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Three Glimpses At the Future of Work

FI One mand BandIn a galaxy not too far away, there’s a work-oriented future that looks more automated in terms of processes and procedures.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a glimpse of the future of HR from a conference held last week in Las Vegas. As more than 8,000 human resources executives and IT professionals convened, they heard about highlights of the future of work.

1. Surveys, surveys, surveys. Consulting firms are emerging selling various tools to help HR get more clued into morale and engagement. This means online surveys will ask employees how they feel about their boss, who they rely on for advice and if they were happy to come into the office on any given day.

Sounds like survey vendors are taking things up a notch by selling data to help employers not only interpret the information but act on it as well. Read more

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Four Ways to Keep Your Career Authentic and Uniquely You

vision2Have you ever been at work and wondered how you got there? Not in terms of the daily commute but literally how you ended up where you are today? Or how it may not always feel like “you” all of the time and who you are?

This piece on Huffington Post helps clarify things. While its scope is about staying true to yourself, we simply have to apply this to careers. Considering we spend so many hours of the day working, if it’s not reflective of who we are, then who are we truly? Read more

Four Ways to Break Into Media Jobs

Let’s say your old job or current one is a little lackluster and you have a burning desire to bolt into the media world! Whether it’s the digital space in editing or perhaps design is more your thing, you may be wondering how to break in without any relevant experience.

Well, according to a post on U.S. News & World Report, making the leap can be done but there are a few pointers to keep in mind.

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Four Signs It’s Time to Leave a Dead End Job

Ever feel frustrated on the job? Maybe your editor just doesn’t recognize how hard you work or maybe you’re not personally satisfied with meeting deadline after deadline.

Well, according to a piece on Forbes, there are a few factors to pay attention to as you begin to think your career is officially on a dead end path.

1. The job has run out of gas.  Headhunter Jorg Stegemann points out several phases of a job within the piece: the honeymoon, reality, learning the ropes, mastering the job, question marks, demotivation, and the inevitable burn out. He asks, “Which phase are you currently in? Do you feel energized when you think of your job or worn out? Do you fight or have you given up?” The key, it seems, is not waiting until phase six approaches. Instead, pay attention to warning signs like lethargy and sweating the small stuff. He says in the blog post it’s ideal to depart during phase four or five.

2. Your industry is in turmoil. With a variety of mergers and downsizings, not to mention the state of newspapers, it’s probably safe to say the media industry is transitioning at the moment. If you hear news that your company is tightening its belt,  pay attention to your department as well as others. How is your employer treating people? Is solid talent being let go? Or are smart role models you admire leaving by their own choice?  He adds, “Without a quick turn-around, brain drain spells the beginning of the end. It might be time to consider a career change.”

3. Company profits are down (or non-existent). Stay abreast of your company’s financial well-being as well as your own deparmtent. For instance, if you’re a copy editor in the print side of the house, maybe it’s time to move into the web division instead. Also look around to see if your company is positioned well within the marketplace. If it doesn’t measure up and seems to be disintegrating, it may be time to leave that ship before it sinks.

4. There’s nothing in it for you. Seriously. If you dread going into the office every morning and get nothing out of it other than punching the time clock and receiving that pay check, accept it for what it is: A dead end street. And start making moves to pursue a job opportunity that’s more fulfilling with a brighter tomorrow.

LeVar Burton on Finding Career Success: ‘You’ve gotta make it happen’

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Want to achieve longevity in your career? Look no further than LeVar Burton. The actor has starred in three iconic TV shows (Roots, Star Trek The Next Generation and Reading Rainbow, in case you’re wondering), directed films, written books, and he recently dove head-first into Silicon Valley by releasing the Reading Rainbow app.

So, how has he managed to re-invent his career so many times? By being a “self-starter,” he says.

“I found early on in my acting career that I didn’t do well just sitting around and waiting around for the phone to ring, for somebody to give me a job,” Burton explained in our Media Beat interview. “I’ve always been out there more pro-active than anybody else on my own behalf, because I just know that you’ve gotta make it happen. Nobody’s gonna make it happen for you.”

Part 1: LeVar Burton on Bringing the ‘Reading Rainbow’ App to Silicon Valley
Part 2: LeVar Burton on the Future of Reading Rainbow & Printed Books

Why You Should Write a Vision Statement

Let’s face it, as journalists we’re accustomed to story telling. Why should our career path be any different? Why not create a convincing, confident vision statement to create a path to follow?

This blog post is inspired by the Simply Hired blog which relates to the often cringe-worthy question frequently asked during interviews: “So tell me, where do you see yourself in five years?”

When you prepare for the interview you typically get ready mentally to answer that question, right? Why should the “real world” be any different? Although articulating a carefully thought out goal-oriented answer is important during the interview itself, so is taking the question seriously after the fact. Read more