Why You Need a Career Mentor

 

Mentors are an important resource for success on the job. Finding one can be a task, positioning you to be selected as a mentee is another. Here are some helpful tips.

Mentoring used to be an informal and difficult process. Managers would identify potential success stories. You had to be likeable or someone who reminded the mentor of his or her early years. The golf course or a game of billiards would open opportunities to be groomed. Relationships would develop over cold beers. You guessed it, the “good old boy” network. If you did not hang out you were left out.

Companies today realize the organizational benefit of supporting and developing talent and are establishing formal mentor programs that ensure growth from the bottom to the top lasts from within. Will employees stay longer if they feel like they are being groomed for success? Are you the best option for a new opportunity if your career is being guided by manager, supervisor, coach, or a specialist?

Having a mentor allows access to information that may not otherwise be available to you. Mentors show you the ropes, they lend you a hand, and they provide insight into a world that continues to change as you navigate through it. Mentors provide quality information because more than likely they have made the same mistakes you are asking, so you benefit from the secret weapon. Think about your co-workers, everyone wants to get promoted all at the same time. You better believe if you have a strong mentor and you are following his or her advice you should have an edge. I have seen too many times one position opens and 3 employees want that new title. Read below for tips on why you need a career mentor.

Motivation – A good mentor has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why, in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a mentor often becomes a turning point in your career or business.

Success – A mentor who shares their experience with you helps you to avoid mistakes that you would otherwise make. Achieving success faster and with less effort, would you consider that to be efficient and effective?

Honesty – A mentor is a person who is not emotionally involved in your situation, your friends, family, barber, or hairstylist love to give advice. These people either, do not know, are emotional involved, or tell you exactly what you want to here. A mentor’s advice should be free and straight to the point.

Positive Attitude – When “Murphy’s Law” kicks in to your life a good mentor knows you are bleeding internally, but they have a plan to get you patched up, in a step by step approach. Mentors always have a story to make you feel good and to give the necessary encouragement to move forward.

Improvement – Your mentor will expect some improve. You should expect to grow with knowledge. Mentors will advise homework, such …

Things You Should Know About English Schools

An English School refers to a school or institution where English is the ‘primary medium of imparting education’ to students in all subjects; this may also be the case where English is not the first language or the ‘mother tongue’ of the students.

A thorough knowledge of the English language is extremely valuable and useful for communication at a global level; since many countries have mandated that the English language is used as the normal education medium.

The spread of English around the world is associated with the rise of the British Empire. From its original homeland in the lowlands of Scotland to the rest or Ireland and Great Britain, the use of the English language spread far and wide increasing the cultural and economic influences of countries especially since the times of the World Wars.

Once English left the shores of the British Isles, it travelled quickly to the Commonwealth Countries such as Canada, Australia and large parts of Asia where the British Empire extended to.

Under Section 92 of the Canadian Constitution, education is a matter under provincial control. Large parts of Canada were occupied by French-speaking Europeans. During the 19th and 20th century, the English-only education laws culinated in the Manitoba Schools Question 1896 and Ontario Regulation 17 in 1912, which were strident against French and other European minority languages. Canada adopted official bilingualism in 1969 where English and French found their places, but for most part English remains the predominant language of education.

The Parliament of England passed the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 annexing Wales as part of the English Kingdom; These laws are collectively referred to as ‘Acts of Union’.

In Ireland, the ‘Royal Schools’ proclamation by James I in 1608 was done with the intent of setting up on free school in every country for educating the youth in learning and religion.

Between 1494 and 1698 the Scots Parliament passed nearly ten acts to legislate and establish English among the aristocracy first and spread it down to all ranks of people.

The Charter Act of 1813 decreed that English as a language would be included in the Indian education system for students to learn although strictly not enforcing it as a replacement for existing indigenous languages. It was anticipated that English would continue to exist with other studies to reinforce moral laws and ethical values.

Colonial education

In South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church Elders established the earliest European schools in the late 17th century in the Cape Colony to minister biblical instruction as a necessary requisite for church confirmations. Basic literacy abilities and math skills were taught in rural areas but by 1799, British mission schools had propagated with the arrival of the early delegation of the London Missionary Society.

Elsewhere, with the spread of English as the dominant language for learning and working, orthodox believers and fanatic opposers of the language fostered trouble by resisting the use of English in schools and teaching places; however, by the turn of the 21st …

Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow

School teachers always wanted to discover ways to connect with their students more effectively for a better learning experience. Thanks to such tools as ClassDojo, teachers can now easily have their students focused in class in no time (rather than spend precious minutes trying to manage students’ behavior).

ClassDojo likewise provides students with data on their own behavior, making them less disorderly, leading to a more conducive learning environment. Parents benefit from ClassDojo, too. Teachers can easily access every child’s classroom information and show them to the parents and make them engaged in their children’s development.

Three Ring is another techie tool for teachers who want to organize their students’ data digitally. This app allows teachers to upload student works from your smartphones or laptops directly to your own online stream.

You can use it during instruction inside the classroom, for planning lessons that are needed or will be enjoyed by the students, and for easily assessing the works of each of your students. Students can also see their progress through time through the uploaded pictures in the teachers’ stream. This can encourage them to do better in class.

Years of research on early cognitive development has paved way for new tools that will help children develop their cognitive skills. Scientific Learning®’s Fast ForWord Program strengthens children’s cognitive skills, helping them improve their reading-related skills such as comprehension, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, among others.

Fast ForWord also offers English language learning where children can improve on their English literacy rapidly. The program is also consistent in the use of brain exercises for better retention and faster improvement on the use of English language, no matter what your first language may be.

More and more grade school teachers are also excited about custom-designed curriculums which allow the use of apps and devices such as iPads. Elementary schools in several parts of the United States have participated in piloting this kind of programs. For example, students of Jessieville Elementary School in Arkansas used storybook apps for their language arts and science activities. Likewise, students from Van Meter Elementary School managed to create their own ebooks by using several apps and software such as FlipSnack, Evernote, Skitch, and Mackin VIA.

Teachers believe that technology should be used to make education and learning more fun and interesting for children who are exposed to the internet, video games, and devices (such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets) early in their lives.…

Top Universities in Singapore – NUS and NTU

Undoubtedly the top ranked universities in Singapore are NUS and NTU!

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked 33 in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007.

According to the Financial Times (FT) 2006 EMBA ranking of the Top 85 EMBA programs, NUS Business School rises in rankings for Executive MBA programs to be among world’s Top 29.

NUS Business School did extremely well in two of the sub-categories – it came out Top 5 for the categories of ‘International Attendees’, and ‘Top Salaries in IT/ Telecommunications’.

According to the THES 2006 World Ranking in the field of technology, NUS Faculty of Engineering ranked 8th in the World’s top 100 in Technology

According to the Newsweek Ranking of Global University, NUS is ranked 36th in the top 100 universities.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the world’s top 20 technological university!

According to the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007, NTU is ranked 69 in the world.

The university has 2 campuses in Singapore: NTU at one-north campus and the Yunnan Garden campus. NTU at one-north campus is located next to Biopolis, the Singapore biomedical research hub. NTU has strong reputation overseas, linkages with world famous universities such as University of Washington, Stanford University, MIT, Cambridge, to name a few.

It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Accountancy, Business, Communication Studies, Engineering, Science and Arts.

The university is recognized globally for its excellence in science and engineering. The College of Engineering is one of the world largest engineering colleges, with 6 engineering schools offering a variety of programs and specializations to meet the needs of many students.

It is also home to the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is the only teacher training institute in Singapore. NIE provides educational services to countries such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is the first Singapore professional art school offering courses in art, design and media.

Nanyang Business School (NBS) offers one of the world top 100 MBA programs. According to the Financial Times survey (published in Jan 2007), its MBA program is ranked Number 1 in Singapore and Number 2 in Asia.…

How To Sell Insurance Coverage at Any Stage of Your Career

Do you know How to Sell Insurance and Be Successful?

Being a desperate insurance agent, you are not sure where to begin and also you require the best tactics on how to sell insurance the best way. Insurance can be an incredible career for people that have a niche personality of persuasion selling. But what about the rest of you. I guarantee that for people that do not like selling, you will have a very disappointing career. The hardest part of Selling Insurance is trying to get leads and convert those leads to customers.

Whats the # 1 Secret on Insurance Selling?

Times have changed over the past few years. With the internet and different online ways to buy insurance, agents need to discover the new way to generate leads you can not spend all day trying to generate leads. Today’s insurance agents need to set up marketing systems and let the leads come to them. My # 1 secret is reduce the time on trying to generate leads, and spend more time on educating and networking with prospects.

Internet leads are the best way to get started. The one thing to understand is that there are 2 types of Internet leads. Most every insurance producer puts in a ton of effort and extremely tries trying to locate leads to bring in daily sales. To get leads daily and quickly is to buy them. The problem you may know with these leads, is that these prospects are price hunting. If the lowest price is not your competitive market, you still need to get them on your list and sell to them when they realize that “you get what you pay for”. The best way to get internet leads is through your own website that drives traffic directly to you. These people actually want to buy from you. This is the first strategy you need to focus on. Do not focus on finding leads. Set up a system, so the leads come to you. So what are the systems and how do you set them up? Keep reading, I think I can help.

The lead generation process should be a system of your organization. Online insurance marketing video clips from an insurance specialist are a great way to learn How To Sell Insurance and implement insurance marketing strategies.…

Are Universities Looking for You?

Perhaps, choosing the right university is one of the most (if not, the most) sophisticated decision that someone has to make in his entire life span. Argumentatively or not, finding the right university is more important to a person than finding the right job. (In fact, I think so). As a matter of the fact, selecting the right university can be efficacious if someone can plant some parameters in his mind. Indubitably, this comprehensive selecting process varies from person to person depending on the candidates previous background, his favorite area of specialization, reputation of the university,duration of his desired course,expenditure,the location of the university and so on. Irrespective of those individual parameters, today I would like to talk about the best universities from USA for the future business leaders. So, here it is.

Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

If someone has decided to have an MBA degree sitting with the new entrepreneurs or with the young adults, then this Darden School of Business can be his first option. In this institute, the average age of an MBA student is above thirty. The Darden School of Business is located on the North Grounds, about one and half kilometers from the central University Grounds, as part of a graduate-professional complex that also includes the Law School and the Judge Advocate General’s School. Founded back in 1955, the school has developed in size, in the scope of its set of courses, and in the geographical diversity of its impact over the past six decades. As the reputation of the school continues to widen, the Darden School of Business offers MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs.

Columbia Business School

If you are looking for having an MBA degree but unfortunately missed the previous intake and now have started thinking about waiting for the next one year, then the name of Columbia Business School may give you a sigh of relief. It is the only full-time day MBA program in USA that offers two intakes. Besides, it can be the destination for all young entrepreneurs who consider Warren Buffett, the CEO & chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, as their model. This legendary business magnate graduated from here and many people want to follow his footprints. Columbia Business School is the business School of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York City.

Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business

Probably, Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business is going to be the next big producer of female entrepreneurs as more than 40 percent of its MBA students are women. It is the graduate business school of Dartmouth College, an Ivy League research university situated at Hanover in New Hampshire of United States. The Tuck MBA features a scrupulous general management curriculum with a comprehensive residential community, and a faculty committed to unravel new knowledge and share it with students.

University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

If there is any future business graduate who loves learning in a beautiful campus, then this Berkeley’s Haas School of …

Career in Banking Jobs

The banking industry has passed through a volatile period and even though it has seen its share of hard times, banking jobs are expected to grow over the next decade. Many of these jobs are for administrative staff and support. In fact, nearly 64 percent of banking jobs are of this type. These areas are where the largest opportunity for jobs will be found as they have a high turn over rate.

Management positions are commonly filled from within the company by promoting highly skilled personnel and these jobs are more competitive to obtain. These jobs require sufficient education such as an MBA. There are also specialized jobs within the banking industry and these require additional training and certificates. For example, those who wish to pursue a career in mortgage lending might want to take the Certified Mortgage Banker program available through the Mortgage Bankers Association. Someone seeking employment selling securities needs to hold a license from the National Association of Securities Dealers.

When competing for top level banking jobs, proper training and credentials is important. Of equal importance is the type and amount of experience in the industry as most senior level jobs are filled by promotions from within. A willingness to start at the bottom and work your way up is a good attitude to have when it comes to these jobs.

Banks deal in all kinds of transactions and it takes all kinds of skilled personnel to handle them properly. In addition to support staff, management staff, and mortgage lenders, banks also need auditors, accountants, computer specialists, and even legal personnel. Banking jobs also require an ability to deal with the public in a friendly and helpful way and an attention to detail and numbers. Advantages to banking careers are the pleasant working conditions and hours as well as the opportunity to have holidays and weekends off in most branch locations. …

Work and Life: A Winning Combination for A Successful Career

With all the talk about work-life conflict, you would have thought that having a personal life detracts from your professional life. My experience, especially over a 20 year career in the corporate world of international finance, has been exactly the opposite.

Thanks to the family and staying active in sports (running, health club, cycling and tennis), I was saved from burn-out. Having interests outside of work is what keeps you grounded and gives you perspective, as well as patience. Have you ever noticed that it's when you've completely worn yourself out at work that you're prone to "blowing a fuse"? It's the personal life that gives you the motivation, encouragement, and the balance you need to excel in business.

Skill Switch
My first exposure to women's networks was in 2009 when I was asked to give a talk at the launch of the women's network at the bank I was working for, sharing a platform with the CEO. "Why me, I asked? I do not even know what a women's network is." The reply: "We want to know how you did it."

Before that moment, I honestly never thought about it. Preparing for that speech cave me a wonderful opportunity to reflect. What I realized I had been doing all those years, almost subconsciously, was leveraging the skills I was learning in my personal life at work as well as vice versa – leveraging the skills I was learning at home in my professional life.

Communication and Values ​​& Integrity
It was at home that I learned to be really clear as a "team leader." I needed to choose the right words to motivate the childcare provider, the kids, my husband, etc.

At home you can not get away with political correctness or vague terms, especially with children. They take each word literally. And worse yet, they watch you like a hawk! What you do is equally as important as what you say . Did you do something that contradicts what you said? Your kids will be the first ones to call you out on it and they're looking for an opportunity to do just that. Unlike colleges, they're not afraid to tell you when you're wrong. " This was a priceless lesson!

To be a leader in business, your words have to mean something. You have to follow through with what you say. When you do not, you lose all credibility. A leader is a leader whether that's at home or at work. The exact same skill set is required.

Team Work and Delegation
As I progressed in my career, I had to learn to let go of the detail. It was hard. I'm a perfectionist, and I like things done to an incredibly high standard. After many appraisals with the same "area for improvement" highlighted, I knew that unless I learned how to delegate and manage others, I'd be stuck doing the same thing, in the same role for years.

Delegation of course does not mean that the …

Technology As a Hobby

A hobby is a non profitable human choice of act for passing leisure time. Practising technological facts are very popular and common choice as a hobby. This kind of hobbyist already has a preference and basic knowledge in science and they like to learn more and apply it in making technical things. Technology dependent pastimes are not for everybody for its relative complexity.

Electronics is a hobby for many people and they like to make electronics products by following circuit design. They have an interest in electronics and gain enough knowledge in this field. It is not always mandatory to have an academic education to make electronics products.

Someone can start with some basic knowledge and by practising he may gain lots of practical experiences. Amateur electronics hobbyist likes to make things for their own pleasure but in this process, they may make some good products and make some money out of it. Sometimes this kind of practice may lead to a new invention.

A favourite recreation from the field of mechanical engineering is making vehicles. For the production cost, plane or water vessels are not very popular, but auto mobile is a very accepted form of this recreation. Someone with a keen interest in cars normally wants to make his own car or at least modify it.

The ultimate goal is to make it faster but other modifications like new body designing, lighting, engine performance and sound system are important for the hobbyist. An amateur car enthusiast usually grows his interest in the car from childhood and at a time he wants to modify his own car in his own hands but it requires technical knowledge. Sometimes an amateur with enough practical knowledge may get a job at a professional car manufacturing company. There he can earn a lot of money in the field of his interest.

Almost same as making a car, making radio controlled instruments is a popular hobby for many people. It not only requires mechanical knowledge but also electrical and electronics knowledge. The mechanical part includes the body structure and making it workable. The electronics part for controlling it by wireless instructions and its circuit design. A common example of this kind of hobby is a radio controlled model aero plane. Most of the times, the hobbyist designs the plane by following one of his favourite original models.

Another new hobby, totally based on modern technology, is robotics. This pastime needs a lot of expertise in mechanical and electronics science. But another thing is very important for robotics and that is artificial intelligence. Modern robots don’t just complete the pre determined task, now they are able to make contact with a human. This kind of recreation needs a lot of education and skill.

Programming is a new but fast growing hobby among the young people. Programming and other computer related topics are totally dependent on modern technology. It needs a lot of knowledge about the working process of a computer to write a program. It …

Getting Ahead With A Career As a Project Manager

If you are interested in a career that provides a good salary, consider employment as a project manager. This person will perform several duties in various settings. This is a field that will let you earn approximately $ 90,000 a year. Training will be required by Human Resources to obtain status to be considered for this position.

If you wish to go a step further and become a specialist, you will need further education. As a specialist, you can look forward to more, perhaps a six figure salary. An average salary for a project management professional is over $ 100,000 in the US and some other countries. This position enables the employee to be responsible for the life of the project. You will be involved in all aspects of the project and not just in overseeing it.

For instance, you will coordinate a team to perform and be part of that team. Your knowledge will be used to plan the steps to take for the project's completion. Earning only a certificate will not enable you this status.

You will need additional training on multi-tasking and have superior knowledge and skills. Besides managing the project and team, you must also report to your superiors on its progress. Risks must be determined by you. In this career, you are looked upon by superiors for saving or losing money on a project.

Keeping records and making and presenting reports are part of the job. The employer will expect you to minimizeize risks for their company along with suggesting new ways and options to help their company grow.

There is extensive training and lessons available to put you on track to meet this accomplishment. …

College Loan Consolidation – What You Need To Know

The rise in demand for college loan consolidation services is directly related to the costs involved with obtaining a college or university degree. Fueling the demand is the increasing cost of private enterprises in the United States. Whether it's for graduate school or to study abroad, students are mounting massive debts beyond what was reasonable years ago. The gap is widening between the cost of obtaining a degree and the financial aid given to assist those in need of funds. Today's graduating students are faced with a vicious cycle of borrowing more in order to pay college tuition. College loan consolidation can ease the burden after graduation by setting up a program to help manage your college debt.

College loan consolidation is a service that allows students to reduce the amount of their monthly installments in order to repay their student loans. This is done through one combined loan with an extended payment schedule which results in a lesser monthly payment. There are other benefits as well. Did you know that you could potentially save thousands of dollars in student loan interest fees over the life of your loan? By locking in fixed interest rates you can help avoid fluctuating interest fees. The savings on fees and lower monthly payments gives you more flexibility with your money. You could either save the money, invest it, or take a well deserved vacation.

Keep in mind that if you are thinking of college loan consolidation, that it is a good idea to separate the consolidation of your private student loans and your federal student loans. A potential downside to combining both is that you could lose the interest tax deduction benefit on your federal student loans.

On a final note, the lender you choose plays an important part in the college loan consolidation process so it is important to find a reputable company which has evidence of its credibility. Interestingly, some lenders may offer incentives via interest rate reduction if past student loan payments were made consecutively on time. It is just a matter of taking the time to compare different incentives between lending companies. Loan counselors should be able to assist you on the site of your choice to help you decide if what they are offering is what's best for you.

Image loan consolidation is a worthy option and can help to put more cash in your pocket. Currently, interest rates are quite low so now is a good time to research lenders and take advantage of the benefits. …

Information on Pursuing Biotechnology Studies

Overview

Biotechnology is a science discipline entailing the modification of living organizations to suit human lifestyle. Biotechnologists are equipped with skills that allow them to carry out special practices on living organisms such as plants and microbes to alter normal operations to suit their goals. Students wishing to pursue this discipline can work in several areas such as research and production institutions or manufacturing companies. There are integral factors students wishing to pursue this course have to consider before writing their letters of applications. Without these considerations, they might find themselves not achieving their intended goals.

Graduate or Diploma School

Before considering pursuing a biotechnology course, one should ask them the purpose of their study. People study science courses for different reasons. For example, to become teachers, tutors and professors while others do it for future employment. Depending on one's goals, they can either choose to attend a graduate school or a get a diploma course. A graduate school allows students to have multiple choices to make where a diploma only allows them to make have basic skill. But, they will not be as competitive as their counterparts in the job market who hold bachelor degrees. Degrees allow students get several advances from the market and opportunities to further their education should they wish to do so.

Selecting a School

It may seem like a small factor but the choice of school holds more than the eyes and mind can tell. A school with reputable testimonials in biotechnology studies would be a wiser choice than that with none. Several schools have national ratings. Students should check into these details and statistics before making applications. Similarly, the student should examine the connection of the school with the job market. They should consider if they are going to have a job after completing their studies or will have to do the job searching by themselves. A school with outside connections is better for it will make your job-seeking mission easier.

Finances

Finances also play a role when prospective students are selecting a school in which they can study biotechnology. Finances can limit a student from attending a particular school with good credentials. Students who wish to study in a particular school should always determine their financial status before setting out to applying for a school that they want to drop out on the way. Student loans are available for students who do not have enough finances. Neverheless, before seeking these finances, it is wiser for them to determine if the school they wish to join has scholarship programs. Scholarships are a good way to finance one's education. It is stress free and easy to apply if application criteria are met.

Application

Some schools are known to ask for too much when students are applying to join them for a course. Future biotechnology students should seek for schools that require the least of, say, qualifications. A graduate good school that has connections to the outer market and financial support to students should be …

The Role and Responsibilities of the Daycare Staff

If it is a comfortable career that you are looking for, then stay away from daycare since this is one care involving plenty of work as well as responsibilities plus the ability to develop a variety of relationships in addition to roles. The intricate day care staff role and the intractate relationships innate in the same all factor in when it comes to maintaining a safe and effective day care environment.

To start with, the first major relationship is that of the worker / child. The worker must see his role beyond being a caregiver and realize that he is tasked to enrich the child's experience by facilitating a creative learning and play environment. He needs to cultivate a caring, warm and consistent personality to do so.

A wide range of skills is needed in a day care staff. First off, the worker must have tons of patience plus the capacity to encourage automatic learning, to provide a safe as well as hygienic environment, to encourage self-assurance and uniqueness and to support the children in taking piece in the knowledge. He has to have the awareness that children are developmentally all different and should cultivate a caring culture within the classroom.

Day care staffs must all work together harmoniously since the children's needs are paramount. Understanding, respect and cooperation are all major elements in the workers' relations with each other. Otherwise, if someone misunderstands or disposes the objectives plus focus of day care, chaos and confusion might ensue.

For an encouraging communication among staff, planning and reviewing sessions where positive critisms and rooms for improvement can be brought to their attention should be encouraged. This can be done in verbal or written form through a comment logbook. Of course, it is also important not to neglect the management's usual assessment of staff to observe progress and guarantee continuing standards.

Even when from the outset the staffs are already suitably qualified for the job, the management must still support and make handy ongoing and pertinent daycare training. This training will ensure support from and management of staff. There should be a higher-ranking member of personnel playing the adviser / manager role, a physically and emotionally lively working place and an approachable management who pays adequately to ensure an environment where workings carry out their duties efficiently.

The next relationship which often is underestimated and ignored is the parent / worker relationship. The best welfare of the youngster depends on a successful parent / worker relationship with open communication. All partiesought to be on the similar page as to the holistic approach that must e taken in the healthy growth of the youngster. Daycare policies in addition to procedures must be clear, concise and available to parents so all the gray areas can be clarified. The involvement of the parents especially their inputs must be welcomed and encouraged.

If you think you can not have all these skills required in productively and significantly working with children, then maybe you should think a …

Career Satisfaction – What Does It Mean To You? What Do You Need To Be Happy At Work?

You want to love your job, you want to have career satisfaction, but have you ever taken the time to think about what career satisfaction means to you? This article outlines the main reasons why people feel satisfied with their job. So read through each of these 8 areas, and decide if they are being met in your job (or not).

Do you need mentally challenging work? Some people like to daydream on the job and not be bothered with mental challenge – they work to pay the bills while their out of work life gives them the satisfaction they need. Glen is a postman and also plays in a couple of folk bands. He can not make enough money to survive through music, he's tried it, so the delivery work pays the bills and gives him the time to practice and compose. Most people, however, crave some intellectual stimulation during their working day. They seek challenge but it should be just enough so that they can meet it successfully, too much challenge can be stressful.

Does your work need to be personally interesting? Our interests differ – what do you prefer? Being outside and working on practical tasks? Problem solving? Being part of a team? If someone is interested in the arts, do they want to work for an arts organization or do they want to keep work separate? Lisa loved embroidery, and spends most evenings on this, but a job in an embroidery shop was not as fulfilling as she had hoped, and resolved in her not wanting to do more of the same in the evenings.

What sort of physical demands is right for you? Vicki is so interested in health and fitness that a job as a personal trainer and running aerobic exercise classes was perfect for her. Dan loves working on a farm, being outside and doing heavy work keeps him fit and he would hate to be in an office job. However, Derek, whose work involved a lot of international travel, found that flying across continents, dealing with the time difference and waiting at airports was too stressful and he wanted to be able to concentrate on the job, rather than have to deal with the stress of travel.

Do you want your work to be seen as valuable? Do you need to feel that you are doing a worthwhile job and making a difference? Is it important what other people think of your job and the organization you work for? Denise recognized that certain consulting assignments did not give her a feeling of making a difference so she decided to concentrate on working with individuals where she got immediate feedback from her clients on the value of her work.

How important are collections to you? Do you need to work with people that you get on with and who are team players, willing to help out and give you recognition and support? Or does working with 'difficult' people give you some sort of …