What’s the difference between university and real life?

ByDarryl Howes

What’s the difference between university and real life?

Before I invoke the wrath of the academic community, please let me explain. I’m not about to go off on the old hobby horse about ivory towers and dreaming spires. Believe me.

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ByDarryl Howes

How to complete the Summary Section on LinkedIn – Jobseekers and Career Changers

LinkedIn Profile Summary NetworkingThe Summary Section is pretty important…

It’s an opportunity to get across the essence of you, your humanity and also your value-add, to anyone who might be interested in hiring you.

From this point of view it represents PRIME REAL ESTATE…

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ByDarryl Howes

5 things I think I know now (but wish I’d known then)

It’s a funny time, starting at University. New places, new faces and new experiences can all contribute to a sense of bewilderment.

But this time is also a great opportunity to become you and to develop your life in the way you want it to be. And make no mistake, it’s not up to someone else to do this, it’s up to you (although friends, family, contacts, mentors, peers and others can all help).

In this short article, I want to pick up on a few themes that might help with the bit about ‘becoming you’. Because I spend a lot of my time thinking and writing about careers, there will inevitably be some career focus to the comments. However, as a wise person once said, “Manage your career and you manage your life”.

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ByDarryl Howes

Need a job? Need advice? Just try asking…

It can be a tricky thing – asking your network to help with your job search.

So why do it? I mean ‘ask for help’?

We don’t need to disclose our vulnerabilities and no friend or contact wants to feel pressured into ‘helping’ when they really can’t, or don’t have the time.

A better approach is that proposed by the informational discussion. Here you are simply seeking advice.

Research shows that advice seeking can be very powerful. Adam M. Grant (2013) points to four main effects:

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