Monday, 03 August 2015 10:13

Successful Engineering

For Engineers the 3-11th of August is a special time, as they celebrate the history, vision, and achievements of one of the oldest enduring industries, which has limitless career opportunities. It is also a time to showcase some of the most amazing inventions past and present. Without the genius of talented men and women our lifestyle would be so different, perhaps a little difficult and nowhere as interesting especially since the information revolution.

The earliest civil engineer was Imhotep 2630-2611 BC who designed and supervised the construction of the pyramid.

Definition: The word Engineer was first defined in 1325AD as a “constructor of military engines”.

This definition as evolved because of the myriad of disciplines that are now under the umbrella of engineering.  Engineers are described as having, innate quality, particularly of mental powers, one who creates practical inventions, capable of applying scientific and technical knowledge. Designer of machines and apparatus, being capable of determining their functionality and safety.

The history of engineering can be roughly divided into four phases, each marked by a revolution:

  • Pre- scientific revolution: Ancient master builders and Renaissance engineers
  • Industrial revolution: Civil and Mechanical engineers ,production of the steam engine first developed in 1698
  • Second industrial revolution: Development of telecommunications, cars, aeroplanes, electricity and the first mass production of goods.
  • Information revolution: The coupling of microelectronics, computers and telecommunications jointly produced information technology.  In 1990 with the rise of computer technology the first search engine was built by computer engineer Alan Emtage.

A Career in Engineering

A Career in engineering today can be quite broad with many sub disciplines. There are literally hundreds of subcategories of engineering under the main categories.

The main Engineering categories include: Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Management, Geotechnical, Aerospace, Computer, Software, Automotive, Metallurgical, Systems, Geological, and Molecular.

Some of the newer categories in Engineering include: Environmental, Bio Medical, Geomatics, Sustainability, Mechatronics, Photonics, Robotics, Nuclear, Marine, Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Paper, Packaging and Project Engineering.

There are 35 different Degree courses to support all these different categories of engineering some of the courses available at multiple universities throughout the world. In keeping with technology and one of the greatest gifts to society today some of the courses can be done on line.

The Type of person who would be interested in Engineering:

  • Enjoys applying scientific knowledge
  • Mathematics and or physics are subjects studied in the final years
  • Practical and methodical
  • Not frustrated by repetitive work
  • Creative and analytical

If you are interested in a career in Engineering and not sure if you are suited or which type of engineering to select, NOW Professional Coaching can support you in career selection.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:32

Don't Walk Behind Me...

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:25

Toxic Friends

Recently we posted a blog on Toxic Bosses and the impact these situations have on our careers. The real impact is on our health, our relationships with our friends and partners. Toxic friends or toxic relationships can have an even greater impact on our careers, our network of friends and our health.

A friend is defined as a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, exclusive of family or sexual relations, a person who is not an enemy or opponent.

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you” Hubbard

Some of our friendships started in the schoolyard, some have endured years of separation through lives lived on different sides of the world. Interesting friendships happen when two people who have nothing in common are brought together for a purpose, some last, others fade away after their season. It is the friendships that have been close, years of strong memories that can take on a different path way with pressure, that often become unfulfilling. Your friend attacks when you are vulnerable, bring you nothing but grief, drain your energy and embarrass you in social situations in order to gain your attention, they are overly demanding and selfish. This type of behaviour can creep up on you, eventually dominating the relationship.

Traits of a Toxic Friend

Bad Influence: They have you do wrong, make poor choices, encourage negative behaviour, or make bad decisions.

Insincere: Not honest in expression of actual feelings, hypo- critical, dishonest, and habitually phony or fake.

Selfish: Concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure, self-serving, inward looking, one’s own interests regardless of others, lacks consideration for others.

Different Values: Principles or standards of behaviour, one’s judgement of what is important in life differ, most common area is integrity.

Manipulative: Control or influence the behaviours or emotions of others for one’s own purpose, making you feel quality.

Demeaning: To lower in dignity status or character to degrade and conduct oneself in a particular manner be mean, have someone feel less respected.

Attention Seeking: Need recognition, selectively focusing on specific information or situation, prefer drama.

Negative Behaviours of Toxic People

  • Destroy your image
  • Drive you crazy over nothing or something small
  • Demean your value
  • Despise your dreams
  • Attacks you when you are vulnerable
  • Drain your energy
  • Instils fear
  • Demand love
  • Bring you grief
  • Absorb your valuable time
  • Criticise and put you down

Choose carefully those who you stay close too, if these negative behaviours are taking too much of your relationship time then take positive actions and put a little space between you.


You cannot change the people around you


You can change the people you choose to be around

If you're dealing with toxic people at work or in your personal life, Now Professional Coaching can help.  Call now for a complimentary coaching session.

Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:16

The 4 Agreements

Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:14


Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:10

How to Cope With a Toxic Boss

Not all managers are skilled in effectively managing their employees, and often a bad manager’s behaviour can leave you feeling anxious, angry or in some extreme cases, even unwell.

In Australia, workplace health and safety legislation effectively holds employers responsible for ensuring the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of employees. However, mental stress claims lodged by affected employees against their employer increased by 25% from 2001 to 2011.

Toxic behaviours exhibited by managers can include consistently seeking and requiring praise, a need to win at all costs, manipulating, choosing favourite staff, taking credit for employee’s work, lying, bullying, criticising, looking for fault, micromanaging and ignoring employee requests. If your boss exhibits some of these behaviours, and you don’t feel like you’re in a position to report it or leave the organisation, you need to develop coping strategies to deal with their behaviour before it has detrimental effect on your wellbeing.

Rise Above It

Don’t get sucked in to your boss’s irrational, unacceptable behaviour. If you can take a step back from it, you won’t have to respond emotionally. Don’t try to beat them at their own game, rather distance yourself from them and approach your interactions professionally. Don’t respond to their emotional behaviour, just what’s necessary to work together.

Set Boundaries

Just because you work with someone, doesn’t mean that you can’t set boundaries to control the environment. Try to find a pattern in your boss’s behaviour so that it becomes more predictable and easier to understand. Then consider what behaviours you have to put up with from your boss and what you don’t. Once you have defined this, know when they are reaching the boundary that you have set and make sure you take a step back. Just make sure you stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when your boss tries to encroach upon them, which they will.

Focus on the Solution

Where you focus your attention determines your emotional state. Fixating on the problems you’re facing with your boss only serves to create and prolong negative emotions and stress. In contrast when more positive emotions and reduce stress. When it comes to a toxic boss, fixating on how irrational and difficult they are gives them power over you. Instead, put yourself in control and focus on how you’re going handle them.

Choose Your Battles

When it comes to your career, you’re in it for the long haul so, it’s imperative that you stick it out. Don’t get sucked in to daily conflicts as this can end up reflecting badly on you. Instead, choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right.

Be Aware of Your Emotions

Maintaining an emotional distance from your toxic boss requires awareness. You need to recognise when your boss is starting to irritate you so that you can take a step back from the situation before you do something you may regret.

Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Sunshine

When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that they’ve done, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or remarks take that away from them. It can be difficult to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, but try not to compare yourself to others, and take their opinions on the chin.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Sleep deprivation raises the stress hormone levels on its own, even when you think there is no stress present. When you sleep, your recharges so that you wake up alert and clear-headed. After a good night’s rest, your self-control, attention, and memory are all increased. You will be more positive, creative, and proactive in your approach to your toxic boss.

Use Your Support System 

To best deal with a toxic boss, you have to step back from the situation and try to understand your own approach to them and how you could improve it. In order to do this effectively, you should tap into your support system to gain a different perspective. This could be someone at work or in your personal life. Most of the time, other people can see a solution that you can’t because they are not as emotionally invested in the situation.

Is a toxic boss affecting your career? Now Professional Coaching can help. Call for a complimentary coaching session.

Monday, 22 June 2015 11:32

The Future

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:13

The Golden Rules of Resume Writing

Your resume is your primary means of obtaining an interview for your dream job. It’s important to dedicate time and effort into making it stand out amongst the crowd of candidates to give yourself the best possible chance for success.

However, many people don't know the difference between a good resume and a great resume. Read on for our top resume writing tips that could help land your dream job.

Resume Format

Your resume should detail an outline of your skills, experience and achievements on no more than 2 pages. It should be laid out in a professional manner in a format that is clean and easy to read. Use bullet points and headings, and avoid big chunks of text as this can put the reader off at their first glance.

Write an Effective Introduction

Your resume should begin with a short summary of who you are. Make sure it is clear, objective, and doesn’t include any clichéd descriptions that the hiring manager will have seen hundreds of time before. Don’t simply list a range of meaningless qualities here, instead try to demonstrate these qualities throughout the document using your tangible achievements.

Make it Relevant

Tailor the document to the specific job position you are applying for. Select your most relevant skills and achievements that are most suited to the requirements of the positon, and list these important matching points first - even if they are less prominent in your present job, or were achieved some time ago.

What to Include:

• Professional Qualifications, Higher Education and school results
• Recent vocational training
• Any genuine foreign language skills that you have
• Any unusual interests that differentiate you from others
• Add any publications and/or external positions you hold in volunteer organisations
• Related Industry Associations you are a member of

What not to Include:

• Indication of race/nationality/politics or other irrelevant personal details
• Mundane interests
• Salary details
• Photos ,unless you are requested to do so

Highlight your Achievements

In today’s difficult job market, it is not sufficient to simply state the posts and responsibilities that you have held. Rather, it is vital to illustrate how well you have carried out this work through listing your achievements. This differs from your responsibilities by going into further detail as to how you have added value to your previous organisation. Your Resume should also give an indication of your future potential, so if you are presently studying for an additional qualification, be sure to include it.

Sell Yourself

Last but not least, make sure you sell yourself. Always express your skills and qualities in the present tense, even if you’re not using them in your current position. Highlight all the skills and experience you have that are relevant to the position.

Writing the perfect resume is a crucial part of securing your next position.


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