Climbing the Career Ladder

Getting a good job at the start of your career is one of life’s great feelings, but that’s just the start, and if you want to make sure that a comfortable life is ahead of you, getting up the career ladder is vitally important. Here are a few tips to help you get ahead.

First of all, never be ashamed to switch jobs, if you’re in sales, keep a regular eye on the sales jobs pages with companies like Reed. It’s a well known fact that some jobs are more desirable than others, whether that be due to location, pay, or any other factor, so by being prepared to move around a bit, you can advance through the levels surprisingly quickly.

Climbing the Career Ladder

Climbing the Career Ladder

Linked to that, don’t be afraid to take a sideways step to get onto something like a grad scheme. Grad schemes offer rapid advancement and good, on the job, training, and you don’t have to be newly graduated to get a place on one, in fact, you can get them even when you’re in your late twenties. If you’ve come to a career road block, a grad scheme is a good option for you.

Take good care of your own professional development. Most people get swept into the 9 to 5 and forget to continue pushing forwards. There are loads of courses and qualifications you can do that will make you better at your job, and give you the proof that you are better at the job, and if you’re lucky your company will support some, or all of the course. Talk to your line manager about CPD (continual professional development) and see how much they’re willing to help. Look for the chartered bodies for your profession, so, for example, if you’re in administration, take a look at the qualifications on offer with IAM.

Take up other interests, people who are committed to their job are great, but people who get too obsessed with it can come up against solid walls. If you’ve got a problem at work, take some time out, a new idea might come to you when you’re not expecting it, or a solution might arrive from a different direction. Make sure that you continue doing other things in your life, if nothing else it will help should you ever come to an interview.

Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, or to take on additional responsibility. It’s very easy to retreat into your area of expertise, but try new things and you never really know where you’ll end up.

Last of all, keep trying, and keep smiling, your managers are the most important people for your career, so providing you get along with them and you make sure you’re pleasant to work with, you’ve got a good chance of moving up through the grades.

Post-Work Relaxation – 5 Top Tips

Work does inevitably lead to stress from time to time, no matter how much you love your job. There are difficult decisions to be made, often long hours to work and difficult people to work with. However, there are various ways to de-stress and relax after a hard day in the office or at meetings with clients.

Some people smoke cigarettes to relax or drink to calm down after a hectic day and this may work for some people, but there are healthier ways to de-stress.

Post-Work Relaxation – 5 Top Tips

Post-Work Relaxation – 5 Top Tips

Here are a number of top tips for post-work relaxation, which are effective and don’t compromise your health:

1) Cook

Cooking is, for many people, a therapeutic practice that brings feelings of relaxation, and of course there is a reward at the end of it. Many people cook when they get home from work and this can be a calming way to start the evening and to unwind after a busy day.

2) Read

If you have spent a large portion of the day staring at a computer screen you may not fancy watching TV or a film, so a book is a great way to escape your stresses. A book can absorb and engross you and make you forget about work and its stresses, helping you to properly relax.

3) Meditate

Meditation is practiced by millions of people throughout the world and the benefits are far reaching. It can make you feel generally more positive, more calm and yes, more relaxed about work and life.

4) Exercise

Regular exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel happier and more relaxed. This is scientific fact, so if you are feeling stressed and you find it difficult to unwind after a day in the office, hit the gym, go for a run or play some sports.

5) Sleep

The importance of sleep is often underrated in the modern world and in modern life, where everyone wants to do as much as they can with the time they have. Experiencing all life’s riches is great, but so to can sleep be, so if you feel tired, consider just going to bed and you will feel much better in the morning.

Becoming a Personal Trainer

Becoming a certified personal fitness trainer (PFT) is one of the most popular career choices in the health and fitness profession. To be successful you need to demonstrate commitment and education, in short you need to put the time in.

Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer

Over the last few decades people have undeniably become more health conscious and this has meant a burgeoning interest in and increased availability of options for those considering a career as a PFT.

Communicating your passion

The first point that any aspiring PFT has to consider is how they translate their own obvious enthusiasm into improving the fitness of others. As with any good teacher a good PFT must continually develop and hone their communication and inter-personal skills. This means listening to and motivating your clients. It means communicating the purpose of a particular exercise and explaining how it improves the functioning of the body.

In addition it means knowing how the body works from a dietary, nutritional and systemic perspective. You need to know about “biological molecules”, you need to know how the muscles work and you need to know what the term “balanced diet”.

A second is that a good PFT concentrates on the type of exercises and training activities that they themselves are good at and so are more likely to enjoy. This is crucial how many of us remember dull and boring classes at school, which killed any enthusiasm for that particular subject?

You need to convey your enthusiasm, enjoy working closely with people and derive satisfaction from helping them achieve their goals. You must ask yourself some very pertinent questions and answer them honestly before you embark on a career as a PFT. In other words you need to understand what the day to day life of a personal trainer might be like. Then you ask “Can I actually do this?”

Questions and Certification

To ascertain this you should be talking to those who are already succeeding in the job, in many ways this can be seen as an invisible college for the fitness industry. We all know that such advice is in any career is second to none; the fitness industry is no different. You should not have too much difficulty with this, most PFT’s got into the business to help others, and they concurrently want to help you do the same. OK so now you have done the groundwork, you’ve gone out into the field and you’ve answered yes in all honesty to those pertinent questions alluded to above. What next?

Well you can’t just walk and get on with it, you need to get certified. There are numerous online and offline courses available depending on your circumstances and location. For instance in London there is Be A Better You that offer online personal trainer courses as well as face to face training in Canary Wharf.

However, as with any profession the possession of that all important piece of paper shows that you are dedicated to the industry. The number of certificates available can be daunting, so you need to decide which one is for you. Whatever path you choose without PFT certification of some kind you are highly unlikely to be considered for meaningful professional employment.