Today’s workforce view jobs as growth and development opportunities.

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Today’s workforce view their jobs as opportunities for growth and development . A global study by Manpower Group found that 93% of Millennials, who make up 35% of the global workforce, want to be lifelong learners, with four out of five indicating that the opportunity to upskill is a top factor when considering a new job. They are curious, want to acquire knowledge and desire to quickly grow and broaden their skillsets to stay employable.

In fact, Millennials are more likely than any previous generation to want their jobs to be growth opportunities. Why?


These are uncertain times for graduates who are stumbling into a fragile job market

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Due to the spread of COVID-19, businesses are shuttering across the globe, mass layoffs and furloughs are occurring due to government lockdowns, and recruitment freezes are being instituted across industries and sectors. In the US, over 26 million people have filed unemployment claims to date. Experts say the unemployment rate will rise from 3.5% in February to 30% by June.

Colleges and universities have moved classes online, in an attempt to address concerns associated with the spread of the virus. In the United States alone, at least 1,149 colleges and universities have closed so far, affecting over 14 million students. …


In times of uncertainty, it’s remarkably easy to believe everything you see on the internet. Nonetheless, you must fact-check information before you share it.

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Misinformation spreads like wildfire during virus outbreaks like the coronavirus. We’ve seen it happen before — during the 2014 Ebola crisis and the 2015 Zika outbreak. The current pandemic has predictably led to a tidal wave of false news reports, fake memes and conspiracy theories that play on our fears — from hoaxes like the virus being engineered in a lab to be used as a bioweapon or manufactured by Big Pharma to patent and profit from.

In fact, the spread of misinformation about the pandemic had spiralled to such epic proportions it had prompted the WHO (World Health Organisation) to declare an infodemic: “an over-abundance of information — some accurate and some not — that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.” …


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Elevate conversations, make connections and nurture professional relationships

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Networking isn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world to do, especially if like me, you’re somewhat socially awkward and anxious. However, it’s often the most effective way to grow professionally —in fact, some studies show about 85% of jobs are filled through networking.

Everyone knows it’s important, that it’s a staple of success, that it’s the key to opening new doors. It’s common knowledge that this is a tried and tested way to gain new opportunities and get ahead in the working world.

“Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone. …


How a married couple grew Eventbrite to a billion-dollar business

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Source: Eventbrite

Almost fourteen years ago, Julia and Kevin Hartz founded Eventbrite, a global event ticketing platform that is currently raking in almost $300 million in annual sales. The married couple at the helm of a multi-billion dollar company has defied conventional wisdom and co-run a successful platform that operates in over 170 countries.

So how did Julia — a former television development executive at FX Networks — and Kevin — a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Xoom and was an early investor in PayPal — grow Eventbrite into a billion-dollar online ticketing platform?

This is the story of how Eventbrite grew from a spark to a sensation and revolutionized the online ticketing industry. …


Amish Tripathi was famously rejected by 20 publishers

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Source: Deccan Chronicle

Only a decade ago, to be an aspiring author you had to spend weeks or months writing a book proposal and sample chapters, and then you had to persuade literary agents to pitch your book to big publishers. They, in turn, would then take months to respond, sometimes with rejection letters in tow.

Today, self-publishing has taken down barriers for authors who prefer to go solo. But while new tools have made becoming a self-published author much easier, as a consequence, the already crowded book market has become even more saturated.

Naturally, most authors are focused on actually writing the book and not necessarily on what comes after. As a self-published author, you’re not just responsible for writing the book — you also have to market it to prospective readers if you want it to be read.


Ben Francis was 19 years old when he founded Gymshark out of his mom’s garage.

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Source: Shopify

Many of the world’s most successful startups had their origins in someone’s garage or basement: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple in Jobs’ parents’ garage. Amazon was born in Jeff Bezos’ garage. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, leased Susan Wojcicki’s garage for $1700 per month.

Like them, Ben Francis launched Gymshark — a popular, global e-commerce fitness and apparel brand — in 2012, out of his mother’s garage. He was 19 years old, attended Aston University and worked part-time as a pizza delivery boy. …


The key to having fun, interesting and inspiring conversations

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I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently, especially on my daily commutes to and from work. These days, they’ve become an integral part of my daily routine — they keep me occupied and engaged.

From the looks of it, I’m not alone — millions are riding the podcast wave. According to Edison Research and Triton Digital, there are now 62 million Americans listening to podcasts each week, up from 19 million in 2013.

There are over 800,000 active podcasts with more than 54 million episodes currently available worldwide, giving podcast listeners a wide variety of choices. …


There are opportunities in rejection

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It’s safe to say that a good number of college graduates have experienced the soul-crushing reality of that post-graduation scramble for a well-paying job.

I’ve been there too and it sucks. During my job search, I had a full-blown existential crisis that culminated in an intervention by my friends and family for my mental health and well-being.

I’d received rejection letter after rejection letter, and was becoming increasingly frustrated and depressed. I couldn’t even get interviews, let alone hear back from recruiters at all. …


RUNNING MOTIVATION

Let your ears be free

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In a couple of months, I will be doing my first ever Half Ironman (70.3) in Weymouth, England. I’m scared to death, excited, and a little overwhelmed — this will the toughest test of my physical endurance.

Training for a 70.3 is no easy feat — after all, the race involves a 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, and 21.1 km run. A well-designed training programme for a 70.3 typically includes 6–8 hours of training per week.

In preparation for the race, I’ve been studying various online training plans and watching numerous Global Triathlon Network videos – in addition to actually putting in the recommended training hours. …

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Sonali Verghese

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