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.

5 key things to look at when choosing your career coach

Choosing a career coach in Belgium can certainly be a daunting task. Simply type ‘career coaching’ into google and you will be bombarded with thousands of different companies and mainly individual coaches, all trying to sell very different services but under the same name. So what do you have to do to separate the self-acclaimed coaches from the true professionals, and find a coach you will get along with?

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.

The 7 main advantages of my weaknesses

 

We always recommend that we should discover our strengths and make the most of them rather than deal with our weaknesses. It is the most productive, most efficient, and especially, the most satisfying thing for us.

But what happens when because of personal decisions that we have prioritised, we are in an environment that is not conducive to express our strengths but rather tends to expose our weaknesses?

How to Get Your Parents to Say “Yes” to the Personalised Career Guidance?

 

 

You are concerned about your future, and that concern is a first needed step. But it’s not enough. Now you need to do something about it. And not just anything, but the thing that will assure you a great professional future: to have a Personalised Career Guidance process!

Unless you are one of those very young entrepreneurs that have their own income at very early age, you still need to ask your parents for this investment. That’s why we came up with this guide to help you convince them, so that you can benefit from this great process.

10 things you should know about an internship

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1)   Depending on when and where you do your internship, it can help you choose the subjects you need/want to study further along the line.

There are those people who are very lucky and know from a young age exactly what it is they want to do when they grow up, and so knowing what work experience to follow and what subjects to study is always an easier process. Alternatively, if you don’t know what you want to do later on in life, an internship could be an ideal way to help you decide what to study at school or at university. If you do an internship at an accountancy firm and love it, you know you’re going to have to study maths related subjects. In this day and age, we are lucky in the way that it’s not always necessary to study specific subjects to pursue a certain degree. Law conversion courses are an excellent example of this. So my suggestion is, even after one or many internship(s) you are still unsure, to study subjects you enjoy doing and to take a wide variety of subjects from different departments: arts, sciences, languages, social sciences etc.

Networking for Success

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Networking is critical in our day and age. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements, emails, status updates and sales pitches; it is vital to maintain personal relationships with professionals to stand out from the crowd. Business networking is not a new idea, put simply; it’s how we build trusting relationships with people of similar interest and talents in order to form a bond that is beneficial to both parties.

Does Social Media Really Matter?

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When applying for jobs, it is vital that you keep an eye on your social media presence, yes… it does matter! Everything you post whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, will most likely be seen by possible employers. Before they hire you, they want to be 100% sure that you are the person you seem to be. If your social media pages show them otherwise, you will get terminated from the job opportunity. Inappropriate images and foul-mouthed status updates should not be present.

Better Email Writing

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As I said before, there are so-called ‘coaches‘ for almost everything. But I still didn’t find anyone offering him/herself as an ’email writing coach’. So, let me share with you some obvious but useful tips to write an email, a tool that is as daily as dangerous.

I found it well described in this post of Bruce Mayhew (who is in fact promoting his training on email writing, but then it’s up to you to decide whether you need that), so I wouldn’t reinvent the wheel but just summarize it:

What factors determine the duration of our studies?

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The duration of our studies is generally determined by different factors that we do not take into consideration from the very beginning. It can either be anticipated or depend on our education process.

Young people and professionals know that many training courses are available in case they wish to acquire specific skills once they have left university but they should also be aware of the link that exists between successful career beginnings and a professional life that meets their expectations. They tend to think “I will still have the opportunity to get training later”. Besides, some have been tired of school for several years already.

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: