How to search for a job when it’s exhausted
When you’re already exhausted from working full time, looking after your family, and dealing with this new way of being “Covid”, it’s hard to muster the energy to start or consider a job search. to change careers. But maybe now is the perfect time to make a change. How can you overcome this exhaustion and regain control of your professional future? 1) Defining your why by understanding why you want a new job will help you focus on the end goal. 2) Visualize how you will feel when you find a job that will bring you joy and embrace that energy to propel you forward. 3) Make a plan by determining how much time you are willing and able to devote to the job search and block that time each week. 4) Focus on what you can control, like networking with people in your field, staying up to date on job openings, and preparing for interviews. 5) Master the art of rejection because each application, interview and meeting is a chance to grow.
(Adapted from “How To Job Hunt (When You Are Already Exhausted)”, by Marlo Lyons, published October 07, 2021, Harvard Business Review)
Femtech – the unknown frontier
Period tracking, silent breast pumps, and cannabidiol infused tampons – these are all examples of ways that femtech companies are offering women ways to overcome gender-specific health issues. Women are 75% more likely than men to adopt digital tools for healthcare. This represents huge investment potential: The femtech market could more than double, from $ 22.5 billion last year to more than $ 65 billion by 2027, according to one estimate. Still, the market has been slow to develop – in 2020, femtechs received just 3% of all health tech funding. But now venture capitalists are finally realizing the opportunity. For example, Dame Jessica launched Jennis, a fitness app to help other women do postpartum workouts safely. It now allows users to optimize workouts for different phases of their menstrual cycles, and just completed a successful fundraising cycle. Dame Jessica’s startup is part of a wave of ‘femtech’ companies offering women ways to overcome gender-specific health issues.
(Adapted from “Femtech Firms Are Finally Enjoying An Investment Boon”, published by The Economist on October 16, 2021)
When leaders bypass rationality
I’m not saying only total losers would skip this story, but a bunch of people have warned me. If you read on, you will find out how I am the only one who can protect you from the dark groups that spread lies to control your children. If any version of this post sounds familiar to you, it’s because it contains some of the most common techniques deployed by the bossy, crooks, bosses, and dubious cultural figures swirling around us. Even Dave Portnoy, Elon Musk and Gwyneth Paltrow of Barstool Sports have inadvertently used some of these methods. (Respectively, prejudice, frightening tactics, and false intimacy.) Propaganda – communication designed to manipulate thought or behavior – is the opposite of persuasion. It’s crazy, fueled by social media clicks, dopamine hits, cable TV and, as always, advertising. Whether used with caution by celebrities distorting the truth or dangerous demagogues destroying democracies, rhetorical devices are brain hacks.
(Adapted from “How Trump, Elon Musk, and Gwyneth Paltrow Bypass Your Ability to Think Rationally,” by Eric Roston, published October 15, 2021 by Bloomberg Business)
The coal crisis in India
According to data released by the Central Electricity Authority, as of October 13, India’s 135 thermal power plants have an average stock of coal that will last only four days. A total of 112 of the 135 plants are operating with stocks at critical or super-critical levels. India depends on coal for over 70% of its electricity needs, and Coal Indian Limited supplies over 80% of total coal. The current coal crisis comes amid a larger energy crisis across the world, with prices for natural gas, coal and oil rising sharply on the international market. The sluggishness of national production and the sharp drop in imports over the past few years are at the root of the current crisis. According to BP Global Energy Statistics, domestic coal production in India has stagnated since 2018, while imported coal has declined significantly.
(Adapted from “Explained âWhat Is The Extent Of India’s Coal Crisis”, by Prashant Perumal, published October 17, 2021 by The Hindu)
Posted in Dawn, The Business and Finance Weekly, October 25, 2021