Mrim Boutla

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10 years 8 months ago

College seniors are weeks away from graduation. And while some of your peers might know what they will do beyond graduation, you might only be getting started in choosing a career.  With over 800 careers documented on the Occupational Outlook Handbook, figuring out how to translate your education into a first career move might be daunting.  However, as mentioned in the first post of this series, remember that you are likely to have 10-14 jobs before you turn 38....

10 years 8 months ago

When it comes to choosing a career, everyone can get stuck. It is an especially challenging process for students who are about to graduate from college in the current economy. Indeed, many college seniors feel that they must commit to a single career for the rest of their lives. If you are a college senior, I have good news for you: Most professionals have had 10-14 jobs by age 38.  This means that no matter which career you choose to pursue right now, you will probably be doing something quite different from that in 2-5 years.  ...

10 years 8 months ago

In this series, we have been addressing ways to move past our fears and proactively develop a career planning process that successfully blends financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility.

As mentioned in my previous posts,  Pain > Fears ==> Career Move

By addressing common fears students and professionals face when attempting a career move, my goal is not to increase your pain, but to help you lower your fears.

In previous posts, the following fears were discussed:

Fear #1:  There are no jobs! – See my take in...

10 years 8 months ago

This week, we are discussing the impact of fears on career planning.  We are addressing this topic because moving past our fears and developing the courage and resilience to make things happen are key to success for socio-eco innovators (SEIs).

As mentioned in my previous posts,  Pain > Fears ==> Career Move

My goal is not to increase your pain, but to help you lower your fears.   By helping you evaluate as objectively as possible the true risks of your next career move, I hope to help you realize that the status quo of not following your passions might actually cost you more...

10 years 8 months ago

This week, we are discussing the impact of fears on career planning.  As socio-eco innovators (SEIs), finding job opportunities that align with our values and skills is sometimes less of an issue than finding the courage to move past our fears.  Your job might be eating you alive, but you remain in it, and might not even send your resume for consideration.  Why is that?  As mentioned in my previous post, I reviewed the evidence showing that professionals make career moves when their current pain is bigger than their fears:

Pain > Fears ==>  Career Move...

10 years 8 months ago

We all hear that career planning is central to professional satisfaction and success. But how many of us truly plan our next career move versus take the next job we can find because of how dissatisfied we are in our current position?  As we continue trying to emerge from the global great recession, lunch dates and happy hours with friends and colleagues are filled with chats about workplace frustration: ridiculously small paycheck, meaningless job, boss that micromanages your projects, co-workers that don’t seem to know anything. So why don’t you make a move?

Both Po Bronson in ‘What should I do...

10 years 8 months ago

Many of you have already heard that 80% of job opportunities are never advertised, and are instead filled through networking.  Today, we will focus on the 20% of job (and internship) opportunities that are actually advertised, and how you can best compete for those!

Here are a few suggestions for you to use the job (or internship) posting to maximize your chances to convert your application into an interview:

  • The job posting represents the profile of the ideal candidate the company wants to hire.  The hiring manager knows that it is unlikely that he/she will...

10 years 8 months ago

What’s one of the most common questions I get from students and working professionals?

What is a socio-eco innovator (SEI) and how do I become one?

What is a Socio-Eco Innovator (SEI)?

SEIs are professionals who lead careers that successfully blend financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility.  As such, SEIs can be found across the private, non-profit and public sectors.  Across these sectors, SEIs aim at measuring their results and return on investments using a triple bottom line approach.  They measure financial return, but also...

10 years 8 months ago

Greetings Readers!

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve as a new author for the Justmeans Responsible Careers Editorial Blog!   Like many GenXers, I am under 40 and yet have had a number of careers: I am a brain scientist turned career coach turned social entrepreneur.   I am also a global citizen: half-Swiss, half-Moroccan, and married to a Brazilian - living in the Midwest truly is living in the middle for us!  I am thrilled to bring my global knowledge and my career coaching experience to make the Justmeans...