Career Tips by Fisher Investments

Whether you’re interested in an opportunity at Fisher Investments, or simply looking to further develop your current career path, our career tips can help you stand out from your peers.

Learning from Past Mistakes

By, 09/24/2013

Though mistakes often make people feel bad, or like they’ve done something wrong, more often than not, they provide a valuable learning experience.

A mantra you’ll hear often in almost anything you do is “everyone makes mistakes”—and it’s true. Mistakes are an important part of life. Without them, we’d likely miss out on opportunities to learn about ourselves. Furthermore, mistakes can even lead to positive outcomes, like identifying inefficiencies and potential process improvements.

If you do make a mistake, try not to dwell on it as something you did wrong. Instead, ask yourself what you’ve learned and what you can do to ensure you don’t do it again in the future. Though mistakes can provide for a good learning experience, it is important to not make the same mistakes over and over again.

Getting Back the Spark

By, 09/17/2013

After working for a few years, your career passion may begin to fade. This leads to lower satisfaction for you and lower productivity for the employer, both of which are less than optimal. Here are some ideas for getting that spark back in your work life.

  • Take the initiative for change. If you do the same basic task every day, branch out to people outside your immediate group to learn a new skill that will shake up your responsibilities. An alternative is mentoring up-and-coming employees. Not only will they benefit from your experience, but your boss will take note of your leadership.
  • Take a break. Enjoying a day or a week of vacation recharges you and grants you fresh perspective. Remember that Paid Time Off (PTO) is meant to be used for both your benefit and the company’s.
  • Take an account of your happiness. If you find you’re good at your job, enjoy it to some degree, and have a meaningful impact on others, you’re probably in the right place. If not, you may need a change of pace in a new role or department.
  • The grass is often browner on the other side of the fence, not greener. Making a change for the sake of change is often an error; making a change because it enhances your position, challenges you, or is intellectually stimulating are better reasons.

Presentation Practice

By, 09/09/2013

Regardless of where you are in your career, you can always improve your presentation skills. Here are 5 practice tips to improve your delivery:

  1. Practice the presentation in as similar a space as possible to the actual presentation location. Doing this familiarizes you with both the size of the speech venue and the necessary volume you will need to use.
  2. When practicing, use your presentation voice. This means practicing the changes in volume, pitch and tempo that emphasize major points.
  3. While practicing, look for material to cut. Every cut will narrow the focus of the audience to the points you want to convey most.
  4. Practice in front of others before the presentation. It’s likely that your presentation has a fatal flaw you haven’t noticed. By catching it early, you avoid losing the audience’s attention on the potential action you want them to take.
  5. Most importantly, PRACTICE.

Here's a link to a great Forbes article on this topic.  Enjoy!

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