Rachel Loock

What Kim Kardashian's Career Switch Means To All of Us

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – When Kim Kardashian West does something big, you can be sure it will be noticed – and talked about – by millions of people.

So, when the reality TV star, style icon and businesswoman announced in Vogue’s May cover story that she was studying to be a lawyer – and hopes to take the bar exam in 2022 – the news immediately began to trend on social media.

Is This Job Too Good To Be True?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – At first scan, a new job description might look like the perfect fit. But job hunters should always read between the lines, says Rachel Loock, a career and leadership coach at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Often the standout job description will include signals that suggest you should steer clear – or at least temper your excitement while you do some digging.

Seven Ways To Be More Productive at Work

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – December can be overwhelming. There are the family and social obligations, heaps of additional errands and pressures. Plus, there’s work. And for many of us, the final weeks of the year involve a long list of work projects that must be wrapped up before we can relax for the holidays.

Here’s a guide that will help you make the most of those work hours, and help you be more productive at the office, now and throughout the year:

Seven Career Transition Tips From Usain Bolt

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – Michael Jordan has done it. Brock Lesnar has done it. And now Usain Bolt is trying to do it, too. The career transition.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world champion sprinter from Jamaica, is on trial with an Australian A-League soccer team. Many consider him to be past the prime age to learn the technical skills of a new sport. But Bolt isn’t listening. He’s determined to win a permanent spot with the Central Coast Mariners.

Speed Dating Your Way to Your Dream Job

SMITH BRAIN TRUST – If you have your sights set on a dream job or you’re considering a career switch, make sure you talk to a lot of people before you’re married to a particular path. Career coaches call this tactic conducting “informational interviews,” and it’s a lot like dating, says Rachel Loock, a career and leadership coach at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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