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
“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.
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Starting a new job is exciting. Many times, it’s a milestone marking the next stage of professional and financial success. In order to make the best impression when you begin, it’s imperative that you mentally prepare yourself for what is to come. While you will definitely undergo some degree of onboarding when you start, knowing as much as possible before your first day will put you ahead of the game. Here’s how you can prepare: Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Your First Day at a New Job
A well-crafted elevator pitch is an instrumental asset in a professional’s toolkit but creating a succinct and effective one can be challenging. It is a quick introduction of yourself that you give in settings such as conferences, seminars, networking events, orientations and…elevators. They are 30 seconds to one minute in length and help to give a snapshot of your professional accomplishments and goals. Similar to a resume, this speech is something that should always be up-to-date and ready to be dished at any given moment. While your speech should be unique to you, follow these general guidelines to ensure that your pitch is an effective one: Continue reading How to Craft an Effective Elevator Pitch
As you navigate through your career, it can be tough to break away from the routine of your work life and evaluate your career’s future. This can sometimes lead to stagnation, as many people stay in roles that aren’t a good fit or do not advance them towards their career goals. It may be difficult to discern whether or not this applies to you, so we have compiled six clear-cut signs that it may be time for you to leave your job. Continue reading Six Signs It May Be Time for You to Leave Your Job
Being an entrepreneur is hard work. The long nights and endless list of priorities can be daunting, especially in the beginning. Many entrepreneurs in this predicament overlook one obvious resource that can help lead them to success: other entrepreneurs. It’s instinctual to feel the need to compete with others, after all, you want to be the biggest and the best. However, once you push past this urge and focus your energy on developing yourself and your brand, you will find that teaming up with other entrepreneurs will serve you more than isolating yourself from them. Here’s why: Continue reading Stop Competing and Start Collaborating: Why Entrepreneurs Should Work Together
When you are interviewing for any role, regardless of the position, you can expect to be asked behavioral or situational interview questions. These questions give the employer a lens as to how you would handle different situations that may arise in the workplace. Some examples of these types of questions include: Continue reading The STAR Approach: How to Answer Interview Questions Effectively