Why is it such a challenge to pitch and why is it also a challenge to give someone a feedback?

Job4U2, in collaboration with Gyrate, has recently organised a Pitch & Challenge Feedback on LinkedIn. An impressive number of people have been curious about it and have taken a first step to better understand what pitching and feedback were about.

Very few have dared to step in. Indeed Sharing a pitch on a Linkedin group, not knowing who will be reading it is not an easy step to take. It does indeed require stepping out of the comfort zone.

Why proposing this challenge then? Because we believe it is all about stepping out of the comfort zone.

Looking for a job in a foreign country where nobody else than yourself can back you up on your expertise and ability to create value for an employer, require stepping out of the comfort zone.

Starting a business or an independent activity, having to sell your products or your services and convince people to trust you, engaging them into a commercial relationship, is about stepping out of the comfort zone.

Working your way into an organisation and progressing within that organisation requires stepping out of the comfort zone. Obtaining the deserved recognition requires indeed stepping out of the comfort zone. If we want to progress in our professional life we need the courage  to step up and be ready for exposure and even seek exposure and feedback.

Providing feedback to someone can at first seem a bit scary. It feels personal, and on receiving feedback it gets even more personal. On the other hand, not being open to feedback is a missed opportunity to improve your skills and think of how your feedback can really move the needle in someone else’s life!

Providing feedback on another person’s pitch is a demanding exercise. It requires you to put yourself aside and disregard what the other person thinks or feels and focus on helping the other person improve. This level of abnegation is not easy to reach, but think of the impact your feedback can have on another person’s performance and professional future.  

For most of us, direct, transparent feedback does not come natural. This is part of the reason why I value so much what Gyrate represents. Their purpose is to introduce transparent feedback culture into organizations, giving team members the right set of tools to provide relatable feedback to each other that helps them improve performance and progress in their professional career.  

Realising where we set our own limits and becoming conscious about them is a major step towards gaining the ability to outperform them. Sometime we realise that something we found easy at first, when having to actually do it, is encountering inner resistance. A coach is a person who welcome these limits and who invite you to have the curiosity to go and approach them with benevolence and to find the motivation to outplace them.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

 

The 10 secret keys to unlock your potential and build a network from scratch in no time.

A definition for Networking that has been circulating some time ago in the media was “The unpleasant task of trading favors with strangers.”

In truth, this is exactly how networking feels at first for most people I work with as a career
coach.
Fortunately, they are efficient technics for building a network quickly and keys to make the process more comfortable and sometime, yes enjoyable.

Key 1: start by taking care of yourself by refilling your energy level. When reaching out to others, they intuitively caliber on your mood and energy level. If you shine, they’ll give you more back than if you don’t. Nurture your optimism and treat yourself kindly.

Key2: Fill your life with something that animate you: If you do not find your own life interesting, you could not expect other to be interested in it in return.

Key3: Understand what your values are, the ones preventing you to fully emerge yourself into the networking activities and the ones which could be used as resources.

 Key4: Identify the sabotaging voice whispering in your head and call it for what it is “your inner sabotaging voice” which may well be telling you something different than what the reality is really about.

Key5: Levering on your resource values, craft an empowering positive say annihilating the inner sabotaging voice, make it your mantra.

Key6: Research, follow, reach, watch out, be on top of things to know what is happening in your world.

Key7: find a networking mate or several of them and let people know where you are networking, you increase the chance to meet known
faces where you’ll be.

Top 8: Let go on the result, connect to the present and allow yourself to simply enjoy being there.

Key9: After each networking session, make it a routine to carry on a benevolent debriefing with yourself: what went well? What did you do
that make it go well? What could you have done even better?

Key10: Reach to a coach or a mentor to help you orchestrating the above tips.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven

job4U2

About the author:
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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

15 trendy jobs for the future- 3 criteria to find yours (part 2/5: IT & Digitalisation )

The jobs selected for this series of blogs are all occupations which demand will increase in the coming years.
4 categories will see the most important upwards trends: Healthcare and Personal Care / IT & Digitalisation / Environment Care / Education and Professional supports / Factory 4.0.

For each presented trendy job, we provide 3 criteria to help you assess if that is something for you:

  • Entrance efforts: How much learning efforts one would need to deploy to step in that new occupation field: low, mid, high.
  • Growth trend: Some sectors will grow faster and more intensively than others: low, mid, high.
  • Local Language requirements: Some occupations will have some global or regional reach and some others will be more local, implying different languages requirements: low, high.

In today’s blog, the focus is given to 3 jobs in the category IT and digitalization .
When available, we provide some further information about the way, in Switzerland, to  educate yourself for these professions.

IoT security

IOT Security experts prepare against cyberattacks on IoT networks, the threats and risks related to Internet of Things devices and services are manifold and they evolve rapidly. McKinsey Global Institute expects IoT’s economic impact to surpass $6 trillion in the next 9 years. No surprise that Cybersecurity professionals are already in great demand, and that will continue into the future, as attacks grow more sophisticated and technologies to fight them advance.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: IoT Security experts master cyber security aspects and have an in-depth knowledge of all the elements involved in the IoT ( Data base, data analytics, user interface, connectivity, etc) . A background in computer Sciences is preferred and might be completed with a specialisation in Cybersecurity (ETZ offers a DAS and a CAS in Cyber Security) and courses on IoT (EPFL offers continuous education on IoT)

Computer vision engineers

Computer Vision is a key ingredient in developing great virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technology. Computer vision engineers apply machine learning and deep learning to computer vision problems. They conceive proof-of-concept prototypes that establish overall system performance, analyze and improve efficiency, scalability and stability of various deployed system. Demand for computer vision engineers has grown steadily since 2013. Considering that investments in AR and VR are expected to grow from $11.4 billion in 2017 to $215 billion in 2021, not to mention the expected rise of self-driving cars, the demand for computer vision engineers will accelerate in the coming years.

Entrance effort: high
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: Master or PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics or related technical field. (See Swiss Universities EPFL, ETHZ , University of Bern)

App developer 

Undoubtedly, the app development industry is huge and will continue to grow with no end in sight. The demand mobile app development services grows faster and faster and has already exceed the internal IT organisations capacity. Mobile App developers are software developers who specialised in mobile technology such as building apps for Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platforms. Job titles also include Android developers and iOS developers. Mobile app developers’ primary duty is to create, maintain and implement the source code to develop mobile apps and programs that meet the needs and requirements of the clients using the computer programming languages.

Entrance effort: mid
Growth trend: high
Local Language requirement: low

Education: B.S. or M.S in Computer Science and more importantly a good control of the different computer languages that can be used in application development ( Python, Java, PHP, C++, C#, Swift, QML, etc). A training and certification in most languages can be acquired through online courses. Proven experience using these languages will often been required.

In upcoming blogs you will discover jobs related to Environment Care, Education and Professional supports  and to Factory 4.0. Chapter 1 of this Trendy Jobs dossier was about trendy jobs in Healthcare and Personal Care and is already available here.

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2 About the author:

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Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.

Why Job Searching with a positive mindset is more effective than without?

Have you noticed that when you reply “I am looking for a job!” when asked “what are you doing?”, your interlocutor often seems embarrassed, sometime even sorry for you?

To most people job searching calls into negative thoughts, uncomfortable feelings and into something to be avoided if you can.

Is displeasure and sorrow what you anticipate as you enter in your job search journey?
Is it what your relatives fear you will meet in your quest?

At this stage, I would like to advance a hypothesis and see if you could agree with it:

If one person can enjoy a job search, another one can too.
Right?

Life has blessed me with 4 job searches so far. 3 of them, I enjoyed a lot.
One was about a career change: it was all about exploring a field I was extremely curious about. Each application was feeding my hunger for new perspectives and my thirst for knowledge for the sector I was willing to enter. No need to say that with such a motivation, my job search has been pretty short, and I was hired very quickly.

Another one was occurring because I had relocated abroad. I visited the Netherlands and Belgium at the pace of the invitations to interviews I received. Each interview was a reason for a touristic discovery tour in a new city, I was looking forward to each appointment. The right job crossed my way before I was done with the exploration: there are still parts of the Netherlands that I don’t know!

The third job search was a personal discovery trip: I was not really sure what I was going to do next. I did a lot of research’s, most of them taking me away from employment type of roles. It ended up in one interview which was the revelation: I discovered I wanted to create my own company while I was being interviewed! 3 months after it was live.

The only time I did not enjoy a job search was the first one I conducted, right after graduation. I was expecting it to be unpleasant, it has been. Looking back now, I am not surprised, my mind-set anticipated the annoyance and shaped it.

The lesson I’ve learned with these personal experiences has since been reinforced by what I witness, as a career coach, with my coachees. The moment job search become enjoyable, success is always just around the corner.
An enjoyable job search can mean different things depending on who you are: it can be a source of knowledge, a way to discover a new country, to get accounted to a new culture, to discover a new industry, to ease off on the pedal, to practice a language, to get out of the house, to be challenged, to score a success, to meet new people, to touch your own limits, etc.

The very first things you can do to enter into your own form of job search enjoyment is to adjust your belief from “job search is a pain“ to your own version of what a job search could alternatively be.
Go for a double objective:
– Objective 1: find a job.
– Objective 2: [ articulate here your own enjoyment objective for during your job search ]

Then switch objective 1 with objective 2. Doesn’t it already feel better?

Why Job searching with a positive mindset is so important?

Have you ever noticed what happens when you start a day smiling? When you know that you will be successful? When you are truly enjoying what you do?

Job search does not work any differently.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.