International Day of Happiness

On the 20 March, we have a whole day dedicated to happiness! And why shouldn’t we? It’s so important that we encourage and celebrate happiness, especially with all the doom and gloom around us at times.

So, why do we celebrate this internationally? We celebrate this as a reminder of the significance of happiness in our lives and since 2012 the United Nations has recognised the importance of happiness and well-being.

Happiness should be recognised as a fundamental human right and everyone can make a conscious effort to increase positivity in our lives through various activities. This can lead to a better quality of life!

Positive psychology

Having a brighter outlook on life can be achieved by changing your mindset, making better life choices, and having personal goals. Understanding yourself can help with controlling emotions and preventing us from going on a downward spiral the minute something goes wrong in our lives.

Having resilience can get us through hard times and small inconveniences as well as huge negative life events.

Mindfulness and meditation

To be mindful is to be present and aware of what is happening around us. You can practice mindfulness which helps us to connect with the present, more easily and we can do this with various things.

One of my favourite ways to practice mindfulness is by participating in some yoga. I do this at home, on my own, in complete silence. This allows me to connect with my body and my breathing while getting my blood to flow around my whole body.

Meditation is a practice that helps us focus and clear our minds of all our racing thoughts and endless worries, this has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress by relaxing us. Use calming ‘meditation music’ or free apps such as ‘headspace’ or ‘let’s meditate’

Gratitude journals

Journaling a great way to get your feelings out instead of bottling them up, it’s a way you can keep track of daily challenges and even positive events to be grateful for.

Counting your blessings each morning by writing in a gratitude journal will give you a more positive start to the day. Set a time each day, even twice per day if you like.

You can take ten minutes out of your day just to create small goals or reflect on what has happened throughout your day.

Selfcare

Looking after yourself is an important part of your daily routine, sometimes general tasks such as getting out of bed and having a shower can feel like massive, strenuous tasks especially when we aren’t feeling good.

It’s good to stick to a consistent routine of getting up, having a drink or breakfast, and having a wash. Extra self-care could include taking yourself on a shopping trip, having a pamper night, or watching your favourite series, one episode after another without beating yourself up about it.

Take care of yourself just as you would take care of someone else.

Relationships and connection

The types of connections and partnerships we have really impact our happiness. If you are in a toxic friendship, consider spending less time with this person or cutting contact completely, your mental health should not suffer as an impact of someone else being in your life. Your environment and surroundings are vital for your happiness, if you’re surrounded by creativity, laughter, positivity, and lightheartedness, you have a much better chance of feeling like this yourself.

OUR HAPPY HUB!

Here at the Careers Hub, we have a skilled well-being coach named Rhys who can offer six 1:1 appointments as well as unlimited group sessions for health and well-being. Some of these are round-the-table presentations where he covers subjects such as sleep, and confidence plus other sessions can be more interactive such as group walks, mindful meditation, and colouring sessions which are really popular!

The theme this season is ‘Planting Seeds of Well-being’ and this workshop is bookable via our Careers Worcestershire website and is taking place at 2pm on 22nd March.

BOOK HERE: Book Your Class with Careers Worcestershire – Worcester – worcestershire (setmore.com)

Celebrate National Careers Week with Us!  💼

This week is National Careers Week (4 – 9th March)!

If you are having a hard time navigating the job market and finding employment, then National Careers Week is the perfect opportunity to explore different career paths and options! Whether that’s popping in to see us at the Hub for advice on your next steps (which you can do by clicking here) or researching careers by yourself, make the most of this careers week!

There are so many different routes into one career, and finding the path right for you can be difficult. So, I’ve researched three popular careers and the main ways to get into them!

 

🧑‍💼 Administrator

If you’re interested in supporting other professionals, then becoming a secretary or administrator is a great career choice!

As an admin, you will provide both clerical and administrative support to professionals. You may do this as part of a team or individually. You will be involved with the coordination and implementation of office procedures, as well as hold responsibility for specific projects and tasks. In some cases, you might oversee and supervise the work of junior staff.

To become an admin, you will either need relevant experience or formal qualifications, such as an apprenticeship, in a subject like business or management.

 

🧑‍🏫 Teacher

Becoming a teacher can be so rewarding but involves lots of hard work!

As a teacher, you will support children/people in their learning, as well as organise displays and attend meetings. You could teach in a variety of places, such as a school or college and more!

If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, you can get the necessary qualifications by:

  • Completing a university course that leads to qualified teacher status, such as the undergraduate programme for the Bachelor of Education degree.

However, if the university course you are interested in doesn’t involve a teaching qualification, you can complete a postgraduate certificate in education afterwards. This can either be done at university or through a study programme based in a school if you’d prefer to get hands-on experience.

  • Completing an apprenticeship after getting a degree. If you’re interested in earning while you learn to become a qualified teacher, you’ll need to complete a Level 6 Teaching apprenticeship.
  • Working towards this role by completing a degree alongside being a teaching assistant with the relevant qualifications. Like an apprenticeship, this will also give you hands-on experience in the teaching environment while earning money.

 

🧑‍💻 Graphic designer

If you have a creative mind, graphic design could be your passion (and your future career!)

As a graphic designer, you’ll create eye-catching visuals for a variety of products and activities, such as: Websites, advertising, books and magazines, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays and corporate communications.

You can become a graphic designer by:

  • Completing college courses, such as a level 2 technical award in graphic design and building a strong portfolio to showcase your creative ability.

Having a college-level qualification might mean you have to work your way up to becoming a graphic designer by starting out in a company as a design assistant.

  • Getting a university degree in graphic design or illustration and developing a strong portfolio.

 

🧑‍⚕️ Veterinary nurse

If you like caring for animals, supporting veterinary surgeons with sick and injured animals could be your future career!

Veterinary nurses are involved in the hands-on nursing and care of animals, providing both emergency treatment and routine healthcare. As a veterinary nurse, you will play a key role in educating pet owners and promoting animal health and welfare through responsible ownership alongside veterinary surgeons.

To be a veterinary nurse, you’ll need to learn a lot, but this can look different depending on the route you choose:

  • Getting a university degree in veterinary nursing that is approved by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Going to college and completing a level 3 diploma in a relevant course, which will involve a work placement.
  • Getting experience and training with an apprenticeship like the level 3 apprenticeship in veterinary nursing.

Some apprenticeship providers might expect you to have a relevant full-time position already.

 

🧍 Social Worker

If you like the idea of supporting people in the community, then a social worker may be the ideal career for you!

As a social worker, you’ll support individuals and their families through difficult times and help to find solutions to their problems. This could be by making sure that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are protected from harm or by helping people to live more independently with the support they need.

To become a social worker, you will likely require a degree in Social Work. There are other routes to becoming a social worker, including getting a relevant apprenticeship or joining a graduate training scheme.

 

Take the opportunity to discover and explore various careers during National Careers Week!

To learn more about career routes, click here to visit the National Careers Service job directory!