Absenteeism, Interpersonal Conflict and Transitioning at Work or College

Absenteeism, Interpersonal Conflict and Transitioning at Work or College

Special career or academic challenges that someone diagnosed with ADHD might face such as absenteeism, interpersonal conflict and transitioning.

10 Steps to Get Your Space Organized

How much time do you waste looking for something in your office or room? Have you been late because you just couldn’t find what you needed when you KNOW it is in “THERE” somewhere? How I got my MESSY ADHD Daughter to get organized and clean her room. AND this will for YOU…desk , office , room or house!

Using Technology to Save Money When You Struggle with ADHD

In the episode we talk about using technology, your new best friend, to help you save money when you have those impulsive shopping moments.  Use technology to enhance your life financially.

The ADHD Procrastinator

ADHD brings a host of struggles and one of them is being a procrastinator:   The end result? STRESS and a lot of REACTIVE Behavior. In this episode we are going to discuss how you can set up yourself for success by being PROACTIVE with key areas of weaknesses.  

12 Resources for Career Development and Lifelong Learning

12 Resources for Career Development and Lifelong Learning

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

Employers always seek the best-qualified candidates, and they often look at how recently you have been trained in a skill. They are also likely to be impressed if you have job-relevant certificates or certifications. If you can show recent certifications, workshops, and newly acquired skills you will assure the prospective employer that you have a lot to contribute—and, just as importantly, that you are dedicated and proactive when it comes to being the best you can be at your job.

Lifelong learning is also personally beneficial. You may learn about emerging skills or jobs that are a better fit for your life’s goals and values than what you have right now. You may even find yourself in a good position to become a consultant or entrepreneur if you are particularly good at keeping up with industry trends.

Often the biggest hurdle to engaging in new learning is the fear of failure. Just like when applying to jobs, we may be anxious about not performing well on continuing education coursework.

Once we are engaged, we often find the fears are not realities, and that we enjoy whatever was making us anxious! I have a hard time naming a client who hasn’t found that they enjoyed the challenge of continued learning—and the benefits that came with it—once they undertook it.

There is no right or wrong way to receive new training. The list below is some of my favorite places to go to for knowledge and skill training. If you need a degree, certificate, or just the self-confidence, stop procrastinating and go for it.

Online Resources

YouTube: Many colleges and universities have online lectures on YouTube for free.

Udemy: Udemy is a global learning and teaching marketplace. EdX.org: Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider. It offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions.

Coursera.org: Coursera provides courses taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions and you’ll receive a shareable electronic Course Certificate.

khanacademy.org: Khan Academy is a personalized learning resource for all ages. They offer practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard.

Openculture.com: Open Culture centralizes online courses, movies, audio, eBooks, and other content for any user all of it free.

Stanford Free Online Adult Courses: Activities range from recorded special talks on iTunes to Master’s Degree classes.

Federal Services

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) can be a great asset as it provides information on training programs and other services for workers who have been, or will be, laid off.

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation: this resource helps provide people who face mental, emotional, or physical challenges to employment by teaching relevant skills.

Conditions that may qualify you for assistance through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation can include ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and physical injuries that limit your ability to do certain types of work. Their goal is to help everyone be employed.

Vocational Technical Centers: Although for decades the emphasis in America has been on going to a four-year college, there are tens of millions of high-paying jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree. Instead, these jobs require specialized, highly technical, and hands-on training—vocational training.

High-paying careers that require technical training instead of a bachelor’s degree include truck drivers, cosmetologists (hair stylists and other types of style experts), auto mechanics, electricians, welders, line workers for power companies, oil rig workers, and Information Technology experts such as cybersecurity experts.

Schools that specialize in each of these professions—and many more—can be found on the internet. Some may be attached to community colleges, while others such as trucking, power line work, or oil rigging, may be run directly by employers,.

These companies are eager to fill openings with trained workers, and in some cases may even have scholarship or reduced cost tuition programs available for people who are interested in the field, but are concerned about the cost of training to become qualified.

Community Resources

Colleges:

Most colleges offer online courses for which you can receive credit. They may also allow enrollment in in-person courses on an as-needed basis instead of as a full-time student. These can be helpful if you are trying to work towards a degree or certificate.

Community Centers:

Community Centers are organizations, often funded by government grants, that help people gain skills, knowledge, and find opportunities for business and employment. These centers are most common in urban areas but may also be found in smaller cities or towns.

Services commonly offered by Community Centers include résumé and cover letter assistance, job training resources, and networking opportunities. Think of Community Centers as you would a college’s Career Center. The only difference is they serve all taxpayers, including non-student workers and businesspeople.

Apprenticeships:

An apprenticeship is a training system in which a newcomer to a career field assists an experienced worker in that field, and rapidly gains expertise and experience in the process.

Apprenticeships are not as common as they once were, but it is sometimes possible to create an apprenticeship opportunity, if you are sufficiently enthusiastic about the career field, and are able to form a personal connection with an expert.

Experts and business owners are often eager to have assistants who are highly motivated to learn all aspects of the trade or business. For them, having a new employee who is eager to learn exactly how they do things might be preferable to trying to hire regular employees who may or may not be interested in learning and taking on more responsibilities over time.

It is important to note that unlike internships, apprenticeships are regulated by the federal government. While internships are often very brief and unpaid, or “paid in experience,” under the Apprenticeship Act employers must pay apprentices a monthly stipend. Apprenticeships usually last for 6 months to a year.

Lifelong learning keeps you in touch with our rapidly changing society and keeps you active, happy, and positively challenged which will enhance your career path.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD,  Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

Addiction, Recovery and Life Coaching

Addiction, Recovery and Life Coaching

Find Your Special with a Life Coach after Addiction

It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it.
-Chris Jami, Killosophy
We put our children in schools so that they get educated and enlightened. Then when they get bad grades we immediately force them into studying and ground them so that their grades improve. Similarly when someone falls sick, we rush them to a hospital and get them treated. Society is slowly accepting addiction as a situation where both mind and body are suffering tremendously. To date many people believe that an addict must first have the “will” to cure themselves before anyone else helps them and in essence the desire for a solution must be present but it is still quite unrealistic to expect an addict to have the required discipline and will to fight their drug addiction. They need external resources.
More often than not addicts end up in the worst possible situations before someone takes notice and sends them to rehabs and therapy centers. It’s a sad fact how this problem could have been averted easily, at a much earlier stage. What’s more is that rehabilitation centers are not an empirical cure for addiction, yes, they do cut off the problem but, weeding it out? That requires a lot more management than most people are led to believe. It is HARD work. Relatives and spouses are often too close to the addict to offer adequate support and management, often sensing something is wrong but not acting on it while the addict is struggling.
Life Coaches
According to National Institute of Drug Administration (NIDA) an annual loss of $700 billion is reported related to crime, lost work productivity and health care, owing to alcoholism, smoking and drug administration. About 2% of 12th graders related to daily consumption of alcohol and 23.6% to monthly drug administration. And majority of drug users fell under the ages of 25 to 39. These are hard facts and in most cases all any recovering or suffering addict needs is support.
Addiction Life Coaching is also regarded as a form of “Recovery Coaching”. These coaches specialize in
a) Support around recovery efforts
b) Constant positive reinforcement
c) Decision making guidance
d) Life Style management
Studies show that recovery is aided with the presence of a coach; a third person element that is neither too close to the addict nor a judgmental figure. Addicts easily fall into the trap of bad decision making, coaches help patients relearn and refocus the decision making part of their personality and spend less time struggling. The treatment program of the addict is not done alone, the presence of a coach is also for the healing and support to benefit family members.
While addiction remains a problem of millions it is barely identified by a small percentage and according to the Model of Health, addiction is still not accepted as a disease by many countries. It is well understood now that addiction results from ingestion of reinforcing substances that stimulate the pleasure and reward center of the human brain and alter its functioning. Addiction is not just physical or related to drug abuse, Addiction Life Coaches deal with the mental impact it has of the whole person.
Here are a few types of addictions that are common for life coaches
a) Alcoholics
b) Drug Abuse
c) Sex addicts
d) Gamblers
Often drug abuse and other kinds of addiction lands the abuser in jail however, the process of life style changes and recovery doesn’t have to stop. Life coaches help people right out of confinement in readjusting to the world and provide support for them from falling back into their old patterns.
Addiction remains majorly a social problem and support from peers, family and society members is vital for remission. Quite often biases from time of addiction can be held against clean users and pose as major stressors for rehabilitation.
A life coach is there to bring all the pieces together, make them work collectively for the benefit of the patient.
Benefits of a Life Coach
• Boosting their inspiration to succeed
• Managing day to day life stressors
• Managing life style changes
• Holding the addict accountable to the recovery plan
A life coach sets the pattern for recovery and provides support along the way.
Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.