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Nowadays, the career ladder is almost broken, and all the jobs seem to be in decline in the long term. That is why I recommend my students to work on multiple asset creation projects for their future. In fact, creating an asset creation project is the biggest part of their portfolio submissions due next month.

The career ladder is dead — long live entrepreneurship

Of course, the career ladder might not be dead yet — we are not quite there. I recommend my students to apply for jobs and kickstart their careers in a full-time job. Full-time jobs still provide you much-needed security, networks, career advancement, a stable salary, and mental comfort. However, at the same time, you need to realize that the name of the new game in town is asset creation. …


You Will Benchmark Country Brands, Company Brands, and Individual Brands In This Exercise

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In this week’s seminar, I ask my students to prepare a benchmarking table based on the brands they admire. They look at top country brands, company brands, and individual brands to identify how they have become so successful. Looking at their success stories, they identify the factors that have made them uniquely successful. They turn these success secrets into learning for their individual career development. Finally, they identify an action point related to their learning and reflection on each brand.

This is the table that they complete:

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Part 1: Choose From Country Brands

In the first part of the exercise, students look at top country brands in the world and choose 3 country brands that they want to work with. For this part, they use the FutureBrand Country Index Report published annually. …


You Will Create A Fictional Town, Characters Living There, and Events Unfolding In This Town

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It was a late night and I lost sleep again. My mind was full of ideas. During these times, my notebooks are my savior. I designed an exercise for my students on storytelling and worldbuilding.

Below is this exercise. Please look at the poster.

  • Please get a notebook and a pen/pencil.
  • Follow each step and write down your ideas quickly.
  • The trick here is not to judge your ideas and keep ideas flowing as they come to you.
  • Keep writing without too much thinking — your goal is to capture your ideas on paper.
  • If you have more than one idea, make sure you capture all of them. …


The Top 10 Series — 6

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In this article, I will introduce a brainstorming exercise and a lot of resources that will help you increase your interest and potential in multidisciplinary learning. You will think about actions, projects, or new habits to become a polymath.

To get started, please look at the doodle poster below. Please think about your own sources of learning and inspiration. Make a list of them. Then, think about how you can expand your perspective and interests. What are some actions you can take to expand your knowledge and perspectives? Please think of practical actions and write them down.

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Here are some questions, prompts, and examples you can consider to expand your perspectives, be curious, and become a polymath. Please go over them and create ideas. Write down actions for yourself. How will you compound your learning and knowledge for the long term? How will you develop multidisciplinary mental models? …


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In this article, I will share with you a practical seminar exercise I share with my students in my module titled “Employability, Creativity, and Personal Development”. Here is the exercise:

Imagine that you will create and open your own café

Imagine that you have decided to open your own cafe. In this exercise, you will think about the kind of café you wish to create and you will design that cafe.

Your Task

You are going to launch a new business (maybe a new English Café).

You are asked to do the following:

  1. Think of the profile of your target clients, their lifestyles, and their needs — how will you attract them to your café? …


The Eye-Opening Pessimist Workshop

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In this workshop, I have just told the truth, only the truth to my students. Here is the core message: You cannot trust the system. You cannot trust institutions. You need to create your own system to design your life and be independent. This means taking control of your own life, career, and money.

  • The world is crazy and full of shit out there. The earlier you realize this, the less you will get disappointed.
  • The world is changing fast, but our systems, governments, universities, and institutions are unfortunately slow in adapting to these changes. …


The Top 10 Series — 5

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In this article, I will introduce a brainstorming exercise that will help you increase your potential to the fullest. You will think about actions, projects, or new habits to achieve 10 times more in your life.

To get started, please look at both of the doodle posters below. Please think about how you can use these posters as an inspirational springboard for action. How can you make progress? What are some actions you can take to achieve 10 times more? How can you multiply your potential 10 times? Please think of practical actions and write them down.

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You Will Design a Hat or a Pair of Shoes

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In this article, I will share an exercise on Design Thinking that I share with my students in my module “Employability, Creativity, and Personal Development”.

Design thinking can be defined as an iterative process that you can use to understand your users, redefine problems, brainstorm ideas, create innovative solutions, and prototype and test these solutions.

Design Thinking has recently become very popular in companies as a method to advance innovation.

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Design thinking is used to apply human-centered techniques to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

Design Thinking is a nonlinear and iterative process to understand users, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems. Some of the world’s leading companies, including Apple and IDEO, are using design thinking in their approaches. …


The Top 10 Series — 4

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In this article, I will introduce a reflective exercise that will help you increase joy and excitement in your life. You will think about initiatives, projects, or adventures you would like to experience. Plan things that you would look forward to. Things that excite you. What are some of these adventures you would love to go for?

Here are some examples:

  • Investing in new hobbies for your enjoyment
  • Establishing your own company
  • Playing a role/performing in theatre
  • Visiting new countries that you have never visited
  • Traveling from Portugal to Vietnam by train
  • Writing and publishing your own book
  • Creating your own portfolio of artwork and your own…

About

Fahri Karakas

Associate Professor in Business & Leadership at University of East Anglia. Passionate about doodling, imagination, and creativity. Author of Self-Making Studio.

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