Posts Tagged ‘career’

Book makes national papers: How to enjoy your job…even without it!

January 27, 2009

In the last week I have been laid off, and have found another fulltime position. I was also interviewed for MX, a commuter newspaper for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. They used tips from my book, “How to Enjoy Your Job” to help people looking for work, and I took my own advice! 

Here’s the article and the full page is below. 

MX article 27 Jan 09Here’s the full article. 

MX 27 Jan 09


Global Layoffs: Safest and riskiest jobs in 2009

January 18, 2009

My contract has been brought to an early halt by the global economy altering my company’s share price. So I am joining the list of those people looking for work.

Is your job safe? A new report shows what the safest and riskiest jobs are in 2009. 

Safest jobs include: Biotechnology, Online Information Services, Online shopping and surprisingly, waste disposal!

Risky jobs include: Car retailing, real estate, investment banking and bricklaying

Best Career 2008

October 6, 2008

US News has just posted their best career choices for 2008.

It has a full list, plus these cutting edge careers based on globalization, digitization, and environmentalism. 

  • Asian Business Development Specialist 
  • Behavioural Geneticist
  • Computational Biologist 
  • Data Miner
  • Emergency Planning Manager
  • Green-collar consultant 
  • Health Informatics Specialist 
  • Immigration Specialist 
  • Offshoring Manager 
  • Patient Advocate 
  • Simulation Developer
  • Wellness Coach 

You can find out more about these jobs as well as the 13 most over-rated careers (watch out advertising execs!)  here =>

If you are interested in changing careers, check out this post

How to Enjoy Your Job Video by the author, Joanna Penn

June 29, 2008

This is a short video of me discussing my book, “How to Enjoy Your Job”. It explains why I wrote it and why I think it is important for people to enjoy work. I am passionate about helping people change their working lives, and this video gives you an insight into how to book can help that.

You can get a free chapter and e-workbook
You can also buy the book from my website or from or

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Does your job affect your sex life?

June 18, 2008

Yes, it does, in the following ways. This is social comment, not judgement….

• People meet their partners at work – both life partners and sexual partners so it is an important place for relationships. Do you work somewhere you think you could meet this person?

• Extra-marital affairs often start at work, happen at work and end at work

• Online dating website RSVP has shown that 23% of people surveyed have lied about their jobs online. 48% of people believed what job they do makes a difference on a date. Women wanted CEOs, tradespeople, musicians or pro-sportsmen. Men wanted actresses, nurses, musicians or personal trainers.

• Job anxiety can affect your sex life – this study in Italy links job stress to premature ejaculation 

• Self confidence and a positive attitude are attractive to everyone. If you love your job and are enthusiastic about it, people will find you more attractive and enjoy being with you. Do you talk enthusiastically about your job?
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Did you just “fall” into your job?

June 18, 2008

A new survey by Galaxy Research in Australia shows that over 50% of workers “fell into” their jobs, and only 1 in 4 (25%) actively planned their career.

This is not just in Australia – it is a common theme across most Western countries.

How do you “fall into” a job?

I fell into business consulting as I needed a summer job that paid the most money to pay off my student loan. After that summer they offered me a fulltime position after I finished University. I woke up a few years later wondering how on earth I ended up doing it. I have a degree in Theology and yet I am a business and IT consultant through experience!

Can you get out of the job once you have years of experience in it?

Yes, you can!

It is a matter of changing your mindset and believing that you can be more than the job you are in now. One in three people in the Galaxy survey felt that their job didn’t accurately reflect who they are as a person. These people need to actively plan the next step in order to find work that does represent who they are. It takes time as you are likely to be reliant on the pay-cheque from your existing job, but you can escape your job and do something you love. You may have to volunteer for a while, or retrain, or do the work part time for free – but you can change what you do.People underestimate what they can achieve in 5 years. You may set a plan for a year but not for 5 – but think where you were 5 years ago? Haven’t you come a long way?

Set a goal now for 5 years time. Are you doing your ideal job then? What are you doing? Write it down. Dream it. Then set goals to achieve it.


‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Napoleon Hill

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