Recharge Your Skills with Michele Badie #70


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Today’s podcast guest is Michele Badie who is the owner of Career Tipper. From an idea Michele had for an app, she has now been on a five-year business journey with Career Tipper. Now the platform includes a blog, a book, podcast, and career coaching services.

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Career Tipper Started as a Way to Inspire Confidence

Before she started Career Tipper, Michele worked in higher education. There she saw a lot of people come through her office who were perfectly qualified for the work they wanted to do. However, they lacked the confidence to pursue it.

Because she saw that a lack of confidence can hold people back in their careers, Michele came up with the idea for Career Tipper. Her initial goal was to help others create space and find confidence so they could take more control over their career growth.

As she listened to her audience over the years, Michele started to develop other products based on their needs. She wrote a book called Confidently You: 21 Day Action Plan to Your Professional Best. And later a podcast concept.

Today, Michele defines her role as a Professional Development Advocate and Career Tipper as a professional development resource for her audience. “I help professionals connect the dots to resources that they need so they can advance on their career path,” she told me.

Through her podcast, she is able to expand her reach and resources by showcasing interviews with other professionals in various industries. This way she shares their knowledge with her already attentive audience.

It’s important to Develop Your Non-Automated Skills

Most recently, Michele has focused on a new series in her podcast called #skillsrecharged. With the rise of artificial intelligence, Michele wants to equip her audience with the tools they need to succeed in a quickly changing workforce.

Michele is an advocate of focusing on your non-automated skills. The top skills in this area are:

  • creativity
  • persuasion
  • collaboration
  • adaptability
  • time management

“These skills can be a game-changer,” Michele said.

To decide what skills to develop, whether they are soft or hard skills, Michele encourages people to focus on what they want out of their careers. From there, “work backward,” she told me. “What are you looking to attain? Where do you want to be?”

It’s important to be proactive in your own personal development if you want to be successful. It’s important that you present yourself as knowledgable and relevant in your field.

If a new opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet, “master where you are at that moment until the next door opens for you,” Michele told me.

Look for current and future trends in your industry. You might have to do some of your own leg work to acquire new skills.

However, these new skills can be attained in a variety of ways from volunteering, to taking a class or a certification program. It really depends on your own learning style and what you might need for your industry. Do what’s best for you based on the resources you have access to.

The most important thing is to commit to being an active learner and be responsible for your own career needs.

More practically, Michele says you should focus on your non-automated skills first, then soft skills. Finally, identify industry-specific hard skills because they’ll be different for each person.

Support Others to Grow Your Own Career

Another way to grow in your career is to support others. This means it’s important to celebrate their successes and support the work they’re doing. A collaborative attitude will help you see other perspectives. This will help you grow as a person and in your career.

“A new perspective can be a game-changing shift,” Michele said.

When you are supportive of other’s efforts, you are able to learn from their perspectives. “Don’t shrink back from encouraging and supporting other people,” Michele said.

Keep a Positive Perspective When Time Are Hard in Your Career

There are times in a career where you might feel like you need to find a new job as soon as possible. However, the actual process to find a new job might mean you have to stay in a less than ideal situation longer than you might prefer.

In times like these, Michele encourages people to change their perspective about the situation. “You have to survive the transition to the next level,” Michele said.

Plan and strategize on what you need to do on a practical level to move onto the next step. Do you need to network more? Update LinkedIn profile or take a class?

Michele also encourages others to include their bodies of work outside of their 9-5 jobs. Those creative projects and side projects you bring into the world can help develop valuable skills for your career.

She also points out that it’s ok if you develop some skills that you only use in a short period of your life. Don’t look at it as a waste of time. Look at it as part of the journey.

“Be patient with yourself and trust the process,” Michele said.

About Michele Badie

During Michele’s tenure, in Career Services in for-profit higher education, she realized that confidence versus lack of knowledge and skills often stopped many qualified professionals from fully pursuing their career goals and aspirations. That professional experience was the genesis of Michele’s journey to launching Career Tipper. Her efforts with Career Tipper are rooted in wanting to encourage amazing professionals to evolve to their professional best by keeping their skills recharged. Career Tipper is a professional development resource that started as a career affirmations app that transformed into a blog and then transitioned into a podcast. Michele is the host of Career Tipper podcast that features interviews of seasoned professionals in different industries sharing their expertise and professional development resources on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher Radio.

Links From the Show

Visit Career Tipper’s Website

Subscribe to Career Tipper Podcast on iTunes

Like Career Tipper on Facebook

Follow Career Tipper on Instagram

Follow Career Tipper on Twitter

LinkedIn Article: The Skills Companies Need the Most in 2019 — And How to Learn Them

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