Despite our best hopes, COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon.
This will continue to impact how we think about and navigate education, skill development, job searching and our careers.
As far as job searching and your career goes, Austin Belcak has you covered.
Austin is the Founder of Cultivated Culture, which helps people use unconventional strategies to land jobs they love (without connections, without traditional "experience," and without applying online). He has also served Director of Partner Development at Microsoft in New York City since 2015.
Austin has helped thousands of job seekers land offers at Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Uber, Spotify, Deloitte, Accenture, Sequoia Capital, Tesla, SpaceX, ESPN, The NFL, & more.
Cultivated Culture has continued to help people get great jobs through the pandemic, and his community has grown to over 350,000 people in just 4 years through his website, email...
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It's so easy to think about what we DON'T have right now.
I catch myself thinking about things I miss like:
I'm sure you have your list, too.
But this is the problem:
When we focus on what we don't have, compared to what we expect to have (what we consider "normal"), we feel negative emotions like fear, stress, anxiety, sadness and anger.
During this pandemic or not, I've found that when I feel negative emotions, 100% of the time it's because something that happened didn't line up with my expectations of "what normal should be."
These negative emotions affect our mood, our productivity, how we treat others and even our physical health.
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Before this pandemic, if you would have asked me...
"How would you do if you were forced to be in your condo for 2 straight weeks?"
...I would have had a pretty negative answer.
But surprisingly, after 15 days and counting of self-quarantine, I feel really good.
That is directly related to this list of 10 items I hope you consider using for yourself and your students over the next several weeks.
With less commuting, less program and club meetings, less social gatherings and potentially less schoolwork, this is an amazing time to focus on improving our lives and the lives of our students.
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At first, I panicked. I was worried everything would come to a halt and I'd be sitting inside, bored and with nothing to do.
Then, I realized I was overreacting. Things were...
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