers. What would you do?
Hopefully, your workplace is full of friendly staff, inspirational leaders, motivational managers and a constant supply of chocolate muffins! However, there’s always one person who annoys the hell out of you and constantly gets on your nerves. So, imagine the following dilemma: what would you do?
Imagine you are a careers adviser and you are talking to a group of students about getting work during their free time.
First, talk about the advantages and disadvantages of these jobs. Then decide which two jobs would be the best for students.
Here are some ideas to help you:
Salary: Badly paid, well paid
Role: Opportunity to practise foreign languages, develop new skills and abilities
Type of job – skills and knowledge required: Low skilled work, technical job, strong communication skills, great interpersonal skills,
Working Conditions: temporary contract, flexible working hours, unsociable working hours, no sick pay, great holiday allowance,
Type of person required: Ability to work under pressure, adaptable, creative, a people person, flexible, ability to work as part of team, ability to work independently, inventive, physically fit, strong emotional intelligence
Yes, it’s time for us all to wake up and smell the coffee; just because we all don’t fit into the ‘square box’ doesn’t make us any less intelligent, creative, productive or human. It’s time for everyone to recognise that difference is what makes life interesting, progressive and innovative. Read the full article here.
Worryingly, I had never heard about Asperger´s syndrome until the issue was tackled on Boston Legal, one of my favourite USA TV series. Indeed, if you have some spare time, I would wholeheartedly recommend watching this show because it deals with very topical and controversial issues in a very humourous way. Not to mention, the second-to-none acting and the ground-breaking script.
Although, statistically speaking, the UK has the lowest unemployment rate (5.8%) in the last 6 years, what actually does this really mean? Well, according to these researchers, absolutely nothing good! If you have enthusiasm, you can read the full article here.
According to a well-respected international business magazine, the most important abilities that employers want from their employees are transferable skills. For example, employers want people who:
Can work in a team structure
Can make decisions and solve problems with little supervision
Can communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
Can plan, organise and prioritise work independently
Can obtain and process information
Can analyse quantitative data
Can use computer software programmes
Can create and/or edit written reports
Can sell and influence others
Can think for themselves
Can adapt to new ideas, systems and processes
So, what do you think? Do you agree with the opinions of this magazine? And, as importantly, do you have any of the above abilities?
Experientially speaking, I can’t work in a team structure, I’m brilliant at making decisions but they aren’t always the right ones, I’m hooked on planning and organising, but I couldn’t sell an igloo to an Inuit. So, in a nutshell, it’s a good job I’m self-employed.
OK, but seriously, who wants to have a bad job?! So, with this in mind, what does it mean to have a good job? Have you ever considered what makes a good job? Is it more than just the salary and the holiday allowance?
From this list of key factors, how would you rate their level of importance? You might want to consider:
Which three aspects are the most important for you, and why?
Whether your thoughts have changed from when you were younger?
Whether you think they will change when you are older?
Unfortunately, the biggest constant in society, from the origins of civilisation to the present digital age, is the systematic presence of inequality. Man has actively coveted and nurtured the continued existence of inequality. We live in a world where wealth, power, knowledge and justice are in the hands of the few to the detriment of the majority.
Regrettably, it appears to be an insurmountable challenge to change this, partially as a result of man´s natural instinct for greed. However, it seems to me that we can all make a massive difference on a local level. There are lots of local charities that need your time and your altruism; today say NO to hunger and support Bancosol; it´s time to have a heart of gold. The big food collection takes place on December the 1st and December the 2nd, and you can make a difference. To find out more about this charity, click here.