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The Path From Harvard and Yale to Goldman Just Changed

WSJ Careers - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 21:59
Goldman Sachs is dropping on-campus interviews at elite schools in a bid to widen the net and get more summer recruits who aspire to a career in banking rather than a short stint.

Gender Wage Gap Widens at Age 32, Report Finds

WSJ Careers - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 09:52
The wage gap between male and female workers widens at around age 32, the same time that women start to become underrepresented in managerial ranks, finds a new report from workforce analytics firm Visier.

Employee Performance Varies Over Time: Study

WSJ Careers - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:39
It turns out that workers’ performance varies over time—much more so than previously thought, according to a new research paper.

Some Tips on Job Security in the Robot Age

WSJ Careers - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 13:08
Co-author Tom Davenport of the new book “Only Humans Need Apply” speaks on knowledge workers and how the threat to professional workers from automation is not a new fear.

Employers Cut Down on Wellness Benefits

WSJ Careers - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:34
Employers are cooling toward certain wellness benefits for workers, a large study by the Society for Human Resource Management found.

3 Simple “A’s” To Defining Success

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:23

I was interviewed on a podcast on the topic of success recently. Much like most of the meaningful events of my life, I had a very impromptu response to the question on how I define success. I believe when it comes to defining individual success, it can be a very personal journey. Defining career success is not a one size fits all. I was not as surprised by my answer when I reflected on it because for me, it’s been true. Finding what motivates and makes you happy can be a difficult process because you can be so afraid of making the wrong choice. Digging past your fear, requires quiet contemplation, focus, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Being self-aware helps you weed out what you want from what you don’t want in your life and better enables you to hone in on how you personally define success.

When I look at all of the many opportunities in my life I can say I was just lucky, the timing was right or, I deliberately, if not subconsciously, steered myself to my desired course. You might ask how you can move yourself in an entirely new direction when you’ve been on the same path for 20 years?

The process starts with three easy words that I call the “3 Simple A’s to Defining Success”:

1- You’ve got to Ask: Asking yourself what your ideal work life would look like is the easiest way to start. It could be as simple as “I want to work 3 days a week and earn $5000 and work close to home.” That’s it. That’s all. Nothing more is required unless you feel the need to be more specific like, “I want to work 3 days a week, earn $5000 a week and work with people I love and find the work exciting.” You can keep going until you get it right. Whatever it is, whether your goal towards defining a successful career is achieving a certain “work-life balance,” or you just want to make more money, how you ask for what you want defines how you will get what you want, every time, no exceptions, I promise.

2- You’ve got to wait for the Answer: Here comes the hard part, once you’ve asked, you’ve got to be patient for the answer. It will come and maybe not in the exact way you suspected, but trust me the answer to your ask will reveal itself to you and it won’t take years! The trick here is not to jump at everything that appears to resemble the ask. So maybe it’s you have to work 4 days instead of 3 days a week but you have the ability to make more money, or the people are great but the commute is a little longer than 5 minutes-it’s okay, that’s why they call it a process. Your free will and ability to choose will guide you in the right direction every time, once again, no exceptions, I promise.

3-Now it’s time to take Action: Once you get to this point, it’s time to move. I don’t mean go for a run, I mean move and take action. Some people get stuck at this point, they think they have figured out what they want and they keep asking themselves the same questions over again and insist on getting everyone else’s point of view before making a decision and taking action. I refer to this as “analysis paralysis”. Your next steps are critical in order for you to put into action what you have desired. You can’t get it wrong. If you think you know what you want and you’ve figured out the answer, then making a move when an opportunity presents itself even if you are not sure how the story will end is the leap of faith you need to have in order to come close to achieving the kind of success you want.

Having enough self-awareness to realize even though you think you may have figured out what makes you happy, it’s okay to make a change. Circumstances in your life are ever changing. What works for you today maybe different for you 3 years from now and that’s ok too. Trusting you know what you want, when you want it and what makes you happy is the first stop on the A train towards career success.

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We Ask Male CEOs: What's Your Work-Life Balance?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 08:49
Interviews with male CEOs in a variety of industries find they are seeking a semblance of balance in their personal and professional lives. One insight: the boss must work as hard at it as you.

Job-Seeking Ph.D. Holders Look Outside Academia

WSJ Careers - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 07:23
As the supply of doctorate holders grows and their academic job prospects dwindle, schools take steps to help graduates find work beyond the academy.

Jack Welch on His First Job as a Caddie

WSJ Careers - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 21:42
The former GE chief says caddying provided the best learning experience—and a front-row seat to all aspects of human behavior.

Companies Pledge to Review Pay to Address Inequalities

WSJ Careers - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 09:49
More than two dozen companies have signed a White House pledge to conduct an annual gender pay analysis aimed at eliminating inequitable compensation, the Obama administration said Monday.

The Biggest Mistakes Executives Make With Retirement Packages

WSJ Careers - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 09:20
Among them: being blinded by seemingly big numbers, and making the first bid.

A Deal-Maker's Transformation Into a Professional Triathlete

WSJ Careers - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 22:54
Sarah Piampiano left a demanding job on Wall Street for an equally demanding job training 40 hours a week as a top competitor on the triathlon circuit.

Detroit Battles for the Soul of Self-Driving Machines

WSJ Careers - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:07
A ferocious hiring battle for highly skilled engineers is pitting traditional cars makers against startups trying to accelerate a shift to electric and autonomous-driving vehicles.

Online Lender's Secret to Success: Past Failure

WSJ Careers - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 20:35
A founder of early online lender MyRichUncle, which closed amid the financial crisis, is back with online mortgage company Better Mortgage. This time, he’s learning from past mistakes; Goldman is an investor.

Rise of the Machines Fueled by Higher Asia Wages

WSJ Careers - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 05:13
Global companies, such as Adidas, are doing more manufacturing closer to home thanks to advances in automation and increasing pay demands from workers in the developing world.

More Mental-Health Support Recommended for U.S. Pilots

WSJ Careers - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 20:20
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday embraced an advisory group’s call for expanding voluntary peer-support programs to help U.S. airline pilots confronting psychological problems.

UBS Will Cut Recruitment of New U.S. Brokers by 40%

WSJ Careers - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 09:43
UBS Group’s U.S. wealth-management arm is taking a step back from aggressively recruiting brokers, a common practice that is costly for the industry. It also is moving to thin its management ranks while providing higher pay to selected brokers with the firm.

Finance Chiefs Collect Strings of Acronyms to Bolster Credentials

WSJ Careers - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 09:55
Being a CPA used to be a prerequisite for becoming a chief financial officer. But a growing number of other labels—like CMA, CFA and CITP—are vying for a place of honor on finance professionals’ résumés.

Law Firm Cravath Raises Starting Salaries to $180,000

WSJ Careers - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:00
New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore is raising its base pay for starting lawyers by 12.5%, the first increase in nearly a decade and a move likely to trigger a wave of similar hikes throughout the legal industry.

How To Be Semi-Employed?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:30

Most folks spend their entire careers working hard, investing in a 401k and pension plan looking forward to the concept of retirement or semi-retirement. Is there even such a thing anymore? With more and more folks working into their 70’s the idea of someone “retiring” is nearly non-existent! The Baby Boomer generation was taught that getting a safe job offering great benefits was a guarantee of lifetime employment until you decide to spend time with the grand kids. The next generation had a similar plan although retirement was not something they focused on and well it was a little more like “carpe diem” because you never knew if the company or pension plan for that matter would be around long enough to collect! Here’s where we come to the term, “semi-employment”. When you might not be ready to pack your bags and live on a beach, but you sure would like some downtime in between projects, semi-employment might be the new thing for you!

Here are a few ways being semi-employed can define your new work-life balance.

  1. Pick & Choose: When you are in a situation and have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience you are a virtual talent bank for ripe opportunities. You may not think your skills are transferrable or that you are able to move from one opportunity to the next, but knowing that you are worth more than you are likely getting from one employer should be enough motivation to get you to start thinking about the people and places you would like to work. When you are semi-employed, you can pick and choose the projects, people and companies you want to work for. Does it really get any better than that?
  2. Work When You Want: Feel like taking the summer off? Planning a trip around the world? Want to spend more time with the family and friends? Working when you want and how you want offers you the flexibility most people only dream of. It’s possible to not only pick and choose your assignments, but also when and how you want to work as well? You are not a slave to your job any longer, that concept went out in the 90’s. Technology has made it possible to be anywhere and everywhere at the click of your space or tab bar. You can work from a hotel, the beach or an office-you get to choose when you are semi-employed and love it.
  3. Making it Fun: When was the last time you actually enjoyed what you were doing at work and could not wait to get into the office to jump into a project? I’m sure there have been times over the course of your career where you actually had that adrenalin rush and were more excited about the work than the paycheck. When you are semi-employed you strive to pick and choose projects that are rewarding, challenging and well, fun. You don’t have to settle for the mundane you are the master of how and where you want to spend your time. There is no greater freedom of expression than to be in a position where all you need to focus on is how to have a good time and not worrying about office politics.
  4. Earn Your Keep: You may feel like you need to prove yourself at your current job to even be considered for a bonus or a pay increae. When you make your own way you are compensated based on your results and your experience going into the job and not the other way around. You don’t have to prove yourself to be rewarded. You are able to leverage your talents, experience and knowledge and earn what you feel you deserve based on the work you perform. Nothing feels better knowing you are in the driver’s seat as it relates to your earned income and that you are not beholden to someone else to feel pity on you and give you a 3% pay raise.
  5. It’s All About The Work: When you focus your mindset on being semi-employed you are focused on your client’s and moving towards results. You are project driven and you are not concerned about politics or making sure you are liked. Being semi-employed ensures you are focused on the number one reason you do what you do and that is all about the work. When it becomes about something else, you know the job is not for you.

So if you have doubts about how you should spend the rest of your career whether you should keep looking for a new job or stick with the one you have, remember you have options. When you change your point of view on how you perceive “going to work” and treating each and every employee as a “client” you are in it for the service and rewards of doing a great job. Think of how productive the world would be if we could all work around the concept of semi-employment? We’d certainly be a more productive and well-balanced group of people with less work-related stress that’s for sure!

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