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Can Do #30: 1,000 new followers in 23 days
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Welcome to edition #30 of Can Do, a newsletter where I share my professional journey.
Newsletter at a Glance
News & Reflections: 1,000 new followers in 23 days
Article: 100 Jobs of the Future
Twitter: Rejected from a job?
News & Reflections
Walnut’s brand new Instagram account has surpassed 1,000 followers in 23 days.
It feels like we are gaining momentum in many areas. A course structure is starting to take shape, and our proprietary model is coming together.
We also have 30 people on a list who want to have 1:1 conversations with us. All of these individuals came through the survey we have been conducting for the past month, where we asked about the top 3 career struggles in making the next career move. Some of the survey responses have been truly eye-opening.
For example, the top 3 goals people have for their next career move are:
Ability to make a positive impact
Clear career path and internal mobility opportunities
Greater flexibility and mental health support
Higher compensation and better company culture tied for 4th place.
Some of the questions people asked in the survey showed how hard it is for young people to navigate their careers.
“How to identify what you really want to do when your mind goes in different directions?”
“I will do anything but firstly I need to get training for that work.”
“What exactly am I looking for?”
“How to get the first job without any work experience?”
“Is the plan I have made for my career worth following?”
We are still working on getting more people to respond to our survey. The more responses we get, the more people I want to reach. Just this morning, a person who filled out the survey said, “it is great what you guys are doing.” We’ve heard this before, and it reinforces to us that we are solving a problem in desperate need of being solved.
I came across this website as part of my research into jobs of the future. 100 Jobs of the Future was a research project initiated by Deakin University in Australia to look at the future of work in an increasingly technologically-driven society.
Excellent advice. That’s how I got one of my jobs many years ago. At first, the company chose someone else for the position. I stayed in touch. Less than three months later, I sent an email wishing the hiring manager a Happy Thanksgiving. She told me that the first candidate did not work out and offered me that job on the spot.
The first candidate had a lot more experience than I did, so I had no hard feelings about them choosing the other person initially. In the end, it was a win-win for both parties. The company did not have to start another hiring cycle, and I had a job five minutes from home for more money and a better title.
All of this happened during the 2008 financial crisis when people were losing jobs. This just shows that while macroeconomic conditions are important, they are not everything, and building relationships is the best thing you can do for your career.
Thank you for reading!