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 19th. 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’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.”
Welcome to interview #2 in my new series exploring what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
I talked with Janet Frood, Executive, Leadership and Team Coach, about “values-based leadership“. I ask her to define that term for us and also describe what it is like when clearly articulated values guide individuals and organizations. Are you cynical about a company putting its values into practice? I have worked with many people who have endured unhealthy and disrespectful workplaces and who might reasonably be skeptical of “values speak” at work. Janet talks about cases of values misalignment and provides some tips for job seekers to investigate workplace values before accepting a job offer.
I’m facilitating a new workshop with my colleague and friend Linda Mackay, psychotherapist, to explore how to handle competing priorities and multiple responsibilities and avoid overwhelm. What might it take to find a more manageable and enjoyable pace of life?
Join us if you are looking for a way to step off the busy-ness treadmill. In the 3-hour workshop, Linda and I will guide a discussion of how to move from self-blame and exhaustion to greater insight and practical strategies for a more sustainable life. The workshop involves a mix of presentation, group discussion, and self-reflection exercises. We’ll provide a workbook of ideas and resources.
This weekly course has 6 online modules with videos, downloadable worksheets, checklists, and resource lists to plan new growth and change in your career. We’ll also have live Q&A calls and online discussion so you will have support to take brave steps towards your career goals – for growth, advancement, or a career change.
You spend a lot of time working. Give your career more attention!
I am launching a new interview series in which I aim to explore what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.
My first interview for the new series is a conversation with Paul Roberts of the Ontario Co-operative Association. We talked about co-operatives: what they are, what they are like as positive places to work, and why they are relevant today. Co-operatives have a long history and Paul believes they are the “original social enterprises” – businesses based on principle not just profit. There may be more co-operatives in your community than you realize.
You can find more information about co-operatives on the Ontario Co-operative Association website at ontario.coop.
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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