Boost your Career and Live your Dreams!

“It’s ok not to know the “what” and “how” of your career, but it’s not ok not to do anything about it” iPlan-MyFuture Ltd

It’s a fast paced, competitive and very connected global world out there, what with thousands of graduates coming out of universities each year.  No time for being a “passenger” anymore and the quicker you jump into the driving seat and take control, the better.

If YOU don’t think and invest in YOUR career decision process, then YOU run the risk of making expensive career mistakes or being stuck in a job or career, which is uninspiring and boring! No one wants that, especially if you’ve invested so much time and finances getting an education.

This is where iChoose2 app comes in. Thinking about your desired career on the go! iChoose2’s mission is to get YOU to start thinking about career choices even before you knock on your career’s adviser’s or coach’s door. The app will help you understand YOUR Unique Selling Point (USP), and differentiate yourself from other students and graduates.

What’s great about the app is there are no books or folders to carry. Once you download, you are ready to go and start your career journey, WHENEVER you want. You don’t have to wait for a careers appointment, advisor talk or careers presentation! You can start thinking and planning in your own time.

What the app doesn’t do is to solve your career problems! It will provide you with clarity, through SELF DISCOVERY. It helps to figure out the “WHAT” and the “HOW”, which most students don’t do thoroughly and then can end up making costly career mistakes. Better to invest the time now, rather than having career regrets in the years to come!

What’s great about iChoose2?

  • It’s mobile! Download is easy and YOU can take it everywhere where and anywhere!
  • Understanding Unique Selling Point? (USP), especially in a competitive market
  • Get a better understanding of key strengths and weaknesses and opportunities
  • Prioritise tasks and think ahead by setting an action plan which works for YOU!
  • User answers are kept local and can be stored saved and accessed 24 hours a day 365 days a year, so long as the mobile is operational.

Who is the app intended for?

The app is primarily aimed at: MBA students, Postgraduates, Undergraduates, but we know Professionals will want to use it too!

Other additional information available in the premium version includes:

  • Top tips on Networking
  • Using LinkedIn – Do’s and Don’ts
  • Application tips

iChoose2 app is owned by iPlan-MyFuture Ltd. More information can be found at our website http://www.iPlan-myfuture.com

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What You Can Learn From The Top Eight Tennis Players.

The ATP World tournament has started with great anticipation this year and most welcomed after the recent events on the international stage. This year the top eight players, including, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, and Kei Nishikori, will be battling it out to be crowned the champion in the finals on Sunday. Their commitment, hard work, tenacity and dedication to the game, is very inspiring.

We get to see great technical ability, precision, mental focus, agility and above all, desire to get the best out of themselves and of each other, every time they come out on to play on court. What we don’t see is the blood, sweat and tears behind closed doors, which goes into making each one of the top four tennis players, a great tennis player. We can learn a great deal from them and here are some points for you to ponder over.

Solid Game Plan

Without the end in mind, it’s hard to generate any enthusiasm because you don’t know what to aim for. If you have a vision or goal in mind, then you can break that journey down into smaller action goals. Just imagine trying to scale Mount Everest without a solid strategy! Having a solid game plan allows you to focus, mentally prepare yourself and deal with potential curve balls which may inevitably come your way.

Each one of the top players has a solid game plan and they work hard with their teams to perfect for each game and tournament. Create your own goal plan and write down what you want to achieve over the next 1, 2, 3, 5 10 years. If a 10 year plan scares you, then focus on the first 5. Break it down by end goal and how you will achieve this.

Hard Work

The top eight are well known to spend hours on court each day perfecting their game. None of them need to work for money, yet they put in the effort to craft their game and achieve excellence. Hard work and smart working leads you to success, because with each day, you make little wins and the little wins lead to bigger wins.

If you feel stuck, then take a step back and reframe the challenge, then put one best foot forward and carry on. Each best foot will lead you to greatness. This helps to proceed forward with different mindset, motivation and enthusiasm levels.

Dedication

Without dedication, you’ll begin to find small distractions will eat into your day and you will find yourself delaying your tasks. Each player is dedicated at an extraordinary level and will have a schedule to work with each day, week, month and year. You can’t become a great player if you don’t have the dedication, because of the sheer commitment required to turn dreams into reality.

Putting it all Together

If you watch carefully, each one of the top players is persistent and consistent. They’ve worked hard to overcome their own demons and development, and they have done this by identifying them and working on them, whilst strengthening their strong points. If you want to give this exercise a go, download the app and try the SWOT to see what you are good at and what you could work on to turn it into a working strength.

The top eight players will battle it out to be crowned ATP World Champion of 2015 and you’re in for a treat. Don’t forget to look out for the great learning. Use the app to then create your own successful game plan. A little bit of effort each day is better than one big blast of effort which might feel overwhelming and exhausting in the long run.

For more information, visit www.iplan-myfuture.com

My name is Bond, James Bond.

James Bond

Seen the latest James Bond movie Spectre? As well as being guaranteed entertainment for a couple of hours, even though this one is longer than the rest, you can pick up some good tips from 007. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, don’t worry, we’re not giving the plot away. However, here are some things for you to think about.

Re-invent

James Bond has a knack for re-inventing himself right from when Sean Connery played 007 at the beginning. The franchise has succeeded across the decades because each actor has brought with him, his own fresh style. Not asking you to go and get a new avatar or make drastic changes to yourself. Instead have a think of what you could do to bring something fresh to the table.

Could you benefit from attending new vocational courses or taking up a new hobby to help you with creativity? Changes don’t have to be big or drastic; they could be as small as looking at your daily routine and seeing if you could make smaller changes to your schedule.

Think on your feet

Regardless of what 007 finds himself in, he has a knack of getting himself out of tricky situations. Ok, he is fictional and yes, he is meant to win, but he can think really fast on his feet. In most instances it’s either a live or die because someone’s out for his blood.

Being able to think on your feet is a great skill. If you find yourself waiting on the baseline and hoping something, magical is going to happen to you. Guess what? You’re missing out on the action, because most of it is on the field. When you are playing your game in the field, you get to experience the highs and lows and sometimes multiple emotions in swift succession. You never see 007 waiting for on a baseline. He’s always creating the action.

Act Fast

007 has to act fast, really fast because he doesn’t have a choice! His life is in danger or someone else’s life in danger. Hopefully, you won’t need to act fast to save your life; if you find yourself procrastinating or leaving something for tomorrow when it can be done today, then it time to act and act fast.  If you wait too long, you can easily talk yourself out of a situation.

When you build momentum, you find yourself feeling enthusiastic and prepared to entertain new ideas or try a different strategy. You’ll find yourself getting in the “flow”, which helps you to make informed choices instead of hasty emotionally charged decisions.

Attitude helps you win

Attitude determines altitude. This definitely rings true, especially when you find yourself facing a challenge. When you reframe a challenge, you begin to see things from a different angle.

For more top tips and information, visit www.iPlan-myfuture.com

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Curiosity didn’t kill the Cat

The old saying doesn’t ring true in today’s working world.  Curiosity is necessary if you want to adopt an enterprising mindset. The challenges faced by businesses and individuals, requires a shift in thought process. The old models and formulas don’t work and a new approach is needed in most cases.

Expecting different results, yet adopting the same approach leads to disappointment, especially when you are looking for new job/project or working on one. It then feels like fishing in the same “shallow pond” as everyone else, where it’s really competitive and crowded. When you can step away from the crowded area, you can start to think more creatively.

When you turn learning into fun, you stretch yourself. The benefits are great, especially when you can stretch your comfort zone, whilst experimenting with different approaches/techniques or ideas. You grow in proportion to your curiosity and the more curious you are, the greater the learning opportunities.

Think different

Think Different is not just something Apple coined, and we can all benefit from thinking differently, especially if you find yourself stuck. When you feel stuck, it’s really easy to want to give up or feel frustrated. Don’t lose heart and don’t forget that there is a solution for everything. The aim to stretch yourself because you don’t know which opportunities will open for you.

Top Tips on getting your Creative Juices flowing:

  • Go for a walk. Walking is great to help you work through a challenge. Choose a route you are not familiar as this will help you to look at things differently
  • Go to Art Galleries
  • Draw – use paints, pencils or whatever you feel unleashes your creative side
  • Read books
  • Write in a journal and try and see if you can come up with a solution. There is something magical about working through a challenge on paper. It doesn’t seem so daunting either
  • Take time out to do nothing. If you take time out and do nothing for about at least 10 minutes a day, you
  • Worrying never helps the situation and makes it much worse because you end up focussing on unrealised fears, which may never manifest.
  • When you get into a specific way of thinking, sometimes, it can be hard to break that pattern. Instead, ask a question like “What else”

Cats are always curious but you don’t have to be a cat to have a great sense of adventure! Next time you feel like something isn’t working for you, leave the challenge aside for a little while and try one of the top tips above. It might feel strange at the beginning, but the more you experiment, the less weird it starts feeling. Your peers might be “fishing” in the same pond and not getting ideal results, but that doesn’t meant to say you have to copy them too!

For more useful advice and top tips visit our website http://www.iPlan-myfuture.com.