SWITCHING CAREERS
SWITCHING CAREERS

For many people, life can sometimes get monotonous and your daily routine can be mind-numbing. This is especially true when it comes to you career and/or work life. Changing your  career can break this monotony and provide a whole new set of opportunities for success. Gone – and thankfully so – are the days when people would work the same job in the same company for years. The rapid advancement of technology has catered the emergence of the digital age, and switching careers has become more accessible. Many individuals are taking full advantage of this development to expand their career prospects. Read on to find out the best ways to go about switching careers.

  1. WHY DO YOU WANT TO SWITCH?

The first and most important step when you are looking to switch careers is to ask yourself what your motivation is. Are you unhappy with various aspects of your current position? Are you burned out? Have you come to the realisation that the career path you’ve chosen isn’t working out as well as you thought it would? Is your employer the issue? Or do you have moral and ethical concerns about the work you’re doing?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you most probably need a career change and these are valid enough reasons.

  1. REASSESS YOUR INTERESTS AND SKILLS

Sometimes we go in to various careers without really knowing what our interests and skills are due to necessity and convenience. This then results in a lack of motivation and overall dissatisfaction in our careers.

Begin by listing down all the things you’re interested in; don’t leave anything out. Be it planning parties, working with children, working out, dealing with numbers etc. Next, make a list of all the things you’re good at; what skills do you have? Finally, compare the two lists and then zone in on the areas where both your interests and skills align.

  1. MARKET RESEARCH

Once you pinpoint a job market you’d like to get into, carry out some research. Find out the job prospects in the particular field as well as the entry barriers. Reach out and build networks with people in that field who will help you gain valuable information about the field you are looking to get into. Don’t forget to find out the earning potential and average compensation for the different positions in the industry. It would also be useful to consider the current and predicted trends in the market and how you can properly prepare.

  1. GAIN EXPERIENCE

Depending on what your new career path is, you may have to start from scratch. This therefore means that you need to gain some level of experience in order to compete in that job market. You can do this by seeking out internships in your desired field as well as volunteering. You can also shadow experts in that particular field to gain in-depth knowledge about the industry and it’s tools. Consider freelance work in your free time or even working for free in exchange for work experience that will help build your resume.

  1. APPLY FOR THE JOBS YOU WANT

The final step on your career changing journey is to begin applying for jobs. Once you’ve gained sufficient knowledge and a decent level of experience of the field you wish to enter, begin to apply for the jobs. Bear in mind that prospective employers will be looking to find out why you’ve decided to make a shift. Be prepared to answer these question in an open and honest manner.

Remember, human beings have the capacity to be multifaceted. We have the ability to learn and quickly adapt to the various seasons of life. There is no need to feel stuck in one career when there are so many options and opportunities for you to grow. So take the leap of faith and put in the hours and persistence in switching careers and success will follow.

Here at The Manpower Company, our wide array of recruitment and human resources expertise equips us in guiding you through this journey get in touch with us at hr@tmc.ke .If you’re an employer looking to fill a position – our vast database and experience will ensure qualified, suitable candidates are sent your way reach us at info@tmc.ke

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workplace discrimination
WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION: TYPES AND WHAT YOU CAN DO

Discrimination in the workplace is a growing concern in today’s business community. Everyone deserves to feel safe and comfortable in the workplace in order to do their jobs well. Unfortunately, differences between people have a tendency to lead to misunderstandings, and sometimes result in conflict and discrimination. Employers have a responsibility to their workers to protect them from discrimination and unfair treatment in the workplace.

Article 27 of the Constitution grants women and men the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres. The article further states that a person shall not discriminate directly or indirectly against any person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, health status, ethnic or social origin, colour, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, dress, language or birth. A person under the Constitution is defined to include a company, association or other body of persons whether incorporated or unincorporated.

The Employment Act, which is the main legislation that guides the employer-employee relationship in Kenya further states that an employer shall promote equal opportunity in employment and strive to eliminate discrimination in any employment policy or practice. The Employment Act goes on to state that no employer shall discriminate directly or indirectly, against an employee or prospective employee or harass an employee or prospective employee, on grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, nationality, ethnic or social origin, disability, pregnancy, mental status or HIV status. Contravention of the provisions of the Employment Act by the employer shall result in the commission of an offence.

There are various forms of discrimination that may occur in the workplace. The four main forms are listed below.

  1. DIRECT DISCRIMINATION

This is the legal term applied when a person discriminates against another due to a protected characteristic that they may have e.g. race, religion, gender, disability etc.

  1. ASSOCIATIVE DISCRIMINATION

This form of discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably because of their association with a person who has a protected characteristic.

  1. PERCEPTIVE DISCRIMINATION

This is where a person treats another less favourably because they believe that the other person has protected characteristic.

  1. DETERRED DISCRIMINATION

This is where an employer gives an indication that persons who have a particular protected characteristic will not be considered for a job post or opportunity.

It is important to understand that treatment must be ‘less favourable’ not ‘unfavourable’. Unfavourable treatment does not require a comparable.

If you think that you have been treated less favourably than your workmates by your employer and you believe that the reason for the less favourable treatment was in any way related to one or more of the protected characteristics, you may be able to pursue a claim for discrimination.

Tackling inappropriate behaviour at work isn’t just about having the right policies in place. It’s about everyone taking effective action to challenge bullying, harassment and other unacceptable conduct and create a diverse and respectful working environment.

Here’s what you can do if you feel you’re being discriminated at work:

  1. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING

Document notable events where you believe you’ve been discriminated against. This documentation is crucial to identifying any trends you believe you’re experiencing. You’ll need to gather a combination of direct and circumstantial evidence to have a strong claim. Evidence will constitute discriminatory texts, emails, memos, conversations while noting when, where and with whom they took place. Don’t forget to keep them secure and don’t share them with anyone else until you’re ready to present the evidence.

  1. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

Before you approach your employer with a discrimination claim, you need to seek legal counsel and learn about your rights. Get the legal definition of what constitutes discrimination. Present your recorded evidence of the observable trend of discrimination you’ve encountered to see if you can file a claim.

  1. SPEAK TO A SUPERVISOR

When you know your rights and have gathered your evidence make a supervisor in your company aware that you feel discriminated against. This can be a conversation with your boss or Human Resources representative. Your company will not take action until you directly ask them to. You must communicate that you believe you’re experiencing discrimination and not just uncomfortable or a dispute with a co-worker. Make sure your company understands that your rights are being violated and ask for a follow up and for the company to address your claims. Don’t forget to document this conversation.

  1. SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL

If your workplace hasn’t addressed your claims to a satisfactory degree – it’s time to seek legal action. Compile your evidence of discrimination including any steps you’ve taken to try and solve it and your lawyer will help you file a case.

Discrimination shouldn’t be tolerated at any degree in a work place. You should not be complicit or a victim of discrimination. You’re well within your rights to question if any less favourable treatment you receive is tied to a protected right. Don’t let your superiors of fear intimidate you – chances are if it has happened to you, it has also affected someone else.

At The Manpower Company, our Human Resource Consultancy services are designed to assist your organisation with matters of personnel. By designing and advising you about workplace conduct, we can help both you and your employees navigate concerns – or avoid them all together. Get in touch here to find out how we can help.

Mshimba Michelle

Mentoring
5 BENEFITS OF MENTORING

When you sign on to be a mentor, you probably think the scale is weighted in favour of the mentee. After all, the traditional dynamic sees you doing the bulk of giving  while your mentee basks in the glow of  your priceless wisdom, reaping the benefits. There are a multitude of benefits beyond being an influence behind a successful individual. You may not realise it but, mentoring can greatly enrich your career and life.

“ Mentoring creates a culture of engagement where employees feel valued and encouraged to step up to their full potential ”, says Patricia Barlow president and founding partner of Blue Mesa Group. To add to that it also invites development, creativity and inclusion.

Below are 5 other benefits of being a mentoring an individual:

Mentoring affords you  different perspectives.

Insight goes both ways. As you push or your mentee to improve and follow different thought avenues in solving a problem, watch and learn how they do this. Don’t be set in your ways and accept the challenge of adapting your mindset. Your worldly experience and your mentees’ youthful idealism makes for interesting results. Seek to apply any new, inventive techniques to your own career or business.  

Mentoring Improves communication and interpersonal skills.

In building a strong relationship with your mentee, you’ll first need a rapport. The best way to do this is to actively listen, understand and then provide relevant feedback. Listening is a skill often overlooked or undervalued and frequently replaced with a short attention span. Make sure not to lament these negatives in your character. Mentoring encourages you to enhance your listening skills for they are an important asset in building a connection with your mentee.

By being a better listener, you can be a better partner, improve productivity and understand more. A relationship provides the perfect opportunity to build on, practice or create these necessary skills and they will always be appreciated by the person you’re interacting with.

Advocate for others.

As a mentor you are part-cheerleader and part-lawyer for your counterpart. A big part of your job is advocating for your mentee much like a lawyer does[1]. You have to be prepared to bat for your mentee and their ideas, especially if they don’t know how to do it for themselves. Your advocacy will lead to a wider array of opportunities and improve your mentees chances of success. You would do this because as a mentor you’d get a first-hand view of the sweat and tears they put into their work.

Be sure to also teach self-advocacy, it’s important to encourage them to promote themselves. An important part of mentoring is to teach your mentee how to stand up for themselves and their product and get a better understanding of what can put them over the top.

As for your benefit, research has shown that helping others makes us happier. For instance researchers found that people who gave money to charity were happier. In fact, the correlation between giving and happiness was so strong it made about the same difference for happiness as having twice as much income[2]. Mentoring and advocating for your mentees will extend your happiness far beyond your own achievements.

Develop leadership and management qualities.

There is a distinct possibility that you have never been in charge of employees or you never wanted to be. You may have interacted with colleagues but never managed them. However, as a mentor you  have to be able to manage your mentee efficiently and effectively. Your mentee will help you learn to better lead and support someone through feedback, asking questions and telling you what they need to succeed

Make use of feedback mechanisms and learn to realise when your methods are not effective and adjust accordingly.

Expand your network.

Mentoring affords you the opportunity to interact with new people and build on your network.  Meeting new people especially if they are in your field is always a bonus for your career although, galvanising on the privilege  to cultivate your network should not be the main reason you take on being a mentor. Good relationships are essential to have, the connections you’ve made throughout your life and career are invaluable. Be sure to treat your growing network as a source of wealth. The value of each new person that joins your network expands your future reach.

Mentoring promotes self-reflection.

In guiding your mentee you’ll share your experiences and relive what worked for you but make sure not to take any creative license. Your mentee will be absorbing everything you share and will seek to apply these attributes and strengths to succeed.

Be sure to also revisit past failures, this will help you recognise mistakes you can now correct and your mentees can avoid. Focus especially on the bigger problems you faced an example being opportunities you once had like a job somewhere else with better pay versus staying put where you could expand coverage as well your network. Being able to deal with these can make you realise a deeper view of your own path and achievements.[3]

Final thoughts

Mentoring is a win-win for both participants. The mentee gains insight and experienced from a seasoned individual wanting to help. The mentor benefits too in realising personal fulfilment. As well a myriad of hidden perks which you will find out for yourself if you ever decide to be a mentor.

Read:

7 reasons you need a mentor

5 tips to land your dream mentor

How to set up an effective mentorship program for your business


[1] https://thecentsofmoney.com/ten-steps-women-should-take-negotiating-salary-compensation/

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUKhMUZnLuw&t=185s [3:15]

[3] https://thecentsofmoney.com/ten-benefits-of-being-a-mentor/

Amanda Nyabila

Mentors - THE MANPOWER COMPANY - TMC
MENTORS: 7 REASONS YOU NEED A MENTOR

Mentors are people or friends who guide less experienced individuals by building trust and modelling positive behaviours.

Mentors. They’ve been there and done that – they‘ve seen it all. Yet, a woeful number of entrepreneurs start their careers’ without one. In an age where instant gratification is glorified, it’s unsurprising that many entrepreneurs and young founders do not seek out mentors as hard as they do co-founders.

While many arguments are abound on why entrepreneurs don’t need mentors but should instead follow their instincts and gut feelings; There are many cases to be made on why the age-old practice aids in the success of entrepreneurs. Just think of a few of the legendary mentor-mentee duos like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Even in the creative/fictional space, mentor-mentee duos have curated exceptional results by moulding experience and youthful idealism think of Luke Skywalker & Obi-Won Kenobi, Iron man & Spider-man and Captain Kirk & Captain Pike just to name a few.

Here are benefits mentors provide entrepreneurs as they build their start-ups into successful companies:

Gain experience not shared in books.

Experience is a vey expensive asset crucial to business success. While there is a wealth of insight to acquire from books and articles, it’s a vexing truth that most authors do not feel comfortable revealing everything about themselves in books. Some personal experiences may be too personal to share with a wide audience, yet how they dealt with them can aid an inexperienced entrepreneur’s career. This is where mentors come in, any mentor worth their salt can usually fill the vacuum of information with both expert knowledge and outlook.

Their advice helps ease the challenges of projects which makes work easier and increases your chances of succeeding. Mentorship is one guaranteed way to gain experience from others.

“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before”

J Loren Norris

Mentors makes success more likely.

Whether you are a mentor or the mentee, the mentoring relationship can push your career to new heights. The benefits of mentoring are many. Research and surveys prove that having a mentor is important to success. In a 2013 executive coaching survey 80% of CEOs said they received some form of mentorship. In another research by Sage, 93% of start-ups admit that mentorship is instrumental in success.[1]

Having  the right mentor can amplify your chances of success in life and in business. The valuable connections, timely advice, occasional check-in,  along with the spiritual and moral guidance you will gain from having a mentor will ease the road to success.

Networking opportunities.

Aside from the fact that investors trust start-ups who are recommended by their friends or solid revenue numbers, a successful mentor has many more years of experience and a vast network of people that can benefit your career.

Since they are invested in your success they will let you tap into their network of contacts when the need arises. A good mentor will also give you valuable feedback on your networking skills as well as advice on how to improve on any problematic areas

These unique opportunities cannot be tapped into if you don’t have a mentor.

Reassurance and hope.

Research has proven quality mentorship has a positive affect on young entrepreneurs many of whom battle with self-doubt and question their ability to succeed in business. These feelings might lead to imposter syndrome, whereby an entrepreneur feels unworthy of their success.

Having someone who practically guides you and shares your worries with you often appeasing your fears with years of experience can reassure you that you’ll  be successful and that your accomplishments are deserved

Mentors also help bolster your self-confidence which is an important key to success, as entrepreneurs reports revealed that having a high self-confidence contributes significantly to career success. Mentors have the capacity to help young founders tap into their self-confidence and see every challenge as an opportunity.

Business longevity.

When you imagine the number of businesses that fail, you’d wish that a lot of business owners had mentors. According to SBA, 30 percent of new businesses may not survive past the first 24 months, and 50 percent of those may not make it past five years. However, 70 percent of mentored businesses survive longer than 5 years.

Mentors will help you develop a stronger EQ.

Emotional intelligence (EQ) develops with age and life experience and its crucial to entrepreneurial success. When a young entrepreneur has a more mature and successful mentor to advise them, they’re likely to have a greater control over their emotions and reactions.

It’s a well-known fact that mixing business and emotions can lead to your business failing, to curb this situation mentors give an unbiased point of view and limit their emotional attachment to your project while simultaneously showing you how to react in given instances and overcome critical hurdles by making smart decisive judgements.

Mentors give you accountability.

You’ve  likely set goals for yourself and laid out a great plan on how to achieve them. These mean nothing without follow through – a hurdle most entrepreneurs have trouble getting over. A mentor can help keep you accountable to your goals and business objectives.

Without being domineering, a great mentor will help you set key objectives and then holds you accountable in working towards them. They will rightly admonish you if you fail to meet objectives due to laziness on your part.

You might also like:

5 benefits of mentoring

5 tips to land your dream mentor

how to set up an effective mentorship program for your business


[1]https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/280134#:~:text=In%20hard%20times%2C%20having%20a,bear%20the%20brunt%20the%20most.

https://www.eseibusinessschool.com/why-every-entrepreneur-needs-a-mentor/

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2001366445/4-reasons-entrepreneurs-need-mentors

https://www.forbes.com/sites/maryabbajay/2019/01/20/mentoring-matters-three-essential-element-of-success/#637f557945a9

Amanda Nyabila

5 things magicians can teach entrepreneurs
5 THINGS A MAGICIAN CAN TEACH AN ENTREPRENEUR

Have you ever watched a magic show and thought to yourself ‘there’s no way that’s possible.’ Then before your very eyes the impossible is made possible time after time. Have you ever seen a magician wave his hand and say “This is where the magic is happening” whereas, the real trick is happening somewhere else? Misdirection.

It’s a lot like what great entrepreneurs do on a recurring basis. Harry Houdini was once lowered head first into a glass tank filled with water with his feet manacled. After dropping into the water via pulleys, the top of the tank was secured, a drape thrown over the glass, and Houdini had two minutes to escape. Just as in 1903, people doubted Wilbur and Orville Wright would get more than foot off the ground in their pursuit of flight. In the end the Wright brothers did the ‘impossible’ and flew, and Houdini ‘escaped’. Commonly, magicians and great entrepreneurs are expected to make the impossible happen.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU START

Harry Houdini – arguably the most famous name in the world of magic launched his career from a tent in 1894 and was met with little success. He finally gained notoriety for his feats of escape in 1899 (5 years later) when his act caught the attention of Martin Beck, an entertainment manager who got him booked at some of the best Vaudeville venues in the country, followed by a tour of Europe. Houdini’s feats would involve the local police, who would strip search him, place him in shackles and lock him in their jails. The show was a huge sensation and he soon became the highest-paid performer in American Vaudeville and today his name is synonymous with the word magic.

Most entrepreneurs will tell you that the easiest but scariest part of entrepreneurship is starting out – rattled by the fear of failure. Great entrepreneurs push past it, not worrying how long it takes to reach ‘success’. Great entrepreneurs  understand  that it’s better to try and fail than not to have tried at all.

-Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming

Mandy Hale

THINGS DON’T ALWAYS GO TO PLAN

While your ideas may not always  pan out like you planned, don’t let this deter you from your goal, consider the story of out magician – Houdini. A small town in the British Isles built a new jail cell. They were quite proud of the quality of this particular jail cell. ‘Come give us a try,’ they said to Houdini, and he agreed. He walked into the prison cell, his chest brimming with confidence – after all, he had done this hundreds of times.

Houdini had secretly hid inside his belt a special lock pick he had designed. Once the cell was closed, Houdini took off his coat and began to work with his secret lock pick. But he discovered something was unusual about this particular lock. For 30 minutes he worked diligently and got nowhere. His confident expression soon disappeared. An hour passed and still, he had not been able to open the door. By now he was bathed in sweat and panting in exasperation, but he still could not pick the lock. After two hours of tireless work he literally collapsed against the door in exhaustion. The door then swung open, and to his astonishment he discovered it had never been locked in the first place! It was locked only in his mind.

This story resonates with every entrepreneur. Just as Houdini threw everything he had at trying to open the door, entrepreneurs do the same thing with a product and its target audience.

Entrepreneurs spin their wheels trying to find new channels to unlock explosive growth. It’s typically the most challenging and frustrating things to solve for. Sometimes you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, the solution is usually less complicated than think it is – and it might just change your plans.  Unlike Houdini who literally collapsed in exhaustion trying to find a way to unlock the door with his pick, consider other solutions.  

– no matter what you’re doing when things don’t go as planned you need to persevere –  

A MAGICIAN EMBRACES INNOVATION

A cheap trick brought at a local magic shop can become a miracle if a magician puts his personal, innovative touch on it. Thanks to popular talent oriented TV shows we have the chance to see some of the most breath-taking magic performances.

Nothing new in particular, but still breath-taking, why? Because they’ve taken a cheap magic trick and made it awesome by adding an innovative and personal touch to it.

Entrepreneurs have to embrace this mindset too, they need to constantly think about the future. Great entrepreneurs think about the next big product, they don’t just copy the most popular idea at the time. Do you think the iPad was the first tablet ever? No, it was the first time a company executed on how to give people a functional and easy to use tablet. By prioritising what users wanted, Apple was able to dominate the tablet market. The crucial aspect is prioritising the endless list of features and other things you have to maximiSe the effectiveness of what you’re doing. Staying ahead of the curve means nothing unless you’re doing things that will actually have positive impact.

-It’s not impossible just highly improbable-

A MAGICIAN ALWAYS PUTS THEIR AUDIENCE FIRST

Your customers are your priority. A magician’s goal it to entertain their audience while bringing about a sense of wonder. The means for accomplishing this goal involves the use of any combination of some tools including misdirection, psychology, sleight of hand and storytelling. They know that the only true measure of their performance is how loud the crowd cheers. If a magician does their job properly, the audience doesn’t feel tricked – they welcome the spectacle.

This same principle applies to entrepreneurs. Great entrepreneurs always put their customers first, even if it’s not the most profitable decision. It’s all about addressing their needs and  making them happy.

– if you’re not making your audience or customer happy, then you simply won’t have one –

Drawing parallels between magicians and entrepreneurs is not a hard thing to do. If you want to step up your entrepreneurship game, put on a great show but also solve a problem.

A MAGICIAN PRACTICES AND MAKES PERFECT

-beginners practice until they can do it right once, professionals practice until they can’t do it wrong anymore –

This is true for magicians but not completely for entrepreneurs – even with the different metrics, the idea is still the same. It’s okay to make mistakes once in a while, many entrepreneurs attribute their success  to learning from failure.  Failure isn’t your enemy – don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character. If and when you fail remember to be mindful of your customers and their reactions. Keep tabs on the feedback you receive  – customers provide valuable and actionable insights.

– Failure is success in progress –

Great entrepreneurs and magicians are the same in a multitude of ways aside from making the impossible happen on a consistent basis. It’s their goal to create something to benefit their audience in some way.

A magician embraces showmanship and creativity in telling their stories. They stay multiple steps ahead of their audience, to deliver spectacular performances.

Entrepreneurs work hard to find a great product- market fit, they emphasise stories through their products, they choose their steps carefully based on data and they put their customers ahead.

In the end both magicians and great entrepreneurs make the world a uniquely better place.

Amanda Nyabila


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