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What to do if your Netflix connection is down…

If you cannot watch that latest episode of Breaking Bad or Big Bang Theory, what are you going to do?

Of course, you could channel hop aimlessly through Netflix or any other TV or streaming app. That is what the average young person would do…

But do you want to be average, and join the masses who do not make it through the statistics to the top?

Obviously, you deserve some restful downtime, we all do.  I am as happy as you are to collapse in front of a series or movie after a long hard day.

But, is Breaking Bad going to be the best thing for you to be consuming? Is it teaching you the kind of life lessons you would really need as a future leader?

What alternatives might be good for your future?

Reading – obviously, not as immediately exciting as a fast-moving TV series, but how wonderful might it be to get lost in the pages of a classic, like To Kill a Mockingbird, or Wuthering Heights?  You may think, yeah, yeah, I had to read that in middle school, but nothing beats a return to these time-tested tomes when you are a bit older and more mature.  Not to mention that if you are going to work in Anglo-Saxon countries, you are going to need to have these as conversational points of reference, like it or not!

Online Course – platforms like Coursera are amazingly rich in content, and the courses are free! I just signed myself and my sixteen year old son up for a course on the Blockchain, so that we can better understand the Bitcoin, and maybe make millions in the coming years!  Take a look and see what might spark your interest.  Remember, it does not have to be super academic, but finding a new passion and learning about it is so much fun!

Paint, colour, sing, play an instrument, draw, write or dream.  Studies show that any creative activity will be developing more neurones for you to use and enjoy in future.  Let it flow!

Watch TED and other educational channels.  I can guarantee that some of these talks truly ARE as exciting as Breaking Bad!  Take a look at this one, for example

And when Netflix comes back on, then, go ahead and enjoy that BB episode, but come back to the other stuff too, and you will create the kind of balance that your future professors and employers will be hoping for!

If you want more support from BecomingGlobal, to help you  on your journey to a great, global career, then sign up here for free information almost daily!

How to help your peers

But wait, you say, I don’t want to help them.  They are my competition!

You are missing the point in so many ways.  And if you miss the  point, you miss out!

First of all, usually recruiters, whether for companies or universities, are much more focused on  your package of talents and abilities than they are on how you “compare” to the others.

And next, what is crucial here is that if you were to volunteer to help your less fortunate peers, perhaps you would gain a lot of new things, like:

  • confidence
  • empathy
  • collaboration
  • generosity
  • new perspectives
  • and so on…

Take a look at this video, all the way through, and see what you think!

More help on how to find volunteer work in next issue of BecomingGlobal. Make sure you subscribe before it comes out.  SOON!

Sometimes, you just need a substitute for a FIDDLE SPINNER!

What state do you intend to be in at the end of the upcoming recruitment season?  And after your final exams?

The demands on you are huge!

Many of you will be feeling increasingly desperate, as you try to figure out where that elusive company with the perfect job for you has been all this time!

You may well have resorted to being nervous all the time, playing with the ubiquitous fiddle spinners, telling yourself it is all the rage, and definitely what you need to calm your spirits…

Sound like you?

What you probably need to do is take a deep breath and slow down.

Hard to imagine, when you are supposed to be in the labs, or writing a dissertation, scouring the graduate job ads or booking a flight home…

But, you will find that even the time of a short stroll through a nearby green space, or of a swim at the local pool will empty your head, and make a bit more space for making sense of it all!

Reading BecomingGlobal regularly will for sure help you to find more remedies to the stress, and more tips for finding and defining your dream job.  Try it now for free, or sign up right away for the full, premium version with the very top strategies!

See you soon, without your fiddle spinners!

6 reasons NOT to go to university at all

This is a time of year when many of you are struggling over what to study, where, and whether it is the right choice for you.

Without knowing you individually, I cannot comment on your precise choice, though of course, I can help you with that if you so choose.  Get in touch here if you do want that kind of support…

Here are some things to bear in mind, as you make your choice.  There is more than one way to kill a cat, as they say!

1 – If you don’t go to university, you will be able to start working earlier.  This may sound kind of obvious, but not all career paths require study up front, especially if you are contemplating working in an area  in which you are already technically sharp.  For instance, if you have been learning coding since you were 12, you may be able to start straight away!  If you are a master baker and you want to start a cupcake shop, you may not need a degree to achieve this.

2 – if you do not have a strong feeling about the area in which you want to study.  This is more common than you might believe.  It may seem that all your friends have certainty about what they want to study and why, but scratch beneath the surface a bit, and I can guarantee that many of them have just signed up because that is what everybody else is doing.  What would it cost you to choose a subject that you found you hated?  How much time would you waste discovering that medicine is not for you?

3 – if you have a clear plan for a business or a volunteer activity, that you truly believe you can manage without university study.  After all, fees are huge.  The debt you will accumulate may be enormous.  If you can test your ideas with a few friendly experts, you may find you can go straight into them rather than doing class for three or four years

4 – if you suspect that your vocation lies in a field where apprenticeship or other types of more practical study would be a more reasonable way of learning.  Be wary of intellectual snobbery in this area, and get all the facts before embarking on a university course that may be no more valuable than anything else

5 – if you realise that your learning style just may not be suited to hours and hours in a lecture theatre.  Many of you my be more apt in learning from a “master”, or by online classes, from books or whatever.  All types of learning styles exist, and you need to think of this before you decide where and how

6 – if you have a passion for something that needs a different route.  Maybe you know that you want to speak five languages before you are 25.  You can go study them in university, or you can find a way to be working and living in the countries concerned…  think it over and get creative!

More on this subject over the coming months in BecomingGlobal!

Meantime, please write in and tell my what you want to study and why?  Or indeed, why you are NOT going to be studying next year!

What happens when you are afraid

Over the weekend, I was coaching a very talented young woman, who was preparing for an assessment centre at a large global audit firm.  She told me that she had failed her previous assessment centre with another company, because, during the group exercise, she had not contributed much.

I asked her to tell me a little more, and she explained that she had, in fact, been able to lead the group from the outset, establishing an agreed approach to the problem in hand.  I was pretty impressed by this first fact, as the company’s evaluators would have been too, no doubt at all.

She then explained that during the work they all did, using her approach, she became afraid that she would make a mistake: “there were a lot of numbers to remember, and I was afraid I would forget one, or get it wrong, so I just did not really speak up”.  BIG MISTAKE!

Fearing getting something wrong and therefore doing nothing is not going to get you very far ahead in life.  If someone is in the street when you pass, and they appear to be dying or very sick: will you fear doing something wrong and walk past?  Or will you stop and try something, anything you can, to help?

If you do not try, you cannot succeed.  If you do not take the risk of helping save that life, or speaking up in a group, you cannot possibly create a result of any kind.  The event will just go on without you. The moment “Zoe” decided not to speak up because of fear, she had failed that assessment centre!

So, we worked on this question for a while:

  1. what did you really have to fear?
  2. how was this exercise really any different from group work that you do daily/weekly at uni?
  3. why did it feel so risky and scary for you?
  4. were you in fact already able to remember/manage SOME of the numbers/facts?
  5. could you have done what was required, if you had been brave enough to open your mouth?

And so on… and you can imagine that her answers showed her that this special exercise in the context of a recruitment is not much different from situations she meets every day!  There is no need for fear if you are well prepared and can find your confidence!

BecomingGlobal, with its monthly articles which go into greater detail about how to beat fear, find the best techniques and approaches, may be of help to those of you who need preparation for this kind of recruitment path.  It will help any or all of you who are planning study or a professional life away from home!

Please tell me about your worst fears and how you have beaten them!  I read every answer!


What are you doing this summer? And how much will it count?

What you do in your major vacation time is super important.  It shapes who you are.  What you learn builds your skills and outlook.  What you discover about yourself shapes your character.

All employers will be looking for signs that you have stretched yourself beyond your academic experience, however brilliant that may be.  This is something that many teachers, and even parents, neglect to tell you, as they push you to do ever better in your algebra, philosophy or data analysis…

So, what are you doing this summer?  Please let me know in the comments, or by writing an email back!  I read every one!

Are you…

  • going home to visit family?
  • putting on a backpack and going to explore a new place?
  • going on a luxury tour with a guide and other people like you?
  • going to work part time in your home town?
  • going to do an internship in a large city?
  • going to volunteer somewhere you have carefully chosen?
  • going to learn a new skill?
  • going to sit in your bedroom, looking at Instagram?

Or what else?

Next month’s BecomingGlobal will have an article devoted to helping you make better choices about how you develop yourself during holiday time, including some links to great places to get that done.

Setting Good Habits – Planning 101!

I am constantly amazed at how many of my young clients come to me with no system of planning and allocating resources properly.  Really!  Average age?  22…  And yet they still have no idea how they are going to get that dissertation done before the deadline, nor how to ensure the reading is done for the lecture next Tuesday.

There are no great mysteries to this, truly…

You just need to plan, using a method that suits you.  Here is mine!

This is a picture of my calendar.  The details need not matter to you, but they matter to me, a LOT!  And they enable me to see, every evening and every morning, as well as every Sunday night, what is awaiting me today, tomorrow and next week.  This helps me to be ready for anything, and also to be spontaneous if I can!

I love to be able to invite friends I met in the street half an hour ago to come and have a drink on our terrace, knowing that I have the time to spare, because I have planned the rest of the time so well.  Whatever YOUR excitement is in life, the things that YOU love to be spontaneous about – would it not be wonderful to be able to fit them in because you had already achieved, or knew how you were going to achieve, all your objectives?

Personally, I use colour codes for all the different types of work and leisure activities I am involved in, and can isolate any one of them to see a future timeline.  I can also bill clients easily, and do whatever else is necessary to run a simple, well-planned life.  I link all my different email addresses to the calendar, so I can send and receive invitations direct, and this keeps things transparent and manageable.

You do not have to do the same as me, but I strongly recommend that you plan in a way that gives similar results.  Planning and timetabling is just one aspect of the many good habits you need to set now if you wish to succeed in the future.  In next month’s BecomingGlobal, there will be an article on how to set and keep good habits.  Sign up now to get maximum benefit.  It contains wisdom gained from 30 years of work across 4 continents, 17 countries, 8 languages and a lot of very different clients, each of whom has taught me something valuable!

Internship offer – digital marketing – start immediately!

I am offering a couple of unpaid but interesting summer internships. DIGITAL MARKETING and COMMUNITY BUILDING skills required. Especially interested in students from INDIA, BRAZIL, CHINA, SINGAPORE. Starting soon, flexible, virtual hours no more than 2-3 hours a day!

If you want a chance to help me build the BecomingGlobal community, helping young people to make the best choices for their international study and career, and you are a passionate, accomplished user of social media, then you should get in touch.

If this is not you, then maybe it is your student children or friends around you?

Either way, you can sign up here for daily information, and here for the monthly premium service

OBJECTIVE: create a significant online community of readers and subscribers for ADVICE AND SUPPORT ON STUDY AND CAREER OVERSEAS


Candidate Profile:

Marketing, Digital Marketing, Business students

Experience of creating and building online communities

Fluent English language, both written and spoken

Fluent in a second important global language (Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Hindi, etc)

Sociable and active on social media, not afraid to advocate and stir things up

Flexible communicator, able to handle instructions via mail, Skype, etc, as well as orally

Keen to help things grow – can-do attitude!

Strong focus and analytical mindset

Sense of humour necessary

Glass half full kind of person!

Sees the possibilities of and believes in the product!

Tasks to be undertaken:

Working from a daily posting on the main website, post to a variety of social media

Promote and distribute the original posts and create others, to complement these, and do your utmost to attract your friends and social circles to join our community

Design creative and unique social media campaigns, using media designing tools

Analyse, review and report on key metrics of campaigns

Conduct keyword research and developing and testing the performance of new keywords

Provide SEO analysis and recommendations based research

Optimize landing pages for SEM

Place paid ads in the appropriate social media, at relevant times, in consultation with Claire

Be an absolute brand champion at all times

Collaborate with other interns, to ensure logical work together and consistent approach

Work on creating a more automated communication system, using MailChimp

Communicate directly with any clients who require further information and help

Contribute to future strategy

Suggest ideas for contributions to both magazine and website

Write articles, if and when appropriate

Work well independently with limited supervision

Self-motivated and constantly seeking out the next challenge

Etc, etc…

Time required:

2 or 3 hours per day (more if you wish)

Salary: unpaid, but certificate and references, of course.  Along with the great learning opportunity!

If successful in gaining significant new business, there will be a bonus at the end of the summer

Learning to say “no”

Yesterday, when I should have been writing a post, and meeting a new client, and ensuring there was food in the fridge for my family, my stomach was playing tricks on me.  Each time I stood up, I wanted to run and throw up.  And yet, I was trying to continue to behave “as normal”.  I was in pain, sweating, suffering, but just pushing through, “as planned”.  I felt like death, but could not see another way.

And then, I received an email, from a coaching guru I love, which asked me, quite simply, the following: “TODAY, WILL YOU CHOOSE TO SAY YES, OR NO?”

That was, in fact, all I needed to realise that I needed to spend only fifteen more minutes suffering, writing emails to all those with whom I had appointments, apologising and asking them to help me by rescheduling!  It was so simple, and yet it had taken me almost all of the morning to accept that this was what I needed to do.  Sometimes, you have to say “NO”, however used you have become to trying to do it all.

Today I feel much better!

What are some ways you could learn to say no, and feel better?  Here are some I can think of, at the right moment:

  • reading your homework over a third time, when you have been invited to go and listen to a friend’s concert
  • staying on overtime at work, again, just  because your boss wants you to
  • helping your friend to catch up on homework not done through laziness or lack of organisation

There will be more on this in a future edition of BecomingGlobal, as setting boundaries and priorities is a truly crucial part of professional success.  If you want to get the best tips already for your future professional life, then you can subscribe here to our monthly magazine.

What other ideas do you have about how and when to say no?  I will read them all!