WorkLife Book Of The Week: How To Plan Effectively: Professionally And Personally

Welcome to WorkLife Book Of The Week. Every week Monday through Sunday I serialise a story from the School of WorkLife book series. I do this each day in under 280 characters, which I post across my social media channels. Then at the end of each week, I bring all 7 daily posts together here as 1 weekly blog post, which I also share on my podcast: WorkLife Book Wisdom.

This week’s WorkLife Book of The Week is: How To Plan Effectively: Professionally And Personally 

This week’s WorkLife Story of The Week is: Following My WorkLife Plan in Times of Uncertainty.

Petra’s Story:  How Volunteering Led To A Mutually Rewarding Mentor/Mentee Relationship. Allowing Her To Stay On Track With Her WorkLife Plan, During An Economic Downturn and Time Of Uncertainty.


Petra is working in retail. It’s a great company: she works with people she likes; her good work is recognised and rewarded; during her two years there her career has advanced. However, although she is grateful for the opportunities, her heart is just not in it. Because … 


You see Petra’s background is international development. This is what she studied, and on graduating she worked in her chosen field in her native Poland. Then she moved to London intending to continue her WorkLife path, but unfortunately couldn’t get a job in her industry … 


After weeks of job searching, reality struck, her savings were dwindling, and she needed to work to earn a living. She applied for roles for which her skills were transferable. Her search led her to an administrative role in retail. However, Petra’s story does not stop there …


Petra had a plan, and while she needed to bide her time until the economy recovered, she wanted and needed to keep her hand in within her chosen field. This led her to become a volunteer with Amnesty International. Beyond the immense fulfilment, this gave her, it also helped …


Petra  build a strong network. Being non-British, this was important to her because she’d arrived in the country not knowing anyone, which made it difficult to learn about opportunities. Petra made a strong connection with James, who led the group. Mutual respect led to …


the beginning of a mutually rewarding mentor/mentee relationship. James had a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry; and very quickly through Petra’s dedication, hard work and initiative he saw her potential and came to value her as a key member of the team. 


James shared words of wisdom with Petra: “Taking control of your own WorkLife development will allow you to stay true to your passion and purpose, and this is possible even in the most challenging times.” This is true for everyone. As is the adage: “In giving, you will receive.”

That’s a wrap on this week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Following My WorkLife Plan in Times of Uncertainty, from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Plan Effectively: Professionally And Personally 

If you enjoyed Petra’s story, you may also like to learn about the exercises that helped her to stay on track with her WorkLife plan in pursuit of her WorkLife purpose, along with the other stories and assignments in this week’s Book of the Week: How To Plan Effectively: Professionally And Personally 

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Come back next Sunday for next week’s WorkLife Story of The Week: Tony’s Story: Going Across Rather Than Up The Proverbial WorkLife Ladder  from the School Of WorkLife book: How To Be Autonomous In Your Development And Growth 

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The School of WorkLife book series are designed to help you manage your own WorkLife Learning.

Each book tells real WorkLife stories of the successes and challenges people encountered in their WorkLife. Each book also includes the exercises that helped navigate these situations, which are presented as assignments for you to work through.

The stories I share are based on real life WorkLife situations – case studies of the challenges and successes people experienced in navigating the chapters of their WorkLife Story.

I believe stories are a powerful mechanism for teaching, a powerful medium to learn through, and also a powerful way to communicate who you are and what you stand for.

I hope you enjoy the stories and find them helpful in navigating the chapters of your WorkLife story.

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Published by Carmel O' Reilly

I’m Carmel O’ Reilly, Founder of I’m the author Your WorkLife Your Way, blogger and podcaster on the subject of WorkLife. My work focuses on helping people to live their best WorkLives, by managing their learning, development and growth, through effective self-feedback, insightful self-questions and the ability to shape and tell their unique story. My Mission is: “To spread the power of WorkLives lived with Passion, Purpose and Pride by creating continuous WorkLife learning programmes that are accessible to everyone.”

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