Blue Sky Update – December 2021

Christmas is behind us, and the days are getting a little longer; this is when I feel my spirits starting to lift – so, here’s my review for December as a career coach, writer, and human being.

Be gentle with yourself. You are doing the best you can – Paulo Coelho.

For some reason, this feels like a timely reminder – who knows how things will pan out in the lead up to Christmas. Can we, should we party? When is a party not a party 😉? Though I must admit, I am always pleased to notice the extra minutes of daylight we start to enjoy on Boxing Day. The lack of sunlight is one of my biggest struggles.

In any case, this week, I am sharing the latest post on Careerresilience – first published in October of this year, all about self-care in a demanding world.

I hope you find it helpful.

What is the point of LinkedIn, and why does it exist?

 Someone asked me these two questions earlier in the week – someone who has recently created a LinkedIn profile right at the start of their career. They wanted to understand if it was worth their while, especially as they could not see many other young people on the platform. Here I am thinking of the 16 – 25 age group? As it turns out, there are out there, but I am not sure they are as active. Maybe I am wrong about this?

But, in response to their question, I talked about finding opportunities and building relationships – I can point to substantial pieces of work that I believe would not have happened without LinkedIn helping me build and sustain certain relationships. And over the years, I am finding that LinkedIn is playing a more significant role in my learning and development – helping me keep abreast of developments in careers management and broader issues. And I am not talking about their learning platform/tool/application. I also think of it as a living CV, something you can amend, adapt and change as you move forward – which reminds me that my profile is probably due for a review and update 😉.

So, what would your answer be?

Funnily enough, they have already forwarded a job opportunity via LinkedIn to a friend. It just goes to show.

My stages of parenthood

Changing nappies

Sterilising bottles

Moving to solids

Watching their first steps

First day of school

Friendship wobbles

GCSEs results

A’Levels results

First payslip

Trips to universities

Helping them prepare their first invoice

I really couldn’t be prouder, and where has all that time gone?

That’s me done for 2021

I am signing off for 2021, so all that’s left for me to do is wish you all

For the up-and-coming holidays, however, you are choosing to spend them.

If you are looking for something to read, here is a link to my latest short story,  A Strange Comfort. It is another imaginary conversation between Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. It’s been a busy year, so I am pleased to finish it.

I hope you enjoy it.

Until next month

Janice

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