Monday, 29 January 2018

Melinda Matthews Clarkson: The benefits of embracing change.

Motivational speaker and author Mel Robbins has built her recent career around the “5 Second Rule”, a concept that centres on the need for the human brain to override its natural inclination to avoid change and stick with the status quo. It’s something that struck home for me when I joined CodeClan at the end of last year and saw how many people on our software-development courses are making life-changing career switches. 

Changing your career is a big step in so many ways and the short- to medium-term transition can be difficult, both in economic and social terms, so it takes a strong individual to commit to change. To an extent, I’ve made quite a significant career change of my own, having spent most of my working career with IBM in a global role. One month in, though, and I can safely say I’ve loved every minute, in no small part due to how inspired I’ve been by the team at CodeClan and the people undertaking our 16-week course in Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

Earlier this month, our latest graduating classes gathered in Edinburgh, and the passion and excitement in the room was palpable. Our chair, Polly Purvis, and the Scottish Government’s Education Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, addressed the group and there was a consensus that there has never been a better time to be entering Scotland’s digital economy.

Full story at Scotsman.
By Melinda Mathews Clarkson.

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