Patnaik taunts BJP over lack of CM face

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik on Saturday criticised the BJP for failing to name a chief ministerial candidate for the ongoing Assembly election in the State.“Who is the BJP’s second engine in Odisha,” asked Mr. Patnaik, in an apparent response to the appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others to the people to vote for the BJP and a “double-engine governmen” in the State and the Centre for development of Odisha.“The people of Odisha want to know who the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate is. Where is his constituency? Is the BJP scared to announce its CM candidate,” asked Mr. Patnaik during a rally at Daspalla under Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat.Countering top BJP leaders who have been campaigning in the State, Mr. Patnaik criticised them for visiting the State only during elections. “The leaders from Delhi come during elections. They will not been seen after the polls. I have always remained with you,” Mr. Patnaik told the crowd.The BJD president also accused the BJP leaders for not visiting Odisha during Phailin and Hudhud cyclones and floods. He said that help from the Centre came during Titli cyclone, but it reached Andhra Pradesh.Mr. Patnaik, who undertook a roadshow covering Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha constituencies during the day, addressed two public meetings. Both constituencies and the Assembly segments under them are going to the polls on April 18.last_img read more

Hundreds of UAE Jobs on Offer For Indian Amnesty-seekers

first_imgSeveral hundreds of UAE jobs are on offer for Indian amnesty-seekers, who regularise their visa status, said Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri on Wednesday.“We have sensed that a lot of people seem to be more inclined to find alternate jobs once they regularis their visa status. We proactively reached out to some of the large Indian companies and organisations.Read it at Khaleej Times Related Itemslast_img

LOOK: Scottie Thompson turns dream into reality with new home

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ From Dream to Reality🙏🏼 Always thank the lord for the gift of life🙏🏼— Scottie Thompson (@ScotThompson06) April 17, 2019 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Warriors, Spurs try to forget blown chances for 2-0 leads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: WATCH: A day in the life of Ginebra’s Scottie ThompsonIt’s no surprise that Thompson, who turned pro in 2015, was able to turn his dream into a reality at the age of 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MANILA, Philippines—PBA star Scottie Thompson proudly showed the fruits of his labor, giving everyone a glimpse of his new home.Thompson, who in his few years in the PBA has established himself as one of the league’s elite guard, has always been business savvy, putting up several business ventures in the past few years.ADVERTISEMENT “Always thank the lord for the gift of life,” said Thompson in his Twitter post, which also included photos of his swanky new crib.Thompson and the Ginebra Gin Kings took an early vacation in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup after a quarterfinals loss to Magnolia.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Fans, president, Diego Maradona want Lionel Messi to reconsider retirement

first_imgLionel Messi arrived back in Argentina on Monday and avoided commenting on his abrupt resignation from the national team after losing the Copa America final to Chile.Dozens of emotional fans wearing the white and sky-blue striped jerseys of the national team, adorned with Messi’s number 10, waited in the rain for the team to arrive back from the tournament in the United States. (Messi retirement could hurt his legacy)Some followed the team bus along the road leading from the airport to the Argentine Football Association complex. They waved flags, chanted, “Messi is not leaving!” and carried banners. One of them read: “Messi: I love you more than I love my mom.” (Maradona should encourage Messi to come out of retirement, says Bhutia)Although Messi could not be seen on the bus, AFA spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo confirmed to The Associated Press that he had arrived in Buenos Aires with the rest of the team.Some fans, players, and even Argentina’s president and the country’s greatest player Diego Maradona asked Messi to reconsider. Other supporters on Monday were simply sad that one of the all-time greats is departing the national team prematurely. (Shock retirement leaves Messi-Ronaldo debate unsettled)SHOCK RETIREMENTMessi shocked Argentina and the whole world with his unexpected resignation after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw on Sunday.”The national team is over for me,” Messi Told the Argentine network TyC Sports. “It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.” (Did Maradona trigger Messi’s shock retirement?)advertisementMessi lifted Argentina’s first penalty kick over the crossbar, setting the stage for another loss in a final. Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year’s Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw.”I imagine it was a very hard blow,” Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique said. “I know how competitive he is. He will recover from this.”Messi moved to Barcelona in 2001 when he was 13, producing lots of hardware for the Catalan club. But many fans at home have criticized him for not leading the nation to a World Cup title, as Diego Maradona did in 1986.”On top of everything, I missed the penalty kick,” Messi told TyC. “I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, and then for everyone. I think there are a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.” (Messi fails to match Maradona success in Argentina shirt)Fans also gathered outside the downtown office of the Argentine Football Association, many torn by Messi’s promised departure.”I feel an enormous sadness, it tears my heart in two,” said 29-year-old Juan Pablo Pinasco. “It was the cup that he (Messi) had to win, more than anything it is something that he deserves and I just don’t want him to leave the national team.”Another Argentine was more critical of Messi.”He is the best, he is the best outside (of Argentina) but he just has no luck here,” Guido Stanchi said. “That’s it, he’s got to go. The team doesn’t help him. Now there has to be a change. Let some new players come, ones that have a bit more will.”Sergio Romero, Argentina’s goalkeeper, said Messi spoke in the heat of the moment and he wants him to reconsider.”It’s sad because once again a beautiful chance slipped away,” Romero said.Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on Twitter that “more than ever I feel great pride for our team. I hope we can continue to have the joy of seeing the world’s best player for many years.”Macri, a former president of Boca Juniors, one of Argentina’s top soccer clubs, ended his tweet with the hashtag #NoTeVayasLio (#Don’tLeaveLio), which became a global trending topic and even a playlist on Spotify on Monday.MARADONA WANTS MESSI TO CONTINUEBefore the Copa America, Maradona had some criticisms of Messi. “He’s a great person, but he has no personality. He doesn’t have the personality to be a leader,” he told Brazil’s Pele during an event in Paris. But on Monday, Maradona struck a paternal tone and said Messi must stay with the team and win it all.”He has to continue!” Maradona told the site of local La Nacion newspaper. “He must go on because he has it in him and will last for a long while, because he will reach Russia in conditions to become world champion.”advertisementArgentina’s next competitive match is a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay in September, and the top-ranked Albiceleste are considered among the early favorites to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Argentina won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, but took its last major title in 1993 with the Copa America.Messi, who turned 29 on Friday, won under-20 and Olympic (under-23) titles with Argentina. He has led Barcelona to four Champions League and eight Spanish league titles, scoring 453 competitive goals in 531 games, including a La Liga-record 312.He is the national team’s career leading scorer with 55 goals in 113 international appearances.”That’s it, I’ve already tried enough,” he told TyC. “It pains me more than anyone not being able to be a champion with Argentina, but that’s the way it is. It wasn’t meant to be, and unfortunately I leave without having achieved it.”last_img read more

6 Tips To Secure A Graduate Scheme

first_imgRecruitment for the UK’s big graduate schemes is now well under way as major employers seek new talent among next year’s graduates.The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), whose members include many of the firms offering the biggest UK graduate schemes, has predicted a 17 per cent increase in the number of graduate vacancies this year. Sounds promising, but how do you increase your chances of getting on to a graduate scheme?First, decide if it is really what you want. It’s easy to assume that it’s just the next step on a well-trodden route: A levels – university – graduate scheme – management job. But applying for a grad scheme deserves more thought than that.Pros:Graduate schemes are generally offered by FTSE100 or FTSE250 companies. You get a prestigious name on your CV, and good networking opportunities, from the start.Many offer a structured one, two or three year ‘tour’ round many corporate departments so you can see which suits you before choosing where to make your career.Being one of many scheme members can be comforting. (One scheme member described it as ‘like starting university again.’)There is generally a structured training schedule and support such as mentoring.Graduate schemes may pay better than the average for graduate jobs. An AGR survey in 2014 cited average graduate pay as £29,000, perhaps reflecting the fact that AGR members are mainly big companies. Overall graduate pay in 2013-14 averaged £18,000 -£24,000 according to the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU).Cons:They are hard to get into, partly because they are often restricted to people with 2:1s (though there are some for people with 2:2s and some attract hundreds of candidates per place.They can effectively delay the start of your career. If you want to get into marketing, doing six-month stints in lots of other departments could be frustrating. (Though you could find career paths you may never have thought of).Schemes may not be the best way into your chosen career. They are great for bankers for poor for graphic designers.Employers invest considerable sums in members and expect high levels of commitment. One scheme member told me: “They expect the company name to run through you like a stick of seaside rock.”Still think a scheme is for you? Here’s how to increase your chances of getting in.1. Start early – years early. Research possible schemes in your first term at university. Some companies offer work placements, taster days, and vacation schemes to year one students. Try to get some kind of work experience with organisations well before you apply for their schemes. Research by High Fliers shows that 37 per cent of those who get a graduate job have already worked for the organisation.2 Research target companies and schemes in depth – many organisations offer a range, such as KPMG, which offers auditing, tax and pensions, advisory and technical consulting schemes. Understand what’s involved in each career sector and be ready to answer questions about it.3. Find out what the company looks for in successful candidates. Don’t just read the description online – search for information on Glassdoor, find articles about the scheme and ideally speak to existing or former scheme members to hear first-hand information.4. Meet recruiters at university careers fair and company grad recruitment events.5. Tailor your application to demonstrate the skills and qualities they want. Typically schemes aim to recruit future managers so include plenty of evidence of leadership, initiative and teamwork.6. Look for details of the recruitment process online. It could include interviews, personality tests, group exercises, problem solving, presentations, in-tray exercises and social events such as lunch with senior managers.  Get some practice in all of these areas – ask your university Careers Office for help.last_img read more

10 Jobs Where Women Earn Less, More and The Same

first_imgCommunications Associate 28.3% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.72 for every $1.00 men earn Logistics Manager 17.3% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.83 for every $1.00 men earn +1.9% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.02 for every $1.00 men earn +0.9% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.01 for every $1.00 men earn Optician Health Educator Purchasing Specialist 27.2% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.73 for every $1.00 men earn Internal Medicine Resident Business Coordinator 21.8% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.78 for every $1.00 men earn 28.1% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.72 for every $1.00 men earn +2.4% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.02 for every $1.00 men earn Food Services Professional +5.5% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.06 for every $1.00 men earn Chef 1.9% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.98 for every $1.00 men earn10 Jobs Where Women Earn MoreSocial Worker 0.4% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.00 for every $1.00 men earn Psychologist Physician Advisor 1.0% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.99 for every $1.00 men earn Research Assistant Academic Counselor CAD Designer Social Media Professional 16.0% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.84 for every $1.00 men earn10 Jobs Where Women Earn About the SameEvent Coordinator 0.6% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.99 for every $1.00 men earn +0.8% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.01 for every $1.00 men earncenter_img Merchandiser Hardware Engineer 0.7% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.99 for every $1.00 men earn Clinical Dietician Pilot Field Services Professional 0.2% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.00 for every $1.00 men earn 0.4% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.00 for every $1.00 men earn +7.6% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.08 for every $1.00 men earn Everyone wants to receive fair pay. This includes equal pay for equal work regardless of gender. But not all jobs are created equal when it comes to pay between men and women.Below is a snapshot from Glassdoor on the occupations for which pay differences between men and women are most notable:*10 Jobs Where Women Earn Less10 Jobs Where Women Earn About the Same10 Jobs Where Women Earn MoreFor additional perspective, we also just published a research report titled Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, which shows that in the U.S. the unadjusted pay gap between men and women is 24.1%, meaning women earn, on average, $0.76 for every $1.00 men earn. However when controls are factored in (controls are areas such as occupation, industry, location, year, company and job title), the adjusted pay gap between men and women is 5.4%, meaning women earn, on average, $0.95 for every $1.00 men earn.[Related: Employers, make sure you’re informed about our findings based on gender gap research.]10 Jobs Where Women Earn LessComputer Programmer +7.8% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.08 for every $1.00 men earn Dentist 18.2% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.82 for every $1.00 men earn +6.6% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.07 for every $1.00 men earn 28.1% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.72 for every $1.00 men earn 27.7% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.72 for every $1.00 men earn 1.3% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.99 for every $1.00 men earn +2.2% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.02 for every $1.00 men earn 1.0% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.99 for every $1.00 men earn Physician Pharmacist Technical Coordinator 1.4% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.99 for every $1.00 men earn Supply Chain Specialist Procurement Professional C-Suite (e.g.: Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers) 21.5% base pay differenceWomen earn $0.78 for every $1.00 men earn +0.5% base pay differenceWomen earn $1.01 for every $1.00 men earnHere at Glassdoor, we believe in equal pay for equal work and also provide a platform for employers who want to pledge their commitment to equitable pay practices. More than 1,700 employers to date have pledged to pay women and men equally for equal work and experience.Curious how industries compare for pay between men and women? Want to know what factors contribute to the gender pay gap and what can be done to eliminate pay gaps? Read more in our research report, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap.Want to help others better understand fair pay? Share your salary anonymously.*For the purposes of this blog post, “job” and “job title” are used interchangeably with “occupation,” which is the term used in the official research report, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap. The 10 Jobs Where Women Earn Less & About the Same is based on jobs (occupations) from the full data set in which men earn more than women. The 10 Jobs Where Women Earn More is based on jobs (occupations) from the full data set in which there were only 11 jobs (occupations) in total in which women earned more than men. “Student” was excluded.last_img read more

3 Negotiation Tips To Get That Raise

first_imgNegotiating a starting salary can be a slippery slope. Make a mistake and you can leave more than money on the table. No employer wants to be bullied into paying extra, but on the same token, potential employees don’t want to undercut themselves when it comes to accepting a salary offer. While it’s easy to offend somebody during the negotiation process, there are ways to do it effectively and successfully, without upsetting either side. Consider these tips:Is There Room for Negotiation According to career experts, the first step is to see if there is really any reason to negotiate at all.“Before you walk in the door you have to find out what is the going rate for your position and experience,” says Patricia Sweeney, human resource manager at Old Colony Hospice and Palliative Care. “If you are going into a small non-profit hoping to make $80,000 a year, chances are that’s not going to happen. You need to know the industry you are going into.”Joel Garfinkle, author of Get Paid What You’re Worth, says you shouldn’t go in expecting to get double what you are offered. “Demanding more money and waiving another offer in their face typically doesn’t work,” he says.Not only research the going rate for your position and experience, but also do your homework on the company you are interviewing for. Are they profitable, are they growing, do they have high turnover or have a reputation for under paying employees, are all things you want to know ahead of time.Figure Out What You Want Ahead Of TimeSetting a range for what you are willing to take and what will make you walk away is also important to negotiating successfully. According to Jack Chapman, a career coach and author of Negotiating Your Salary, How to Make $1000 a Minute, you should have an ideal number, a satisfactory number and a no-go number set in your mind. The ideal number should be how much you would want to make in the perfect situation. It should pass the laugh test but it shouldn’t be too low either. “Ask yourself what would be ideal more than straight cash,” says Chapman. “Maybe it’s some equity in the company, a bonus or no travel when the there’s usually 25% travel.”The satisfactory number is the one that’s based more on research and what you can bring to the company. Research on Glassdoor to find out what people in your field are getting paid. Garfinkle says many companies also list a salary range in job postings to make candidates aware of what to expect.The no-go number is the number that you will turn down and the amount that you are willing to walk away over. If you have your numbers in your head before the interview, not only will you negotiate from a position of strength, but you also won’t be tempted to take a lowball offer, says Chapman.Keep Your Arrogance in CheckOnce you are in talks with the company, a way to see how their leaning toward negotiations is to ask them why they are hiring you, says Jim Camp founder of the Camp Negotiation Institute. “You want to see what they see in you,” he says. If the employer says you’re not the most qualified, but we think you will learn on the job, then it’s probably not smart to try to negotiate the highest salary for that position. But if they say you are the most qualified for the job, then you know you’re worth more to the company than the other candidates.Camp says to not only focus on the salary when it comes to negotiating. Take into account the value of stock options, the retirement program, medical benefits and vacation time. “When we negotiate we want to negotiate all the possible ingredients of the package. We don’t want to miss one,” he says.Even if you are a world renowned heart surgeon or a crack software programmer, you have to maintain a humble attitude during the negotiations. If you are too cocky, no matter how great you think you are, it could backfire. Same goes for only caring about money. That sends the message that you are only as loyal as the highest bidder.  “You may be the best candidate for the job, but rarely will you be the only candidate for a job in today’s market,” says Garfinkle. “Arrogance can often lead to the employer selecting the next best candidate.”last_img read more

The 7 Biggest Myths About Changing Careers

first_img N/A Plumber C.E. Long Construction New Market, VA Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OH 23 hours ago 23h 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.0★ Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 3.5★ 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h CNA Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Lennox, SD 23 hours ago 23h Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img 2.8★ Find Jobs Near You 3.8★ Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX 2.4★ CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) OR STUDENT NURSING ASSISTANT (SNA) Blessing Health System Quincy, IL 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h It is estimated that people change careers five to seven times during their lifetime. There is, however, no standard definition of what constitutes a career change. Is working in the same field but different industry a career change? Is becoming a business owner a career change if you are doing the same job you were doing as an employee? Or is a career change only a radical move across field and industry?Regardless of how big or small your desired transition is, here are some of the biggest myths people believe about changing careers — and what the reality is.1. There’s One Fool-Proof Way to Change CareersCountless books are written on the topic of how to make changes in life, including how to change careers. I like to read as many as I can and often find great ideas. Yet changing careers, like all transitions, is still a very personal experience. What seems difficult to you could be very easy for another person, and unexpected circumstances can derail the best of plans. Take the advice, for example, of building a side business while you have a job, so you can then transition out of it into the security of your own new enterprise. Some companies include a clause in their employment contracts that prevents employees from starting a side business, or you might feel so down after coming back from work you don’t like that you feel too demoralized and too insecure to start a new venture. It’s not that the advice is bad — working on building your business while being fully employed is a great suggestion! — it’s just that not one piece of advice fits everyone’s situation. Don’t look for one fool-proof way of changing careers — focus instead on creating your own path to a new career based on what you find most helpful.9 Tips from People Who Made Dramatic Career Changes2. Personality Tests, Journaling or Reading a Book Are the Secrets to SuccessNothing happens just in your head. While writing, meditation and personality tests can give you some new insights and ideas, if you have been stuck and unable to change careers for a while, the answers you seek are either buried too deep or are out there already — most likely both.We react to our perception of reality — not reality itself. Because of this, each one of us has formed a number of beliefs about ourselves and the world that we mistake for the truth. Some common beliefs I see with my clients are that they are not good at something, or too old to change or bad at money, etc. Even with lots of journaling, the deeper and more ingrained your belief is, the most likely it is that you will not to be able to recognize it for what it is — a belief, not the truth. If you suspect this is the case for you, working with a coach will help you unearth what is driving your behavior unconsciously, and once you see your belief for what it is — just a belief —  you will be able to choose what to do with it. “I am bad at money” might simply become “I need to learn how to negotiate my salary better”.The other very common situation is that you have no idea what jobs are out there. I am always curious about what kind of work people do, and am often surprised to find people have professions I didn’t know existed. For example, a lot of people don’t know what a Technology or Developer Evangelist does. Nope, it’s not a religious order! Here’s a handy definition from Wikipedia: “A technology evangelist is a person who builds a critical mass of support for a given technology, and then establishes it as a technical standard in a market that is subject to network effects. An evangelist promotes the use of a particular product or technology through talks, articles, blogging, user demonstrations, recorded demonstrations or the creation of sample projects.”If you have technical skills and love people and content, this might be a dream job, yet so many people don’t even know about it. There are many more professions that are not very well-known, and this is why a huge part of you looking for what to do next has to include talking to people in the field.3. You Need to Have Everything Planned OutSome lucky people decide they want to do something different, research different options, find another job they like and voilà — they make the transition. For most of us, things are a bit more messy. Very often, people start exploring a different career, and something happens: they cannot transition into it, end up not liking it or discover something they like even better. There is no way for you to choose a new career until you try it out. The fastest way to find what you want to do is to try what seems like a good idea: job shadow, do it on the side, take a class (not an entire new degree!). You will discover that the journey will determine the destination, and not the other way around.4. Changing Careers Is Only for Rich PeopleWhile it definitely helps to have a partner, tons of savings or a lucrative job to support you during your career transition, people change careers regardless of how much money they make. In fact, if you don’t like your job and on top of it you are making very little money, you should run, not walk, towards a new career! You are not doing yourself any favor by staying stuck and broke. We are incredibly lucky to have access to more information than ever, from finding free information online to the library (of which I am a huge fan!), to talking to people you meet at events, friends of friends, Linkedin… the sky is the limit! You can do a lot even with no budget, so don’t let lack of money stop you from doing what you want. Be resourceful and use it instead as a motivation to take the leap.5. You Need a Degree to Change CareersSometimes we form ideas about how things are and give up before we have time to check if they are really true. If you find yourself thinking you need a degree to change careers, do lots of research. Some jobs do require degrees and licenses (e.g. medical doctor, psychotherapist, etc.), but many more jobs do not require a degree by law. The most important thing employers want is to know you can do the job. If there is no regulation saying you have to have a specific degree, some employers ask for a degree because they see it as proof that you know what you’re doing. Can you prove yourself without going back to school? More and more colleges now also offer specialized courses and Graduate Certificates to provide people with specific skills without the time and money investment necessary to get a whole new degree. Look at all your options, and then decide what would work best for you. In many cases, you will be OK without having to go back to school for years. And if you find you really need that degree, you will have made an informed choice.15 More Companies That No Longer Require a Degree — Apply Now!6. You Need to Be a Business Genius to Start a CompanyPsst… I have a secret. Very few people are “good at business” when they start. Most people have no idea how to run a business, and have to learn as they build it! This is why there are so many online courses to teach people how to market their work, get their first clients, etc. Don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you. Take it instead as an imperative to learn more about it. And if you can, start your business on the side and learn by doing. Then, when you’re ready, you can take the plunge and go full-time.7. If Changing Careers Doesn’t Work Out, Your Life Will Be RuinedWhen I lived in San Francisco, I took a four-month-long class through a nonprofit to learn everything about operating a business. I used to joke it was the cheapest MBA ever, and even got my friends to take it. The amazing thing? After graduation, some of the students founded highly successful businesses, some started pretty good businesses, some started a business and failed and some realized having a business was not for them. Everyone, though, learned enough new skills and developed such a deeper understanding of how a business works that they could leverage their new knowledge into a better business, job or salary. Some ended up getting better jobs, instead of becoming entrepreneurs.  In other words, when you embark on your journey to change careers, you will grow so much that you will be able to use what you learned no matter what. It might not be what you expected, and you might experience a lot of heartbreak, failure and discomfort along the way. But if you stay open, challenge yourself to learn new things and put yourself out there, you will eventually be able to do something you find fulfilling.Aurora Meneghello is a Los Angeles-based career coach and the founder of Repurpose Your Purpose. She works with groups and individuals who want to live a fulfilling professional life.Browse Open Jobs Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Bournemouth striker Josh King: I know about Spurs interest, but…

first_imgJosh King insists he’s happy at Bournemouth.The Norway striker has been linked with Tottenham.But asked if he had noticed rumours of Spurs’ interest, King told the Daily Echo: “I was focusing on the season and finishing it strongly.”But I would be a liar if I said I hadn’t noticed it. It was in most papers in England and you have got people tagging you and sending you links here and there.”I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League.”It is the summer holiday now and I’ve learned so much from the gaffer here.”You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer because he’s been brilliant with me since the day I set foot on the training ground.”last_img

Liverpool midfielder Lucas nears Trabzonspor deal

first_imgLucas Leiva is on the brink of a move to Trabzonspor. Turkish publication Haberturk claims that the Liverpool midfielder is in advanced talks with the club.The Brazilian has been deemed surplus to requirements after spending rh majority of last season coming off the bench.Lucas has demanded £3m-per-season from the Turkish Super Lig club, but they are offering £2.2m.last_img

​Keeper Bravo would welcome international colleague Sanchez at Man City

first_imgClaudio Bravo has welcomed the prospect of Chile team-mate Alexis Sanchez joining him at Manchester City next season.Asked whether he would like to see Sanchez at the Etihad next season, Bravo told Sky Sports News HQ: “I’ve said on numerous occasions, he’s one of the best players in the world.”He plays at an incredible level for the national team and an incredible level at his club. He has a great future ahead of him. He’s always reaching new heights with the national team.”It’s great to see him growing as a player. Of course, I would love to have him as a teammate. But it’s not a matter just for the two of us. It’s something the clubs have to go through.”last_img

9 New Jobs in Maternal Health!

first_imgPosted on July 17, 2015August 4, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)SPRING Events Manager: JSI, Rosslyn, VaConsultant to help with Social and Behavior Change Interventions Targeting Service Providers for malaria in pregnancy: Johns Hopkins Univeristy, HC3 ProjectMonitoring & Evaluation Advisor: Jhpiego, Baltimore, MD Sr. Program Coordinator: Jhpiego, Baltimore, MDProgram Officer II: Jhpiego, Washington, DCSr. Reproductive Health Technical Advisor: Jphiego, Baltimore, MDSr. Health Systems Strengthening Advisor: Jphiego, Baltimore, MDSr. Healthcare Quality Advisor: Jphiego, Baltimore, MDSenior Technical Advisor I for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Pathfinder International, Watertown, MADirector of Research and Metrics: Pathfinder International, Watertown, MASee other employment opportunities at Pathfinder>> Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Member of the week: Ezequiel Viñao, Composer

first_imgOur member of the week is Ezequiel Viñao. Ezequiel is a composer and music producer. His work has been performed at the some of the country’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ezequiel’s music has earned praise from The New York Times and The Washington Post amongst others. For reviews of Ezequiel’s work and to hear audio clips of his music, visit his website. To find out more about him, check out his profile and our short interview with him below.1. What has been your most interesting project?It is difficult to say which has been my most interesting project. I could mention several recent ones: 2005 saw both the worldwide CD release of my vocal cycle “ARCANUM” (a recording in collaboration with the Estonian conductor Kristjan Jarvi and available from BIS Records, the premier swedish label) and a commission from my “alma mater” the Juilliard School for their Centenary (in 2006) The piece was written for the legendary Juilliard String Quartet, which has been called “the first family of American Chamber Music.” In 2006, I completed a commission for the Grammy-Award Winning Vocal Ensemble “Chanticleer.” The new work was based on a powerful 10th century Anglo-Saxon text (which I translated into modern English from Old English). The poem speaks of the destruction and futility of war, a subject as current today as it was back then, more than a 1000 years ago.2. Why did you decide to go freelance?So far, I have been privileged in that I have been able to go freelance. The alternative is teaching, which, as interesting and fulfilling as it certainly is, does take a lot of time away from the creative process.3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?Never expect that your last project will generate your next project. Always think “laterally.” Embrace change.4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?Soho.5. What is your inspiration?The forgotten past.last_img read more

Unintended casualties: Long deployments and self-employed service members

first_imgToday, Morning Edition reported on the privations of self-employed members of the National Guard, now that many of them are serving in long deployments overseas. When a service member is called up, the 6% who are self-employed must leave behind their businesses, which all too often erode in their absence. Congress is trying to help these freelancers, independent contractors, and small business owners by proposing a $10,000 tax credit. That goes only a little way toward compensating those who have served our country. Some members of the National Guard have suggested that the military should offer business support training, to help service men and women plan for their time away from their work–and resume it successfully.last_img

Scientists discover the antidote to writer’s block

first_imgAh, writer’s block. It befalls the best of us. Sometimes it can be as mild as fifteen minutes of banging your head against the desk, but it can also be so severe that it takes years off your writing life – or brings it to a close altogether. Writer’s block engenders feelings of impotence, which creates a kind of cyclical reinforcement.Luckily, psychologists have spent some time trying to figure out what happens when a writer stops writing. In her article for The New Yorker, Maria Konnikova covers research on writer’s block and remedies for the problem.In the 1970’s and ‘80’s Yale University psychologists Jerome Singer and Michael Barrios recruited a diverse group of writers – some of whom were blocked and some of whom were fine. The psychologists found that all of the blocked writers were unhappy – and each unhappy in her own way.The researchers were able to distill the blocked writers into 4 distinct types:1. The anxious and self-criticalPlagued by perfectionism, these writers felt they couldn’t create anything “good enough.” Though they were able to daydream, they tended to ruminate on one scene and lacked the ability to move on to something new.2. The socially hostileThese writers were paralyzed by the perception that their work would be compared unfavorably to others – or, that it might inspire the envy! Still active daydreamers, these writers tended to imagine only future situations that involved other people.3. The motivationally impairedThis third group expressed limited motivation, and, in Singer and Barrio’s trials, seemed the most creatively blocked. Simply apathetic, these writers rarely daydreamed and, as a result, their thoughts lacked originality.4. The narcissistsDriven by a need for attention, but disappointed and angry, externally motivated blocked writers prefered to keep their mental imagery private.Barrio and Singer split their writers into groups, hypothesizing that with therapy, writers would be able to overcome the block. Some writers met in group therapy situations to discuss their problem, while others underwent directed imagery exercises.The researchers discovered that the “dream exercises” were more effective at alleviating writer’s block than talk therapy alone. Most notably, the researchers disproved their own hypothesis: Writer’s didn’t need to work through their emotional issues via therapy in order to write, the act of writing served as therapy in and of itself.Having struggled with a particularly virulent writer’s block myself this year, I can attest to the success of the strategy Barrio and Singer propose. In the aftermath of a traumatic event, I lost motivation and lacked imagination; writing felt like hand-churning a cement mixer.I recalled a past heartbreak in which I recovered mainly by writing my way through it. Though I felt less able to attach words to my current experience, I began to do a little writing each day and as I did, I felt better.Here are my tips for writing your way out of a block:1. Write every morningMost creatives are familiar with “morning pages” from The Artist’s Way. When you’re creatively blocked, a little bit of writing first thing in the morning goes a long way.I use a small notebook and write three pages about anything at all. Journaling knocks the dust out of the corners of the mind and primes me for more directed endeavors later in the day.2. Create a “workspace”For me, this step is essential. Journaling is all fine and well, but for a writer suffering with anxiety and self-confidence, it’s all too easy to dismiss one’s journal as private drivel. Writing as a profession is, ultimately, performance – and it beckons a reader.Create a space where you’re comfortable sharing your work in its most raw and imperfect forms. If you’re feeling self-conscious, it helps to remember that most visual artists and craftspeople have studios in which their work can be seen in various stages. Start a semi-private blog. Find a writing group. Enlist trusted friends. Give yourself the gift of space and a little bit of audience.3. Focus on imageryWriters especially tend to think in terms of narrative, but when you’re blocked, the pressure of coming up with a narrative can impede creativity. Instead, focus on imagery. Mine your dreams, environment, and memories for sensory experiences and put your words in the service of illustrating those experiences.4. Keep at itLike Singer and Barrio discovered in their studies, one imagery exercise intervention does not an unblocked writer make. I’ve allowed myself some breaks after a “good” writing streak, only to find the block comes back with a vengeance.Finally, Singer and Barrio’s research confirmed something I noticed while waging my own war against writer’s block over the past few months: When I don’t write, my emotional health suffers. My thoughts flatten and I’m less able to divine complexity, treat myself and others with compassion, and perform with confidence. Creativity, it seems, is not just a function of human delight, but also a powerful tool for healing.Do you relate to a particular type of blocked writer? What strategies have you used to overcome writer’s block?A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

How to balance freelancing with a full-time job

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Hi, my name is Kateri. I have lived in the Greater Los Angeles area for eight years. I love traveling. I adore poodles. I like trying new restaurants. I work as a freelance writer/reporter and as a freelance event specialist.Most importantly, I have a full time job working as a technical writer.Working itWhen I tell people all of my jobs, I have heard the common discriminators:You are such a workaholic!Do you even have any friends?When do you make time for yourself? [Insert sad face emoji.]Or the only positive one I have heard: Wow, you are such a hard worker!Here’s the reality: although the gig economy is the hot thing to now do, I still believe in having a full-time job. I live in a region where although there is a ton of creative opportunity, it is expensive, and I am thankful and lucky to have a full-time job that goes towards my bills/expenses, HSA, and 401K. All of my freelance money goes into my IRA accounts or savings. I made my choice to live here, and this is the only logical way that I can get ahead. I refuse to go broke living in California.In today’s world, I personally don’t think that you can just live off of one source of income, let alone the gig economy. For those of you that can, my hat goes off to you and I have mad respect. I feel that having a full-time job with benefits is a security net for me, because the problem with freelancing is that you are not always guaranteed the gig. With freelancing, I win some and lose some. I am fortunate that not only do I have a full-time job that I love, but I also get to freelance!The balancing actMy life is a balancing act where I am juggling so many different factors, and I am always craving more time in the day. Here are some tips on how to stay sane freelancing while working a full time job:Remember that the full-time job comes firstIt is what pays the bills and also saves for retirement. Those eight hours a day have to be strictly dedicated to it. On my lunch break, I might sneak in a call or go to a coffee shop and do an interview, then later after work I’ll go home and type up the story.Take on only what you can handleSome weeks can be heavier than others. I try and work efficiently and ahead of deadlines as much as I can. Take a breather and don’t put that stress and pressure on yourself. If you feel stressed, do something that calms you. For me, I enjoy walking or taking a drive somewhere.Eat healthyIt’s easy to head to McDonald’s and go through the drive-thru, but it’s important to maintain a healthy diet despite how busy my schedule may get. I always browse for healthy recipes to make on Pinterest, whether it’s a salad or a low-carb version of lasagna where zucchini is the noodle.ExerciseI always go to the gym a few times a week in the evening after work. Between cardio and lifting, I spend maybe a little over an hour at the gym. Your body is important, keep it fit!Get enough sleepI don’t work around the clock, but I always aim for 8 to 10 hours a night of good, solid sleep. I need my brain to be sharp the next day and I don’t want to be dragging. I’m usually up at 7 a.m. and in bed by 10 p.m.Get out of townI always travel a few times a year to different destinations, mostly those in nature because it provides calmness and serenity from the busy world of Los Angeles. It’s important to embrace culture and discover the other wonders of the world.Make time for family and friendsThis is my answer to yes, I do have a life. My friends and family are my greatest support system and they understand what I am trying to accomplish. I see my friends at least once a week so that I can share some good laughs and make memories. During the week I will Facebook message them and check up to see how they are doing. My parents live in Florida, so I make at least 30 minutes to talk to them on the phone a few times a week.Love and be proud of yourselfThe most important factor in all of this is you. Embrace the gifts this life has given you and know that you are loved. Give yourself a hug. Somehow, it always pays off in the end.Kateri Wozny is an award-winning freelance journalist based in the Greater Los Angeles area. Her work has appeared in national outlets and Southern California publications. She is also the owner and blogger of SoCal Shuffle, a California lifestyle blog.last_img read more

10 project management tips for freelancers

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.So you’re a self-employed or freelance worker. You’re in the company of about 36% of the US workforce.You chose to be self-employed because you were exhausted from your old job, or you wanted flexibility, or you simply work better without an authority figure looming over you. Whatever the reasons were, you’re here now. You are now your own bookkeeper, financier, project manager, and sales representative.Being your own boss can be a bane and a boon. As a freelancer, there are some common roadblocks you’ll face along the long, bumpy road. Not meeting project deadlines is one of them. Not meeting the deadlines of multiple projects is another. The point is that playing the multiple roles of Project Manager/Team Member/Omnipotent Superhuman may not always work out.Reduce the occurrence of setbacks in your projects by following these project management tips:PrioritizeThe number of tasks that you have managed to check off your to-do list does not matter. It is the quality of those tasks and your efficiency in completing them that does. There may be an infinite number of smaller tasks in a day and you could do all of them, but if you miss out on that one really important item on your checklist, you might as well have done nothing that day.So you have to prioritize. You can do so in different ways. You can tackle the most crucial tasks first, or you can finish non-essential tasks more quickly to leave more time for the more pressing tasks.CompartmentalizeThis is very common time management advice that holds especially true for project management. A project might seem quite daunting because of its unfamiliarity, its expansive scope, or the sheer amount of work you’re going to have to put in.Take a breather. And then compartmentalize the task into smaller segments that are less intimidating and easier to tackle. This is like a mini action plan for each ginormous individual task. Broken down into smaller steps, you not only climb each tier faster, you also make sure that no part of the project has been neglected or done hastily. Compartmentalizing will reduce the stress/anxiety associated with daunting projects to a great extent.Set time limitsIn addition to compartmentalizing, you should also set specific time-bound goals for your projects. When a time aspect is added to the way you visualize your project, you automatically devise ways to do it better in the given time frame. Each project goal/milestone should have a start date/time and an ideal end date/time.You can track your progress in relation to the time you should ideally have taken to complete the task. If you’re feeling short of time, either review your calculations for the ideal time or figure out what’s hindering you from meeting the standard time.Make use of organizational toolsThe future is here and it’s brought mind-blowing organizational tools with it. If you prefer the old whiteboards and sticky notes routine and it works for you, stick with it. But you can also embrace new-age organizational tools. Scheduling, collaborating, team management, personal finance, or organizing email: Anything that you need to get on top of, there’s probably a great organizational tool for it. Take advantage of these tools as per your needs and take your project management game to the next level.Have a systemIf you really want to up your project management game, consider devising a project management system. Once you’ve truly figured out your workflow requirements and have a general attack plan that’s common for all your projects, you more or less know what you need from the system. Based on that, you could choose to go for a free or premium version of project management software that suits your needs. You can try out various tools to see which ones fit best into your workflow. Find the combination that works best for you, and voilà, you have customized project management software in place.Update your projects diligentlyMore often than not, chances are that you’re juggling multiple projects at once. In the beginning, the details of each project are crystal-clear in your mental workspace. But as time progresses and you wade deeper into the internal mechanism of each, the details are likely to get muddy.So, save yourself the trouble and commit to updating your projects in the system diligently. When you finish a task, update it. The due date changed? Update. A new task was added? Update it! Updating regularly will keep you on track and show you exactly where you are on the trajectory you mapped out for each of your projects.Take a breakTaking breaks at work is criminally underrated and not encouraged enough. 
You may think that because you’re a freelancer or are working from home you should attack your projects without stopping. But you’ll find that your body and mind will accumulate fatigue at an exponential rate, leading to an inevitable burnout.In your workflow, make time for breaks. If you have mapped out a schedule for the day or a to-do list, ensure that you keep sufficient breaks between strenuous tasks. Appropriate breaks have been proven to not only reduce mental and physical fatigue but also increase your motivation, productivity, and creativity–a win-win situation if there ever was one.Avoid distractionsIn the spirit of balance, this point relates to not taking too many breaks or wasteful breaks. A break that involves being sucked into a social media black hole or watching an episode of Stranger Things that turns into a season-long binge-watch session? That’s not a break; it’s a disastrously addictive distraction.The internet is full of distractions. Since/if most of the work you do is on the internet, just accept that you’re going to encounter one sooner or later. What can be done to avoid it? Exercise self-control. Also, install a time tracking extension like Chrome Nanny, which limits the time spent by you on your favorite websites to a certain number of minutes per day.Done is better than perfectWant to be the real MVP? Deliver an MVP. Jokes aside, MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product. It refers to the minimum amount of work that is required to put a sellable product/service into the market.You might have a tendency to perfect or polish certain parts of a project. If you do this at the end of the project if you still have time left, it’s not a problem. However, if you get stuck on perfecting one single element while you still have twenty more compartments to put together, it doesn’t seem like a very wise thing to do. 
Remember that done is better than perfect. It may be very tempting to complete each part of a project so that it’s pitch-perfect, but that’s not practical or realistic. Your focus should be on delivering rather than on perfection.Remember your lessons learnedCompile a list of lessons learned from your previous projects. Ask yourself what you did right and what you did wrong in these projects. Look for patterns. This can be a great way to find out what mistakes you’re making over and over. If you’re working with a team, ask them to give an objective review of what they feel could have been done better. This ensures that you learn from your good days and your bad days. The point is to keep growing with each project.Project management is a dynamic, constantly changing function. You might need to trial-and-error your way through different approaches and tools and combinations of the two to find out what works best for you. That’s the system you should stick to. 
As a self-employed worker, freelancer, or solopreneur, you need all the help you can get. Hopefully these neat project management tricks manage to do just that.Fretty Francis is a digital marketing executive at SoftwareSuggest, an online platform that recommends software solutions to businesses. Her areas of expertise include project management software and eCommerce software. In her spare time, she works as a freelance writer and likes to travel around.last_img read more

The biggest lessons I learned in the first 6 months of freelancing

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.In late spring of 2011, I became a freelancer. By early December of 2011, I’d returned to cubicle life. Some may deem that a failure. But rejoining the full-time workforce was, hands down, the right decision. Still, I never forgot what succeeding as a business owner would take. I thought, “Someday, this will be my career path.”Fast forward eight years and that someday is today. (Technically speaking, someday was in January.) This time around, I’ve devoted countless hours to learning the art of self-employment. The investment has spared me from mistakes small and large.But no learning plan accounts for everything. Transitioning from 12 years in corporate settings to a solo venture requires adjustment. Over the past six months, the most interesting lessons have been the ones I never saw coming.Lesson #1: Use a real alarm clock and keep your phone out of reachFull-timers assume that the greatest thing about freelancing is waking up whenever you want. I submit it’s also the worst.Starting the day with no set schedule is one thing. But staying awake in bed for an hour every morning because I wouldn’t put my phone down created a real problem. My late starts often left me working past dinner and sacrificing evenings. After a few months, I knew nothing would change until I fell asleep and woke up away from my phone.In the recesses of my closet I found a 15-year-old LED alarm clock. I plugged it in, replaced the back-up 9 volt, and never looked back. My phone charges on a dresser out of arm’s reach but close enough to answer an emergency call. As a bonus, I’m reading before bed again and falling asleep sooner.Lesson #2: You don’t need every piece of tech imaginableIn my younger and more vulnerable years, I read a bit of personal finance advice that stuck. The writer suggested to delay luxury purchases for two months. At that point, the desire is either long gone or has steadily grown.Investing in a semi-professional microphone for podcasting seemed absolutely necessary not long ago. I had zero bookings to interview on a podcast, let alone solid plans to start my own.Within a few weeks the urge passed. As of today, I’m happily microphone- and podcast-less. That’s not to say I haven’t upgraded my office setup. After impatiently waiting the full two months, I pulled the trigger on a 32″ UHD 4K monitor. The time I’ve saved no longer toggling between multiple windows more than covers the cost. In my book, that’s money well spent.Lesson #3: When it’s your business, strong passwords matterAll my login credentials lived in an offline spreadsheet. Four, maybe five, passwords comprised my heavy rotation.Miraculously, I’ve lived to tell the tale of poor password habits unscathed. Before self-employment, using strong passwords and managing them properly wasn’t a goal. It was a happy accident. But going solo involves signing up for numerous sites you’ll want to separate from your personal life. Login credentials relate directly to your bread and butter. You’ll want to ensure that they’re as secure as possible.For me, that meant finally using a password management system. Once all these new business logins were securely stored in one place, I reset all my weak passwords. Now I have peace of mind after years of intermittent worry. Plus, never having to remember credentials is priceless. Everything’s right there whether I’m on my computer or phone.Lesson #4: If the conventional wisdom doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t98% of the advice I’ve received in my professional life has been spot on. Incorporating this constructive feedback isn’t easy, but it’s given me an edge. Then there’s the remaining 2%. It’s rarely flat-out wrong. In fact, peers you admire may swear by it. But something’s off. Maybe it doesn’t reflect your personality or goals.Doubting popular, proven consensus feels wrong when you’re new to the game. If a recommendation genuinely doesn’t work or feel right to you, don’t force it. Ditch it.My moment of defiance came early. Many freelancers take strong measures to limit calls with clients or prospects. I get it. We’re all busy, and the last thing the world needs is yet another pointless meeting.I’m not volunteering for calls, but I’m more than willing to chat. One-on-one conversation comes naturally to me. It’s how I’ve forged strong business relationships, some of which have blossomed into lasting friendships.Yes, it’s arguably not the best use of my time. Some calls have ended up going absolutely nowhere. The truth is I don’t care. Maybe I’ll think differently once I have a larger client roster with projects booked out months in advance. Until then, I’ll gladly make time to talk.Lesson #5: Errands are your friendDuring my corporate days, I changed into PJs within two minutes of coming home. Going anywhere after work was a drag. Why people socialized on weeknights baffled me. Now I relish evening grocery store runs or mid-day walks to Walgreens for a few necessities. My online shopping for household staples is non-existent.Getting out of the house is a privilege, not a chore. To keep from falling victim to hermitude, find small tasks you could use Postmates for but prefer doing in the real world.Every day I step out for a walk around the block. (Even during Chicago winters, there’s plenty of snow to shovel or ice to salt.) On the rare occasion I have something to mail, I drop it in a collection box five blocks away.It’s not much, and that’s the point. A few extra errands and walks strike the right balance for me. It keeps me a little engaged with the community outside my four walls.Lesson #6: Routines take time and experimentation to nailMy schedule is far from set. Or far from where I thought it would be by now. I figured I’d find my groove within a couple months. In reality, I stopped observing the “no meetings hours” I’d set on my calendar within two weeks of adding them.If you’re not willing to reschedule a meeting request that interferes with blocked time, your calendar isn’t a calendar. It’s a recommendation. Your schedule won’t work until you take it seriously. You can become rigid, adhering to your regimen no matter what. Or you can question why it’s not working and try something new.Keeping my time organized and predictable felt like the key to success. In reality, continuously adjusting what’s not working is more important. In this case, growth trumps consistency.It turns out many solo business owners take a year or 18 months to find their rhythm. I’m giving myself some leeway. And I’m always trying new approaches to budgeting my time.In conclusionThis second foray into self-employment has been worlds different. Instead of signing an offer letter six months in, I’m growing my business and helping fellow freelancers.My planned learning will never stop. But in all honesty, I’m more eager to see what unexpected lessons come next.Jesse Butts is a writer, marketing consultant, and founder of Calque Marketing. You can find him at … just as soon as he gets around to building it. Until then, feel free to connect on LinkedIn.last_img read more

MintStyle with Rachel Weingarten: What’s Your Uniform?

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5 Holiday Shopping Mistakes Retailers Want You to Make

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