Ed4Career Blog | Category: Professional Development

Do You Feel It?

By Kris Powers | March 9th 2021

Woman in a field looking to the sky

Spring is in the air, and along with blooming flowers, I’m catching scents of “hope” and “healing”. The events of the past 12 months have been unprecedented (are you as tired of that word as I am?) and I think we are all anxious to return to something that resembles our lives before the pandemic.

If you’re anything like me, you may feel as if you are awakening from a long slumber; albeit not feeling exactly well-rested. Perhaps, like me, you are just plain worn out.

The good news is that, for me, there are certain times of the year that signal a time for rejuvenation and growth, and Spring is one of them. So, I’m grabbing onto the “hope” I feel in the air and plotting my next steps.


17 Ways to Find Motivation When You Need it Most

By Kris Powers | January 7th 2021

Motivational message "Yes you can!" written on a chalkboard

I’ll be honest; there are days when I lack motivation to do the things that need doing - whether it be self care, work, or things around the house. To jump-start my motivation on those days, I’ve come up with some life hacks to help me “fake it ‘til I make it”.

Creating your own personal life hacks toolkit will help you build the resilience to move forward and find motivation when you need it most.

Here are 17 tips I use to tap into my motivation when I’m feeling less than inspired:


8 Tips to Make You Hire-ly Marketable

By Kris Powers | November 30th 2020

Professional man sitting in front of laptop

If you are seeking a promotion, looking for a job change or are considering a total career change, now is the perfect time to gain a professional advantage by enhancing your skills and qualifications to set yourself apart in today’s competitive business environment.

Online opportunities have made it easier than ever to brush up on skills you need. Where do you start?



Business professional holding sticky note with Artificial Intelligence "AI" written on it

Undoubtedly, AI and automation can drive job creation and business growth. But they can also displace entire job categories. According to a report by McKinsey, about 60% of occupations could be automated.

When it comes to your career development, you shouldn’t leave anything to chance. A good way to future-proof your career is to stay one step ahead of the tech industry.

Instead of wondering whether a robot can do your job, it’s better to ask yourself how you can help a robot do its job.

Show Your Value in New Ways

Your role will eventually go away if your job is doing something reproducible or algorithmic. Take a closer look at the tasks you perform now and how you perform them. Be the one who will suggest automation improvements.


8 Tips for Successful Remote Learning and Work

By Kris Powers | November 12th 2020

Mother and daughter studying together at table

Whether you are working from home, helping children manage their remote learning experiences, taking courses for personal or professional development during this time of economic unrest – or all of the above - there are steps you can take to make your days more efficient.

The principles for setting up for successful learning at home are not all that different than those needed to work remotely. The basic needs for structure and discipline are the same. By following a few of the steps below, you will communicate to your child, yourself, and your household that education and work are a priority.

 


Embracing the "Good Enough"

By Kris Powers | September 29th 2020

And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good John Steinbeck

My father was a perfectionist and was frequently heard saying, “if you are going to do it, do it right”.

As a teenager and young adult, while I may not have always given 100% to everything I did, I did try to do things as right as I could. While raising my children, I often counseled them that a job well done felt a whole lot better than a half-hearted attempt at something.

But you know what? As someone who suffers from OCD, this can take on a whole new meaning. Doing it “right” can mean striving for an unreachable level of perfectionism and subsequent feelings of disappointment when things aren’t “perfect”. So many lists, always wondering if I had really done my best, left me feeling frustrated and tired.


Personal Development can be Fun!

By Kris Powers | January 23rd 2019

Group of three learners around a laptop

In order to be competitive in your field, it's important to stay on top of news, trends and developments in your industry. By actively working to expand your knowledge on a regular basis, you show your employers that they are getting the best you at all times. Even if your professional life doesn’t require it, continuous learning can be beneficial for anyone – feeding your curiosity and learning new skills can result in feelings of personal satisfaction and growth.

Personal development can be fun! In addition to reading news articles and listening to podcasts, you can attend classes, seminars, webinars, and enroll in online courses. All of these will enhance your skill set and ensure that you are up to date on the latest information available.

How to be successful with personal development?


30 Questions to Help You Reach your Goals in 2019

By Kris Powers | December 12th 2018

Board with sticky notes reading "who", "what", "when", "where", "when"

As you go about setting goals for the upcoming year; it’s important to take time to reflect on the past year (or more) and take stock of where you are and where you want to be.


10 Meaningful Gifts on Any Budget

By Kris Powers | December 6th 2018

Smiling woman holding wrapped gift

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. If you have run out of gift ideas for your loved ones, we’ve gathered great suggestions for you – some of which don’t even cost a dime!


How to Choose the Right Online Course

By Kris Powers | November 28th 2018

Professional businessman at a a laptop

You’ve made the decision to sign up for an online course. But with thousands to choose from, how do you select the right one to help you meet your needs?