“I am wiser than this human being. For probably neither of us knows anything noble and good, but he supposes he knows something when he does not know, while I, just as I do not know, do not even suppose that I do. I am likely to be a little bit wiser than he in this very thing: that whatever I do not know, I do not even suppose I know.” – THE APOLOGY OF SOCRATES (Platon).
The more you learn and specialize yourself, the more you realize you know so little …
The illusion of superiority, why incompetent people are overestimated and get promoted?
I have noticed over time that professionals as they become more capable and have more skills, they are less confident in their abilities and do not know how to promote and show the world how they can contribute through their unique abilities.
Many health professionals, have a tendency to underestimate themselves and their work, so sometimes they find themselves in positions that they do not benefit from or fail to guarantee them happiness.
Their opposite, ignorant, incompetent people appreciate their level of competence as being much higher than in reality, and they end up in much higher positions and which bring them happiness. It was called by psychologists Dunning-Kruger effect .
The main features of those affected by the Dunning-Kruger effect are:
- Incompetent people tend to overestimate their level of competence.
- Incompetent people cannot recognize the level of competence of the truly competent person.
- Incompetent people do not realize their incompetence.
- If a particular situation (study, training, exercise, etc.) leads to a significant improvement in the level of competence of such a person, they may recognize and accept previous gaps.
“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russel
Why is confidence at workplace important and how does it affect the work?
Most tips on how to get better at work state something like “be more confident”.
Between self-confidence and arrogance there is a fine line. If you are perceived as too confident by too many, you will be considered arrogant. On the other hand, being too modest and not showing enough personal skills could reveal a low perception of self-confidence.
In essence, confidence is to know what you are good at, the value you offer and act in a way that you can pass it on to those around you. Its importance is justified in recent research, which shows that when people are put in situations where people expect them to fail, their performance decreases. However, when the superiors expect them to do well, they are generally in a positive mindset and their performance improves considerably. Same person, different expectations, different results.
As long as you fail to properly assess your skills, you will not be able to convince them of this or of those who hire you.
I WANT A NEW JOB
Approximately half of european employees believe that stress is a common factor in the workplace and is the cause of almost half of all lost working days. We spend a quarter of our day at work, therefore the harmony and balance of the workplace are important factors with direct health effects.
Excessive stress can interfere with productivity at work and has a negative impact on everyone’s physical and emotional health.
Of course, you cannot control everything that happens at work, but you can control choosing your job according to your personal needs and desires.
How do I find a good job with a normal schedule, a competitive salary and a pleasant work environment?
How is it possible or under what conditions?
If you ask yourself these questions too and you have difficulty finding the right answers, then the ideas below can help and inspire you.
I want a job that I like!
Is it a dream or a reality?
I believe that each of us has this desire, a job that will bring joy, fulfillment.
A job that when I wake up in the morning and prepare for work, it brings a smile on my face, not a sense of terror and a desire to escape.
Such a dream job can become a reality, but first you have to determine exactly what you are looking for, what you want, be specific and detailed.
Some people want proximity, a job close to home, so they do not have to walk through the traffic or walk long distances to work. For others, this is unimportant because they use this time to read or learn something new and for them it becomes productive time, listening to courses, talking on the phone with friends or family, or reading.
Other criteria for a good job can be: a high salary, friendly colleagues, creative workspace, a job without responsibilities (for others on the contrary, they want managerial roles), an executive position, a leadership position! The list can continue!
What does a dream job means to you?
Dream job formula can only be given by yourself!
Take a sheet of paper and describe the ideal job! This description should contain as much information as possible. Write down whatever comes to mind! Finally, select and divide all criteria by category, what is important, what is useful, what you can negotiate and which criteria can be flexible and can be modeled.
The probability of getting a good job, without knowing what you want is very small. There are thousands of types of jobs. Probably only two or three of them would suit you! Do not let it to chance when you’re looking for work! Best of luck in identifying what your dream job is … because this is the first step!
I want a normal schedule!
A 9 to 5 program (without weekends and overtime) for many of us it is what you can call “normal”.
Some would not want a 8-hour working day but rather would like a part time assignment, would like to work from home or work 3 days out of 5. There are people who like to work hard, have enough energy and can work up to 10-12 hours a day. Others who would like to work a 4h week.
The idea of a normal program is an individual criterion, and often the working schedule is a defining criteria in choosing a job.
A study by Gallup International reveals the main important things for a person at work:
- Let me know what is expected of me at work
- I have the equipment and the necessary materials to do my job properly
- At work, I have the opportunity to do what I know best every day
- To be given positive feedback for my good job done.
- My boss or another person at work seems to care about me as a person
- There is someone at my workplace that encourages me to develop myself
- At my job, my opinions matters
- The mission or the objectives of my company make me feel that my work is important
Find out what you like, find out what motivates you and what is important for you in your work! For this you have to have a sincere talk with yourself!
I want a motivating salary!
How do I get a salary that covers my needs and motivates me?
The way your company pays your wage depends on the company’s salary policy, the added value you bring for the company, your results and measurable results for the company. The organisation must want and be able to pay the salary you think you deserve for your work.
Make a list of your skills and abilities and what would be your impact and your work in the company. It is not enough to want a high salary, but you have to identify the reasons why you deserve that salary. If you cannot find these reasons to support your salary, it is virtually impossible for someone else to discover them!
I want a nice work environment!
Friendly colleagues, a pleasant atmosphere, program activities or leisure activities with your colleagues, the company headquarters facilities, your own workspace to inspire you in your day-to-day activities and to ease your efforts, they are all part of the environment in which you spend your working time.
Ambient temperature, workspace light, closed or open spaces are factors that leave a visible mark on the quality of your work results.
You found the job you want and the employer asks you: why do you want this job?
Your answer must convey the fact that you are willing to learn and use key skills in this position in which you will work.
- Show them how your skills match the job requirements.
- Show your enthusiasm for the job.
Here are some answers you can give your employer to answering this question:
- I would like to develop my skills and gain experience in my profession
- This job in a such stable company offers me long-term career development and this is what I am looking for.
- I see this company not only as a positive working environment but also as a good opportunity in which my skills and qualifications can make a difference.
- I would like to gain experience in this area because I feel it will fit perfectly my abilities.
- I think this job will help me take another level of responsibility in my career.
- I think this entry-level job can improve my professional experience.
- This position challenges me to keep up with the latest news in this field.
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