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How To Know Which Career Path is The Right One For You

Ideally, everyone would get their true calling very early on in their life. They would find happiness in their dream job or they would follow in their parent’s footsteps. If you aren’t sure if you are on the right career path or if you want to make sure that you are happy in the job that you have then you can find out whatever you need to know here.

What Makes You Passionate?

We all want to enjoy what we do. One of the biggest signs that you are in the wrong job is if you dread going to work every day. Passion isn’t the only thing that you should be focusing on, but if you are passionate about your job then this can keep you going even through the hardest of times. One way to find out if you are passionate about something or not would be for you to think of a job that you would do for free. This is a great way to narrow down your choices. If you are still stuck then why not consider ENFP careers? Or look into which options are available in your local area.

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Take a Test

Are you one of those people who doesn’t actually know what they are good at? A career assessment test is a great way for you to find out everything you need to know about yourself and your potential. For example, if you love to travel then you may want to consider a job that gives you the chance to work abroad. There are so many possibilities available and you really would be surprised at how easy it is for you to really find something that resonates with you.

Internship

If you are very flexible when it comes to your working salary then why not consider going for an internship? This is a great way for you to decide which career type is right for you and it also gives you the chance to pursue the career of your dreams and it can even lead you to getting a full-time job as well. An internship can also help you to build your own network and it also gives you the chance to find other people who actually have the same passion and interest as you.

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Mentors

A mentor can really help you to find out which career path is right for you. They can give you the inside knowledge you need to get you on the right path as well. When you have found someone who could be your mentor, it is a good idea for you to chat with them to find out if you can shadow them for a couple of hours a day. This will show you if the job is right for you and it also gives you valuable insight into a position that you can’t get in any other way. It is also ideal if you want to pursue a career path but want to find out what is going to be expected of you before you go ahead and train for it.

 

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Bullying, Discrimination And Harassment: Recognising Them and Knowing the Difference

Whatever the nature of your business and whatever path you should choose for your career, it’s likely that you’re peripherally aware of your worker’s rights. Workers have the right to do their job in a place of safety and comfort without. They are expected to behave professionally and with decency and not victimise others who are different to themselves and should expect the same of their colleagues, bosses and employers. While most employers know that they are legally protected against discrimination, it can muddy the waters when they’re unsure what constitutes bullying, harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Moreover, many people are unaware what they should do if they find themselves (Heaven forbid) subject to these inappropriate and potentially illegal behaviours.

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This uncertainty can cause employees to raise grievances against colleagues that fail to conform to the defined parameters of bullying, harassment and discrimination or (worse still), let inexcusable behaviour from bosses and colleagues go unchallenged.

Defining discrimination

Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees on the grounds of their gender, gender identity, age, skin colour, religion or sexual orientation. Many of us are aware of that but what might discrimination upon these grounds look like in real terms? Employers are not legally allowed to choose who they hire based on the grounds of any of the above. A colleague of mine once attended an interview in which the interviewer asked her if she had any plans to have children, as it would have a sizeable impact over whether or not she would get the job. She correctly asserted that they should not have asked that question as it demonstrates clear discrimination on the basis of her gender. She (quite rightly) walked out there and then. Needless to say your employer is not allowed to dismiss you on this basis either. If you feel that you have been let go unfairly or in a discriminatory manner you must seek legal advice against this unfair dismissal. Aside from hiring and firing, there are many other types of discrimination that could occur in the workplace.

Discriminating against particular employees when assigning holiday leave, sick leave or maternity leave, restricting use of company facilities or denying certain employees compensations or benefits are also egregious forms of discrimination.

The difference between harassment and bullying

In real terms harassment and bullying look much the same. Both involve inappropriate and / or aggressive behaviour towards an employee. Both involve unwanted or unwarranted conduct, and both lead to an employee feeling victimised at work. Legally speaking, however, there is a difference. Harassment, in its strictest legal definition, is linked to the protected characteristics of the employee (i.e. race, gender, religion etc.). Therefore if a colleague is openly sexist or racist towards you this is within the legal parameters of harassment.

Bullying, however, has no such legal definition. Though it is chiefly defined as aggressive or malicious behaviour, bullying has no presence within the statute books, but this does not mean that employees who experience bullying are without recourse.

Duty of care

Employees have a duty of care towards their employees and bullying, even if it falls outside of the strict parameters of harassment, clearly contravenes this duty of care. Thus, your employer should have an infrastructure in place to ensure that you can raise a grievance against any other employee (whatever their position or status) without the risk of reprisals from the organisation or any particular individual.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog

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4 Top Tips For New Businesses

Starting your own business, or starting a new project, can always be a daunting prospect. Having a plan, source of funding, people you trust to work with, or establishing your reputation, are worries that we all have.

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Keep Your Current Job

A lot of people jump into their new business, quit their daytime job and put all their effort, and all the hours of their day, into the new project. This isn’t always the best idea though. Having another income puts less stress and responsibility on your business to succeed. If this added pressure isn’t there, you’re probably more likely to succeed. Stressing and putting too much into a new venture can be problematic. This means you might be less likely to take risks, and make business choices that could be really good for the growth of your company. All in all, keep the day job and choose to be adventurous with your new venture.

Work With Others

Even though you might believe you are a genius and your idea is going to take off, no one gets anywhere without some help. This could come in the form of a business partner, which would take a lot a stress off you, and mean you can share the hours it takes to run the business. Yes, it would mean sharing the profit, but they might have untapped expertise and knowledge you could utilise.

Likewise, having a mentor could have similar benefits too. Knowing someone who is willing to share their knowledge about the world you are about to enter, and has been successful themselves, is invaluable. The will be able to tell you what could succeed and what probably won’t as well as give you feedback and positive criticism on how your business is doing. Having a mentor with you along the way, gives you a great second opinion, especially if you’re going at it solo.

Take Advantage of Software

There are many kinds of apps and software that can help you to run your business, like ThePaystubs.com. This kind of software can save you time, and give you clarity, when your business gets on its feet.

Be Interested in What You Do

If your don’t care about what your business has to offer people, chances are you will lose interest in the project quickly. Being passionate about what you do is underrated, and is key to any successful business. When you are putting in all the hours of the day, and are feeling down and despondent, which happens to everyone, your passion will be why you carry on.

If you are interested in the services and products your business has to offer, chances are you will understand how make your business more successful. If you are also your target demographic, this gives you insight to the market you are appealing to.

Running a business has its challenges, and is always a steep learning cub. Being creative and being sensible and realistic will give any new business an edge. Follow these top tips to get the best from yours.

*This post is contributed to Spicy Scribbler Blog