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Career Counselling: HELP ME PLEASE – I have no idea what I want to do!

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Career Planning – Help Me Please I Have No Idea What I Want To Do

Before we start can you please go grab a piece of A4 paper or writing pad, a pen and highlighter.

Now draw a line down the middle of the page and write on the top left hand side “Enjoyment” and on the right hand side “Dislike”.

Moving forward, I want you think about every hobby that you have ever tried, had an interest in or tried and disliked since childhood (let’s start from 6 years of age inclusive) and write the corresponding hobby in the Enjoyment or Dislike column.  It is important that you do not stop, think and analyse every entry just let it flow.

Upon undertaking this exercise, you may find you repeat yourself a few times – this is OK don’t pay too much attention to this yet.

So now you have completed both the Enjoyment and Dislike columns I want you to leave the list alone and go and have a 10-15 minute coffee break and come back to it.

Welcome back, now I want you to take 10 minutes or so to review and analyse the lists.

  • What are the common themes that seem to be repeating themselves?
  • Can you group the common themes together for example Sports, Animals, Collections, Home-making, Art etc.

You may wish to use your highlighter to highlight the areas that keep repeating themselves.

So what did you find? What are your top 3 groups?

Your top 3 key groups (both Enjoyment and Dislike) are strong indicators of your personal preference.

Finally, upon review and analysis of your top 3 key groups can you identify any key sub-themes for example.  If you loved playing sports common themes may include: –

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Team Work
  • Social Interaction
  • Commitment & Discipline
  • Communication Skills

So how does this apply to my Career?  Think about it – do you really want to sit in an office all day by yourself with minimal contact with clients or colleagues or would you prefer a job that saw you out and about for example a sales representative, outdoor motivational trainer, personal trainer, trades professional etc.

Finally, remember to analyse your disinterest side also as the common themes here will give you a clear picture of what you do not like and subsequently what to stay away from.  This is particularly helpful if you are going to review job advertisements, job guides and descriptions as it allows you to analyse what percentage of the role incorporates these areas of disinterest and allows you to question yourself for example can you really cope with this area as a part of the position or is this area a non-negotiable aspect for you?  Only you can answer this.  Remember to be truthful with yourself for you are only fooling yourself if you are not.



Career Counselling: What role does personality play in our career?

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Career Planning and Development – What role does your personality play in career?

It could be argued that ones personality plays an instrumental role in not only our career selection but our advancement up the corporate ladder.  Thus, one perceives it to be imperative to not only understand our own personality but also with those we work with.

So, how do we determine our personality type?

Most of us will learn this through trial and error, listening to others perceptions and analysing our own.  It can literally take a life time this way.

But there is an easier way.

As a qualified Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) practitioner (QMBTI) one is able to administer and analyse a psychological type instrument that will indicate 1 of 16 possible personality (Type) outcomes.

Broken down into four (4) key areas

  1. Extroversion     V         Introversion
  2. Intuition             V         Sensing
  3. Thinking           V         Feeling
  4. Judging            V         Perceiving

The unique combination of each area will provide a detailed insight into how you prefer to communicate and interact in both your professional and personal life.  Imagine the benefits of knowing how to communicate with your boss or client in a way that is beneficial and meaningful for them.  Would that not increase your personal productivity and efficiency which could subsequently equate to an increase in career development and advancement opportunities.


Career Counselling: Making the Dream happen! (Part 2)

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Dream Believe Create Succeed – You Can Do It; Katherine Foster 2009


There is an old saying that “Life is what you make it”.  Thus, life is about ideas and concepts and putting them into action so that we can make our dreams a reality.  Thus, ones question to you is Read More

Workplace Counselling: Yippee it’s Friday! – Addressing Job Dissatisfaction

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How many times have you found yourself uttering these words?  Or perhaps you have found yourself counting the days to the end of the week or year.

These cognitions (thoughts) are indeed a major sign of job dissatisfaction.  However, Blu Ripples main question to you is “Why are you dissatisfied in your work”?

Is it because you experiencing: – Read More

Workplace Counselling: Termination and Separation of Employment

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Employment Dismissal

What is the difference between employment dismissal, redundancy and termination? Blu Ripples provides the answers to your employment, career and workplace queries.


Employment termination and separation can be a complex and confronting area.  Perhaps you are contemplating terminating your employment maybe you have been dismissed or made redundant.  Either way, we dare say this is a difficult time for you.

So let’s start with the basics; the differences between Read More

Workplace Counselling: Stress in the Workplace

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Stress in the workplace; what you need to know!














In previous blogs we have touched on Stress Management, Relaxation Techniques and Work Life Balance.  However, can an employee who perceives they are under a considerable amount of stress at work seek compensation for stress from their employer?

The answer to the above stated question is “NO”. You see the word “Stress” does not diagnose a medical condition.  Thus, under Workers Compensation legislation (NSW) a claim for stress would be rejected.  However, an employee can claim for psychological injury (categorisation for stress) if there is relevant and sufficient medical evidentiary support to prove their statement of claim was a result of their employment.  In other words, you can prove that you have suffered a psychological or psychiatric disorder as a result of your work.

Finally, in stating the above, it should be noted that under WorkCover legislation (NSW) compensation would not be payable for a psychological injury as a result (in whole or part) of reasonable action taken or proposed to be taken by or on behalf of the employer with respect to: –

  • Transfer
  • Demotion
  • Promotion
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Discipline
  • Retrenchment
  • Dismissal; or
  • Provision of employment benefits

Therefore, if you are feeling stressed due to work it would be a wise move to speak with a Workplace Counsellor and/or your family doctor.  Your family doctor will if they deem it necessary provide you with the appropriate Workers Compensation Medical Certificate.

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Workplace Counselling: Balancing Work and Life (Part 2)

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Blu Ripples Career Counselling Services – Helping you balance work and life

Let’s begin by breaking the Work Life Balance concept down into a simple formula.  That is, Read More

Workplace Counselling: What is Work Life Balance?

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Today we explore the definition of Work Life Balance and how to achieve this with some Workplace Counselling hints and tips

So what exactly is Work Life Balance?

In a nutshell, it is ensuring that we give equal time to our personal and professional lives to ensure that there is a balance between both, which in turn plays a part in reducing our stress and discontentment in life.

OK, let’s look at your life for a few minutes do you know where you spend most of your time is it at work, at home looking after the kids, volunteering your time for a good cause or any number of other activities.  How is this impacting the rest of your life?  Are you happy, stressed, bored etc?  Are you been true to yourself, your wants, needs and desires?

If you are spending more time on one particular activity or area your life is said to be “out of balance”.  So how do you change this?

Stay tuned for Part 2 – Balancing Work and Life

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