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Getting started with
a new project
Sometimes the hardest thing is to get started, especially
when time is short and when you do have a moment to
yourself, it’s evening, you’re tired and
the last thing you want to do is tackle a new project.
There are some options for kick starting the
- If you need help getting organised, setting priorities,
determining what's next, planning your approach to
the work/life balance, a life
coach might be able to help.
- If you are looking for a change of career and need
direction, a career
consultant might be the way to go.
- If you have a business idea and want some help or
motivation or support as you set out, there are business
consultants who can support you.
- If you know what you want to be doing, but you are
not yet qualified, you need to look at the training
options and see if any of them suit you.
- If you think you know what you'd like to do, but
you don't want to commit to the full cost of training,
just incase it isn't the right thing, why not try
it out. first? Volunteer for some work
You'll need some help with the kids for most of these
options, but don't give up! This could be an investment
in your future. Look at using Occasional
Care or a Nanny
for a few hours, ask a friend to do a child care swap
with your, or see if your family can help.
What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching helps clients to determine and
achieve their personal goals. It is usually a
one on one approach and life coaches use a variety
of methods to help clients determine their goals
and how to reach them. For example, they may apply
mentoring, values assessment, behaviour modification,
behaviour modeling and goal setting techniques.
A lot of these techniques are similar to those
used in executive coaching or management and leadership
Note: coaching is not targeted at psychological
illness, and coaches are not therapists, although
some may have this training. Please check their
qualifications and experience with the individual
If you are looking at what you can do and what
you would be most suited to, a career consultant
can help. There seem to be two kinds:
- The first offers a standard approach which
involves computer assisted testing to analyse
your personality and preferences and what would
best suit you. Personally I found this to be a
bit of a waste of time, as I think I know myself
pretty well and felt at the end of the process,
the consultant also knew me fairly well, but it
didn’t go any further. I guess I’m
saying the tests were fairly accurate, so if you’ve
not done much self analysis, it’d be worth
giving it a go, but don’t expect a full
solution without a lot more expense.
- The second approach was more personal and involved
a one on one brain storming session in which you
talked through various options and the practicalities
This requires you to have an idea or two as to
which direction you want to go in. If you are
going in with a blank bit of paper, I’d
suggest the analysis first.
If you would like to set up your own business,
but you're not sure what's involved, or even if
your idea will float, you can get some help.
A Business consultant can work through the business
idea with you and help you in the initial phases.
They can also provide expertise in the financial
aspects, registering your business, whether you
need to register for GST, filing your tax returns.
You may also need some legal advice. Do you need
a license, do you need to be registered with the
Government? What's involved in employing someone?
While the children are young could be an ideal
time to consider some additional training. If
you are looking for a career change, there are
many different alternatives for getting qualified,
often with the option of studying from home if
that makes it more convenient. Whether you are
looking for a full degree, a trade qualification,
a diploma or certificate, or simply to increase
your knowledge in a particular are, the course
for you is out there...(more)
A friend of mine thinks she would like to be
a teacher, but the amount of training involved
to get qualified is daunting. And what if it ends
up not being the right career choice? It is a
huge investment in terms of both time and money.
So how can she be sure it is the right thing for
her, that she's not just looking at teaching because
having school holidays at home would be very convenient?
Try some work experience. It is a standard approach
for students in their final years at school and
a lot of organisations are very willing to take
on a work experience student for a week or more.
Ok, so we're a bit older than the average work
experience student, but a certain level of maturity
can only be advantageous for an organisation,
and they're going to be pretty sure you want to
be there, not that you're there because the school
expects you to be.
So how do you go about it? (more)
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