5 Warning Signs Your Life is on Autopilot

Are you settling for adequate when you could have great?

A lot of people do. They complain about their jobs but say, “Oh well, at least I have a job.”

They’re envious of people who follow their passion and love their work, but they don’t think they can do that too.

They coast along on autopilot and wonder why other people have happy, fulfilling lives.

Are you doing it too? Check the warning signs we’ve put together.

1.  You Don’t Know What’s Most Important

You don’t know what’s most important to you. You’re so busy just getting through the day that you don’t stop and think about your priorities.

You don’t evaluate and ask yourself if things could be better. You stick to what you know while inwardly hoping the perfect career will fall into your lap when you least expect it.

That’s a myth you need to stop believing.

2.  You Never Have Enough Time

You’re so busy racing through each day you don’t have time for the people and activities you love. You find yourself wasting time on social media, or flaked in front of the television at the end of the day.

But you don’t have quality time for yourself. You’re not living your life intentionally, and you can’t find the inspiration to follow your dreams.

3.   You Lack Motivation

Your job isn’t enjoyable but it’s tolerable. It pays well and your life is comfortable so why change?

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something different but it seems like too much effort. Maybe you don’t know how you’ll find the time or effort to change.

Maybe you just haven’t noticed all the signs that it’s time for a career change.

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4.  You’ve Stopped Planning Fun Times

You really know your life is on autopilot of you’re not planning weekends away or fun activities. You remember what fun is, right?

Time with family or friends, going to a movie or concert or having a night out.

5.  You Don’t Have a 3-5 Year Plan

This is a big one, particularly if you’re not actually happy at the moment. You need to have a plan for how you want your life to be in the future.

Career change doesn’t have to be hard. Work out how you want your life to be, and start implementing changes bit by bit.

If you don’t start, you’ll never make progress.

Live Life to The Full

Imagine looking back on your life and wondering what might have been. Imagine all those years that you could have been happy.

Are you really prepared to make that sacrifice?

Don’t live your life on autopilot until it’s too late to change. Wake up and take charge.

You can live your dreams just as well as anyone else. You deserve happiness as much as anyone else.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Things to Do When You Hate Your Job

There’s nothing worse is there?

Nothing worse than going into a job you hate. Day after day.

Every morning you drag yourself into the place, wishing you could call in sick. But you’re not that sort of person.

You just hate your job, but you’re not alone. There are millions of people out there doing it.

All of them trying to become immune. And all of them dying a little bit inside. Every day.

The crazy thing is that it really doesn’t have to be this way. Despite how powerless you might feel, you actually have a lot of control over the situation.

Here are 5 things to do when you hate your job.

1.  Reduce Personal Stress

When you feel your job is sucking the life-force, and energy, out of you then it’s time to rethink and rebalance. (Click to Tweet) Try to reduce the stress in other parts of your life as much as possible.

Free up some personal time by getting rid of any option extras, and start prioritising self-care. Do things you enjoy. Hang out with people who make you feel good.

It won’t make you love your job, but it will make life easier and more enjoyable. We all have limits, and you need to reduce the amount of stress you’re currently experiencing.

2.  Review Your Hours

Take a look at the hours you’re spending at work. Are they too long? What would your ideal week look like?

Before you start thinking, “I can’t change my hours” stop and rephrase the question. If you ask yourself, “How can I change this?” you’ll start thinking of creative solutions.

Maybe you can cut back on some expenses and work fewer hours. Or maybe you can negotiate other solutions with your employer.

3.  Strengthen Your Connections

If you’re struggling to find meaning or satisfaction in your current role, build connections. By strengthening your connections with your colleagues you’ll feel a greater sense of purpose.

When you strengthen your connections with your friends and family you’ll also feel more supported, better understood, and stronger emotionally. If you decide to make a change they’ll understand your reasons and support you through the transition.

4.   Discover Your Strengths And Passions

Learn about your strengths and passions, and try to find ways to incorporate them into your current role. If you’re not sure where to start try this free strengths finder.

You may find a whole range of ways you can use your strengths in your current workplace. If not, you’ll at least be able to see clear signs you should be in a different role.

5.  Create An Exit Plan

Ultimately, life is too short to spend years of your life feeling unhappy. (Click to Tweet) So, if you decide you want to create a greater impact in the world and experience more purpose and satisfaction, you may need an exit plan.

While it may seem daunting, it is possible to change careers without losing your mind.

More and more people are opting to stop living a lie, and start creating a life they enjoy. And you can do it too.

We support people just like you. We help them believe in themselves and create a life they love.

Contact us and find out how we can help you change your life, today.

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5 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Early Childhood Education

Maybe you’re tempted, but you’re not sure if you should make the leap.

You may have been thinking about a career in early childhood education and learning, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you.

That’s ok. Starting a career, or making a career change, can be a big decision. It’s scary.

Particularly if you are going to undertake training. You don’t want to put in all that effort and find out it’s not a great industry to work in.

That’s why we’ve put together 5 reasons to pursue a career in early childhood and education.

Take a look and see why you should be considering a career in this industry today.

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Early childhood education is a growing industry that brings great adventures and satisfaction to the right people.

Not sure if you’re the right person?

Check out our infographic on the 7 signs you should be working in early childhood education.

Then come along to our next Information Night where you can meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see our great college facility! If you can’t make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.

Go on, take the leap. It’s rewarding, fun and will fill you with happiness.

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The Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams

Following your dreams can be scary.

You wonder if you’ll be able to make it, or even if you should try.

It takes courage, determination and grit to decide to take control of your life and your destiny. Some days you wonder if it’s all worth it. Some days you wonder if you’ll ever get there.

I’m here to tell you that you can. And you will.

You are not alone. Everyone experiences self-doubt.

That’s why we’ve put together our top 10 quotes to inspire you take hold of your life and your dreams, and hold on tight.

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“Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.” ~ Unknown

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“Today is a perfect day to start living your dreams.” ~ Unknown (Click to Tweet)

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“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.” ~ Unknown

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

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“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with you dreams, or wake up and chase them.” ~ Unkown

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“Never be afraid of something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the titanic.” ~Unknown

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“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein

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“Every pro was once an amateur. Ever expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now.” ~ Unknown

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“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.” ~ Unknown (Click to Tweet)

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How to Change Careers Without Losing Your Mind

Changing careers can be scary.

There’s a lot of unknowns, and a lot to worry about. It’s often difficult to work out what your options are – or even to believe you have options.

You see, a lot of us look at our career and our career options all wrong. We tend to think, “What’s the easiest way for me to earn a living with my existing skills and knowledge?”

And that’s the problem. Because that’s not the right question to ask, not if you want career fulfillment and satisfaction.

Instead, you have to dream a little. You have to ask yourself what you’d love to do, and then work out how to reach that goal.

There’s a process to changing career successful, which is why we’ve put together this infographic for you. It shows you the 7 Steps to Successful Career Change.

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Test The Waters

Test the waters of your new career in Early Childhood Education and Learning by getting in touch with us, or attending one of our information nights.

Information nights are a great opportunity to meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see for yourself our great college facility! If you cannot make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.

 

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6 Career Myths To Stop Believing, Now

There are a lot of career myths out there, and they could be holding you back.

We debunk six of the most common myths career myths so you can put them behind you and get on with following your dreams.

1.  You’ll Discover the Perfect Career

People often dream they’ll discover the ‘perfect’ career, even though they’re not sure what it is!

The problem is that every option they consider is imperfect in some way, so they keep discarding the options. They’re eternally stuck in a waiting room where the perfect door never opens, so they never make a move.

Stop searching for career perfection and start aiming to find something you’ll enjoy doing. (Click to Tweet)

2.  Career Change Is For Losers

There is a belief that you only change careers when you’re failing at what you’re doing. That’s a lie.

The truth is that careers are a bit like relationships, and sometimes they run their course. Sometimes you find yourself waking up and realising that you’ve grown apart – things aren’t working so well, and it’s time for a change.

That can be hard, but not as hard as putting up with something that’s no longer working for you.

3.  You Should Stick to What You Know

Saying you should stick to what you know is a mistake, particularly if it’s not satisfying you. That’s like saying you should never upgrade your mobile phone because you’ll have to adjust to a new one.

The truth is that your career needs upgrading any time it’s not meeting you needs – or when you can see a better option.

As one of our students recently wrote,

“I was trapped in [my previous role] and you went the extra mile to help place me in a position so I could study and change my present situation and my future.”

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4.  The Right Role Never Feels Like Work

The perfect job for you will be imperfect in some ways. It’s the old 80-20 rule in action.

The trick is to find a job where you enjoy 80% of the role and tolerate the 20% that’s not so much fun. Because the truth is that no job will allow you to do what you want when you want.

The perfect job is mostly enjoyable but it does feel like work for a small part of the time.

5.  You’ll Know What You Want To Be When You “Grow Up”

Your career is not a lightning bolt from the blue. Sure, some people experience clarity and know exactly what they want to do throughout their life, but most people don’t.

Most of us try different roles at different times – constantly building on our life experience. Don’t fight it – accept it. It’s OK to find something enjoyable to do now and make changes as you evolve.

6.  You Can’t Pursue Your Passion

Here’s a secret that most people don’t know. Most people are too scared to pursue their passion. They don’t dare to live their dreams in case they fail. (Click to Tweet)

Truly courageous people know that life is short and it’s better to pursue your passion than fail to follow your dream. Even if you fail to carry out your greatest dreams, you can try again, and again.

Character is built through perseverance.

Imagine The Possibilities

Some people say that Thomas Edison failed thousands of times when he was inventing the lightbulb. Ten thousand times, in fact.

Edison said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Imagine if he’d given up – we’d all be sitting around in the dark!

Here’s another secret you may not know. You have amazing possibilities in front of you, ripe for the picking.

One of our students wrote,

“I am overwhelmed at the thought of not only being offered full time work but to have the opportunity to be a part of this team… Thank you so very much”

 

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We support people to achieve their dreams, even when they think they can’t.

We can support you too, just give us a try.

 

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The Top 10 Rules for Success, According to Oprah Winfrey

Success can be elusive, not to mention hard work.

We can feel as though we’re constantly striving to get there, but making little headway. We can feel as though the journey is a long one.

We can also feel overwhelmed and confused, and that’s OK. It’s normal.

Whenever we want something like a career change or a qualification it can seem daunting. It’s easy to slip into thinking that it’s all too hard, or we’re not good enough, or we’ll never get there.

The truth is that everyone feels that from time to time. Even the most successful people in the world.

The path to success is not linear. It’s more like climbing Everest. (Click to Tweet)

There are sections of hard slog, and then you reach a plateau. You admire the view, pat yourself on the back and catch your breath.

There are sections where you go downhill and it seems like your hard work is unravelling.

And there is a big chunk in the middle where it feels like you’ve come too far to turn back, but the end is not yet in sight.

At any of these points what we need is a little inspiration. A pep talk from someone who’s been there.

A motivation boost from someone who’s worked hard, journeyed far, and made a big difference.

Who better for that than Oprah Winfrey? She has humble beginnings, she’s faced adversity, and she’s come out shining.

Here are her top 10 rules for success to help you aim for the stars, achieve your goals and change your life.

 

Oprah’s Top 10 Rules for Success are:

  1. Understand the next right move. (Click to Tweet)
  2. Seize your opportunity.
  3. Everyone makes mistakes. (Click to Tweet)
  4. Work on yourself.
  5. Run the race as hard as you can.
  6. Believe.
  7. We are all seeking the same thing.
  8. Find your purpose.
  9. Stay grounded.
  10. Relax, it’s going to be okay. (Click to Tweet)

 

 

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10 Inpirational Quotes That Will Make You Want to Change Careers

Sometimes even when all the signs are telling you that you need a change, you need some inspiration.

Some motivation to step away from the devil you know and start reaching for your dreams.

So, we’ve put together 10 inspirational quotes that will make you want to change careers.

We’ve also added links to the quotes so you can Tweet any you like. :-)

Enjoy!

 

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Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it time for a new start. ~ Unknown (click to Tweet)

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Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. ~ George Halas (click to Tweet)

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Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

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Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem (click to Tweet)

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Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn (click to Tweet)

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The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs (click to Tweet)

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius (click to Tweet)

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If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. ~ Seth Godin (click to Tweet)

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Whatever you are, be a good one. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James (click to Tweet)

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5 Signs You’re Ready for A Career Change

Feeling a little … meh?

Everyone has the occasional work slump, so how do you know if you’re ready for a career change?

To help you know when the time is right, we’ve put together this list of 5 signs that you’re ready to change careers.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1.          You Feel Sick Every Monday

If you consider calling in sick every Monday morning then you need a career change.
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Everyone has experienced this at some stage, but if you feel this way every week then you’re in the wrong environment.

You spend about 10.3 years of your work at life, so make sure you enjoy it.

2.          You’re Unhappy and Unfulfilled

Is the work you’re doing fulfilling and satisfying, or is it ‘just a job’? Because ‘just a job’ gets tired pretty quickly.

The reason some people enjoy going to work is that they love what they do. They really, really love it.

If what you do for a living isn’t fulfilling, start working out what you should be doing instead.

3.          You Are Not Using Your Best Skills

If you use your best skills in your job, you’re likely to be happier. For example, if you love being with people but you work in front of a computer all day you’re unlikely to be content.

There’s always going to be some aspects of a job that you’re not mad about, but it should be a small part of the job. The positives should outweigh the negatives.

4.          You’ve Done Your Homework

If you’ve looked into your career options and worked out what area you want to move into, then you’re in a strong position. If not, then find out what sort of work might suit you (try this career quiz).

Once you’ve established what you’re good at, investigate the industry. For example, if you’re interested in working with children you can find out what qualifications you’ll need, and talk to people about working in the industry.

If you find a training provider who offers information nights be sure to go along. It will give you a fantastic insight into the sort of people you’ll be working with and the work environment you’ll experience.

5.          You Know Where You Want To Be

If you know what move you want to make career wise, well done! All you need to do is put a plan in place and start executing it.

Start by working out how you’re going to transition. Take into account any financial or educational impacts.

You may be able to study for your new career while continuing to work in your current job. You may even be able to negotiate a part-time arrangement with your current workplace, while you prepare for your new role.

Just Do It

Once you’ve worked out what move you want to make, and planned how you’ll make the transition … it can seem a little scary.

But you’ve done the thinking and the planning now is the time for action.

Don’t give in to your negative thoughts. Instead, trust yourself and take action.

You deserve to be happy at work. You deserve a career you love.

So don’t just dream it. Do It!

 

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7 Signs You Should Be Working In Early Childhood Education

Not everyone ‘just knows’.

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives, or what they want to be ‘when they grow up’.

But not everyone does. Some of us know we want to do something meaningful, or something helpful – we’re just not sure what

And some of us need a change from what we have been doing.

Maybe your current job doesn’t satisfy you anymore. Or maybe you’ve started a family of your own and realise you’d like to work with children.

If you’ve been thinking about a career in early childhood education, here’s some signs that this could be the vocation for you.

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A Meaningful Career Choice

A career in early childhood education is rewarding and fulfilling. You need qualifications, but the right trainers support you to achieve your goals.

The key is to find the right place to get your training. Somewhere with flexible enrolments, awesome trainers and incredible support for their students.

Stop wondering what your new career could be like, and start finding out. Your new life is out there waiting for you.

All you have to do is reach out and grab it.

What are you waiting for? Make a start today, and begin living your dream tomorrow.