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Career Path Help for School Leavers

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This year employees, with the permission of their employers, are being asked to go to secondary schools to talk about their jobs and career history. It’s expected that this will help young people get a real insight into what their careers entail.

This ‘Inspiring the Future’ campaign is designed to address the “skills mismatch” between careers and young people, and inspire students to pursue careers they would otherwise not have thought of. Volunteers around the UK are visiting a local school once a year to spend an hour talking to young people about their career pathways.

In a world of difficult career choices, confusing job titles and career changes, students are increasingly unsure about their career pathway, and knowing what job is right for them.

Nick Chambers, director of the charity behind the campaign, Education and Employers Taskforce, said young people were bombarded with “distorting influences” from the media that to be a success in life you have to be a footballer or a pop star.

“Take a look at what young people aspire to be; its vets, actors and pop stars. A lot of the career paths young people see are the careers they see in popular TV programmes”. There are few role models in other career paths” he said.

Half of office workers put in longer hours

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Nearly a half of office workers intentionally spend long hours in the office in an attempt to impress their manager and rise up the career ladder, a poll has shown. However, this extra work has no effect on productivity and can have a detrimental effect on home life.

This research, by officebroker.com, found that 43% of workers regularly arrived early or stayed late during this year, in a bid to seem more dedicated to their career than colleagues. Over a quarter said they regularly worked longer days than actually needed in order to do their job efficiently.

Employees are filling their time emailing friends, playing computer games, browsing the internet and doing menial, non-urgent tasks. They are even more likely to stay longer at work when a new boss had been appointed or when a pay or career review is imminent or redundancies are expected.

Employees working extra hours were found to be committing between an hour and two hours extra a day, adding a minimum of half a day extra to their working week, solely to impress their managers and help them move forward on their career path.

Time for a career change?

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Many people, now and then, are bored with their career path. Are you bored because you do not face enough challenges in your career? Or are you feeling burned out in your career.

These are good reasons to think about a career change; but be careful – if the cause of your dissatisfaction is a personal issue – it will follow you wherever you go.

Usually it is better to stay in your career until you have decided on your next career path and done some preparatory work; the grass may look greener on the other side but sometimes that is an illusion. Finding a new career when you are already employed can be much easier than if you are not.

A career change for its own sake is not necessarily a move in the right career direction and may even be detrimental.

It may be that you do not need an entirely new career, possibly just a new challenge. Speak to your manager and ask for extra responsibilities or a more challenging role. Often workers tend to get promoted into a new career path which include some duties they are already doing. Your own personal career goals are important; good managers will try to accommodate your career needs. Don’t let it be known that you are fed up with your work, but do let your bosses know you are ready to move forward in your career path.