Create Company Culture with our New Partner: Introducing Culture Consultancy

Exciting news is stirring at Generation Success! Our team is consistently working toward creating the best opportunities for ambitious young people like yourself, and a large part of that is forming new opportunities with forward-thinking companies to aid us in our mission. Because of that, and just in time for National Inclusion Week, we’re introducing a fantastic new collaboration with Culture Consultancy.

 

“We’re ecstatic to be able to offer more young people life-changing opportunities through our work with Culture Consultancy. We have a shared desire to create a positive impact for young people, and begin to reshape the working world so it’s more diverse, inclusive and equitable.”

– James Adeleke – Founder and Director of Generation Success
 

We were recently contacted to help Culture Consultancy recruit a couple of fantastic new team members – and we’re taking it a step further. This exciting company will be joining us as a mentor, helping students make the transition between education and employment as smooth as possible.

Their team will strive to provide diverse students and graduates with opportunities to reach their career aspirations. 

We’ll be working together as Culture Consultancy mentors our Success Seeker community, providing you with the support, guidance, and practical steps you need to achieve your career goals.

 

“I’m so excited that we’ve been able to partner with Generation Success. Equitable career opportunities are something that we passionately believe in and are striving for. All of our consultants have got stuck in with mentoring a group of Success Seekers and we’re delighted to do even more by offering paid internships too. Every business has the capability to do something practical in making our working world more equitable.” said Jo Geraghty, co-founder and director of Culture Consultancy, in regards to this new-founded partnership.

 

About Culture Consultancy

Transforming businesses from the inside out, Culture Consultancy is an award-winning culture change consultancy with a human touch.

They’re a team of specialists spanning culture, DEI, innovation, leadership, employee experience, branding, sustainability, and digital transformation. They present a practical, impactful partner, working to make change happen, and make it stick.

Culture Consultancy launched in 2009. From day one, they’ve been firm in their belief about practising what they preach and being the change they want to see in their clients.

They specialise in handling complexity and help clients overcome some of the trickiest business situations – whether they are going through an M&A, need to completely redesign their culture, or they are just getting started with their DEI journey.

 

 

 

 

If you want to learn more about Culture Consultancy visit them at http://www.cultureconsultancy.com/

Nobody’s Wanted to Work for Hundreds of Years Now – The Reality of the Workforce Crisis

The talk of the town as of late has been a plea from recruiters and employers across the globe in an astounding labour force crisis. How did we get to this point? Well, the reality of it is that this phenomenon is far from new.

 

An excerpt from Rooks Country Record, April 27, 1894

 

The above image speaks to a reality that the maturing generations might forget in their current rage. This year (although it’s been this way forever, really), employers have been experiencing borderline despair in their efforts to find reliable employees, particularly in service industry positions like waiting tables or ringing up groceries. This issue has gotten to a point where certain businesses have been temporarily shutting their doors due to lack of labour.

 

So, what does this crisis mean for you as a member of the currently vilified generation?

 Depending on your perspective – it could be considered a good thing. At least we at Generation Success see it that way. Fewer young people are feeling desperate enough to take on unfulfilling work positions that offer no growth opportunities, no added benefits, and are even sometimes more trouble than they’re worth. With skyrocketing prices of gas, rent, and food, the daily trip to work can ruthlessly eat up an entire low-paid position’s paycheck.

 

People are becoming painfully aware of this and are, in exchange, much less enthusiastic to work for an hourly rate of 8 quid. This awareness speaks to a heavier matter, though. Employees are now more prepared to not work at all than to have to sell themselves off for less than their worth. It’s a change that transcends the matter of “work ethic”. In fact, unlike some are suggesting, it has little to nothing to do with work ethic.

 

This alleged “crisis” bears a striking resemblance to, as writer Scott Santens spoke of on Twitter, a time when Americans were called “softies and mollycoddles” for shifting to a measly 40-hour, 5-day work week in the 1920s. The terror!

 

In any case, it’s the people in power who have long since lost touch with the struggles of earning enough to make ends meet that are getting engorged at this uproar from the working class – and that’s how it’s always been.

 

The time has passed where we can work to live and live to work, and be satisfied with having nothing in between. It’s time to corner the exploitative employer and disallow unfair wages – and we’re moving toward that by “Not Wanting to Work” for less than we’re worth.

 

To summarise, as generations reach maturity, they seem to forget that there’s a type of job that no one wants to do – those being the underpaid, undervalued jobs. It’s an issue that’s been present for centuries, and is an issue that brought along the concept of weekends and holidays, and continues to help shape collective work culture.

 

By fighting for our rights as employees from grassroots, we build a more promising future for all employees – and that’s what Generation Success stands for. Follow along for more articles like this one, and sign up as a Success Seeker to ensure you get the best career-building opportunities delivered directly to your inbox.

Your Career in Law 5: Ways You Can Change The World

Making it in the law industry is an uphill battle, but pursuing your passion to make a better tomorrow can override even the most difficult of challenges. This competitive industry sees over 20 thousand graduates annually, making for some serious rivalry in grabbing hold of positions as they appear. Despite this, choosing law as your […]

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The Truth About Job Fairs: Are They Worth It?

Your time at university is drawing to a close, and the pressure is on. What now? It all breezed by in what seems like minutes – and suddenly, it’s time to pick a path. Where do you even start, though..?

University prepares us for certain aspects of our professional lives, such as hands-on research, working in a team dynamic, reporting, or following instructions. University also offers us certain technical skills that are the basis for building our competencies in our career path. But what about the practical side of becoming a professional?

Finding a job is a whole different skill set than the ones required to achieve academic success, and our schooling systems try to prepare us to face those challenges – but for the most part, upon nearing the end of your education, most of us are thrust into the job hunt without a shoulder to lean on or any real-life direction.

There are tools and options set up to help us bypass this obstacle, but few are as reliable as the job fair in terms of making connections, actually figuring out what you want to do, and getting an influx of real opportunities.

What makes job fairs so effective?

Firstly, job fairs are two-way events. Not only are you looking for jobs, but companies are looking for you, for the sake of getting the first pick from tomorrow’s talented professionals.

Companies understand that getting a hold of talented young individuals like you now means that they can train them from the get-go, and get employees with a fresh new outlook to work toward their goals.

Job fairs are a recruiter’s dream come true Recruiters and talent scouts don’t have it easy most of the time. Even if so many young people are looking for jobs and it seems like there simply aren’t enough positions to fill, the same applies on the flip side. Recruiters and scouts are always on the lookout to find the perfect candidates, but a lot of the time, it’s a shot in the dark. That’s why events filled with wide-eyed, ambitious young professionals like job fairs offer the perfect destination for them to collect prospects.
You can use job fairs to check out the competition. Attending job fairs means you get to be in touch with your peers interested in the same fields as you. You can observe their techniques and learn from them to make a move toward being a killer candidate.

Ask the questions that no one else can answer. Job fairs give you the hands-on opportunity to ask real-life employees in the positions of your dreams anything. This is a completely different experience as compared to your university professors. These people are happy to share their knowledge with you and build the next generation, so think up questions beforehand and don’t hesitate to ask!

All in all, the benefits of attending job fairs are bountiful – both in person, and online. Network, ask questions, and collect information by working professionals that will help you build your professionalism and make you a pitch-perfect prospect.

With that, we’d like to invite you to Generation Success’s renowned job fair, the Making It Expo, taking place on October 19th, 2022 virtually.

By joining the Making It Expo, you’re exposing yourself to the best of the best and setting a course for guaranteed professional growth and networking in law, banking, technology, and consultancy. Take your future into your own hands and become part of the decade-long legacy that has changed thousands of lives.

How to Tackle Pre-Interview Stress: Prepare to Ace Your Interviews

We are all well aware of that nervous feeling that can overcome us when we’re standing in that interview room. Anxiety and excitement join together to make for some rather nerve-wracking scenarios – and ultimately, we struggle to collect the confidence to perform at our very best.

Generation Success is dedicated to helping you make the most out of your interviews. Get the skill set you need to beat your nerves and impress any company’s hiring team. 

We’ve compiled some hands-on tips that can help you tackle stress and ace your interviews:

 

  • Prepare – Practice Makes Perfect

Practise common interview questions your interviewer might ask, and the potential answers to them. Research online for potential interview questions and then dive into the answers that will really make you stick out from the crowd. 

Instead of memorising thes answers, create a guideline for how you’d like your answer to flow. Remember the keywords you’d like to include and note them down to refer to while you interview.

 

  • Plan your journey 

It’s best to be organised and plan your journey in advance so that you don’t panic and stress out on the day of the interview. Work out how long the journey is and if you need to take any public transport and look up your path to find the fastest route to your destination. Consider leaving home ahead of time so that you don’t enter the interview out of breath and in a hurry.

 

  • Do your research 

We advise ‌you do your research on the company that you are interviewing for during your preparation, as that could mean the difference in a good interview and a stellar interview. Delve into what the company does, what its purpose, mission and vision are, and why you want to work for this company specifically. Try to understand why they should hire you and what skills you can bring to the company that will benefit them as compared to other candidates. 

The next time you’ve queued up an interview, instead of falling into the rut of nerves and anxiety, follow these tips. They’ll help you feel ready and secure, know where you’re going when you’re asked questions, and alleviate your stress like a pro.

All in all, the key to performing well and leaving an impression on your interviewers is confidence – and we build our confidence through preparation. Spend the morning of your interview pumping yourself up, and remember – if this isn’t the one, loads of awesome opportunities are only a click away.

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Perfectionism vs. Progress: Can You Have Both?

Do you get lost in your pursuit of perfection? As though if it isn’t absolutely perfect, it isn’t enough?

If you can relate to these feelings, you’re in good company. Psychological Bulletin’s study of over 41,000 professionals shows that the urge for perfection has been rapidly increasing through the past 40 years.

This might be because of many things, but one of the big ones is our constant reference to social media in setting our standards and expectations.

 If you can associate with feeling like you need to keep up with the influencers on your social media, you might be one of the many young people struggling with Perfectionism.

Today’s article will discuss how perfection is an obstacle to success instead of an aid. By the end of this article, we’re hoping that you’ll be able to recognise your perfectionist habits and reel them in to make sure they don’t obscure your progress.

Addressing Perfectionism

First off, let’s figure out if you’re really a perfectionist, or just keeping yourself to a high standard. Can you relate to these three tell-tale signs of perfectionism?

You get easily disappointed by the performance of others.

Perfectionists don’t only expect perfection from themselves, but from others around them as well. This would present itself through you often finding yourself disappointed by how others perform.

You don’t handle deadlines well.

Perfectionists are never happy with their results. There’s always something that could have been done better. So – naturally, you feel too uncomfortable to send your work in at all when the clock hits 12. You pursue an unrealistic standard, and it stops you in your tracks.

If you’re uncertain that you’ll succeed – you skip trying altogether.

Another giveaway that you’re a perfectionist is jumping the gun and quitting while you’re ahead. In short, this means that you’re protecting yourself from failure by simply not trying.

Are you guilty of these behaviours?

The Bottleneck of Perfection

If these traits sound familiar, you might be a perfectionist – and that’s not a good thing. Expecting perfection is a hindrance on your path to progress.

You can’t get reliable feedback if you don’t turn in your work. You can’t make the mistakes that are vital to learning if you’re afraid to fail. And you can’t climb the ladder to success if you’re afraid to take the first step.

Expecting perfection is highly demotivating and negatively impacts your overall satisfaction. When you fall too deep into unrealistic expectations, you create an impossible obstacle course for yourself.

You know that you have to meet your deadlines, but nothing you do will ever feel like enough. This traps you in a cycle of negativity and causes you to associate your work with a sense of inadequacy, and one day you’ll wake up and hate your job.

Embracing Your Mistakes

The solution is easier said than done. To progress, you need to rewire your relationship with failure – to associate your mistakes and failures with something incredible!

Failing should be acknowledged as something beautiful. Each failure is a learning experience, and every mistake is a clear navigator in the right direction.

Changing your perception of failure is something you need to work on every day. It won’t happen over night, but when you learn how to fall down and get right back up, you can watch yourself grow at an unprecedented pace.

Don’t fear your pitfalls. Practice with little things, and build up your self-confidence to still be proud of yourself, even when the going gets tough.

No one is perfect, and no one starts off their career as the best. Learn how to enjoy the process of building up to that level, and most importantly – accept yourself, no matter what happens. Your results don’t determine your worth!

If you’d like more advice on how to pave the path to success, join Generation Success’s Success Seekers programme via our website. Our team is constantly on the lookout for new ways to build your career, your employability, and your confidence to be the most desirable employee on the market.

Finding What You Love and NOT Letting It Kill You.

Living for your work is incredible, but can hurt your work-life balance. Ultimately, you could do more harm than good to the big picture of what you love so much. They say that too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing…

 

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is confidently advocated as the professional paragon. With this philosophy, you’re told you’ll never feel overwhelmed, or defeated – you’ll never experience burnout.

 

Or will you?

 

The continuation of this article will dive into making your passion marketable, building a healthy relationship with your career, and recognising when things have gone too far.

 

It isn’t always easy to pinpoint what your passion is in overlap of what you can profit off of in your career.

 

Pursing your passion is vital, and a large portion of that is finding what moves you and embracing it.

 

But this article will also delve into the flip side of this phenomenon. When does living for your work get out of hand?

 

This article discusses how to find your passion and run with it. It also discusses the healthy approach to incorporating your work and life into a satisfying whole.

 

Part I: Understanding Your Marketable Passion

 

The first step is being clear on what gets you going. You might already know this, but if not – don’t sweat it.

 

Think about the direction that’s felt the most natural to you in the past. Start broadly – as broadly as possible. You might be studying something along those lines, and even though you know it’s what you like, you might not feel that it’s what you love. Your career will lead you into the specifics, but you want to create a guideline for the direction.

 

Think about why you chose your field of study. Take the time to analyse what pushed you in that direction, and where you want it to lead you.

 

Simply choosing your degree doesn’t point you in the direction of what you’d like to do with that degree. That’s when your true passions come into play.

 

Find where you’re positioned in your goals. Do you want to work with other people, or on your own? What audiences can you relate to most? What feels the most natural to you?

 

The ultimate goal is to combine your education with what moves you.

 

So – what moves you?

 

How can you combine that with your education?

 

Determining that combination is the next step to finding what you love and making it your career.

 

Find the experts that share your motivators, and model them.

 

And as you progress, you’ll see the doors opening up to that direction – your decisions will naturally be impacted by your awareness of your end goal.

 

Part II: The Balancing Act

 

So, you’ve discovered your real passion, and you’ve found a way to profit off of it. But how do you make sure that that fire never dwindles?

 

It is a common occurrence for those who do what they love to lose the line between their professional and personal lives.

 

Even if this sounds good, it can ultimately result in feeling like the pressure is on to never stop working.

 

Sadly, after a while, that can extinguish your flame.

 

Identifying with your work so closely that it becomes what you live for is incredible – to a degree… But never forget to reap the fruits of your efforts by relaxing and enjoying life outside of your work.

 

Enjoy the sunshine. Revel in your accomplishments. Take a step back, observe the change you’ve made, and remember that it’s enough!

 

Otherwise, you could find yourself in a downward spiral that will stop you in your professional tracks.

 

Part III: How to Recognise that it’s Become too Much

 

Prevention is always better than cure, and understanding and integrating these three warning signs into your personal work culture will ensure you don’t sacrifice your long-term satisfaction for short-term gain

 

1. Keep your “always-on” mindset in check.

 

When you enjoy your work, you can forget to give yourself downtime. It might not feel natural, but you could need to set tangible boundaries for yourself and enforce them. Even if it makes you feel weird, or a little bit guilty.

 

Remember that you’re slowing down now so that you can do more in the long-run.

 

2. Think hard on how “resilient” you need to be in your workplace.

 

Being “resilient” is important and it comes easily when you’re passionate – but resilience and pushing your limits can sometimes intertwine. Pay attention to the line between loving what you’re doing and tolerating it.

 

3. Monitor your own perception of your work.

 

If you find yourself feeling like the progress you’re making isn’t enough – notice it.

 

If you find yourself worried that you aren’t influencing the big picture – notice it.

 

Notice if you start getting lost in negativity that you didn’t feel before, because these thoughts are the clearest warning sign of all.

 

Don’t let those thoughts engulf you, because they put you on a slippery slope to losing your drive. Self-awareness and self-monitoring are the keys to making sure you do what you love, and keep loving it forever.

 

If you’d like more advice on how to pave the path to success, join Generation Success’s Success Seekers programme via our website. Our team is constantly on the look-out for new ways to build your career, your employability, and your confidence to be the most desirable employee on the market.

Career-crushing Changes: Beware of Rescinded Job Offers

Two years after the whirlpool of economic demolition brought on by COVID-19, employers are struggling to stay afloat. Here’s what you should do if your job offer gets rescinded.

It’s a scary time to be on the prowl for new jobs – especially because of an onsetting trend of repealed job offers only days before starting. This leaves hopeful employees between a rock and a hard place, generally having already announced their resignations and having rejected any other potential offers.

This behaviour is by no means ethical, nor common practice for any reputable organisation – although as fear of recession stays imminent, even companies like Twitter and Redfin have been caught in the act. 

 

Despite being a deeply undesirable position, there are things you can do to mitigate the damage of having your job offer rescinded. 

First things first – it’ll be hard to sue.

For a successful lawsuit against your would-be employer, you’ll have to prove that they should have known they won’t be able to fulfil the job offer. This makes most cases of this nature a no-go, however disappointing that might be.

 

Prevention is better than cure.

Check out how well your future employers are doing before diving in. Make sure you research the numbers and trends and consider your actions wisely based on what you learn. Consistent downward trends might be cause for concern. 

 

Be vocal. Let your network know.

You never know where your friends are hiding. You might end up surprised by the positive feedback of your transparency. An example is the story of Bethalyn Staples, who expected to kick off her dream job at a software firm only days before her offer was rescinded. Her honesty through LinkedIn resulted in a shower of support and opportunities, and she’s now bounced back and ready to go. 

 

Text your Ex (Employer).

If you and your past employer ended things in good terms, it can’t hurt to reach out and see how far along they are in finding your replacement. After all, considering your hands-on experience with the position, no one new could ever out-qualify you.

 

To avoid a scary situation like a job offer rescindment, make sure you always refer to reliable sources in your hunt. Generation Success makes a point of only connecting with reliable employers from top-tier companies. Find our open positions through this link.

Time is Your Ultimate Asset: How to Determine its Value

They say that time is money, but it doesn’t stop there. Instead, one could even say that time exceeds the value of money. 

This thought was originally by American entrepreneur, Jim Rohn. 

But it makes us beg the question – why?

  • You can affect the amount of money you earn.

In your prime, you can always earn your money back. You can also play a role in the amount of money you earn. Although there will be times when you earn less, you can count on things always taking a turn, on a change in the winds, and on things getting better. You’ll certainly be able to make it all up.

 

With time, however, you play no part in how much time we have left. It’s a fixed asset that whittles away at a continuous pace. It’s on you to decide how to make the best out of it. 

  • You can always make more out of a day off than out of a day’s pay.

 

No matter what your salary is, the memories you make during a day of doing what you love can only be enhanced by your paycheck. Not substituted by it. Without the time for self-improvement, money is futile and stagnant.

  • You can play a part in how much your time is worth

As the maker of your own decisions, you’re the only one that can influence the appreciation or depreciation of your time. It’s in your power to determine how you spend your time and impact its value.

  • You need time to spend money.

That’s the order – never vice versa. After all, what’s the point of having millions if you’re spending all your time earning those millions instead of enjoying the fruits of your labour?

 

How do you determine the value of your time?

Step one is to pinpoint how much you’d like to make in a year. 

Then divide that number by 12.

Then divide that number by the number of days you want to work in a month. 20 is a basic average for a 5-day work week.

By calculating that, we’ve gotten how much a day of your work is worth. Moving into your hours, though, we will assume you opt to work 8 hours a day. We then divide the previous number by 8.

And there you have it – that’s your goal for how much you’d like to make an hour.

As an aspiring success seeker, leave this number at the front of your mind. This will serve as your reminder when you make time allocation decisions.

 

Consider this empirical value for your goals when considering the people you spend time with, the things you do for yourself, and the places you like to go. Putting these things into context adds a new depth to your decision-making. 

To summarise, ever allow yourself to get lost in the process and forget the big picture. Stay focused, committed, and dedicated, and never lose clarity as to where you’re headed.

An option to consider is visual representations of your goals through vision boards, checklists, or journal entries. Understanding your vision, beliefs, and values crystallises your understanding of your goals. Keeping these pieces of your mission somewhere that you can revert back to every day allows you to affirm them in your head and heart.

 

Ultimately, what really makes a change in achieving goals is dedicating the time to achieving them. It is only when you start valuing your time, blocking out time to achieve those goals and setting up a support system that plays into keeping up with them, that you can take tangible action toward making them a reality.

 

Becoming a Success Seeker is a great investment of your time.

By becoming a Success Seeker with Generation Success, you can appreciate the value of your time, just like with any good investment.

This programme is made to take you down the path to success alongside:

  • Your own, individual mentor
  • Awesome workshops to improve your skills and employability
  • Access to our vast network of professionals

And much more.

We have been perfecting our tools to make you a prime candidate in the selection process for over a decade now. Register here to make the most out of those tools.

 

We can’t wait to meet you.

Team Diversity: The Key to Success

Do team diversity and efficiency go hand-in-hand?
Diversity can be a powerful tool for team efficiency. For companies is essential to have different backgrounds, skill sets and perspectives on the task at hand in order to create an environment of creativity and innovation.

A diverse work environment also provides more opportunities for new ideas that might not exist in a homogenous group. We can all agree that it’s always better to have multiple viewpoints on any given topic or problem to increase innovation and creativity. Right?
There are many reasons why team diversity inside a company is so important – and one of them is that it can help boost efficiency and increase results. Many studies have shown that diversity leads to better problem-solving skills and more creativity. So if you want to make sure that your company stays competitive and attracts new talents you have to take a step forward toward team diversity.

It is also essential to understand that diversity is not about people who are not white and gender but about people with different needs. Certain demographic factors such as age or being an immigrant, being a caretaker for someone with cancer, or mental health challenges are examples of situations where employees may experience work differently, therefore may need more flexibility. Companies should understand that anyone can be in any of these situations, so addressing diversity is critical to ensure they can help their teams but also it’s a way to reap the benefits that their diverse team will offer.

Here are the three main benefits of why should your company consider team diversity:

Increased business results
Diversity brings economic results to the organization, helping it increase productivity and professional drive through an increase in communication and understanding. According to the Harvard Business Review, a team with a member who shares their client’s ethnicity is 152% more likely to understand the client. A multicultural team directly leads to higher client retention.

A rise in creativity and innovation
As we work to incorporate individuals of unique backgrounds into the organization, this increases the level of innovation. With a curated team of unique individuals, new ideas break forth, leading the business towards innovative solutions to complex problems. When these teams are presented with a challenge, they develop varied and inventive proposals due to their wide range of thoughts and experiences. A group with a variety of identities holds a myriad of opinions and is therefore more open to change and accepting of new ideas.

Attracting new talent/hires
Alongside innovative thoughts and original business game plans, an increase in inclusion leads to the growth of the company’s talent. When looking for new work, talents of minority groups often seek out organizations that value diversity, applying to openings in multicultural and gender-diverse offices. So increase in workplace diversity makes businesses more appealing to minority groups, leading to more diversity and talent in the workplace!

Having said that, it is time that companies start seeing diversity as an opportunity, and not as an obstacle. Companies may not have all the answers, but employees can propose long-term solutions that enable them to feel safe and collaborate more if leaders are open. Diversity will definitely pay off in the long term. If you think your company should start paying attention, attract a more diverse talent pool, and recruit top talent – contact us here – so we can sort the recruiting process out for you.