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In this episode, Tom Rees joins me, and we talk about significant career shifts. Tom is a medical doctor with the NHS and before that was a professional rugby player, playing for both London Wasps and England. Tom shares how he got started with the sport and ended up as a professional rugby player and goes on to talk about how an injury ended his sports career, how he dealt with it, and how he moved on to a new career.Key TakeawaysLuck sometimes plays a part in success but working hard, brings that luckSuccess is not an overnight thing. Small achievements, wins, and skills snowball and bring more successHaving someone not making you do anything, but encouraging you to try everything is important. This could be a parent, a coach, or a mentor Take ownership of what is going on with your job or careerIt is the hard work away from the pitch that leads to successExpose yourself to those who are more skilled or experienced and learn from themGet comfortable making mistakes and pushing beyond where you think your limits areTake in advice from other people and use the bits that work for youYou don't need to make a massive impact on the world, just improve a little bit of the world around youDon't define yourself by your jobLean on friends, family and colleagues during tough timesUnderstand that things that have made you successful to this point and then apply to other areasListen to the episode for more gems of wisdom!Recommended ReadingTom recommended the following books:Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew SyedComplications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul GawandeThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul GawandeBeing Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul GawandeFind Out More About TomYou can find out more about Tom by visiting his Wikipedia page. See Tom in action here and here.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, Sonja Price joins me. We talk about making your career work for you. This means thinking about the guidance and finesse you will need, and what the decision criteria are for choosing what you do in your career. Very importantly, we talk about getting paid what you are worth.Sonja is a career strategist and founder of Dynamo Careers. She is passionate about empowering professionals to accelerate their career success, to become financially free, and to make a positive impact around the world.Key TakeawaysDoes your work, work for you? Are you getting the most out of your current role?Taking on a role at a small organisation can provide big opportunities for learning and growthDon't be afraid to re-invent your career. Multiple times if you have toA side hustle is a great way to soft start your new or changed careerPay attention to where you are at the moment, what skills you already have, and which you need to learnCreate opportunities and even craft your ideal roleInstead of a stretch goal, set yourself a stretch roleDon't underestimate the value of building relationships and developing your social capitalHaving valuable skills (and knowing what these are) makes a big differenceUse a combination of clarity and research to determine what you want from your careerTo get there, understand whether incremental adjustments or big jumps would work bestDon't hesitate to seek help if you are stuckResources We discussed the following resources on the show:Does your work = work for you? https://dynamocareers.com/quizHow much more could you earn in your lifetime? https://dynamocareers.com/calculatorHelping people everywhere find a job and company they love - https://www.glassdoor.co.ukSalary insights with https://www.payscale.comMake fair pay a reality https://www.salary.comConnect with SonjaListeners can learn more about and connect with Sonja by visiting her website or LinkedIn.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, Bruna de Palo joins me. We talk about changing your nine to five to your nine to alive. We cover mapping your career, finding your ideal role, considering a career in the non-profit sector, and the importance of neuroscience when it comes to your career.Bruna is a certified leadership, executive & career coach, keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and founder of Think and Act Differently. Key TakeawaysDon't use your passion as a compass. Create a map to help navigate your careerA good career is one where you can express yourself and be who you areKnow the difference between talents and skillsSpeak to people who have similar characteristics to you. Find out what career role they are in'Learn to turn poison into medicine', i.e. make the most from a bad situationRegulating stress and handling your emotions is importantUse a feedback loop to identify your limiting beliefsDifferentiate your transferable skills from the obviousKnow yourself, know others Resources We discussed the following resources on the show:Bruna's TED Talk Bruna's Nine To Alive seriesThis was not strictly discussed on the show, but a great resource to help find a job with purpose, Escape The CityThe Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman DoidgeConnect with BrunaIf listeners are considering a career change or would like to learn more about, and connect with Bruna, please visit her website. You can also sign up for her newsletter on the website.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, Jim Barnish joins me and we talk about an alternative to climbing the career ladder. We also talk about how careers no longer follow straight lines; Jim shares how his career didn't follow a traditional straight line either. Jim has spent the last two decades growing tech companies as an entrepreneur, operator and consultant. Jim now runs Orchid Black, a growth services firm complete with growth experts, just like Jim, that share an incredible track record for making technology companies worth so much more.Key TakeawaysWhen considering job opportunities, don't only dwell on the functional aspects of the job but look closely at the company cultureSometimes your dream job isn't your ideal jobDon't underestimate the value of having a coachWhen looking for your ideal role, look beyond the career and personality testsIkigai is a fantastic tool to help find your purpose and ideal roleSuccess is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes it's built on catastropheIt is okay to make mistakes, as long as you are learning from themPerseverance and working hard are the basic skills that everyone should developWherever you are on your career or entrepreneurial journey, there is always help availableEven if you are not a project manager, having those skills is importantKey transferable skills are communication, critical thinking, and problem-solvingBeing a team player means that you don't always get the wins yourself, but you help others to achieve those winsResources We discussed the following resources on the show:Ikigai on WikipediaThe Squiggly Career: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller - Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah EllisHow Successful People Lead: Taking Your Influence to the Next Level by John C. MaxwellTrillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan EagleHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieHow to Ikigai: Lessons for Finding Happiness and Living Your Life's Purpose (Ikigai Book, Lagom, Longevity, Peaceful Living) by Tim TamashiroConnect with JimListeners can learn more about and connect with Jim by visiting his LinkedIn page or the Orchid Black website.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
I've been coaching youth rugby for eight years now. In that time there have been (and still are) so many lessons that I have learnt. The interesting thing is, these lessons can be directly applied to leadership. In this episode, I dive into more detail on these lessons.The lessons are:Sometimes you need to work with what you’re givenEven top performers have bad daysPeer pressure counts for more than you thinkEverybody has baggageCommitment varies – not everyone is there because they want to beTeam members need to be engagedIt’s not always about talentA team requires balanceSome like to lead, others are happy to followYou can’t win without an aligned teamListen in for the detail on these learnings.In this episode I also talk about The Agile Career Podcast being recognised as one of the top 20 careers podcasts in the UK. I am truly honoured by this. Check out the link below to find out more and also to see some other great career-related podcasts that you can listen to.https://blog.feedspot.com/uk_career_podcasts/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I revisit an earlier episode with Anita Toth, discussing the importance of a side hustle. In Anita's case, it was experimenting with several business models and growing experience. When her role was made redundant, she already had the experience to get her own business up and running. What a fantastic insurance policy! In today's episode, I bring you seven more reasons why you should start your side hustle sooner than later:It is low cost and high rewardIt makes you location independentIt helps you grow your wealthIt helps you create multiple streams of incomeYou can scale it beyond your dreamsIt can give you peace of mindYou can control your destinyVery importantly though, I bring you a fantastic deal on this episode. One of my products, the e-learning course "How To Build a Business Plan", has been selected to be part of Infostack's Side Hustle Toolkit 3.0. This means that you get lifetime access to my course (priced at $97) and 30+ other resources (priced at $4,946) for only $49!What's the catch? There is no catch, other than this deal is only available for a week, till 27 July 2021. Check it out at https://gunterrichter--infostack.thrivecart.com/sh3/.(Spoiler alert! This is an affiliate link, which means that if you decide to purchase anything, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I have purchased the Side Hustle Toolkit 3.0 product personally and have not been given any free products or anything else for the mentions in this podcast episode. The only consideration is in the form of affiliate commissions. I only promote those products or services that I truly feel deliver value to you, and this purchase of the Side Hustle Toolkit 3.0 is certainly one of those.)So, are you ready to launch your side hustle? Everything you need to:Identify a profitable nicheCreate your productBuild your simple sales funnelAutomate your marketingAnd scale to the moonIs available here https://gunterrichter--infostack.thrivecart.com/sh3/Finally, here are some pics of the new home office/man-cave https://www.instagram.com/p/CRkGtLrrl-W/?utm_medium=copy_linkSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Get on Board

Get on Board

2021-06-0157:21

In this episode, Fiona Hathorn joins me and we talk about the importance of boards in organisations, and how becoming a board member could enhance your career. Fiona shares the benefits of serving on a board, whether it is a commercial or community-based organisation, and how you might get started.Fiona is CEO of Women on Boards UK and has several board positions. Fiona launched Women on Boards in 2012 to support women, and men, make the right connections and career choices to get to board level within their own company or to take on a non-executive board role. Since its launch, Women on Boards has supported over 1800 women and a number of men get onto boards.Key TakeawaysServing on a board is a great way to further or enhance your careerMany skills you have developed are transferable and will help you fulfil the duties of a board memberServing on a board is ultimately about conformance and performance. Which is your strong skillset?Serving on a board can help you build your future and grow several additional skillsBoards want to understand what value you can add. Know who you are and what you doNetworking outside of your 'box' is a large part of successThere are no certification requirements to serve on a board, and there are many resources available to help youServing as a board member is not limited to commercial organisations. Your local charities and community organisations need help and guidance tooResources Fiona recommends the following resources to learn more:The Wates Report - improving corporate governance standardsThree Great Reasons to Consider a Board RoleThe Seven Reasons Why Being a Director is Good for Your CareerAre You Ready for the Boardroom?Get on Board workshopsConnect with FionaListeners can learn more about and connect with Fiona by visiting her LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, Joe Delagrave joins me; we talk about his love for sport and how he was set to make that his career. Unfortunately, a significant, life-altering event changed everything. Joe shares his journey of how he moved on from, probably, the lowest point of his life to representing the United States internationally, at a competitive level.Key TakeawaysStep into what it is you want to do. Live for your purpose and stop trying to please others. It doesn't matter what other people thinkStop playing the blame game. It might be easy, but it won't take you very farLet go of thinking you can do everything by yourselfDon't see the obstacle, see the opportunityIt is important to have people around you that can lift you up and also bring you down when neededFind a mentor and your tribeIf you can't see the impact you are making, don't quit. Set smaller goals to help you achieve your bigger goalsMake your goals public, for accountabilityWhether you think you can, or think you can't, you are rightYou'll never find success if you stay in your comfort zoneIf you are feeling stuck, just move forward one step at a timeRecommended ReadingJoe recommends Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon AcuffResourcesThe podcast episode discussed the following resources:The United States Quad Rugby Association - Smashing Stereotypes One Hit At a Time The Wounded Warrior Project - helping veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001The Agile Career ClubConnect with JoeListeners can learn more about Joe and connect with him by visiting:His websiteInstagramTwitterSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Checking In

Checking In

2021-03-0708:23

In this episode, I talk about why I've been a bit quiet, what I have been busy with, and share some exciting news! Before I summarise the key points of the episode, the exciting news! From Friday 12 March 2021, The Agile Career Podcast will be going live on Clubhouse at 18:00 GMT (13:00 EST, 10:00 PCT, 23:30 IST). We will be talking all things career, where you can ask questions, and more importantly, share your experiences. I look forward to talking to you! Find out more about the Clubhouse event here https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/xlj9QAOjNow the other stuff:I have been running several one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions and you can find out more about mentoring by visiting GrowthMentor and more about coaching by visiting my websiteI have been exploring No Code tools and am building my first No Code product. You can find out more and go behind the scenes with me here And finally, here is a reminder of some of the podcast's most popular episodes:Understanding Yourself with Jessica Pybus What It Takes to Succeed in Sales with Doug McGeachieGoing Solo with Peter RobinsonDeveloping a Growth Mindset with Crystal MetcalfeProfessional Rugby Player to Medical Doctor with Tom Rees Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Life Changing Events

Life Changing Events

2021-01-3151:02

In this episode, François de Neuville joins me; we talk about significant events that can change both your career and life. François is a high-performance coach but started his career in the military. In the podcast, he talks about how much he loved his time in the military but ultimately, why he chose to leave it. François shares how, in 2018, a tragic and traumatic event changed his life forever, and set him on the path to becoming a coach.Key TakeawaysIt is important to experiment, to help you understand what you truly want. Create the possibility to experimentBoth logic and emotion can help you make decisions. It doesn't need to be one or the otherThere are things that you can predict and control, and there are things that you cannot. It is important to differentiate between the twoEven if you are taking seemingly rash decisions, you still need a strategy or planSometimes beautiful gifts come wrapped in ugly paper. Think about what you can take away from bad situationsDon't spend your life living in the future, focus on the here and now and enjoy what you are doing todayRecognise when you are holding yourself back. You can then put yourself out there and achieve good thingsWhen setting off on a new path, don't just hope for the best. Think about what it is you want and whyRecommended ReadingFrançois recommends The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyResourcesFrançois recommends Mindvalley, the future of educationConnect with FrançoisListeners can learn more about François by visiting his website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Recruitment

Recruitment

2021-01-0351:51

In this episode, Eldon Davis joins me where we talk about recruitment and job seeking. Rather than approaching this from a job seekers perspective, we switch contexts and talk about this from a recruiters perspective. Eldon spent 18 years in talent acquisition roles. He talks about how he brought together several interests to shape his career. Eldon also shares some tips for job seekers and career changers and talks about how he is now in a career transition, mentoring and coaching others.Key TakeawaysBe prepared and planned for chance meetings and networking opportunitiesDon't underestimate the power of networkingSeek first to understand and then be understoodIt is important to understand and demonstrate the difference between features and benefitsAlways keep your skills currentIdentify your limiting beliefs as the first step to overcome themShare your knowledge with othersWhen looking for new roles, do your research and homework about these rolesNetwork and connect with others in similar roles that you are looking forBe resilient because you will get turned down at some stagePlan and organise your dayPractise gratitude and positive affirmationsResourcesEldon referenced the following resources:Neil Rackam and SPIN SellingMark Walmsley and recruitmentBrian TracyTony RobbinsRecommended ReadingEldon recommends the following books:The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyMan's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. FranklS.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On): The Straight-Talking Guide to Succeeding in Life by Paul McGeeConnect with EldonListeners can find out more about Eldon and connect with him on LinkedInSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Building Communities

Building Communities

2020-12-2058:53

In this episode, Felix Wong joins me, and we talk about education, building communities, and passion projects. Felix is APAC Head of Growth at AngelHub, bringing investors and entrepreneurs together. He has an entrepreneurial background which is well suited for his role as well as several side-hustles or passion projects that he is working on. He is very active in the No Code community and sees these tools and platforms as excellent resources to help entrepreneurs realise their goals. In the show, Felix shares how he builds skills, both for himself and others. He also talks about how important it has been for him to allow more people to experience entrepreneurship.Key TakeawaysFinding your tribe or building your tribe is very important in helping you on your learning journeyThere are many learning resources available, and when it comes to technology, Codeacademy and YouTube are great places to startCommunity building is important because it allows you to build your profile whilst contributingStorytelling is an excellent transferable skill to work onGiving people access to knowledge is important. The beauty of education should not be underestimatedKeeping a career "scoresheet" and reviewing this every quarter is a powerful way of managing your career goals and progression. Set yourself goals on working in different roles, verticals, and organisation size/maturitiesIn addition to your main role, always be looking for problems and how these could be solved, as a side hustleUse no code tools to quickly translate your ideas to reality and then test themNo matter how senior you are, you need to always be learningCreate a routine that will enable your learning goals. Compound your learning experience by making notes of your learnings and the sources of information you've used. Connect with the authors and build your networkResources MentionedFelix mentioned the following resources:CodecademyYouTubeNotionRecommended ReadingFelix recommends What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture by Ben HorowitzConnecting With FelixListeners can learn more about Felix and connect with him by visiting:LinkedInTwitterInstagramSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Today is World Mental Health Day, and in this episode, I focus on mental health and wellbeing. The world is going through an extremely turbulent time and it is taking its toll on people lives, relationships, and careers. In the episode, I reflect on Episode 3 and the insight that David Beeney shared. In summary, be kinder to others and to yourself. I also share some tips and thoughts to help in these times.Key TakeawaysFocus on the present. You cannot control the futureTalk to people you trustDon’t rely on social media or speculation for your news or factsReach out to friends on Skype, Zoom, telephone, and social media. Keep connecting with othersIf you are stuck at home – plan your day and have a routine, as if things were normalKeep exercising, even if it is only for a walkRelax and take time to reflect. Especially on the good things and things you can be grateful forMake sure you get enough, good quality sleepTalk to your kids. Remember this is just a blip for many adults, for many kids this is a defining moment.Remember, this affects everyone – you are not alonePractise kindness and consideration to others Resources MentionedI spoke about the following resources in the episode:Mind, the mental health charityThe Mental Health Foundation, preventing poor mental healthSamaritans, dealing with crises and helping prevent themThe Agile Career Podcast Episode 3, interview with David BeeneySupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
How to Get Promoted

How to Get Promoted

2020-09-1407:45

In this episode, I talk about the three things that you can do to get promoted or to progress your career. Obviously, there are many things that you can do, and I have taken my experience and the experiences of many others and distilled these down to three key themes. What are they? Let's take a look.Solution Orientation ResponsibilityPutting your hand upEasy, right? Take a listen to the episode and hear more!Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Having a Side Hustle

Having a Side Hustle

2020-09-0601:09:49

In this episode, I am joined by Anita Toth who traded her career as a university researcher for a career of self-employment. After completing both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Anita took on a job at the university. After 16 years, the role was made redundant and Anita needed an alternative. In this show, Anita shares how she applied for over 20 jobs before starting on her own. She shares how she used the skills - especially those she had developed by running several side hustles - to start her new career, the challenges she faced, and ultimately, how she found her niche.  Key TakeawaysNever underestimate the power of having a mentor and building a long-term relationship with that mentorGood written and verbal communication skills are invaluable and will serve you well in whichever direction your career takes youProject management skills are a fantastic value-add to your transferable skills. Even if you are not a project managerWhen make making career choices and decisions, be clear on what you are looking for. Understand what makes you happySide hustles are an excellent, low-risk way of building new skills and knowledge as well as testing business and career ideasSpending time with people and developing relationships is extremely important - find your community!Focus on growing your network, not by asking what people can do for you, but what you can do for themIdentifying and understanding your core values will help guide you and help you make tough decisionsFind your niche - something that you are good at, something you enjoy, and something that others will pay you forUse a coach to help you develop skills that you may be struggling withResources MentionedAnita spoke about several resources:The foundational guides and downloads available on Anita's websiteThe Dream 100 concept by Russell Brunson. Russell Brunson shares more on his podcast and he covers this in his book, Traffic SecretsRecommended ReadingAnita recommends reading Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss.Connecting With AnitaListeners can learn more about Anita and connect with her by visiting her website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I am going to provide a little "behind the scenes" view of the podcast. Quite a few listeners have been asking what it took to get the show running and what it takes every week to get each episode produced. I thought I would share some key points in this short episode. By no means is this a complete guide but hopefully, it will give you an idea of what is involved. Key TakeawaysYou'll need to choose a podcast platform to host your podcast on. This platform then distributes your podcast to all the popular listening platforms. I considered Soundcloud, Buzzsprout, and Audioboom, choosing BuzzsproutYou'll need a decent microphone. I chose the Marantz Pod Pack 1 that included the condenser microphone, the cable, and boom armYou'll need some software to produce the podcast. I use GarageBand on Mac OS. Audacity is also an option for both Mac and Windows computersThere are some optional extras that I use like Canva for producing promotional artwork and Buffer for scheduling social media postsResources MentionedThese are the resources I spoke about in the episode:Soundcloud hosting platformAudioboom hosting platformBuzzsprout hosting platform. If you sign-up to a paid plan using this link you will receive a $20 Amazon gift card (after paying for the platform for at least two months) and I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you) that helps me run the podcastThe Marantz Pod Pack 1 microphoneThe Buzzsprout blogCanva for creating the social media artworkhttps://buffer.com/Buffer to schedule the social media posts  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Theory and Practise

Theory and Practise

2020-08-2201:26:22

In this episode, I am joined by Hanlie Smuts who is an associate professor at the University of Pretoria. Like many professionals, Hanlie completed her undergraduate degree before entering the corporate environment as a software developer. For many of us, this would have been the end of our academic career but Hanlie went on to complete both her Master's degree and her PhD whilst working fulltime jobs as a senior executive. Hanlie shares her story about how she didn't choose between the academic and corporate worlds, but instead, wove the two closely together. She shares how she applied learnings and skills gained in academia to her corporate career and vice-versa.Key TakeawaysDon't underestimate the importance of learning and never stop learningEven if your career is very technically focused, don't neglect engaging with people and building relationships and people skillsAlways consider the human factor when completing projects, building products, or just completing business as usual activitiesTry and immerse yourself into your surrounding working environment so that you can truly understand how the business you are in, worksAlways be professional and deliver quality workDelegation is an important transferable skill to develop. Start by trusting your teamAlways be open to opportunitiesGiven the opportunity, try and understand all aspects and functional areas of the business that you work inAlways build your networkA skills bubble chart is a great tool to identify the skills you need to be successful in a role, highlight any gaps, and track your progress in developing those skillsThe ability to analyse data is an important transferable skillBuilding resilience will help see you through tough timesBuild your personal brand to ensure that your name is always top of mind when opportunities are being consideredFrameworks are a great tool to help you get things doneDon't forget about your family and other support structures. These are what allow and support you in achieving great thingsYou can work smart by finding your work cadence. Understand what works for you, segment your time, and stick to the rules you set yourselfConnecting With HanlieListeners can find out more about Hanlie and connect with her by visiting her:Website  LinkedIn profileTwitter accountInstagram accountSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Always Be Connecting

Always Be Connecting

2020-08-1601:01:12

In this episode, I am joined by Mark Colgan. After completing his business studies at university, Mark aspired to a job in the marketing industry but finding no suitable roles, he began working as a recruiter. Mark talks about the transferable skills that he developed and how working as a recruiter allowed him to spot a new role that was emerging, that of a digital marketer. He shares how he then changed direction in his career and moved into the digital marketing space. Mark also talks about a moment of realisation whilst travelling South America that led him to develop his career and bring him to a point where he has simultaneous roles helping both organisations and individuals. Key TakeawaysWhen at school and university, in many instances we are learning for job or roles that don't yet existWanting to take on more responsibility is a good way to help grow your careerThere is immense value in having a part-time job whilst studyingKnowing the theory of how to do something is important and equally important is having the confidence that you can do itDoing work for friends and family is a great way to practise your skills and build a portfolioCreate a vision for potential employers by asking the question "Imagine what I could do for you?"Combining your strengths and skills to find your niche is a way to differentiate yourself from your competitorsWork hard to spot in-demand skills. Research what similar type roles might be like in ten yearsKeep developing your skills and be comfortable with the unknownWhen presented with opportunities, instead of asking why, ask why not?Always be connecting and give freelyBuild an ecosystem of value and find an audience or industry that you can serveSpeak to people, actively listen, and connect peopleResources MentionedWe spoke about the following resources:The Hubspot blogThe Buffer blogGlassdoorGrowthMentor, Startup Mentors for Growth-Addicted Founders and MarketersRecommended ReadingMark recommends reading What Would Google Do by Jeff Jarvis.Connecting With MarkListeners can learn more about Mark and connect with him by vising his website or LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
Making Big Leaps

Making Big Leaps

2020-08-0901:02:11

In this episode, I am joined by Helen Peatfield who gave up her secure job in London and moved to Thailand. Not only was it a change in location, but also a change in career. Helen shares her story and we talk about her early working years, her big move to Thailand, and how she found her niche and shaped up her new career. She shares plenty of insights about a career in copywriting and generally, changing careers.Key TakeawaysWhen considering higher education, follow something that you are passionate about. Ideally, this will lead to greater career satisfaction and fulfilment  Have a curious mind and don't stop learning. Keep developing by reading, completing courses, and networkingStart listening to your customer/colleagues, show empathy, and ask "How can I help this person succeed?"When making changes in your life and career, think about pull versus push motivation. Sometimes with a push motivation, it is easy to keep looking back, rather than forwardIn your career, look ahead at those on the rungs above you and ask yourself the question, "Is this a role I aspire to?". This can help you determine what the right career path isIf you are selling your services, don't believe your value is only the prices you see offeredFind your tribe!In any career, don't be scared to look at the numbers. Research and analyse data to help you make decisionsDon't be afraid of hard workDon't get stuck only reading the books. Get out there and practise your skillsStalk your ideal customer/employer (not in a creepy way) to learn more about themReach out to your network for help and adviceResources MentionedHelen shared the following great resources:The Copy Hackers Blog by Joanna WiebeThe Copywriter Club Facebook pageGrowthMentor, Startup Mentors for Growth-Addicted Founders and MarketersThe Product Onboarders, one of Helen's projectsRecommended ReadingHelen recommended the following books:Never Split The Difference by Chris VossFinding The Right Message by Jennifer Havice On Writing Well by William ZinsserConnecting With HelenListeners can learn more about Helen and connect with her by visiting her LinkedIn page.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
In this episode, I talk about the steps to take to build a skills inventory. I'll cover some of the resources that we spoke about in Episode 17 as well as the specific approach for creating your skills inventory. We'll also talk about why having a skills inventory is important and how you can use it to support your career and learning journeys.Key TakeawaysBroadly, skills can be grouped as transferable skills (what you can do), special knowledge (what you know), and self-management skills (how you conduct yourself) Transferable skills are the most important and these are skills like constructing, creating, researching, analysing, teaching, organising, repairing, initiating, networking, communicating, planningSpecial knowledge is skills like physics, graphic design, bookkeeping, mathematics, data analysis, French, and psychologySelf-management skills are skills like being adaptable, self-confident, dependable, supportive, loyal, persistent, innovative, and resourcefulThe more transferable skills you have, the more choice you will have when it comes to jobs and careersTransferable skills can be further broken down into people skills, information or data skills, and skills working with thingsIdentify and describe seven stories that are significant to you. These can cover both your career and personal life. Typical things might be something that stood out in your life, publicly displaying your skills, a really good outcome, something that gave you pride or was a particular challenge, something that your colleagues or peers could not do, something that you would like to do or experience again, something that excited you Matching skills to these stories will provide you with a skills inventory, highlighting your strongest skills and also any gapsUse this inventory to compare against still that are in demandResources MentionedI used the following resources in this episode:The OECD Skills for Jobs websiteThe OECD Skills Needs websiteRecommended ReadingI used and recommend reading What Colour Is Your Parachute? 2020: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/gunterrichter)
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