Josie’s Weekly Favorites

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In this weekly article, Josie scours the deepest parts of the web in search of the most interesting career-related news, so you don’t have to. Every week we create a selection of three news articles about career development and present you with an excerpt of the article that we think is worth sharing. Click on the heading to read the whole article.

1. Why Now Is The Perfect Time For A Post-Pandemic Career Check-In– Amy Blaschka, Forbes Magazine

“According to Prudential’s latest Pulse of the American Worker survey, half of all workers say that the pandemic has made them reevaluate their career goals.Nearly the same number (48%) are rethinking the type of job they want post-pandemic, while 53% say they’d switch to an entirely new industry if they could retrain.The survey also cites that most people feel the pandemic has given them more control in deciding the direction of their careers. And now that we’re quickly approaching a post-pandemic existence, it’s the perfect time to conduct a career check-in.”

2. Interviewers Are Looking for Emotional Intelligence—So Be Prepared for These Questions– Alexandra Frost, The Muse

“Also known as EQ, it encompasses both internal and external elements, and you can build it up like a muscle. “I think of it as having two components,” says Patricia Thompson, PhD, a corporate psychologist and creator of the “21-Day Crash Course in Emotional Intelligence,” which more than 18,000 students have completed. The first component is “your ability to understand yourself and [your] emotions, and based on that being able to regulate yourself appropriately,” Thompson says. The second, she says, is “to understand others’ emotions to relate to them…and to have a high level of social awareness to use those insights.” In other words, can you recognize and process your own emotions and keep them under control? And are you in tune enough with others to perceive, interpret, and empathize with their emotions?”



Why “dealing with people” has become the biggest post-pandemic struggle for workers – James Oliver Cury, The Ladders

“It’s understandable that after having to demonstrate their resilience over and over again during the global pandemic, workers are exhausted,” acknowledged Danielle. “The data suggests that if workplaces want to hold onto the performance benefits that come with this resilience, leaders need to be prioritizing safe spaces for workers to rest, recover and reconnect as they head back to the office.

This sounds simple enough, but unfortunately, workers also reported a significant decline in their levels of trust for managers to make sensible decisions about their futures (down from an average of 6.4 in August 2020 to 5.3 in May 2021),” cautioned Danielle. “In addition, even though bosses are generally the best people to reach out to when workers are struggling with their wellbeing, fewer and fewer workers were seeking them out, preferring instead to talk to their friends and family when they need help.”

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