There are a maximum of 301 days to go until the next General Election and our political landscape has started to heat up. The big news at the recent local and European elections was the big noise made by UKip. UKip performed powerfully in the European elections and now has MEPs in Scotland, Wales and every region of England. It is the first time since the general election of 1906 that a party other than Labour or the Conservatives has topped a national election. The other major story which caught my attention with respect to extreme points of view has been the furore around the supposed infiltration of non-faith schools in Birmingham by Islamic fundamentalists.
Whatever you think of UKip’s politics and Nigel Farage, whilst the mainstream parties offer bland rhetoric, boring leaders and very little in the way of new and exciting policies, they have certainly re-introduced an element of debate, and public interest. The activities in Birmingham make us sit up and take notice. The Government focus on in-fighting, completing overlooking the threat on the doorstep – and more importantly the impact on the kids who deserve a good experience at school.
Extremism does win, sometimes. I, personally, don’t think UKip will do as well in the General Election but in a country that welcomes democracy and free speech, anything which stirs up interest in our national well-being is a good thing, in my opinion.
So while Farage has been canvassing for votes, what have you been doing to further your career? If you have followed the previous 3 steps to career success, you will know by now what your goals are, what you love to do and what you’re good at. Step 4 is to list your achievements and accomplishments. What have you achieved in your life and your career? Make a note of the things you have achieved. Don’t limit yourself to academic qualifications and promotions. Include major career highlights such as major project delivery (what did you contribute?) and also personal achievements including organising school events and completing a triathlon. Think outside the box and come up with a nice long list. By now, you are beginning to form a better picture of where your future career success might lie.