10 Key Questions to Ask Yourself for a Detailed Personal Plan Review

Not everyone is a fan of setting goals, developing plans and setting up systems to support achievement of set targets, but I am. I believe in one way or another we all have our own way of developing and using something that is a guide for our life, our year, month, week and day. Over … Continue reading 10 Key Questions to Ask Yourself for a Detailed Personal Plan Review

What are you Worth in Career Terms? 5 Ways to Assess Yourself

Jessie looked at the contract offering her a new job. She was very excited to finally have found this opportunity. She looked at the figure on offer as her package and other benefits stated. While she had an idea of the salary scales for this type of role in the market, she was not sure … Continue reading What are you Worth in Career Terms? 5 Ways to Assess Yourself

5 Tips to Get you Started on Trends Research in Career Planning

When you mention the word trends, most people visualize the latest fashion, food, dance moves or language among many other lifestyle examples. On social media, what’s trending on Twitter for example, is a short-lived wave of posts and conversation linked to a topic using one hashtag. We have also heard about business trends, how the … Continue reading 5 Tips to Get you Started on Trends Research in Career Planning

Career Planning in 6 Steps ~ Your Guide to Sound Decisions and Actions

As a Career Coach, it is not uncommon for me to receive queries from people yearning for answers and guidance on how best to find a path to achieving career actions. These career actions vary from job search, career choice, education decisions, career transition, life purpose or a search for meaningful work to interview preparation. … Continue reading Career Planning in 6 Steps ~ Your Guide to Sound Decisions and Actions

Proactive Career Development ~ 10 Key Areas to Assess Yourself and Plan for

On one of my daily walks, my well-being-fix, a tiny stone found its way into my walking shoes. Despite knowing what to do to remove it and the discomfort experienced, I walked for about 4 kilometres with it until I got home. I don’t have a convincing response to: why Ennie? I pushed it to … Continue reading Proactive Career Development ~ 10 Key Areas to Assess Yourself and Plan for

Career Terms to Know – 5 Key Definitions

I had the pleasure of being invited to the Graca Machel Trust to facilitate a learning session on Careers and Wellness for all the staff. As I do with most career conversations, I start by asking the person’s definition and understanding of career, career development, career planning and career management. Many equate career to their … Continue reading Career Terms to Know – 5 Key Definitions

Understanding the World of Work and Careers – 5 Key Definitions

When I ventured into the world of career development, one of the things I struggled with was navigating all the terms. This is an introductory blog that I hope will make it easier for those who are interested in proactively and professionally managing their careers to know what they are talking about when they use … Continue reading Understanding the World of Work and Careers – 5 Key Definitions

Career decision-making or Education Path choice ~ 10 key guiding questions to consider ~

Career decision-making or Education Path choice ~ 10 key guiding questions for you ~ Know yourself in this moment of your life and Your future market:~ 1. What is your career goal? Or what do you want to do with any qualification/s you are thinking of pursuing? ~ start with the end in mind 2. … Continue reading Career decision-making or Education Path choice ~ 10 key guiding questions to consider ~

Journal Writing ~ 10 Tips from a Career Coach

Journal writing is a useful practice to connect with your thoughts, emotions, tap into inner wisdom, resolve issues and create or document your knowledge. Its a critical tool for promoting #wellness. The kind of journal writing I encourage is free writing. #Journal Writing Tips Here are ten tips to get you started... 1. #Timing - … Continue reading Journal Writing ~ 10 Tips from a Career Coach

People, Mindset and Environment – 3 Key Ingredients for Successful Learning

Learning requires many things to be in place for it to be successful. This week I settled on three, not sure why, but they are the three that I keep on coming back to. They are environment, people and mindset. Effective learning happens in an environment that is enabling and supportive. People are important as … Continue reading People, Mindset and Environment – 3 Key Ingredients for Successful Learning

How to Reboot Your Career in 90 Days

There are many reasons one would like to "reboot" their career. You may have been in a role for many year, you may reached a ceiling, you maybe looking for new directions to what no seems like repetitive work or you may just need a reboot to ensure you are engaged again. A reboot could … Continue reading How to Reboot Your Career in 90 Days

Self-awareness and its Importance in Leading your Life and achieving Career Goals

SHORT STORY ON KNOWING AND MANAGING YOURSELF: 💭 "I woke up in a dark mood. It mirrored the weather outside. I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything. I knew this Ennie. When she visited nothing would happen until I had taken care of her. She was "Ennie Inner Child" that needed soothing, to … Continue reading Self-awareness and its Importance in Leading your Life and achieving Career Goals

Career Story – How I became a Career Coach focused on Life Wellness, a Learning Expert and a Global Development Worker

[WARNING – This is an 8 minutes fast read OR a 25 minutes slow read] My name is Ennie Chipembere Chikwema. I am a Career Coach, a Learning Expert, a holistic Life Wellness Coach and a Global Development Worker. I exist to influence individuals and organisations to utilise a learning approach, for individuals to reach … Continue reading Career Story – How I became a Career Coach focused on Life Wellness, a Learning Expert and a Global Development Worker

Career Story ~ What is it? Why you need one and How to write it and Use it

In several moments and situations in my life and career journey I have had to answer the following questions - who are you? What do you do? What makes you the best candidate for this job? How would this opportunity fit with your life or career goals? What are your career goals? What do you … Continue reading Career Story ~ What is it? Why you need one and How to write it and Use it

To tap into the Career Opportunities Market – Build a Strong Social and Professional Network

Social and Professional Networks and “Opportunities” – what is the relationship? Once a year I immerse myself in at least one learning space and event with lots of new people. My goal will be to share my knowledge and expertise, as well as having this challenged and enriched by other ideas. My target is also … Continue reading To tap into the Career Opportunities Market – Build a Strong Social and Professional Network

Disrupted Career Pathways and the Working Retirement Trend – 10 Tips to Manage Transitions

Work arrangements and career pathways have not remained untouched as advances in technology have disrupted industries and daily life. Career paths are no longer linear or have an expiration date of 65+ years at retirement. Retirement itself is no longer a guaranteed life of rest and leisure or "declining economic contribution, as many have had … Continue reading Disrupted Career Pathways and the Working Retirement Trend – 10 Tips to Manage Transitions

Life Purpose – How to “Find” It and have a Meaningful Life and Career

At the cornerstone of meaningful work and life, is the search and use of life purpose. This is defined simply as, what you see as your reason for existing in life. It should provide an answer to the big life question ~ why are you here on earth? It is your intrinsic motivator and driver … Continue reading Life Purpose – How to “Find” It and have a Meaningful Life and Career

4 Generations in The Workplace and The Potential of Intergenerational Learning

There are 5 generations on earth and in any workplace, and there are likely to be 3 or 4 working together. This is a huge potential for intergenerational learning but could also be a source of much friction and misunderstanding. I have never paid attention, as closely as I do now, to issues of diversity … Continue reading 4 Generations in The Workplace and The Potential of Intergenerational Learning

15 Benefits You Can Negotiate for Other Than Salary – In a New Contract or Anytime at Work

At any point you can negotiate your contract and benefits, however, it is important to have a strategy and plan to do so. Negotiation is uncomfortable for most people, but it is a critical career management skill. There is also a gender dimension, as men usually negotiate more than women, whether its new contracts or … Continue reading 15 Benefits You Can Negotiate for Other Than Salary – In a New Contract or Anytime at Work

Tip Sheet ~ How to Map 25 Sources of Jobs and Plan Your Job Search

Finding or Creating your own job or work is a full-time project that requires you to be strategic for you to be successful. This Tip Sheet provides 6 detailed tips and resources to support you with organizing your self during a job search as well as a checklist of 4 sources of jobs/work offline, online, … Continue reading Tip Sheet ~ How to Map 25 Sources of Jobs and Plan Your Job Search