People who need people

happy employees

Curious title… yes!

I’ve always been drawn to people, both in life and as part of my career.  They interest me, intrigue me and yes, sometimes disappoint me. As  an optimist, I am not here to focus on the negative, but I do want to raise the awareness of the “good stuff” for those who would benefit from a little self-awareness and improvement. I’m the observer and the people watcher, which  has served me well over the years.

Let’s talk about the “good stuff”, respect and admiration for just a moment. Over the course of my career, I have encountered many types of people:

  • genuine
  • curious
  • helpers
  • Loyal
  • competitive
  • Driven

For me, I prefer working  with the first 4 types. Don’t get me wrong…being competitive and driven can be great but there is a time and a place for it and you need not forget about the people you work with.  Cut-throat is not my style and it drains my “good energy”.

I recently saw a post on LinkedIn, quoting the type of work practice and ethos I’m into, so I shared it.

T.E.A.M

  • together
  • everyone
  • achieves
  • more

It’s that simple and so true. Let’s use Sir Richard Branson ( inspirational  leader) as the example… he’s an extremely successful and powerful entrepreneur who develops ideas into businesses that for the most part, have excelled. Did he do this alone? No. He sought advice, created his support team and ensured that everyone worked together for one common goal>SUCCESS.  He motivates and rewards his teams too, which is why and how he has done so well.  So the next time you hear a story or read a story about dear Richard, know that he picked and lead his teams well to get where he is today.

When you consider how much time we spend at work each day and week… our rituals and experiences need to be positive don’t they?  Yes there are targets and yes there are objectives but for me, a business cannot and will not succeed if their people do not support one another. Would you like another  benefit of working together? Okay… what about learning from one another? Each person that you encounter in  your  workplace  has a different style, level of knowledge and expertise in a company or if they’ve been doing it a while, their sector. It’s not a competition, it’s a learning experience. I myself have learned from people 10 years my junior and 20 years my senior.  Make someone feel good and ask how they would go about doing a task you’re about to do.  You will probably learn something great, but you will also make your co-worker feel needed and trusted.  Everyone started somewhere, everyone needs help and guidance no matter the level and people do genuinely need people.

Streisand
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Opting for options

Okay, have a good look at their expressions….  few look hopeful, but the majority are probably feeling helpless.

Why you ask?  It’s their future they’re thinking about and these days it’s tough for young people.  Some want what they cannot have, which is the dream of doing what they want to do in life and their career.  Times have changed and for young people there are 3 options…

1) Apply to a university to gain a recognised degree and accept the fact that you’ll be in debt for up to £45,000 (bearing in mind that university fees have more than doubled in 10 years and parents who thought they were prepared have suddenly become unprepared)

2) Get a job and work hard in your chosen sector with the hope that you’ll get a promotion

3) Consider an Apprenticeship, where you get  paid AND achieve recognised qualifications

You’re probably thinking…. HELLOOOO  option 3 please, but surprisingly there is still a stigma attached to apprenticeships for some.

In the past, apprenticeships were known best for construction related jobs and those who were not able to achieve university grades.  It’s not so any more.  Apprenticeships have developed immensely over the past 5 years to cover areas of study such as; IT, Business Admin, Social Media and Healthcare (to name a few).  Of course there is still high demand for construction related apprentices because the “hands-on” approach is quite necessary in that sector.

What you may not know is that in order to become an apprentice, you also need to achieve a certain educational standard in Math and English.  Training providers or further education bodies  assess  students, to ensure that they are capable of embarking in a study programme. (by capable I mean determining the individuals learning level and/or enlisting additional support if needed.)

Now some school leaver’s may not have scored well in school for one reason or another, but I can tell you from personal experience that those who test outside of the school environment often do better. This is due to the potential reward gained from their results. (A paid work placement and hope for the future)

I’ll agree that there are careers that demand a degree, so I’ll leave them to it but there are so many positive reasons for choosing an apprenticeship option:

1) Earn while you learn

2) A foot in the door with a good company

3) Qualifications that are nationally recognised and transferable

4) No debt when you’ve achieved your level of qualification

5) It’s a great stepping stone for your future and it show’s other employers that you have commitment

For employers, it’s a great option to have a keen young person that you can  not only mould to your company’s service standards, but it also increases morale for your other staff who take the apprentice under their wing.

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Hands-on

Interview with a graduate

My mission today is simple…. to help showcase a talented young person’s quest for success and communicate to the public how challenging it is for the youths of today to secure their future.

In order to make this real, I chose to interview a promising soon-to-be graduate (Caroline),who will leave University this summer with a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism and enter our world as an independent adult professional.  Caroline has dreams… BIG ones I might add and as we spoke I couldn’t help thinking to myself, “I’m glad I grew up during the time that I did”.

Caroline is really passionate about helping other peers benefit from what she has learned too….  so let the interview begin!

Hands-on: Caroline, “what are your dreams and aspirations”?

Caroline: “I’d like to be a reporter for network or regional TV news like the BBC and have a particular interest in crime reporting and covering police investigations”.  “I also enjoy the travelling aspect of the job and would LOVE the opportunity to gain some experience as a news correspondent in the United States”.

Hands-on: “What do you feel are your biggest challenges”?

Caroline: “Well, my voice or rather my local Northern accent is probably number one on my list and I’m working hard on that”. “My other challenges would have to be the transition from young adult to professional, gaining trust and respect in my chosen field and getting rid of the stigma attached to the term student or recent graduate”.

Hands-on: “Caroline, what would you say are the pros and cons of your chosen industry”?

Caroline: Pro’s would be:

  • Variety of work, meeting different people from high-profile to local resident and even criminals in some cases
  • Providing a necessary service
  • The thrill and excitement of capturing a new story

Cons:

  • It’s not very well paid, considering the heavy workload
  • Being away from home a lot
  • People tend to stereotype and avoid the press

Hands-on: “What would you change to provide more graduates with an opportunity?

Caroline: “The government should provide better support for graduates”. “At the end of the day, I’ve invested in my career and future and would like to get paid back for my investment”.  “There also should be more opportunities for lesser skilled people, who don’t have the means to go to university or the experience to get a good job”.

Hands-on: “What would your message be to potential employer’s”?

Caroline: “I’ve studied non-stop, have taken the time to develop my work experience profile and I’m willing to work hard and learn as much as I can to prove that I am worthy of an opportunity”.

Hands-on: “Do you have any tips for your peers”?

Caroline: ” Yes, make sure that your work experience is based on your field of study and not just retail jobs for cash”. If your CV shows that you are passionate about your chosen study field, you’ll probably have a better chance at getting a job when you graduate”.  “Also, networking online and offline and keeping in touch with previous employer’s raises your profile and may open up other opportunities”.

Caroline: “Always be polite and courteous, regardless of the type of company you’re dealing with”.

Thanks Caroline, with your dreams in tact and a determination to succeed, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying we wish you all the best for the future!

“The Tick Factor”

What makes you tick?

It could be personal or business related ticking, but everyone ticks in some way, shape or form.

What do I mean?  Okay… humour me here… ticking can be associated with an action, passion or purpose that makes you get out of bed in the morning.

Do you:

  • Enjoy helping people?
  • Love technology?
  • Get excited with the sheer thought of numbers, forms and charts?
  • Are you a serial net-worker and good at it?

Whatever your passion is… that’s the answer I’m looking for.

I’m not going to make this all about me or advise you on what the best “tick” is, because each of you have your own gift and purpose.

What I AM going to say is that it’s important to do what you love or what you’re really good at.  Also, life is too short to worry about what others think.  If you’re a people person, don’t let yourself get tangled in a life or career where there’s no social interaction.  The same goes for all the technical folk out there… some of you might not feel comfortable in an active social environment and that’s okay.

As long as YOU feel fulfilled and content, that’s all that matters.

I’d  like to mention that I have used all of my will power to avoid attaching links to the wonderful people I know who fit into the above categories! You know who you are and you should be very proud.

What makes you tick?

I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading,

Nancy

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my mother, whose birthday is today.  One of the last things she said to me is: ” whatever you do, just make sure you’re happy.”