What & Who Influences Your Career Decisions?

I hope you are having a great weekend relaxing and connecting with the people that you care about. Have you every made a career decision only to look back on it and ask yourself, “What was I thinking?”. What influenced your choice? Was it a great teacher, close family member, friends, the media or Google? This week’s podcast is with Rom Brafman Ph.D, co-author of New York Times best selling book SWAY – The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. Clients themselves, are often surprised when they look back on what influenced them to choose a particular career path.

We all live in the same economy, why is it that similar qualified professionals end up with completely different outcomes? Rom investigated the role our behavior plays in decision making. He shared, “The fact is, all of us are swayed at times by factors that have nothing to do with logic or reason.” We live in a time when there are more choices, more competition and the rate of change is increasing. It is hard for any of us to predict the future. The most successful people I know, seek out the best advice from most experienced and trusted experts, especially when it comes to major decisions like health, finances and their career. Information has never been cheaper, and wisdom more valuable. 

Canadian Career Development Webinar | Thursday Oct 14 12 – 1 PM ET | How to be a Great Manager | New research by Global Knowledge with V. P. Services Jocelyn Berard.

What leadership strengths and abilities will have the most influence now and in future? What are the leadership and development needs of Canadian business leaders, managers, and their teams? Join Jocelyn Bérard, VP at Global Knowledge. He will be sharing the results from Global Knowledge’s new Canadian leadership study. For more information & to register click here.

Continue the conversation on my blog; What has influenced you most in your career decisions?

This week’s CareerPoll; Where do you get information for career decisions?

FREE Webinar: Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage opportunity in your career. Join me Wed Oct 13 12-1 P.M. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, The Canadian Job Search Kit Take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click to register. 

Looking for help with your personal brand? Who’s your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself — get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book a getting started session with me.

Thankful, along the road with you!


P.S I am launching something new called, Project 11. I will be working with a group of professionals with 3-10 years of work experience, who are coachable, open to innovative ideas and will be launching a job search. You have to be able to keep a secret. Share with me in an email, a bit about your background, and why this might be you. alan@CareerJoy.com