Making the Most Out of Your Career

We spend many of our waking hours at work, so we better love what we do. So how can you work more joyfully, not to mention more intelligently and quickly? Finding your creative flow and sparking innovative juices are important, as is pulling together in team spirit. 

Of course, for some individuals–those who suffer from conditions like acute stress disorder–careers are affected by issues beyond normal behavior. 

Recent posts on Career

Becoming a Successful Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
The art of fitting in while retaining your personhood.

Gaining Your Instructors' Respect

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in How To Do Life
Hint: grade-grubbing won't do it.

What If You Lose Your Job?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
Turning a lemon into lemonade

Ninja Parenting

By Bruce Grierson on August 22, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
The Parenting Dilemma: are you a tennis player or a rock climber?

The 10 Things I Learned From David Bowie

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in In Excess
It has been alleged that David Bowie had many addictions during his career (cocaine, sex). Despite such alleged behavior, David Bowie taught me lots of things. Here are 10 of them.

To Heal Trauma, Work with the Body

When cognitive therapy is not enough to heal trauma, consider taking a body-based approach.

How to Plan Your Career

Are you a Plotter, a Pantser, or somewhere in between? Your career plan needs to fit you.

Terry’s Tale

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
A career searcher’s saga

Emoticons in Work Emails Create Impression of Incompetence

By Gwendolyn Seidman Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Close Encounters
New research examines how using emoticons affects first impressions. Emoticons may be beneficial in some situations, but can make you look less competent in professional settings.

When Your Boss Is a Bully or Worse: What Can You Do?

By Peg Streep on August 18, 2017 in Tech Support
Our working lives take up a lot of time and, sometimes, emotional space. What to do when your work is wrecking your state of mind?

Hands-On Careers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
The fourth in a series on interesting careers.

How Awful is Work, Really?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Human Beast
People talk about work as though it were before the Industrial Revolution. In reality work today is much better but our perceptions have not kept track.
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Did You Have a Productive Summer?

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Rethinking Thought
Why do we feel that we have to produce something, like an egg squeezed from a chicken, to justify three months of life?

Careers for Data-Oriented People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in How To Do Life
The third in a series on interesting careers.

Careers for People People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
The second in a series on interesting careers.
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How to Simplify Your Career

By Caroline Beaton on August 15, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
A simple career hinges on a deep, daily understanding of what’s necessary.

11 Careers for Word People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
The first in a series on interesting careers.

Smart Onboarding

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 14, 2017 in How To Do Life
Tips for getting off to a great start on your new job.
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Why Some Grown Women Sound Like Girls

By Deborah Grayson Riegel MSW on August 13, 2017 in Speak Easy
Up-speak, breathiness and sing-songy voices are costing women their professional credibility. Here's why.

Three Questions for New Grads

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in How To Do Life
Should you defy the conventional choices?

Why Leaders With a Moral Purpose Have More Engaged Workers

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in The New Resilience
A sense of purpose underlies what we go after, or pass by; and affects the consequences of both. A new study shows how a moral vision of leaders leads to more productive workers.

Why Are We Doing This, Sir? What's The Point?

By Nick Luxmoore on August 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
How to make sense of the adult world without having the identity of a traditional profession? How to develop a sense of personal agency in a world where the rules keep changing?

The Big 3 Myths of Cultural Adaptation

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Adaptation
Why your instincts are so often wrong when crossing cultures -- and what you can do about it

Hey Prof, The Xbox Goes Over There!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 12, 2017 in Social Lights
What might surprise you during move in weekend

Making Your Education Career-Ready

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
Wringing maximum benefit from your undergraduate or graduate experience.

Who's More Emotionally Intelligent, and Does Gender Matter?

Are women really poorly suited for careers in tech? One Google engineer’s claims got him fired. The facts based on personality research prove that Google made the right decision.

Preventing Hangovers

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Human Beast
They can have adverse effects on productivity, health, and well being. Is there an effective remedy?

World Peace: How Do We Keep Nations from Thermonuclear War?

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Five Percent
How do we keep nations from engaging in global thermonuclear warfare and destroying the planet? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.

Making the Most out of Your Summer Internship

Here are ten steps to a successful internship, but they can also be the keys to career success.

Starting Out

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in How To Do Life
Your first school year out of school. (Gulp!)