Advance your career this year
Quarter Life Academy Blog
by Ben Macnevin
2M ago
If you want to get more out of your career this year, then this course is for you. It captures all the key principles and processes I’ve used with 1-on-1 coaching that have produced great results for my clients. Here is the full course outline so you can understand which modules are right for you. I hope it helps, and I’m always here for a chat if you’d like to explore any area together. Go for it! Access the course here Get Clear On What You Want Whenever I’m engaged by a new client for career coaching, I ask them to answer 5 questions. I’ve found this framework incredibly powerful for gaini ..read more
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Urgent decisions
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by Ben Macnevin
3M ago
We like to think of ourselves as considered and rational. But the reality is we tend to make decisions when circumstances are urgent.  Consider for a moment how you’ve navigated your career until now. Was each career move clearly thought out? Or was the catalyst for each decision marked by a painful event or a sudden opportunity that you felt compelled to act upon? Urgent circumstances provide a fantastic catalyst to take action, but they can produce suboptimal results.  You may think this makes sense when faced with urgent pain.  You suddenly lose your job, or you get passed o ..read more
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I created my ideal role. Here’s how.
Quarter Life Academy Blog
by Ben Macnevin
3M ago
I’m going to let you in on a secret that not many people realise about their careers. You have the power to CREATE your own role. I know this strategy works because I made this happen in my career. Now, this may challenge your perception of how the job market works. You see, the typical way people approach career advancement is by taking advantage of opportunities when they become available. Either you’re searching job boards to see what positions are advertised. Or you’re waiting in your current role until a new position opens up. But there’s another approach you can take. You may not beli ..read more
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What are you doing well?
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by Ben Macnevin
3M ago
As 2023 winds down and 2024 draws near, it’s natural to reflect on the year that was and consider what the next year will bring. This is usually done through the lens of change. A new year heralds a fresh start, where we look forward with optimism and hope things will get better (or at least not get worse). We then resolve to start something new or to do things differently. But rarely do we resolve to keep doing the same things. There is a LOT you did this year which you should be proud of. Your thoughts may turn to the moments that were marked by achievements, like getting a promotion, or re ..read more
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Keep job hunting over Christmas
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by Ben Macnevin
3M ago
You may not think the festive season is a great time to look for a job. Before Christmas is a frenzy of activity as people rush to get things done, and then after Christmas is a lull as people take time off over January. So if you’re wanting a new job, it may seem reasonable to take a break over Christmas and pick up your job search in February. But the holidays are actually an ideal time to keep hunting  – and here are three reasons why. 1) The job market stays open While lots of companies take forced leave over Christmas, there are many that stay open and need to fill positions. Indeed ..read more
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The best icebreaker
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by Ben Macnevin
4M ago
Here’s the best icebreaker I’ve heard (and have since used quite a lot when hosting networking and professional development events). How would you say what you do for work without using your job title or common terms? For instance, if you work as a Bookkeeper, you couldn’t say that you were a Bookkeeper. Nor could you say that you work at an Accounting firm, or that you help businesses with their financial reporting. When you strip away all the jargon that people normally use, you’re left with quite a curious and reflective question: What do I actually do for work? As a Bookkeeper, it cou ..read more
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Ask this question to get what you want
Quarter Life Academy Blog
by Ben Macnevin
4M ago
Many people are uncomfortable with the thought of asking their manager or employer for what they want.  Some fear rejection. Some are unsure of what to do after they make their ask.  And some don’t want to jeopardise their current situation if their ask is not received well.  The good news is that asking for what you want isn’t as scary or as challenging as you may think – and there’s a way you can make your ask while preserving a good working relationship with your manager.  Here’s how.  Don’t frame your ask as a demand or an ultimatum. Frame it as a problem that you ..read more
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The value of being liked
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by Ben Macnevin
4M ago
An underappreciated factor that will influence how far you advance at work is how much you’re liked by those around you. This point may not sit comfortably with you, as you may think that factors like merit and experience are more important for career advancement.  I’m not saying that career progression is a popularity contest. Nor am I saying that being liked is more important than being competent.  I’m just saying it does make a difference, and if you’re not focusing on your likeability then you may be limiting your career advancement.  Many companies are now highlighting lik ..read more
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What career assumptions have you made?
Quarter Life Academy Blog
by Ben Macnevin
5M ago
If you want to make a change in your career, it helps to first Gain Clarity on what you really want. That’s why every client who starts career coaching with me has a Strategy Session to understand this.  To demonstrate the power of this Framework, I will take you through the experience of one client who’s career trajectory completely changed after their Strategy Session (but in a way they did not expect).  If you want to get the job you want, get paid what you’re worth and set yourself up for future success, I find it’s a very useful exercise to answer these 5 questions in order: W ..read more
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The 4 Barriers to Change
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by Ben Macnevin
5M ago
When you want to make a change in your career but you’re struggling to make headway, it’s helpful to understand what could be holding you back.  There are various reasons why your actions may not align with your intent, and if you can identify the key reason for maintaining the status quo then you’ll be better placed to change it.  In this article I will take you through the 4 Barriers you can unlock to make meaningful change happen.  Identity Many people look at career change as a single step. You may have stayed in a role for long enough and want something different, or a new ..read more
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