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After First City Trust – more flip flops

After First City Trust – more flip flops

So my time at First City Trust came to an end. It was another classic misstep in managing my career. In order to get a job, I took on a task that was probably doomed to failure from the outset. It was a great idea, but difficult to execute. Taking a position without ensuring adequate support is always a recipe for disaster from a career perspective. Learnings were limited and yet again I would be forced to make a lateral…

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The roaring nineties

The roaring nineties

Coming into the 1990s, I had quite the situation on my hands. No job, a failed business opportunity and a tightening labor market. But ever resilient I kept on going. On the home front, I had little help. Everyone has their own baggage and I remember my partner being an anchor. We make many choices in life, well it’s not the time and place to discuss this one. I’ll add one more point here that the reader might think about….

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Where am I at?

Where am I at?

It’s useful to step back and take these experiences and distil them into a series of learnings. What should I have learned from all this? There is a pattern of job-hopping here that is corrosive to a career. I must have changed jobs seven times in fifteen years. Think about that. That’s a new job every other year. It’s difficult to build a firm foundation anywhere with that kind of resume; I certainly knew how to find a new position….

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Moving right along

Moving right along

Having made the decision to join the tax group, there was more to come. Managing your career is important. Left on its own, you may end up spinning your wheels. I decided that I should move to another city once and for all. So the job search began once again. Take note that I seem to spend more time looking for jobs than I seem to have the job. This is a pattern that would continue on for the rest of…

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The boss – watch it

The boss – watch it

My bosses and what I have learned Needless to say, given the number of jobs that I’ve had, I have also seen a lot of bosses. One thing that I can tell you for sure, the boss is not your friend. Every time I assumed that the boss was on my side and supportive of me, I generally got screwed. There are senior people that may be your mentor, but they are hard to find and for some reason, they…

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Career management

Career management

You’ve got to love it! I did a quick search on the term “career management”. What shows up are a lot of websites that are from universities and placement firms. In my opinion, these websites are often of limited usefulness. Here is a wholistic definition of career management: Career management is the combination of structured planning and the active management choice of one’s own professional career. The outcome of successful career management should include personal fulfillment, work/life balance, goal achievement and financial…

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