Public speaking isn’t a skill that comes naturally to many people, but it’s a necessary skill to master. Capturing the attention of an audience and effectively articulating a message that you are passionate about is a tremendously gratifying experience. In this article we give you the tips you need to master any speech. Continue reading Master Public Speaking: How to Become an Expert Presenter
“I don’t know what lies ahead, but I am going.”
Too often we find ourselves in jobs, schools, and relationships where we are genuinely unhappy. We fail to walk away from these situations due to either fear of failure or fear of disappointment. We are afraid of what lies ahead and so we would rather stay stagnant and live in comfort. Or we choose the “comfortable road” so as to not disappoint our family and friends who have been cheering us along. Perpetuating this cycle of unhappiness may seem like a good idea in the the short term, as it allows us to avoid making tough decisions, but I would argue that taking the easy route is one of the biggest and costliest decisions we could make in life. Continue reading Believe in the Power of You- Your Goals Are Just a Leap of Faith Away
Countless employers have labeled millennial workers as unengaged and unmotivated. The broad perception of the youngest members of the work force is that they don’t know what they want and expect something for nothing. While it’s true that millenials are indeed demanding, it’s not the case that they are not willing to work for what they want. The issue that many millenials face is the feeling that they are investing a significant deal of their time and energy into their work and are not receiving anything in return for their efforts. On the other hand, many employers feel that they are making an effort to invest in their employees. The disconnect here is the difference between what employers think millenials want and what they actually want. Before dismissing millenials as unengaged, take the time to answer these questions and bridge the gap. Continue reading The Unengaged Millennial: How Companies Are Failing to Meet Employees’ Expectations
What we speak, think and do all have the power to manifest. Hence, make an effort to always speak positively in all areas of your life. As young professionals, many of us struggle with self-doubt and that can hinder us from achieving the goals that we’ve set for ourselves. Self-doubt can cost us relationships, careers and cause fear and anxiety. It can stop us from progressing and tapping into our potential. Thus, in this article, we would like to share ways to eliminate self-doubt so that you have the ability to achieve all that you are capable of. Continue reading How to Overcome Self-Doubt and Unlock Your Potential
Let’s face it, work can be stressful and sometimes that stress can leads to trouble outside of work. One hard day on the job has the potential to affect our mood, demeanor, and even motivation, leaving little to energy to tackle the reality of life outside of work. Rather than let stress from work cast a cloud over your life, take back your time and rejuvenate your mind with a few tips from the FI team. Continue reading Don’t Let the Work Stress Get to You: Tips to Help You Unwind After Work
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley
I wholeheartedly believe that in order to succeed, we must accomplish two things: (1) we must fail and (2) we need to learn how to embrace failure. Failure doesn’t mean you are incapable, weak and/or undeserving. Failure itself is just failure. It is inescapable. It is what you take away from failing that is important. At Fireside Insights we know how discouraging it is to fail. Whether it is that final exam you spent hours studying for, your brilliant startup idea or your career mobility, failing can discourage you and hurt your confidence. We do not want failure to deter you, rather, we want you to learn how to embrace failure and here are some reasons why: Continue reading It is OK to Fail: Why You Should Embrace Failure
While getting your work done in a timely manner may make you a reliable employee, it won’t make you stand out with senior leadership. Employees that stand out are those that take the extra initiative to excel, even when their work is challenging. I recently had a fruitful conversation with C-Suite executives, and here is that they identified as key attributes of successful employees.
At Fireside Insights, we believe the best way to learn about potential career opportunities is through exposure. In this Career Perspectives article, we took a deep dive into the technical world with Ryan Bacastow, who told his story of what life is like as a Full-Stack Programmer. Bacastow graduated with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and has an MS in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. His current role is that of a Programmer for William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm where he is a data guru…and magician.
Continue reading Career Perspectives: The Life of a Programmer
The road leading away from college is different for everyone, but many choose the path to graduate school. While higher education nurtures those interested in academia, the education received from real-world experiences and entry-level jobs can be just as valuable and formative. Here are five reasons to consider waiting to go to graduate school. Continue reading Why You Should Wait to Go to Graduate School
Going through the interview process, one can become so focused on preparing to answer questions that other practices like sending follow-up notes are forgotten. A follow-up email or letter is a low-effort gesture that can differentiate you as a thoughtful job applicant, and it provides you with another opportunity to further engage with the hiring manager. Use the following template for any follow-up message you want to send in the future.