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[tweetmeme only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DIn his 2005 address to Stanford graduates, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges them to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks.

Drawing on some of the pivotal moments on his own life, this speech inspires us to do what we love, and to “stay hungry, stay foolish.”

[tweetmeme only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DThese days it’s becoming increasingly popular to change careers later on in life in the search for something more meaningful and fulfilling.

But mid-life, or even retirement age career changes often take more courage than those in our twenties and thirties. We’re older, we have more at stake, and the grey ceiling can make switching jobs more difficult.

The good news is: for many of us these fears pale in comparison to the opportunity to do something meaningful with the second part of our lives. And with a bit of careful planning: it’s possible to find a career that is both fulfilling and practical.

The following articles are a great place to get started:

  • A 14-step plan by about.com to make your career transition manageable and help you re-envision the second half of your life
  • Four strategies from What’sNext for choosing the direction of your career change, including putting together the right team of supporters and advisers
  • Our earlier post discussing zenployment, or the quest for a new career that is more in line with you goals and values

You may also like to check-out this video by Paul Clitheroe discussing career choices  and the need for careful planning.

Or if you need a helping hand, feel free to come and see us.

[tweetmeme only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWe all have things we dream of doing ‘one day’. But for many of us saying them out loud, let alone actually doing them, can be terrifying.

In this video US columnist, author and mother two, Kelly Corrigan, dares you to take the first step.

Big and little sister, Megan and Diane

[tweetmeme single_only= false http://www.URL.com%5DWinston Churchill once said “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” And one of the best ways to give back to your industry or community is to become a mentor. 

A mentor is a coach who helps guide a younger or less-experienced person through their career, schooling, or life, by listening and encouraging. While this often happens organically, there are also a range of mentoring programs you can join if you feel you have something to offer. 

Mentoring programs come in all shapes and sizes, so you can choose a program that suits your area of expertise, your interests and values. Here are some ideas to help you get started: 

SHINE for Kids offers a mentoring program for children between the ages of 8 to 17 years old with a parent in the criminal justice system. The program allows children to develop positive relationships with adult role models, providing consistency and stability without intruding into their own family structure. Mentors should be willing to meet with a child on a fortnightly basis over an ongoing period of at least 12 months. Shine for Kids offers mentoring programs in Sydney, Central Western NSW and Melbourne. Click here for more details. 

Freeman and Adam from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Melbourne

Big Brothers, Big Sisters has a mentoring program to reduce social isolation and improve self-esteem for disadvantaged young people. The aim is to enable young people to reach their potential through the development of a trusting friendship with an adult mentor. Mentors must be willing to meet-up with their youths one hour a week for a minimum of 12 months. Big Brothers, Big Sisters has programs in Melbourne, Wangaratta, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane.  Click here for more details. 

iTrack is a Smith Family initiative to support and inform senior high school students who are beginning to formulate their post-school plans, by pairing them with active members of the workforce. Mentors provide advice and encouragement over the course of two terms, with the majority of the interaction occurring online. iTrack is currently operating in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA. For more information on it or any other Smith Family mentoring programs click here. 

There are also mentoring programs for refugees, carers, children at risk of leaving school and disabled people, among others. To find more youth mentoring programs, the Australian Youth Mentoring Network website has a nation-wide search tool.

[tweetmeme only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWe all know happy, healthy people make better employees. So it’s no surprise more and more employers are introducing wellness programs into the workplace. And these days they come in all different shapes and sizes. 

Yoga Concepts offers corporate yoga and pilates

Take Jane Ribinska’s Yoga Concepts for example – an online yoga studio offering a range of corporate wellness solutions including workplace yoga, pilates and meditation.  

During her 25 years in Human Resources, Jane’s colleagues were constantly asking her how she remained calm under pressure. With Yoga Concepts she strives to share her secret with others. 

“I started Yoga Concepts as part of a vision to make a positive difference, and share with others the wisdom and knowledge I had learnt over time that changed my life on a physical, psychological and emotional level,” explains Jane. 

“When these areas are balanced it improves life quality on a personal and career level.” 

As well as on and offsite yoga and pilates programs, Yoga Concepts offers customised corporate solutions including healthy cooking, calmness, nutrition, healthy back awareness and healthy heart sessions, along with personal development and cultural change workshops. Their online yoga studio offers videos and personal development audios that can be streamed by staff from their website 24-hours a day. 

“This wellness toolkit is perfect for staff who travel a lot for business or are very busy and can’t make regular classes as they are still able to sustain their wellbeing needs at a time that suits them personally.” 

According to Jane, these programs reduce stress and increase productivity and staff retention. 

“Organisations have commented about improved productivity, staff moral and retention, and have noticed staff becoming more flexible and positive about moving forward with change,” she says. 

Latin Dance Australia offers corporate salsa classes

Robert Glasson-Wilesmith Program Manager at Brisbane Martial Arts Centre, BTC, agrees. “A fit and healthy lifestyle brings productivity up and sick leave down,” he says. 

BTC offers corporate martial arts, team building and parenting programs, as well as motivational courses. “The team building skills employees learn in class, they take back into the workplace,” he says. 

“Sometimes we fall in a rut at work and every day is Groundhog Day. We cater to people of all shapes and sizes to reduce stress in a fun and stimulating environment.” 

On the other end of the spectrum, corporate dance classes are also taking off, with companies like Latin Dance Australia, offering team-building salsa classes. 

“The general aim is to get employees to step out of their comfort zone in front of each other, interact in one-on-one dancing, and have fun, ” says LDA Director Nestor Manuelian. 

“We also get everyone to dance with everyone so it puts everyone from the highest level to lowest level in the same playing field.” 

Nestor believes this helps build stronger employees relationships, lifts company moral and ultimately increases productivity. 

“This experience is fun-filled and high energy, and will definitely leave your staff an a great high.”

For more information visit: 

Yoga Concepts 

BTC 

Latin Dance Australia

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