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putyourselfintoperspective

Put yourself into perspective

To have the ability, to put myself into perspective is one of the best assets I own. I would say this is a personal skill, helping a person to gain new energy and motivation for future tasks and goals. To be honest, I sm not even sure whether this would classify as skill or wthether it is a question of mindset. One could probably call it the ability to reflect.
Taking time to to think – about yourself, your work, your… actually about everything – is a duty we often neglect because we don`t have time. Or more often don not want to make time for. Simply because we believe it is not important. We should change this – it is crucial. Scheduling “own time”, whether it is in the workplace, whether it is in private plays a vitsl role for the personal wellbeing.
In  a video, drawing on the purpose of work-life balance (a term which I would like to discuss elsewhere), the authors from theschooloflife.com made a simple case of why humans are (obviously) not as efficient as a strong motorized car. The car simply has one ultimate goal towards which it is optimized.
Perfect car = power, efficiency, usability
The human being in general has more variety in the goals he/she strives for. Family, Work, Friends, Sport… We all have probably more than a handful things in mind that keep us busy (and happy) on a daily basis. Thus we have to realize: we can`t be perfect at everything. However, it becomes clear having the abbility to manage (aka setting goals and priorities) several objectives at the same time is a great asset.
We cant be perfect at everything
Ambiguity refers in general “to something that does not have a single clear meaning”.  Translated into professional life, this means to manage, to handle and to follow (and leveraging) multiple goals and objectives at the same time. To manage ambiguity is actually on of the most important management skills of the future. Currently, researchers are talking about an average attention span of 8 minutes for teens / young adults. Already today it is important to learn how to structure and prioritize different projects, (re)sources, objectives and goals at the same time.
Coming back to the duty of putting your self time aside – time to think. Some friends and colleagues find it funny or even strange to see me putting time away to do nothing but let my thoughts flow. For me it is the key to reflection. Others might go for mediation, running or hiking, for me it is leaning back, closing my eyes and after a while (can actually differ between few minutes for structural / project related tasks to hours or days for more complex aspects of life). I can not even explain which processes are running in my brain and how I start them. But it all starts with taking time to to think and setting time aside for yourself. Thus, now its family time and family is scarving for some sugar… #weekendbakery #timboslife

Perspectives on Employability – Infographic

As my current days-off are under the theme „Get out of your comfort-zone (at least once a day)“ I thought, would be great to work on my first own infograph and test my skills around this. For sure not the work of an art-director, but still I thought this became a sharable piece.

Professional readiness is a hot topic around the globe – but yet no common understanding

While working on several projects around employability & career management in the past months, I thought there is one common thing for employability: there is no common ground. Even though employability, growth-learning, professional readiness and competence management are meanwhile hot topics on individual, organizational and political agendas, there is little practical insights and even less common understanding. While doing some desk-research for the first time, I looked into approx. 10 countries – and guess what: I had a file with more than 20 definitions (and this list was not even exhaustive).

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More dialogues on competences needed between employers and universities

So why this infographic? I want to provide a first means to dive into the perspectives of different stakeholder groups: Talent (Students & Graduates), Universities and Employers. All of them might have a slightly different take on employability – but especially between Higher Education and Employers the views and opinions differ widely. But if esp. those two groups don’t start to discuss more openly and constructively with each other there will be little advancement. And employability – even though it is a political goal – has the skills, attitudes and behaviors of individuals in the focus. It is about individual’s competences.

On the other side, already within higher education institutions, the opinions about employability show big differences. But more on this to come in one of the following posts.

If you have additional data-points of interest, your very own experiences and/or opinions on this topic, please send me an email or feel free to comment! I would love to have some more dialogues going on around this.