Your dirty little career secret

Your dirty little career secret

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You perfected the art of going to school. You breezed through college or Sixth Form. You got your A-levels, chose a degree, graduated and finally landed that position. 

Your parents were delighted they could now refer to you as a ‘professional’. They could talk about the company you work for and how much you’re enjoying your job. They airily address their friends by saying ‘Oh she’s now in London, working for so and so, yes loving it."

Except you’re not.

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Are your dreams a little too 'out there?'

Are your dreams a little too 'out there?'

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We wish our dreams weren’t quite so, well, way out there.  

We think we’re even a little crazy for having this dream. We've had a lot of those reactions whenever we say something that’s a little off-piste, that is, compared to everyone else.  

We wonder if we’re just selfish. 

We’re not. Oh, we’re so not. 

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Why being specific is important for getting what you want

Why being specific is important for getting what you want

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Remember that scene in When Harry met Sally where Harry and Sally stop off at a diner on their roadtrip to New York?

Harry says to the waitress  "I’ll have number 3 please” and then looks on amazed as Sally explains in detail her very specific order.

 

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When your career aspirations feel arrogant and impossible

When your career aspirations feel arrogant and impossible

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In my first graduate job, I was a employed as junior tax consultant for a firm that specialised in helping FTSE 100 companies claims for tax relief on some expenditure. 

It was a small company and for that reason we were exposed to lots of what was going on. There was good company atmosphere, regular training and celebrations on Fridays at 4pm when we won a new client or piece of work. 

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