Career choices

Fancy a career change? Six tips for finding a new job | Guardian Careers

Work out why your current job makes you unhappy If returning to work after the Christmas break has left you feeling unmotivated, rather than raring to go, then it could be time to move on. But first it is important to identify whether your dissatisfaction is temporary or seasonal. “January can certainly feel a bit flat after the holidays, but if you’ve been thinking for a while that you need to make positive changes in your career, then it’s unlikely…

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Back to work: reviving your career after a sabbatical | Guardian Careers

Who doesn’t dream of taking off for months on end and spending their days island hopping across Greece or hiking in the Amazon rainforest? While not all career breaks might be so adventurous, taking time off from work can be a great way to recharge or reflect on a new career direction. And don’t worry about employers frowning on a career break. “It’s absolutely acceptable to take time out and travel,” says HR and resourcing specialist Lydia Fairman. “It’s a…

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What are your biggest career regrets? Share your stories | Guardian Careers

Hindsight is a wonderful thing – but it can also shine an unflattering light on the decisions we’ve made. Ask yourself the “what if” question and there’s always a risk of opening up an endless pit of regrets. But every choice – be it a good or bad one – is a lesson, right? And we’ve all had a few regrets we can learn from. As many as nine out of 10 people in the UK regret rushing their choice…

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The secret to a high salary? Emotional intelligence | Guardian Careers

While IQ remains a very strong predictor of career success, our research suggests that people with high emotional intelligence are more likely to have higher wages. The study, published in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour in August 2017, tested US university students for emotional intelligence, or EI, during their studies – and then looked at their career trajectory over the course of 10 years. The results showed us that students who scored highly for EI went on to have better…

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