Tag: Career management

I heard it on the grapevine: how to tap into the hidden job market

It’s common knowledge that the majority of jobs are never advertised online. The exact percentage of hidden jobs is hard to pin down, but most agree that well over half of the jobs out there are filled through word-of-mouth. Even if the proportion of hidden jobs is exaggerated, being on the grapevine will give you a head start when opportunities come up.

So, what exactly is the grapevine and how do you get on it?

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Action goals can bring luck to career planning

‘Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.’


Career planning in a complex and changing environment means opportunities will arise that you could not have planned for. Long-term goal setting may be of limited benefit because you can really only plan around how you might be successful in this environment. Instead, setting short term measurable goals can position you to do what you can where you are, and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

Short term goals need to be:

• specific

• action-orientated

• measurable.

Make a commitment on paper and put your career ideas into action

Consider developing a Career Readiness Plan that lists short-term career goals that can easily be measured. As we all have different goals and development needs, your plan will be unique to you. Start by identifying areas where you can take action to develop specific skills or experience.

Your actions may include:

• skill development activities or training

• network development

• gaining experience

• applying for an opportunity.

Use your plan to keep track of your progress and update it to reflect new opportunities and strategies.

You’ll find some great resources for setting goals at Mindtools and the University of California.

How chaos, uncertainty and career planning go together

‘My career has not been linear, I have just made the best decision I could at the time.’

Tim Costello, World Vision

Your environment is dynamic… and so are you. Life is complex and you will need to adapt your goals to manage your life around constant change. Reflect for a moment on where you are now – could you have predicted your course of study and your part-time job a few years back? Careers Chaos Theory, developed by Jim Bright and Robert Pryor, challenges the idea that careers can be seen as linear and rationally planned (Pryor & Bright, 2003).

Key elements of Careers Chaos Theory

• Our careers are frequently subject to chance events. Research has indicated that 70% of people experience chance events that impact on their career. Continue reading

Career decisions in 5 easy steps

Divergent Paths

It’s important to start thinking about what to do after your degree early on in your uni  course. The decisions you make during your time at university will have a direct impact on the opportunities open to you. If you’re aware of what kinds of decisions you might need to make as you progress in your course, you’ll be better able to plan activities that will help you make a successful transition into graduate employment.

There are many different approaches to making career decisions – here’s a practical framework that’s based around 5 key steps. Continue reading

A quick guide to… making career decisions

Each of us will experience many situations involving making  career decisions, and everyone will manage this in their own way. Each career is unique. No two individuals will experience exactly the same career pathway. It makes sense for each of us to take as much control of our careers as we can. As a result, you are the person who can best generate your own career plan and make the decisions needed to put it into action throughout your working life.

Learning how to make effective career decisions is crucial. Developing your skills and confidence in making career decisions will help you to:

• manage and take control of your career

• adapt to change

• take advantage of career opportunities as they arise. Continue reading

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