What did you learn at Learning at Work Week?

This year’s Learning at Work Week (LAWW) seemed more low key than previous years. Maybe the election is distracting all those journalists who write about careers and the world of work.

Learning-at-Work-Week-Curious-Creative I did deliver two very well attended sessions at Disney in Hammersmith as part of their events for LAWW. I really enjoy these sessions. I am fascinated by the fact that most people give so little thought to their career despite the amount of time they spend working over their lifetime. It is so pleasurable to help people get an insight into their values and talents.

Here’s a couple of tweets and pics taken on the day by our Business Development Executive, Hannah Moran

I was disappointed that LAWW didn’t generate much publicity. Most people need help when it comes to planning their career. Employers via LAWW can create awareness amongst their people and particularly their responsibility to take the time to understand what is important and what it is they like doing and are consequently good at. Knowing what is important and what it is we like doing is essential for job satisfaction.

There is nothing worse than that Sunday evening feeling of dreading the return to work on Monday morning. I believe everyone can have job satisfaction and career success.  You just need to spend the time to understand yourself.

Career Ladders AppSelf-investment is critical for long-term employability. Employability is all about having skills and knowledge the marketplace is buying both now and more importantly in the future. Sadly, all too often, we think just working hard and doing the best job we can will preserve our employment status. There is no UK employer that can guarantee you a job for life.  It is essential you take the time to self-invest. Ask yourself. have you been appreciating as an asset?

At the point of setting up 10Eighty, I created an App, a game of Snakes and Ladders which in effect audits how well you are presently managing your career. There are 8 simple questions. Answer the question correctly, you go up a ladder; answer incorrectly, you go down the snake. Following each question you get a personalised career tip on what you need to do to ensure you maintain employability.

This app is free at both the App Store and on Google Play. Just type in 10Eighty Careers Ladder.  Please take the time to answer the questions and reflect on the answers.  Responsibility for managing your career rests with you and you alone.  The upside is job satisfaction and career success.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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