5 must-watch TED talks to inspire your career in 2019

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In a region rich with talent that holds the potential of millions of Arab youths, the next generation of professionals is always looking for sources of inspiration, to prepare them with practical knowledge and hands-on experience required in the ever-evolving regional job market.

One of our favourite free platforms to soak up invaluable insights are TED and TEDx Talks- short form talk hosted by the best movers, shakers and thinkers around the world. TED Talks offer free professional development tools, inspiration and motivation. Touching on a multitude of relevant topics that range from a positive outlook on life, to work ethics, success stories and lots more, TED Talks are packed with tips, solutions and change techniques that could ignite your passion or offer a path and direction for your career as an early professional.

Inspiration can come from anywhere; a scientific fact about the human brain, a fascinating cultural story, a piece of modern art, or a blog post recommending the Jadarah Team’s 5 favourite TED talks to inspire your career!


1. Why some of us don’t have one true calling, by Emilie Wapnick


Do you have too many passions, interests, and creative pursuits? Do you have no “one true calling” but have potential in different fields?

If the answer is “Yes”, then this is your chance to know about the “multipotentialite” in writer and artist Emilie Wapnick’s great TED talk on how to embrace your talents.

Are you a multipotentialite? Share with us why you see yourself in many fields in the comments!


2. How to build your confidence — and spark it in others, by Brittany Packnett


In other words, how to have the confidence needed to present your multi-potential talents? Activist, educator and writer Brittany Packnett shares three ways to crack the code of confidence. In this inspiring talk, Brittany advocates for treating “confidence” not as a “nice-to-have” skill, but as “the necessary spark before everything that follows.” She argues that confidence is the key to make even impossible dreams, a reality, and shares real stories from her classroom about how confidence can change any equation.


3. Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience, by Jason Chen


Generation X prefers the work-life balance inherent in a vibrant urban environment, where they feel appreciated and encouraged to be curious and to integrate their multi-talents at work. In this TED talk, TED Resident Jason Shen who studied biology only to later become a product manager at a tech company, argues that the traditional hiring systems are failing and are causing to miss out on people with incredible potential. Shen shares three main tips to help kindle new thinking on how job seekers can cope with the modern workplace demands, and why employers should look for ability over credentials.


4. Know your worth, and ask for it, by Casey Brown


How to better communicate your value and get paid for your excellence? Casey Brown, pricing geek and professional speaker, argues that no one will pay you what you’re worth but what they think you’re worth. She shares valuable stories and learning on why being properly valued is crucial to one’s sense of self-respect and self-confidence.


5. How to find work you love, by Scott Dinsmore


Sometimes you have to take matters in your own hands and build the ideal workplace for you and for others, right?

Writer and traveller Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him unhappy and went on a hunting spree for a job that makes him feel that he’s making an impact in the world. In this honest and inspiring TEDx talk, Dinsmore shares three discoveries that passionate world-changers have in common. His three-step passionate work framework led him to pursue his own dream and establishing “Live Your Legend”.

We’re sure you can finish watching these TED talks in a day, but we recommend that you don’t just stop at these. TED Recommends can send you weekly TED talks to watch based on what inspires you. You can also dive in TED’s curated list for “How to get further in your career”. Whenever you watch an inspiring TED talk why don’t you share with us what works for you? Let’s spread the positivity around.

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