Disability Needn't Mean Reduced Productivity

When you’re involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault or afflicted by an illness, it can have long term and life-changing consequences. You may even be unable to continue in your present job or career. This can rob you of your long-term and short-term goals and even lead to a degree of identity crisis. For the seasoned professional or dynamic entrepreneur, a disability caused by unexpected illness or injury can feel like the end of your world. However, just because you are unable to continue on your present course does not mean that you are forever condemned to languish of what might have been. Many disabled people propel themselves into productive and financially rewarding careers either in new jobs or as freelancers.

Here are some tips to staying productive when affected by unexpected disability…


Get in touch with a disability lawyer as soon as possible

If you’re unable to work as a result of your disability, there’s a good chance that this will place a great deal of financial stress upon you. Not only is this the last thing you need when trying to launch a new business, enterprise or career, stress and anxiety can even impede your physical, emotional and psychological recovery. A long term disability lawyer contact can be a huge blessing in this scenario. They can work with you to prepare your claim to ensure that you will get all disability insurance you are entitled to and fight your corner should your claim be rejected. This will ease the financial pressure on you and allow you to keep the bills paid while you prepare yourself for a new career trajectory.


Pain and productivity

Your disability, whether it is a long or short term condition will more than likely lead to periods of pain and discomfort. These will, inevitably, impact upon your productivity. While it may be tempting to bemoan this or become frustrated by it, it’s far more conducive to your productivity simply to make your peace with it and resign yourself to the fact that some days you may be less productive and on other days you may struggle to get anything done at all. Factor this into your deadlines, organization and scheduling and you’ll be far better off. Any freelancer knows the danger of over-extending themselves and while it may seem counter-intuitive, being realistic with yourself and setting achievable goals will be far better for productivity than overreaching.


Managing your money

Whether you freelance or work for an employer, there will likely be a learning curve when it comes to money management. Some insurers, for example, may place a cap on how much you are able to earn which can lead to money management issues and the dreaded disability debt spiral.

It may be worth looking into ways in which you can consolidate or reorganize debts in order to make your monthly outgoings easier to manage. Remember also, that your new career change will likely incur some tax deductible expenses which will reduce your tax obligation leaving you with more income to invest back into your business and keep the wolf from the door.



With proper motivation and organization disability needn’t mean reduced productivity!


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Careers Offering Great Progression & Development

A big part of finding happiness in life is finding the right career path to go down. A lot of people have false starts in which they start a career, realize it’s going nowhere, and switch to a different one. They could do this a few times before they finally find their rightful place.

The reason people have these false starts is normally because the career they’re in offers zero progression. They get to a point where they can’t move forward, and it doesn’t satisfy them.

Keeping that in mind, it’s important that you find a career where the opposite is true. Instead of keeping you in the same place, your career should offer you the chance to progress forward and develop as a person. In today's post, you will find four careers that can offer exactly that:

Sales

Working in sales will always offer you the chance of moving forward and furthering your career. The great thing about being a sales executive is that it doesn't require any degrees or specific educational qualifications. All you need is the ability to sell things to anyone, anywhere. People start off in very low-rank sales positions where they might deal with low-level clients that aren’t very important. But, as you make more and more sales, you can progress forward and see promotion after promotion until you’re an experienced sales manager leading a team of people and handling high-profile clients. Progression is always there, and it’s the natural path to follow in sales. If you’re good at what you do, you won’t stay at the bottom for long.

Nursing

As a career, nursing offers a great deal of progression and development for you. It also happens to be an incredibly rewarding career that requires a lot of work and commitment. There are plenty of degrees available for you to pursue, from BSN to MSN programs, if you want to kick start your nursing career. At the base level, you can take a bachelor of science in nursing to get your feet off the ground and find an entry level nursing job. This then gives you the opportunity to work your way up to higher positions through merit. Alternatively, it gives you the option to pursue a master of science in nursing to further your career and be qualified for higher up positions in management. The career ladder here is very tall, you can start your way at the bottom and work your way up through the years. During which, you can develop your skills, which is also a bonus.

Management

Management is a big part of every company and organization throughout the world. People are required to manage others and oversee how everything runs. If you’ve been on this blog before then, you’ll notice a previous article I spoke about getting ahead in management. You may want to give it a read if you’re serious about pursuing a career like this. While some people may think there’s no profession in management, they’re wrong. It may seem like the manager is the boss, but there are almost always people above them. You’ve got junior managers, senior managers, office managers, etc. There’s always someone on top of someone else, making sure they’re doing everything right. Of course, once you get into an entry level management job, the window of opportunity is there. By showing your worth and being committed to a role, you can open that window to opportunities higher up the ladder.

Web Development

In a world dominated by technology, getting involved in web development can be a clever career move. You will find courses and degrees that teach you how to hone your web development skills and come out with a qualification. However, much like sales, it’s your talent that shines through the most. You don’t need to have a degree if you’re wildly talented, but it might help make you look even better. With this career, you start off as a junior web developer lending a helping hand in various projects. You could work for a team that’s tasked with developing sites, and your job is to simply handle a small part of each project. Then, as you gain more experience and get better at your craft, the opportunities open for you to move up the ladder. You can fight your way to the top and become a lead web developer that’s now in charge of all the projects and dictates what everyone should do.

All four of these careers are remarkably different from one another. However, they all share one common idea; they let you move forward and advance your career, which means you’ll never be left static in a job that doesn’t reward your work ethic.


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How To Get Ahead In Management

I know that I normally don't make these kinds of posts, however, I feel as though since I am in my doctoral Clinical Psychology program (and will eventually start my own practice) as well as owning a fitness and nutrition business, I felt as though some of you could benefit from this post. Whether you are looking to start your own business or grow within your current company, hopefully these tips will prove helpful to you.


More and more women are making career moves into leadership and management positions. And there are plenty of lovely ladies out there that have proven themselves to be successful entrepreneurs. If you’re ready to join the ranks of inspiring women, then it’s time to set a few goals, make a few changes, and go for it!

Looking Like You Belong

It’s difficult for young women to feel like they belong among the ranks of management. Should you dress for the job, or try to stay authentically you? There is a lot to be said for a carefully selected wardrobe. You don’t have to go for a power-suit though! Instead, dress as the confident, attractive and stylish woman you are. Wear the makeup and hairstyle you are comfortable with. Don’t forget - your posture and eye contact are the things other managers will notice the most.

Feeling Like You Belong

A lack of confidence will do you no good in a boardroom. If you feel you don’t deserve to be there, then that will come through. Chances are you’ll soon talk yourself out of the role altogether. Boost your confidence with a couple of online management courses. When you realize you already know most of the content and your skills are reaffirmed, you can march back in the room with your head held high. Of course, an extra formal qualification will make your bosses pay more attention too.

Making Waves

You’re a young, confident business woman and you are full of great ideas. Don’t be afraid to share them! It’s really important that you develop them fully first if you want stakeholders to buy into them though. Start by preparing a research pack to back up your claims. Summarize this data on a single page or powerpoint slide. Make sure your presentation is short, concise, and answers the questions you think you would be asked. Rehearse! Now make an appointment, call a meeting, and get your ideas out there.

Your Subordinates

Managing others is probably a big part of your job. Make sure they are happy and healthy in their role by regularly reviewing their position. Identify the staffing problems common to the business, and try to find appropriate solutions. If a better benefits package improves retention and attracts more talent, then start looking into vision insurance quotes and health insurance opportunities. Would extra training or a pay review help improve morale? Ask a few questions, compile your research, and propose the solution.

Your Future

You won’t be in this role forever. What you do here will dictate just how far you go in the future. It’s worth keeping a portfolio of all the projects you’re working on. Detail how you contributed and what the overall impact on the business was. In just a couple of years, this role will be second nature to you. You’ll know everything there is to know about doing the job, and you may be ready for the next challenges. How can you be sure you’ll be able to take on a next-level job? Make the most of now, and prepare for a successful career.


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