Interview: Co-Working Spaces

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.

For more information Innovation Works, see www.innovationworkslondon.ca. You might also check out Coworking Ontario and look for independent co-working spaces and networks of spaces on social media sites.

See the other interviews in this series.

My story: 10 transition steps from law to career counselling

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.

Step #1: Admitting the current situation wasn’t working
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10 Year Celebrations!

Free 10th anniversary-themed career resources!

 

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.

Resource #1
10 of My Favourite Career Books

Resource #2
My story: My 10 Transition Steps from Law to Career Counselling

Resource #3
10 Things NOT to Say to Someone Exploring a New Career Idea

Resource #4
10 Low-Risk Ideas for Investigating a New Career Interest

Resource #5
Webinar: 10 Ways to Calm Your Career Anxieties
(This is now available beyond Facebook. Click the title link.)  

Resource #6
10 Tips for Starting as a Solo-Entrepreneur

Resource #7
10 Ideas for Collective Action to Change the World of Work

Coming up …

10 Common Misunderstandings About Career Counselling

And a few more to come …  Check back here and on social media … And yes, I plan to get to #10!

10 of My Favourite Career Books

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.

Here are 10 of my favourite career-related books:
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Announcement! New Career E-Learning Site Launching Soon

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!

New Interview: Paying a Living Wage

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:

New Free 5-Day Career Idea Challenge is Underway!

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.

Open to everyone to participate from anywhere! There’s still time to join: https://annecarbert.lpages.co/5-day-challenge-sign-up/

Career Book Series on Facebook on Thursdays

I’m pleased to announce that I’m starting a short video series on my Facebook page where I talk about a career book once a week. Tune in on Thursdays over lunch! (I’m aiming to go live sometime between 12:30 and 1pm ET.) Hop over to my page of videos on Facebook to see what I recorded today about Barbara Sher’s book “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was.”