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// The Seven Worst People to Have in a Group Project //

To get straight into things regarding teams, we need to know how to choose the right people to get the job done and avoid the “rotten eggs”. Robert M Bramson who has a book called Coping With Difficult People which was written back in the 80’s and still holds theoretical value today explains the seven types of bad group members regarding their social characteristics within a team.

1. Hostile aggressives


Openly abusive and belittled people who have caused a problem or unable to provide an immediate solution to a problem.The fist person to jump on the blame wagon when something goes wrong. It’s never their fault, it’s always your’s and they’ll be sure to let you know that. These people are a serious thorn in the side of group work development as they will destroy any morale to work effectively and also have an emotional impact on some more stressed.

2. Complainers


The moaners of the group, they will find everything that you do which isn’t to their standards and complain, even if you come into contact with one from another group, they will manage to bring down your confidence to perform well on your own thing. Usually involving negative and unproductive criticism towards your work regardless whether it’s their business or not.

3. Silent unresponsives


Ever have that silent person in the group which provides absolutely no input or maybe when you need them to complete a task for the team yet they never get back to you? That’s this member of the group. The one which would be better replaced with an inanimate object as a team member or maybe just make a cardboard cut out (mind, you can draw on the cardboard which could be more productive).

4. Super agreeables


These guys tend to be those who probably don’t have a clue what is going on or maybe they are extremely enthusiastic to any and all ideas put forward to the group. These are nice people, which is cool, but not so cool if you need some real input towards gaining successful development within a project they won’t be the ones to provide constructive criticism or help push a project forward. Instead for them, it’s okay if you leave something till tomorrow at least you tried… right?

5. Know it-all experts 

Say hello to the group member which knows everything about the Universe and back again. This member probably knows what you have for breakfast or complete the project without anyone’s help. This member can be highly annoying, always trying to come up with a better solution than your own (because they are clearly smarter than you), but where this character would like to brag, others will feel less willing to step forward with their own ideas which may in reality be better, rendering the whole idea of group work useless.

6. Negatives


It’s okay to point out any flaws within an project if you have a good alternative or solution, but these people are incapable of bringing a better idea to the table. Everything you think of to them is lost hope, you might as well just throw in the towel and walk away from it all because nothing will be able to get you through the work. Someone like this can really bring the team down to their level rather quickly causing lousy, half-assed work and a somewhat depressive working environment and very little productivity.

7. Indecisives


These people simply don’t know what to do about anything. We’ve got to go left or we’ve got to go right, but if this guy was the decision maker you would be there for eternity. When it comes to work, you’ll find that this person will be so busy deciding one thing on the list of tasks to do that nothing will get done, which will eventually lead to struggle and panic on a looming deadline resulting in shabby work and poor results.

// Making the most of unemployment//

Recent unemployment figures for March showed that there were 2.67 million of us out of work which hasn’t been higher since 1995.

Hunting for work has never been more challenging, with competition expected to rise further over the summer holidays with new school leavers searching for work and employers being sceptical towards employing people with less than a few years experience, making career entry quite the struggle. 

Frustration

I have three elder brothers, two of which are currently unemployed and I have to question myself as to what they have really done to try and get themselves to stand out in the jobs market, and a quite frank answer is not much. They look for a few jobs during the morning and then play computer games and watch movies for the rest of the day hoping they will get a call back for an interview but with very little optimism.

My question then comes to the simple point of what to do in order to improve your chances of employability and making the most of your time being out of work and making the time work to your benefit. So lets get started on the list. 

A crucial rule before we begin!

If you plan on taking up one of these it is a must to stay committed. I know a lot of people tend to say they will do something and then after a week or two either lose interest or find themselves at a small hurdle and decide to give up, but keep focused and motivated and you will achieve a beneficial life skill.


1. Learn a new Language

Pretty much every Blog or article you read will tell you to learn a new language and I’m going to encourage you to do so too. We live in such a globally connected world today that it is becoming an essential asset to businesses as we start to communicate more and more people across different countries and reaching out to new cultures. If you don’t know any people from other countries, a good place to start would be to check out a site called Interpals. Just decide what language you want to learn and use this site to find others from the country you’re interested in and make yourself a friend to transfer language tips with to keep you involved.

 2. Learn something technical

Seen a load of jobs posted for programmers and web designers whenever you search for work and thought about maybe taking a course to learn how? Maybe if you haven’t, from my experience of learning how its not as hard as it seems to be. Although quite a bit of a learning curve with challenges at times, the results of successfully completing a project can be a highly rewarding feeling and experience, with sites such as Codecademy which provide free lessons on programming and social interaction so you can compare progress with any friends who may also want to learn will keep you focused and develop great skills. 

Maybe you’ve even considered making your own mobile application to sell on the Android/iPhone/Windows phone, learning the skills may get you quite far.

3. Go back to College

If you’re young enough to take advantage of free education the obvious one would be to go back to College, but be sure to do your research though. If you take just a year course, do you think employment conditions will improve when you’ve completed the course? My honest answer would be no, but there is hope towards gaining that all important career entry position if you research current trends in the job market and what course would be best suited towards finding that potential job.

Even if you don’t qualify for free education, you can still apply for a course with the Open University (or any University for that matter). As long as you have some work based experience, you could apply to take a course and apply for funding to undertake a course even if you don’t have A-levels. But I think GCSE grades will become significant, so if your experiences of secondary school weren’t the best of times you may have to apply to retake these. Check out The Open University if you’re having problems either relocating or don’t have the ability to travel long distance to study.

4. Start your own Small Business

Ahhh.. My more favoured of choices if finding a job can be tough even though you have some great skills which you believe are being undermined and unappreciated by prospective employer. Maybe in the case of being a graduate, with all the education under your belt, but not finding the kind of work which you believe truly expresses what you are capable of. Or maybe you just have a really awesome business idea that you’ve pondered about for a while?

Well there is no time like the present! Both the economy and all the other job seekers throughout the country need amazing people like you to develop your exceptional ideas. However I could imagine that funding these ideas tend to be the biggest turn-off for getting a project off the ground, so you may need to do your research towards financing (I’ll get an article running on starting a small business and some ideas to go for in future), but it’s not as complicated as you may assume and mainly focuses on building a strong pitch in order to gain that funding deal with the bank.

5. Sign up to start in a television game show!

If you’re feeling confident in your general knowledge, why not sign up to participate in a game show? You could win yourself a good amount of cash (an interesting way of funding to all you entrepreneurs out there? and maybe some sneaky advertising to say why you’re playing for the cash too), but if you’re just looking for work and feeling confident, going on a game show and doing quite well could be a great achievement to add to the CV and could also be a public way of demonstrating yourself as a worthy employee.

A website called UK Game Shows seems to provide a wide range of shows which have applications for participation in some of the shows.

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Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Edison