In the previous issue, I promised to share a practical formula for developing a career strategy with you. Before I do that, I want to lay down three principles you should always keep in mind when you are using this formula.
There is never a dull moment working for yourself with new and exciting challenges every day. It always seems like a ‘work in progress’ requiring perseverance and persistence on the wings of what I like to call ‘forward faith’.
Brice Smith, a recent graduate from Pennsylvania State University in the United States of America, is in Cape Town with a mission: to study post-graduate law, get involved with social justice, and positively impact the South African democracy that he believes is ripe for change.
He describes this six month stint away from the place that he was so familiar with back home as a “broadening of horizons” which forced him to quickly grow and rise up to the challenges that lay before him.
More on Brice at INFOCUS: Embracing Change as an International Exchange Student in this latest issue of 4Ward! Magazine.
What foundations are you laying for your future career as a young professional?
A sign in knowing where our lives should be heading is based firstly on understanding how we’ve been gifted as individuals, so that work will be an expression of who we are at our core that not only benefits us but others as well. And secondly, work has the incredible purpose of reflecting our Creator who has wired us in unique ways to function at our optimal best for His glory.
ELMARIE KRUGER: They are everywhere. Hidden in our favourite movies, albums, TV shows and games. Tiny, concealed details that only those with the keenest of eyes and ears (or with lots of time on their hands) will notice: the media’s so-called Easter Eggs.
The term “Easter Egg” as a way of referring to hidden images and sounds in the media has many stories of origin. One of the more popular tales is that it was coined during the filming of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975. The story goes that the cast decided to have an Easter egg hunt on set, but some of these were so well hidden that nobody could find them, resulting in several of these Easter eggs being included in frames of the film. Easter Eggs are not limited to movies. Here are a few examples of Easter Eggs to look or listen out for in films, albums, games and TV series:
Jarryd Smith was a drug addict before he even graduated into manhood, but it took a friend’s murder to make him realise it was time to turn his life around.
Now 24, Jarryd understands the destruction that his addiction brought, but also that he was able to rise up and overcome when the odds were against him. Read more about his gripping story in YOUNG PROFESSIONAL with Nthabeleng and Wellness: Why Jarryd Smith Chose Life
Before you set off to start any task or project, you need to have a plan of action that will help you prepare and execute it effectively. That plan of action is called a strategy.
If you’re going straight from the office to an evening out then you may not have the time to first go home and change, but don’t fret!