Have you ever watched Tiger Woods swing a golf club? Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, the home of the Masters, spring break aligned with the prestigious annual tournament. But instead of heading to the beach for the week, most teenagers (myself included) signed up for odd jobs at the National. In between shifts of checking in backpacks and umbrellas at the coat-check stand or spreading pimento cheese on soft white sandwich bread at a food tent, you were free to weave into the ticket-carrying crowds and walk the course.
At my previous job, I might as well have been sitting on a spring—it was rare that I sat at my desk for an hour straight. I worked as an editor for a cooking magazine, and test cooks would call over the intercom whenever food was ready to taste in the kitchen. Getting up several times a day to eat prime rib, peanut-butter cookies, or fried chicken, I used to think that this was a recipe for poor health—turns out, calories aside, this frequent movement is exactly what more and more health professionals are prescribing for office workers: Sitting for lengthy periods of time, like at your computer from 9 to 5, can be linked to many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Short of trading our ergonomic office chairs for hamster wheels, what are we to do?
Have you been working extra hard lately? Feel like you might be in line for a bump up in responsibility—and hopefully the money that comes along with it? Nobody wants to get skipped over for a promotion, and it turns out that simply working harder isn’t always enough. If you want to increase your chances of earning a promotion, there are a few things you can do to be better prepared when opportunity comes knocking.
I am a really nice person. To clarify, I’m not your typical smile-in-the-hallway and how’s-it-going-at-the-coffeepot nice—I’m the real deal. I can’t even credit my Southern roots for my overly gregarious attitude: Coworkers from Birmingham to Boston have actually doubted my sincerity because “no one could possibly be that nice.” I truly am. But I’ve often wondered: In order to climb the corporate ladder, do you have to check your pleasant nature at the corner-office door? Should I cut the sweet talk and turn cutthroat? Or can I be taken seriously with a smile?
With all the social media options grabbing our attention these days, many people wonder if it’s worth keeping up with yet another social profile. If you’re a career-minded professional, keeping up a current LinkedIn profile is a must. Here are eight reasons why:
Success at work isn’t only measured by a stellar salary and company pension. We spend so much time at work that staying positive and being happy should be a top priority. Below are eight tips that can lead you to a truly fulfilling career.
A résumé is a powerful tool that can open the door to an interview and ultimately to the job of your dreams. When seeking a career transition, it’s especially important to take a close look at your résumé and how it appears to prospective employers. How can you leverage your current education and experience in a new field or industry? What components are missing that would help you develop the well-rounded skill set that matches the position you are seeking? Here are some helpful action items to consider.
An internship offers the typical undergraduate student a logical way to gain work experience in their field of interest and ultimately secure employment. But what path is there for those outside the initial stages of their careers like adult students—more than half of who are, according to multiple studies, interested in changing fields?
Have you seen a little Disney movie called Frozen? You know, the Academy Award–winning, Billboard-topping, sales-crushing juggernaut of a film that continues to dominate pop culture nearly a year-and-a-half after its release? If you are a parent of a young child (and I am), chances are that you have seen it not once but 740 times by now—or approximately 2.5 times a day since it was released on DVD. I wish I was exaggerating.
Zachary Niemiec is currently pursuing his MBA from the Johnson & Wales University School of Online & Continuing Education. Doubt almost prevented him from entering grad school—here’s how fear, Buzzfeed, and Reading Rainbow spurred him to chase opportunity.