... is career advice that’s easy to give, but hard to follow, because we can’t always accurately predict what kind of job we’ll love until we’re actually doing it. Or maybe we love doing a lot of things.
Hey readers! Quick note before we jump in: This is a post about something I've been wanting to write about forever: careers. Society tells us a lot of things about what we should want in a career and what the possibilities are-which is weird because I'm pretty sure society knows very little about any of this.
Careers used to be kind of like a 40-year tunnel. You picked your tunnel, and once you were in, that was that. You worked in that profession for 40 years or so before the tunnel spit you out on the other side into your retirement.
Today’s career landscape isn’t a lineup of tunnels, it’s a massive, impossibly complex, rapidly changing science laboratory.
When Muse career coach Theresa Merrill does mock interviews with her clients, she always leads with, "Tell me about yourself." It's good practice because that's often the very first thing an interviewer will ask you to do-whether you're having a preliminary phone screen, speaking to your prospective boss, or sitting down with the CEO during a final round.
Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.
This is an opportunity to articulate why you’re interested and how your objective fulfills their goals. In order to do that, spend some time researching the company. If your answers resonate with them, it shows that you really understand the role.
You know that feeling when something's just not right at work but you can't quite put your finger on what's wrong? Maybe you're in a relatively new job, or in the middle of a big project (or maybe it's just any random Tuesday) and you're overcome with a vague sense that something's off and it just doesn't feel good.
Negative emotions (lack of confidence, toxic energy, fear) can also cause anxiety. The difference between the two is the feeling of being unsafe that comes with anxiety.
When you are anxious, the ability to think clearly is lost, and so is the perspective. Breathing exercises and making space in your mind by slowing down is the first step towards remaining calm in this general state of anxiety.