Category: career

How can you know that it is time to change your job (or not)?

How do you feel about your day at work when you’re waking up? It was long time ago,but I remember when going to work started gave me more pain than pleasure. I was grateful for the job.Some might even say that it was really good job and I certainly thought that when I was applying for it.

But now, after some time working there I was starring mindlessly through the window and phone was ringing for quite some time on my desk.I wasn’t there.”Are you gonna get that?” someone shouted, I woke up.

I have some vague ideas bouncing at the back of my mind about what to do next. But I kept saying to myself “That’s a great job. You can’t do that to them. They’ve invested a lot in you. They gave you a chance”. It was all true,but why was I feeling so bad about myself?

It wasn’t logical. It was a good job and I was good at it.I didn’t understand what’s going on,so I’ve buried my feelings under some extra work. But those feelings got worse.

I didn’t know that then,but I was feeling that this place is not for me and I didn’t want to admit it.

It usually works like that. We are so logical and practical that we don’t want to admit what we really want. Once I got clear about what I really wanted and I accepted it, I felt light. I felt relieved.

Then the decision to change the job was easy. I was clear that I don’t belong there and that I want to move to something more exciting.

 

Take your desires seriously. They will nag you. They will get more intensive. Take your time and listen to them. What do really want? Stay? Get a rise? Change? Listen carefully. If you try to bury them under more responsibilities they will come up even stronger.

 

 

 

The number one way to deal with frustrations in your job

No matter if it’s miscommunication with your boss, buggy software or bad data, problems can bring us down and keep us down. Bad week at work can even takes it toll on your family life and even on your health. Are we at the mercy of bad circumstances?

You need to use your well developed problem solving skills (hey Analysts!) and focus to figure what is the problem is all about and what would be the best solution.

But wait. We have one fundamental problem here…

It about subjectivity of human experience. It’s similar to maps. As you know we can present a data in all sorts of ways that will influence how our audience will interpret it.

We look at problems as untrained public read maps – superficially. We need to dig deeper to find how to handle it.

With our problems we’re our own audience and we could feel our own interpretation of a problem in our gut.

Is our first interpretation the best one? If you react with frustration to a situation you could probably find a different perspective that would work better for you.

“Hogwash! There’s just one way the right way,my way of looking at it” you might say.

Well, how’s that working for you? Are you feeling emotions boiling up when you think about it?

Those interpretations are complex creatures. They depend on our upbringing, origin and past life experience, our ideas of what’s right and wrong.

Sometimes those emotions are really strong. Maybe you feel that you can’t control them. Especially when you have them often.

If situation like that comes up ask yourself “Why I am reacting like that?” and you will discover an interpretation, then follow with “Is sticking to my interpretation worth the stress?”, and then “How can I see it differently and let go of the stress?”

Those three simple questions will work if you practice them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 questions to ask yourself to discover your perfect GIS job

Thinking about the GIS job that you really want can be confusing. How to go about it? What are the posibilites? Answer honestly those ten questions and you will be on your way. One important tip is to not rush through it. Take your time and do your best.

  1. What are five things that I like about GIS field?
  2. Why those five?
  3. What are five applications of GIS that really ring my bells?
  4. Which one is the most interesting for me?
  5. Why is it interesting to me?
  6. How would my work look like doing this?
  7. What would be most satisfing part of this work?
  8. Why is that?
  9. What five tasks would I do there that I would really enjoy?
  10. Why those five?

 

Facing Face to Face – 5 Tips to Make Professional Networking Easy

Most of us are really comfortable with computers and technology. Interaction with humans seem to be a bit more complex.

It’s easier to connect with people via the Internet rather than in flesh.

Most of us dread meeting people at conferences and industry events. We do not know how to start a conversation and what to talk about. The whole experience feels like struggle.

I love live events. You can meet your heroes.Learn about what’s going on in the industry. Exchange war stories. Meet interesting people.Find great job opportunities. Have a really good time.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about making the best of each live event. Here are the most important things to remember:

1. Relax and let the conversation flow.

Eagerness is priceless,but when you first try to meet people, keep it cool. Do not hand them your card right after you greet them. Keep it simple.

If you don’t like the typical small talk use something that was interesting in one of the lectures as a conversation starter. GIS is a very diverse field, but one subject is close to pretty much everyone in the industry – maps.Use it if it feels right.

Don’t force the conversation, If it is a good one it will flow.

2. Don’t try to connect with everyone.

Quality trumps quantity. Each person is unique. You are naturally drawn to some people,but not to others in any given time.

Don’t try to be everything to everyone. If you can have a nice chat with someone that’s a good start.

3. Do not be afraid to participate in an informal parts of conferences.

Those are the really the key to developing good relationships. Or at least they are a very good starting point.

You can learn a lot by attending lectures, but don’t forget to watch for opportunities to just go out and have a launch or explore a city.

One of the best way to get to know people is to eat with them. Maybe it’s because we are more  focused on food rather than on our social insecurities. It works.

4. Develop an interest in people, learn to listen.

It is amazing how many people don’t know how to listen. They talk about themselves all the time. There is no room for a dialog. And dialog is the fundament of a good rapport with others.

I like to listen to people. It’s just like reading a book. Granted. Not all stories are as good as one in the books,but they are often fascinating (and useful).

5. Be patient, building relationships takes time.

“But, what about me?” you might say. “I’m looking for a job, informations etc.”

If you take some time to get to know people you will see who’s the best to ask about whatever you need to know.

People are often very generous with their advice and knowledge while they have a chance get you to know you a little. Be patient, watch and listen carefully.