6 tips to start your first year of higher education well and succeed!

The transition between high school and higher education is never easy. An adaptation period is always necessary in order to settle in and manage this change. Passing the first year of higher education definitely won’t happen by chance – it happens through hard work, motivation and perseverance. Today, I would like to give you a few basic tips that can never be stressed enough, even if at first glance they may seem obvious. Your success depends entirely on you and your willingness, so give yourself the means to succeed right from the start.

A job, a passion

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Having a job that pays well, that’s great. Having a job that pays well and that you are passionate about, that’s better. This is how a lot of professionals summarise their vision of work satisfaction. However, this statement creates a mind-set which would consider a career change as nothing more than a whim. So, is wanting to get a job that we are passionate about a whim? A sudden, thoughtless and fleeting desire?

6 tips to unmask your hidden talents

We all have characteristics that make us unique, and talents are a part of that. However, identifying them is not always easy. Certain talents are obvious from childhood, but sometimes you need more time and patience to discover them. So, what is a talent? According to the dictionary, it’s: “a special natural or learned ability or aptitude in a particular domain”. Discovering a talent can have an impact on your life and interfere with your current plans! If you haven’t yet discovered what your own talents are (or if you’d like to discover what your hidden talents are), this article will give you a few ideas.

Be Led By Your Passion, Not By The Media

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In our day and age, the media has a considerable impact on our society. As much as we may try to ignore the fact, we are influenced by the shows we watch, the movies we see and the things we hear more than we even notice. The media is known for glamorising that which is not glamorous. It has been blamed for things like its influence on smoking behaviours and violence in our society. Many people however, forget to see its less obvious impacts. Included in the long list, is its false glamorisation of careers.

This card fills us with pride

 

This end of the year card is different to the rest and fills us with pride because the artist who did it and sent it to us is Maria Laura Balian, to whom we will always feel attached: Thanks to the career coaching process we did with her, she came back to her real talents and dreams and managed to start abroad a new career path in the arts, her true passion.

This proof of talent and gratitude renews our energy to continue in 2014 helping more and more people to find or rediscover their inner motivations and talents and to make a living from their passion.

Motivated by money or driven by your passion?

Passion or moneyOne of the key questions that usually arises during the career guidance and career coaching processes, is related to the main driver of your choice. Might a trade-off exist between what you are really passionate about and what you believe could be more profitable? Is it possible to have both? If not, which one should you prioritise? We find people whose priority is to find a position that gives them social prestige, people looking for a profession that gives them money to have certain well-being and lifestyle while others are inclined to find an activity they really enjoy and feel is a true ‘calling‘. This is valid not only when choosing among different job options, but also when deciding whether to study a Master degree, what studies to select when attending a college or university, and so on.

How to build on your strengths and make your weaknesses irrelevant?

During our studies, at school, college or university, we were usually forced to focus on correcting our weaknesses in order to succeed. But gradually there is more consensus that it is much more effective to focus on taking full advantage of your strengths than investing scarce resources in correcting weaknesses.

 

What do we mean by strengths?

The concept of ‘strength’ is commonly understood as a set of salient features and activities that we perform well. But here we will think about strengths in a more comprehensive way: