With a new class of graduates about to enter the full-time job market, a lot of them are seeking job search advice from their college career centers. Unfortunately, the advice that a lot of colleges are doling out is often outdated and frequently downright bad. In fact, as a workplace advice columnist, when I ask recipients of bad advice who told them to approach their job search that way, one of the most common answers is “my campus career center did.”
At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about the bad advice coming out of many – although thankfully not all! – college career centers. You can read it here.
Overall, it looked really nice, clean, modern, a little artistic, if it works out practically I'd really enjoy using it.
In many ways well provided, like having a lift fairly central and not buried off somewhere, despite a few flaws.
There were some nice touches, like mains and usb charge points in the waiting room, although I did feel, if you're going to add any, why add only four, why not put them round the room? And why not put them next to a shelf?
I wasn't sure quite what trains I was hoping for, there aren't the ones Liv and ghoti had hoped would exist, and for now the connections seem annoyingly inconsistent, but any trains at all from North Cambridge is really nice. I think as I get used to having it available I will find it's really handy; ambling there on the bike puts a train trip in the "why not" category not the "sigh, I suppose so" category even if it doesn't save that much time overall.
My biggest worry was that it would instantly become as busy as the old station, taking a lot of the traffic from north cambridge, and making chesterton into more london commuter belt, and not be able to handle that traffic, but other people seem to think that wouldn't happen. Presumably there is *some* plan for expansion if necessary by people who know (there is still something to be built next to the station judging by the empty lot).
I’m on vacation and damn it if I’m not going to re-run a blog post so I don’t have to write a new one. This one is from August 15, 2013.
A reader writes:
If one is unhappy at their work, whether it’s due to their actual responsibilities or problems with their bosses, coworkers, clients, etc., how would one then determine whether it’s a legitimate grievance that grants the right to action, such as speaking to one’s manager, looking for another job, or even resigning without having found another job, or whether it’s a normal part of the working condition that will improve or one just needs to get used to.?
I understand that this is a very general question that does not have the same answer to every situation, but is there a general rule that one can go by? And does money, experience, length of stay, etc. have any impact on the answer to the first question? For example, does it matter if one if unhappy at a job that pays $25K, $50K, or $150K, or whether they have been at their place for 5 months, 1 year, or 5 years?
Those from “older generations” say that individuals my age and generation (late 20s, Generation Y) are just lazy, irresponsible, and think we have the right to a perfect job right out of college. I understand their point and maybe we (the Generation Y) need to lower our expectations, but I have also known people who stayed at jobs that were making them utterly miserable for years. It’s similar to divorce: not too long ago, people stayed in a really bad marriage for the sake of the children or because of societal pressures; however, now, people get divorced at the first sign of diminished passions. So how does one find that balance between not giving up too easily and also not falling into dutiful martyrdom?
You’re right that there’s not one across-the-board rule, because it depends on the specifics of the situation — but in general, a few principles are worth considering:
First, the more in-demand you are, the more able you are to speak up when you’re unhappy and to walk away for something better. If you’re not an especially marketable candidate, you don’t have as much ground to stand on when insisting on something better (or options to turn to if you don’t get what you want). That’s why people often find it a bit silly when less experienced people leave jobs over complaints that are common or relatively minor in the scheme of things — although it’s of course still reasonable when the issues are bigger. (I’d put harassment, real cruelty, chronically broken promises, and being expected to do something illegal, immoral, or unsafe in the “bigger issues” category.)
But complicating things is that fact that when you’re less experienced, you can’t always judge the relative seriousness of an issue very well. The more experience you have in the work world, the better perspective you’re able to have when it comes to figuring out if the thing troubling you is:
* common and not really a big deal
* truly outrageous
* something you can or can’t realistically avoid wherever you go
* something worth taking a stand over
It’s often hard to judge those things well when you don’t have tons of experience.
You asked how to tell if something warrants a wide list of actions, including speaking to your manager, looking for another job, or resigning without having another job. In general, the latter is something most people need to avoid, both because it can take a really long time to find another job and because you’re generally less attractive to new employers once you’re unemployed, which will make what might have already been a long job search even longer and harder. There are some things that warrant quitting without another job lined up, but they’re pretty rare.
But as for speaking to your manager, a good manager will want to know if you’re unhappy about something, particularly if you’re contemplating leaving your job over it. Of course, as with anything, your specific complaint (and the way you approach it) can reflect on your judgment. If you go to your manager because you’re frustrated spending three hours a day in useless meetings, that’s reasonable. If you go to her because you’re annoyed you don’t get senior-level projects when you’ve only been on the job for a year, that’s going to make you look naive. So you also want to factor in how reasonable an objective observer would find your concern, and — importantly — how equipped you are to make that call. If you’re pretty inexperienced, it’s important to recognize that that probably impacts your ability to assess this stuff.
All of this points to proceeding with caution when you’re relatively new to the work world — and testing your assessment of a situation with people you respect who have more experience to draw on. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t entitled to push back on something or leave a job if you’re unhappy — that’s your prerogative at any time. But it’s wise to make sure that you understand the potential consequences of that action and how it’s likely to be perceived by people around you — and that’s the piece that I think is sometimes missing when people are less experienced, and what has led to some of the stereotypes that you describe.
how can 20somethings know if something is worth complaining about or leaving a job over? was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.
I still don't have a good way of making an offline archive of DW; the program LJArchive is timing out because, I think, my DW is just too huge, and it doesn't have a way of downloading one bit at a time. Does anyone have any recs?
It's also coming up to the end of my 7th year of working at Keele – I've finished teaching and only have exams to go through before this academic year is over. It's a pretty awesome job in lots of ways. Our senior people like to point out that there have been over a million consultations when patients have been treated by Keele-trained doctors in the ten year history of the medical school, and I've contributed to the education of quite a high proportion of those doctors.
And it's the 20th anniversary, give or take, of my leaving school. I have signed up to attend the reunion next month; I'm not entirely sure that was a good idea, but I am at least somewhat curious to see if I can pick up some gossip from anyone who isn't on Facebook. I don't think anyone is going to be surprised that I'm an academic, that's what everybody was predicting when I was going around convinced I was going into school teaching. But they might well be surprised that I'm married and poly.
Anyway, now I'm going to catch a train from the new exciting local to my house station.
But, in lighter news, I have been spammed by another dodgy journal, which seems to think I am a woman physician and wants me to be on its editorial board. I do wonder what kind of a journal it is when it wants not only a CV but a photo from applicants...:
[L]ooking for prominent physicians in the field of Women's Health, to be a part of the editorial board to convey finest clinical resource and increase scope for best clinical understanding.
The journal is looking forward to peers with top academic aptitude whose judgment is highly regarded within the journals main discipline.
I think judgement will be highly regarded in ignoring such solicitations.
Online check-in: done (also I managed to improve my seat somewhat without actually paying and arm and a leg for the upgrade).
So, anyway, general status: wibbling.
Last week, a lesson on branding unfolded on my Instagram page. I already wrote a bit about this incident on my weekly Hit List but I’ve decided to write about it again because I think there is an important takeaway for soulful businesses.
Here’s what happened:
I posted a quote on my Instagram page using one of the wonderful graphic squares that artist Jacquelyn Tierney had designed for me a few years back. These squares coordinate beautifully with my website, with pops of purple, turquoise and gold, the colors I’ve been using for my business for years.
The next day, I noticed that someone had left a comment. Expecting something sweet from a friend or fan, I went to look. Instead, the comment was from a fellow tarot reader, someone I had never met. She was insinuating that I had stolen the branding of another tarot reader.
And irony of all ironies, the person she accused me of copying – is the same person who stole my web copy a few years ago. This lead to a flurry of comments from friends and fans – and me. Needless to say, although I’m one who likes to allow people to save face, this commenter unwittingly outed her friend and now it’s up there for the world to see.
How did this happen?
The person who stole my web copy a few years back had recently gone through a rebrand. Instead of keeping her original colors, she decided to go with purple and turquoise. The exact same colors I have been using for years.
Now that her brand colors match mine, her associate mistakenly assumed that I copied her. (Note to associate: as if!) In the future, other people might too.
The lessons in here are three fold.
One, never copy someone else’s work. Period. It’s just not cool. Being yourself in your business means a business you can be proud of. Plus, people like to do business with the “real” you, not a pale imitation of someone else.
Two, ripping off your peers is one day going to backfire. You may be able to hide or switch things around enough to cover your tracks but eventually things come out in the open. Keep your eyes on your own paper and you’ll be fine. If you can’t resist other people’s ideas, it’s time to look outside your industry for inspiration. (I look to hip hop, cooking, movies, and regular doses of Naked and Afraid for my creative inspiration.)
Three, when you are branding or rebranding, choose your aesthetic with care. Using similar colors, fonts, logos, etc. as another person in your industry not only waters down your brand but it can create brand confusion as our example above so brilliantly illustrates. This harms brand equity and integrity. It hurts both businesses.
Keep in mind that people can sell exactly the same thing but it’s important to have your own swag ’n flavor. Take Coke and Pepsi for example. Both sell colas, right? Yet they taste different and their branding is unique to them. There are cheap knockoffs out there too but who wants that when they can have the real thing? (Pun intended.)
The ultimate takeaway from all this mess is to be you. Right down to your colors. It’s all I have ever been and all I ever will be. As should you.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep on doing me. And the colors I chose will remain. Because those are my true colors and they don’t run.
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2017
We’ve very pleased to announce the programme for this year’s Harpies, Fechters and Quines Festival, organised in partnership with the Glasgow Women’s Library and the Edinburgh Womens’ Group Bonnie Fechters.
This year the focus is on women and film – Reel Women – and includes many free film screenings. Come along and meet like-minded folk, learn something new or just sit back and enjoy.
Browse the full programme and book your tickets via Eventbrite