I am excited to offer two short workshops this fall for my co-tenants at Innovation Works, a co-working space for social entrepreneurs in London, Ontario.
These Career Tune-Up sessions are an opportunity to reflect on an aspect of career well-being, discuss ideas with colleagues, apply helpful concepts and frameworks to one’s own career goals and growth, and choose a next step for personal and professional development.
The October Career Tune-Up focuses on career skills: transferable skills, technical skills, and some career management skills to feel confident, current, and adaptable. We’ll do personal skills inventories that will illuminate and validate our strengths and generate ideas for future skills development.
In November, we’ll discuss career support systems. The breadth and depth of supportive connections can influence the pace of career growth as well as one’s sense of career satisfaction. For the “tune-up”, we’ll explore steps to cultivate an energizing support network and foster positive, practical relationships to better navigate career ups and downs. This includes reviewing various types of career support, formal and informal, and exploring the key elements of a healthy career support system.
Contact me if your workplace is interested in a lunch and learn Career Tune-Up session!
This is the 4th interview in my new series about healthy, positive, and progressive workplaces.
I’m exploring what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
In this interview, I talk with Lore Wainwright, Director of Innovation Works, a co-working space in London, Ontario that was intentionally designed for social innovators who seek to generate the kinds of ideas that change the world. We talked about what co-working is, the benefits of these kinds of spaces, and Lore shared some examples of how co-tenants at Innovation Works are engaging with each other and creating a positive environment and culture.
Here’s another 10-themed list that might spark some ideas for how you could investigate new areas of interest without taking a big leap right away. Do you have other suggestions you would add to the list? Please share those in the comments!
Here’s another 10-themed list … some warnings about limited thinking. Too often, people share their own fears, worries, and assumptions when you have a new idea. If you’re a career changer, how many of these have you heard?
This post shares some background on my own career transition. Career transition stories usually aren’t too linear and have idiosyncratic twists and turns, but if you get the details of a few stories, you’ll most likely see common themes or strategies. Here, I’m sharing my example in case it sparks some ideas for others looking to get moving on a career change.
10 years ago this month I became officially self-employed! Having almost finished my masters studies in counselling psychology and with great on-the-job training from the Career Development Office at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, I met with my first private practice client in a rather dark office that I was subletting in a giant old Victorian house on Madison Avenue in Toronto.
This month I’m looking back, taking stock, and sharing new resources in celebration. Please browse the list below. New documents and links will be added over the next few weeks. Follow along here and on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
This month marks 10 years since I took the leap into entrepreneurship and started seeing career counselling clients as a private practice business! To celebrate, I am sharing some “top 10 lists” and other 10-themed resources for anyone giving more attention to their career needs or seeking more career satisfaction. Check out all the posts here.
I’ve been working away at creating a library of online career resources that I will launch a little later this summer. It’s called The Career Possibility Studio and it will offer a variety of e-resources for career development and inspiration, including free 5-day career challenges, my career book review videos, short webinar sessions, longer career skills e-courses, and eventually some online career development weekend “retreats”.
This new site will support you to devote some attention to your career needs and desires with a variety of resources for skill development and growth that are all easily accessible online to engage with at your own pace, wherever you are.
Stay tuned for the launch and my first course offerings coming up soon:
a free 3-part video course focused on career networking skills and how to cultivate supportive professional relationships for career satisfaction and growth
an updated version of my 6-week Career Action Plan e-course which will be open for enrolment early September and will run late September through October
This has been a big learning experience for me — a lot of work, a lot of new ideas and excitement, and a bit of frustration (thanks, website bugs!). I am eager to see how it develops once it’s launched and active and used by curious career-satisfaction seekers like you!
My interview series continues with interview #3 as I explore healthy, positive, and progressive workplaces and what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
This instalment is a short conversation with Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director of Mission Services in London Ontario. We talked about increasing awareness of “living wage” policies and the decision made this year by Mission Services to pay all staff a living wage. Peter shared why this policy move is important to Mission Services and the impact it’s had for staff and for the organization as a whole. It’s a good example of values-based leadership where an employer puts organizational values into practice and pays attention to its community of workers.
For more information about the concept of a living wage and lists of the growing number of employers across Canada that have now committed to living wage policies, see www.livingwagecanada.ca.
Listen now to my 7-minute conversation with Peter:
My second free online 5-Day Career Challenge started Monday June 19, 2017. It’s all about giving your career dreams a chance and taking 5 focused days, 30 minutes a day, to explore and research a new career idea. If you are neglecting a career dream or hesitating on a career change, this is a 5-day exploration boost! With 5 days of tips, tools, and support, you’ll see if your new career idea just might have some potential.
I offer appointments by phone and serve people in Canada. I live in Stratford, Ontario and most often work with clients in Toronto and other Southwestern Ontario locations including London and Kitchener-Waterloo.
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