Recently Krishna De tweeted that she had 10 free tickets for bloggers for something called ‘Managing Your Career In A Difficult Economy’. Intrigued I followed the link to her blog where there was some more information on the event.
As a result of attending this evening seminar you will:
- Learn practical strategies for boosting your motivation and self confidence at a time when we need it most
- Discover ways of coping with fear when we are pushed outside our comfort zones
- Get clear as to how you can ‘fuel’ your positivity and become a source of inspiration for yourself and others
- Know how to move from reactive to proactive by taking ownership of what is within your control
- Discover practical tips to manage your career through networking online and making the most of new media to recession proof your career.
So I signed myself up with Krishna and made my way to the Ballsbridge Court Hotel on Wednesday 22nd April.
After some teas, coffees, biscuits and mingling we got underway. First up was James Sweetman, a business and personal life coach with “Staying ‘Up’ In Down Times”. James gave some simple but sensible tips on how to keep your mood elevated during these times of doom, gloom and unemployment.
Simple things such as don’t be a bad news junkie-be aware of what’s going on but don’t let it swallow you up!
– Acknowledge your fears, are they real fears or fear of something that doesn’t even exist? If they are real, what is the worst that can happen?
– Acknowledge your own strengths, push yourself out of your comfort zone, take control of things that are within your control.
Next up was Brendan Murphy from Osborne Recruitment with the assurance that even he was not sure how long he’d have a job for (a good long while I hope, Brendan). However he did give some guidance as to which industries were still hiring at this time – apparently education, health, insurance, ICT (information and communication technology), languages, bio-sciences and pharmaceuticals are all still working away and hiring.
Lastly up was Krishna with a talk on what she called ‘The Online Personal Branding Revolution’
Krishna gave us all some very clear and helpful advice on how to brand yourself online to be found, how to protect yourself and your name, how to make contacts and be noticed on the likes of LinkedIn and develop your profile organically, keeping on top of Google Alerts for your own name, your company and your competitor’s.
Overall this was a very helpful and encouraging seminar.
I found James to be a very uplifting and motivational speaker with Krishna then coming on to give practical advice on how to apply all of the motivation and energy he had generated.
I think a few more seminars like this would be beneficial to many people out there at the moment who are either job seeking or looking to start their own business. However I will point out that with the type of people likely to be looking to attend these seminars, I think whoever decides to run the events should consider a discounted rate for those not in paid employment or offer a certain percentage of places to unemployed people free of charge or in exchange for them talking about the event, much as I am doing here 🙂