Designing Your Dream Job (Pt 2)

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What is a dream job?

As much as I wish to crown a universal definition on it, it’s challenging. My interpretation of a dream job is certainly going to be different from yours, given the mindset, career path, and personal needs vary from person to person. But if there is one thing that I know at the minimum, it will be to work hard and smart to get where I want to be. There’s no free lunch after all.

In this chapter, Bill and Dave shared a few tidbits as we navigate dream jobs in real life.

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How We Got Hired (Pt 2)

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How did I get hired? My company’s HR might be in better position to answer this question doubtful emoji.jpgshades emoji.png ….. Besides the joke, I am grateful to share my job-seeking and interview experience before landing a graduate job at my current company.

The idea that management consulting practitioners use their expertise and tools to help corporate solve problems and improve their performance always fascinated me since Junior year. In addition, I always planned to stay and work in the States where management consulting is highly respected and flourish in my early twenties before moving back to Hong Kong (or not at all), as it gives me the capacity to explore the glimmer of many possibilities at work and simply see more things. Hence, I knew clearly what and where to pursue after college.

Looking back almost three years later, I still got my job in management consulting but started off in a different location. People who know me have heard this story already, here you go if you are interested… Continue reading

Super Job Finding Tips (Pt 2)

 

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We have all gone through the stage of applying for entry-level jobs. Doubtful, stressful, nervous, tedious…. you name it! Looking back, it’s just a mandatory process that improves your maturity and prepares you for the reality in the corporate world. Everything will turn out fine.

In Chapter 7, Bill and Dave exposed a few job-finding tips that I wish I knew before applying for jobs at my Senior year.

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Rapid Prototyping Life Experience (Pt 1)

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If you are waiting for Keith’s posts, you might be disappointed again this week. At the moment, I am still hijacking our blog (with the full consent of my other half). This week, we return to Designing Your Life and continue to explore different possibilities in our lives.

Some time ago, we shared three possible life paths that we can potentially pursue and the authors asked us to start prototyping these options. As such, I conducted some serious desktop research and envisioned the likelihood of living out my second and third alternate life respectively. Follow me!

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On Our Bookshelves (Pt 2)

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Aloha everyone! Since Keith shared how he’s inspired by Sir Anthony Kenny’s A New History of Western Philosophy a couple months ago, we’ve been quiet in this category (yes we know that). Before you wonder why, it’s now my time to disclose what’s on my bookshelves!

As Designing Your Life is my regular reading this year, I also read other books in my leisure time. My most recently completed one is Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. You will not be surprised by the first name if you have been following my posts closely.

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Prototyping Your Life (Pt 2)

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As much as I respect and believe in Bill and Daves’ life design methodology, one thing that they probably can not/ did not teach us is when life hits us hard with unexpected surprises. While sometimes things might not go as what we planned, we got to learn to live with it and embrace it with love, hope, and most importantly God’s blessings.

As we are making strides in life design, prototyping is what we will experiment next.  We may hear this word a lot in a work context but what exactly is it about when it comes to life design? Let’s find out.

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Design Your Lives (Pt 2)

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I am sure we have all imagined living a different life at some point. The only difference is that writing out our Odyssey Plan gives us an opportunity to ponder more deeply on how our future variates shall we pursue different paths at one turning point. This is the first time I put these on paper and I am excited to share my 5-year plan in three alternate lives with you. Let’s take a look.

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Living Multiple Lives (Pt 2)

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“In reality, life is more of an abstract painting – one that’s open to multiple interpretations,” said Bill and Dave. 

Indeed, it depends what color paints we choose to apply to our lives. If I were free from picking a commercially accepted major in college, I would have chosen Geography since I always have a deep appreciation towards the nature and strong interest in investigating the phenomena of Earth. If I had not taken the job offer in Hong Kong, I would have flown back to the States and embark an exciting journey in the East Coast.

There are many if’s in life, and each opens up many possibilities. In this month’s chapter, the authors teach us to ideate multiple lives and introduce an useful tool to start designing our way forward.

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Making Mind Maps (Pt 2)

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From my memory, the last time I created a mind-map (in the exact format introduced by Bill and Dave) was probably in college when I prepared a final thesis for an urban geography class. Of course, I do organize ideas and concept on paper all the time, but just in different formats such as a storyboard or an outline. As such, I am glad to apply this mind map exercise to a work context and visually plot and connect ideas that offer a deeper learning experience.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at my freshly-produced mind map below.

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Getting Unstuck (Pt 2)

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Aloha! It’s been a while since I last wrote on our blog and I am definitely excited to resume writing and share my perspectives on Designing Your Life with you all again.

As the subject matter suggests, this chapter examines solution when things seem to get into a dead end . While it’s common that people get stuck at some life events from time to time, having the ability and courage to ideate can make a huge difference. Let’s explore how we can untie the knot when we are stuck and continue to live our beautiful lives.

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