Join the Discussion: Don’t be Average… Be More!

Join the Discussion

I want to encourage readers to open up and engage in discussions. You are all invited to hang out here and discuss, via comments, the topic of the day, previous posts or in fact anything at all relevant to career development.  Or if you have a specific question to toss into the mix email me at diy@printedportal.com.

This discussion is sparked by two things that caught my eye:

1. ‘Makeuseof’ reposted “11 ways to be Unremarkably Average” comic on their Facebook page AND

2. Time Management Ninja posted a great article “Are you choosing to be average?” last month.

Here at DIY Career Development we aspire to be more than average and we hope that our readers do to. DIY hopes to help readers find ways to be more than average, to help them harness their productivity so that they have more time to work on their career development and make the most of the opportunities that present themselves.

So how are YOU being more than Average?

Join the Discussion: at what point do I stop referring to myself as a graduate?

Join the Discussion

I want to encourage readers to open up and engage in discussions. You are all invited to hang out here and discuss, via comments, the topic of the day, previous posts or in fact anything at all relevant to career development.  Or if you have a specific question to toss into the mix email me at diy@printedportal.com.

This week I was discussing Graduate Schemes with a friend and we were pondering at what stage do we stop referring to ourselves as a graduate? After all everyone in our office has a degree and is for all intents and purposes “a graduate”, but you wouldn’t dare refer to your boss as a graduate – would you?

Not to mention that some companies use the word “graduate” to refer to their junior members, new intake or those on a graduate entry scheme. So the question is at what point do you lose the “graduate” which in this context makes you sound young and inexperienced?

Quite frequently your title changes from graduate [insert role here] to something like [insert role here] or Assistant [insert role here] etc. This will normally be 1-3 years depending on your chosen career. But what if you work for a smaller company no specific graduate scheme and might not even have a specific promotion system?

How long do you wait until taking control of your own career progression and doing it yourself?

Worship of Tools Day

Today is apparently “Worship of Tools Day” presumably a day aimed at the male population to encourage them to get out their tools and do some DIY. I am a lucky girl my significant other does a lot of DIY in fact he actively looks for projects to do (and the list is getting longer).

However, today I wanted to think more about the tools of a career journalist, writer or blogger and I ask – what tools do you use?

I write in a notebook, organise with both a collection of notebooks and a filofax and I type on a computer – in word.

So far it has not become any more sophisticated than that and I ponder whether I should be looking at software geared towards writers?

What do you use?