My Winter 2015 Corporate Wardrobe Wishlist – Neutrals and Silver

Winter 2015 Wardrobe

Surprise, surprise – nothing but neutrals. Here is a roundup of my recent (and hopefully future) corporate wardrobe purchases for Winter 2015, with links below. (more…)

Things to Consider When Changing Jobs or Careers

Sometimes a decision to change jobs or careers is really easy. For example, when you absolutely hate your current working environment or when you are going for your dream job. However, there are times when the pros and cons of the decision are much more subtle, or where there are different factors pulling you in opposite directions. For example, when you really enjoy your current role however a new job is offering you more career progression.  Or when you are giving up a well-paying job for a much lower paying job that is in your dream industry.

photoI have certainly grappled with this tough task over the previous month, or more accurately, over the previous year. I had qualified as a Lawyer back in February 2014 but had opted not to practise law in favour of working in the Risk & Compliance team of a large, well known national group of companies. I found that over the last year, the thought of practising law was always in the back of my mind, causing me to constantly doubt and second guess my career path.  An opportunity presented itself for me to work as a Lawyer in a mid-tier law firm and I had to very quickly decide whether I was willing to embrace the change.

I considered the following factors, however they are definitely not equally weighted. I downloaded a weighted pros and cons app so I could assign the appropriate ‘level of significance’ to these factors. Though the financial and lifestyle differences were quite large cons (it must be one of the best kept secrets that many Lawyers don’t actually make that much money!), the benefit of actually practising law (and thus avoiding future regrets and uncertainty) was too great and dwarfed all other setbacks, particularly at this early stage in my career. However, this list was still very helpful as it allowed me to conduct my due diligence in a methodical manner, so there would (hopefully) be no surprises as to what I what I was getting myself into. (more…)

2014 Reflections

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Picturesque Mullingar, Ireland.

2014 was a year punctuated by major milestones.

It almost felt like I was milestone hungry, all momentous occasions and no substance. But I guess it comes in peaks and troughs. Some years are about putting your head down and chipping away at your goals, and years like 2014 are about seeing that work pay off.

So before 2015 starts and quickly gets away from me too, I’m reflecting on the year that was.  (more…)

Melbourne’s Hidden Bars for After Work Drinks

Working in the Melbourne CBD means being spoilt for choice when it comes to Friday night drinks.

What do I look for in a bar? A thematic atmosphere, unique character, cocktails made with flair and precision, delicious nibbles and the novelty of happening upon something entirely hidden from the hustle and bustle of the street.

These are five of my favourite Melbourne bars, which make great venues for after work drinks.

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Life Balance Wheel – Take Ten Minutes to Assess Your Work Life Balance

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I’ve recently completed a career resiliency workshop offered through my employer, and completing this life balance wheel really appealed to my love of structured self reflection (i.e. over-analysing).

The steps are: (more…)

Survival tips for completing a part-time MBA whilst working full time

study-nounSo it sure has been a while. I can safely say that the initial optimism and novelty of starting the MBA has worn off. If I had any thoughts of my first term being difficult, the second term has completely blown that experience out of the water. There were a variety of factors that lead to this emotionally charged and draining time which amongst other things, contributed to my bursting into tears not only in front of my Manager, but my General Manager. (more…)

The First Three Months of a New Role

Personally, I never feel more pressure than in the first three months of a new role. Admittedly, a lot of that pressure is self inflicted because I’m very conscious of establishing myself within a new team, making a good impression and achieving some results quickly. My aim is to have Management consciously recognising that I have made things better and therefore being reassured that my appointment was a wise decision. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when starting a new role.

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Build rapport

Build rapport and build it quick. Chances are that you are joining a team where relationships and a team culture or ‘way of doing things’ has already been established. Some thoughtful people will make an attempt to get to know you, however people are busy and being the new person, you should make the effort to connect with others. Some benefits of quickly settling into the team culture are:

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