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Dave's Diary: When You're Wrong, You're Right

job interviews

It's not what you say that matters, but how you say it. You could be making something up on the spot, and be totally wrong on whatever it is you're talking about, but if you appear confident in what you're saying, you're more likely to be seen as right.

What exactly is confidence, and how do we get more of it?

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Dave's Diary: The True Cost of Overtime - Fires & Addicts

Overtime

When it comes to careers, we act like addicts - in spite of clear evidence that working too many hours is damaging us, we continue to do it because of perceived short term reward. It's time for a change.

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Dave's Diary: Emotions, Content, and Process in Careers

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Emotions are one of the most distinctive, primal, and ubiquitous features of human life. Yet, despite their important role in career development and decision making, they can be one of the most frequently overlooked issues in career advising/counselling. Why?


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Dave's Diary: The Happiness of Subtraction

Happiness

Money, material possessions, a great job, time, even love... I would argue that adding any of these to your life is not the key to happiness.  No, adding anything is not the way to go. Instead, let's think about subtraction.

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Dave's Diary: Stubborn or Persistent? A Stark Difference

Stubbornness

Like most things, persistence is something of a double-edged sword: it can be either a huge strength when applied in a constructive direction, or an outright flaw when clung to too tightly in situations that call for more flexibility. Like Ned Stark's honour, it can earn you respect and carry you to high places, but it can just as quickly get you into serious trouble.

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The Fruits of Your Labour

career exploration

Choosing a career can be tough... so many choices! How do you know you'll like it? When you think about it, this whole career choice thing is just like picking out a box of mandarin oranges at the grocery store. Here's how...

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Dave's Diary: Procrastination Problems? Maybe Not...

Life Experience

If you're human, you'll admit to having procrastinated about something. If you're an honest human, you'll admit to having procrastinated about a lot of things. I'll even go out on a limb and say that you've often put some salt in that wound and felt guilty about your procrastination. So what are you going to do about it?

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Dave's Diary: A Journey Through Movember

Life Experience

Movember. How else could you describe the process of growing and caring for a moustache for an entire month, other than by calling it a "hairy-ing" experience? (I just couldn't help it, sorry!) I had heard about other people getting weird looks and even nasty remarks about their moustaches before (you'll be glad to know I didn't get any nasty remarks, though of weird looks there were plenty). I had prepared myself for these things. However, it's what I didn't expect that I found to be most noteworthy.

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Dave’s Diary: My Fascination With Sigmund Freud

Series

Of all the posts I’ve written, the one that seems to consistently get the most page views is this one on strengths and weaknesses, Freud, and Alfred Adler. I guess there’s a lot of psychology students out there scouring the web in search of information on how these two prominent historical figures viewed the issue.

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Dave’s Diary: Money Makes You Less Motivated

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Money is a terrible motivator. If I were to say to you, “Reader, I’d like you to come up with a creative way of solving this problem we have,” or “I’d like you to complete this complex task requiring somewhat sophisticated cognitive abilities,” you’d actually perform worse if I offered you a nice chunk of change as a reward.

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Dave’s Diary: Young & Pissed Off

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“I’m young and I’m pissed off.” What a wonderful quotation, spoken by a student I saw recently. I was captured immediately by how much it conveyed, both cognitively and emotionally, in such few words. The student was discussing their passion for politics and ambitions of being an agent of social change.

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Dave’s Diary: Investing in the Old Boys’ Club

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Academia is a strong brew, taken without milk or sugar, steeped in tradition, and drunk from ceremonial cups. Its roots extend at least as far back as Plato’s Academy and perhaps as long ago as 2257 BC in China.

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Dave’s Diary: Details Matter – In Defence of Grammar Police

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Do they drive you up the wall? You wouldn’t be the only one. All you have to do is visit a discussion board wherein some unfortunate soul uses “there” in place of “they’re,” totally distracting from an otherwise coherent and possibly even convincing argument.

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Dave’s Diary: Time Management is a Crock

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Have you ever thought about how absurd the phrase “time management” is? I was just thinking about it and, as I am wont to do, was struck by the underlying semantic silliness of the what is to my mind yet another example of the ongoing corporatization of our lives. So, allow me to spend some time talking about time management.

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Dave’s Diary: How to Bask in the Sunlight of Your Career

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"So, if I don’t have a plan, do I just sit around and wait for stuff to happen?” You might ask. “How am I supposed to know what to do if I don’t know where I’m going?” Is another one I sense a lot of in my work with students.

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