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Returning to the daily grind
Calling all Adult Learners
Mental Health Week 7 - 13 October 2012
Decisions ... Decisions ...
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Returning to the daily grind

Welcome to a new week, and the first day at work for 2013 for many of us.
 
If (like me) you are feeling a little fidgety and distracted in returning to work following the silly season, you are not alone!! For most of us, coming back to the workplace after any time off is manageable but can be a time of mixed emotion – excited to be returning to colleagues and fulfilling jobs we like, while feeling a bit blue that our time will no longer be ‘free’ during work hours. For others, returning to work can be a significant stressor which can lead to feelings of despair, anxiety and becoming easily overwhelmed.

Calling all Adult Learners

Being a student can be exciting, daunting, nerve-wracking and hard work – but most of all it is rewarding! Learning skills to enter a new vocation, or building on your current skills through formal education can equip you with career longevity as well as keeping you interested and engaged.
The ABS reported that in 2006-2007 four out of five adults aged between 25-64 participated in learning (including non-formal, informal and formal). Of this percentage, almost half had used the internet as a learning tool in the home, and over 80% of learners were engaged in paid employment (casual, part time or full time).

Mental Health Week 7 - 13 October 2012

It’s Mental Health Week from 7 – 13 October and the perfect opportunity to do a little inventory on your own mental health.
 
We sometimes forget that mental health is just as important as our physical wellbeing. In the absence of good mental health and emotional resilience hurdles can seem higher, struggles more intense, and the everyday challenges harder to deal with.
 
Mental health struggles can impact on every facet of our lives including our relationships with others, our engagement in enjoyable activities, our physical health, our participation at work, and our overall wellbeing.

Decisions ... Decisions ...

A significant part of my career development job is helping people with decision making.
 
I often speak with adults who tell me that they found decision making much easier when they were younger, and that they felt much more confident in their ability to make life changing decisions impulsively. I know that I personally spend increasingly more time pondering the “what if’s” when it comes to decision making than Iever did when I was younger.
 
Some of the common questions I hear from adults include:

Doing your homework

For much of the country we’re now settling in to another working week following the long weekend. It’s a time of year where many of us begin to ponder our achievement over the year so far and question many things like whether the job we are inremains challenging and enjoyable;  whether to undertake training in the new year; and whether a new career direction is called for.
 
A quick review of google today identified a significant number of employment, resume and personal development services flooding the market at the moment, and highlights how confusing it can be when trying to find quality advice on making changes within your career or general development pathway.
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