Ed4Career Blog | Category: Personal Enrichment

In-Demand Jobs of 2021

By Kris Powers | August 6th 2021

Female professional standing in front of the word "job"

As the economy continues to shift during the pandemic, some careers are becoming obsolete, while others are seeing a rise in demand. Essential industries, such as healthcare, need more workers than ever. Careers in online sales, shipping and delivery are also seeing substantial growth because of consumer habit change.

This shift is enabling a career change for many – from sales to social media, research to medical writing, and entrepreneur to life coach.



The words "what motivates you" written on a chalkboard

“Motivation is the incentive or reward behind why a person is compelled to act a certain way.”  Evan Tarver 

We often look at motivation through the lens of whether we have it or not. But have you ever considered what truly drives you? Or, more specifically, looked at the motivation behind motivation?

In this blog we will cover the two main types of motivation – Extrinsic and Intrinsic – which represent the external and internal rewards that fuel us. We also include tips and tricks to increase your motivation by helping you to identify and tap into what drives you. 

 

Extrinsic Motivation


Are You Experiencing Pivot Fatigue?

By Kris Powers | March 25th 2021

Young female asleep at desk

For many, the onset of COVID resulted in a major disruption in both personal and professional lives. Some lost their jobs, others had to move their offices and their children’s schooling into their homes. The stress and toll on financial, personal and mental health will be felt for a long time.

Many companies found themselves scrambling to pivot business functions and procedures from an in-person world to a more virtual world. Employees are learning how to operate in new ways, and many corporations and individuals alike are experiencing pivot fatigue.

What is pivot fatigue? Many of us pride ourselves on problem-solving and being able to change direction and course in an agile manner, making any transition as smooth as possible. We put these skills to good use when learning how to successfully operate from home, meeting the needs of our clients and customers who may have been more accustomed to more standard, in person, methods and practices.


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.


Who is Murphy (and why is his law so crappy)?

By Kris Powers | January 25th 2021

Plan A and Plan B paths marked on pavement

I was listening to Alanis Morrissette’s song “Ironic” this morning. Singing along, I found myself thinking; some of these situations really aren’t ironic but examples of Murphy’s law in action.

“Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face” – Alanis Morissette


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.


Certain Things in Uncertain Times

By Kris Powers | March 21st 2020

Balloon lifting paper boat out of water

COVID-19 has everyone’s attention. Communities are pulling together to help try to control the spread of the virus. Elected officials are making the best decisions they feel they can make at this time to protect their communities. Schools are closing to try to squelch the virus’s spread. Neighbors are offering a lending hand with childcare or a hot meal.

In light of businesses, schools and organizations temporarily shutting their doors, many people are facing job uncertainty. Theme parks, restaurants, bars, hotels, convention centers, travel – there will be no industry left untouched by current events.

Companies that are able to set up work remotely are doing so. Unfortunately, other companies are having to suspend or lay off employees until the economy takes an upward turn.


What Makes You Unique?

By Kris Powers | June 19th 2019

Businessman flying through the air

We have many qualities within us that make us unique. How we approach situations, problem solve, learn, apply that knowledge, prioritize tasks and manage our time. Our unique abilities affect every aspect of our lives. Read more to discover what makes you unique and how to apply that to the job of your dreams!


6 Tips to Become a Better Listener

By Kris Powers | February 6th 2019

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Steven Covey once said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply”. Active listening is a gift. The more that we stop and fully engage in meaningful conversations, the better our relationships will be.