Career Tune-Up Lunch & Learn Sessions

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!

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.

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.)  

Coming up …

10 Tips for Starting as a Solo-Entrepreneur

My 10 Wishes for Improvements in the World of Work

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

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:

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.”

New Interview: Values-based leadership & its impact in the workplace

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.

Listen now to our 15-minute conversation:

Links: Take a look at the Leadership Freak Blog that Janet mentioned, “The Most Important New System You Could Implement in 2016” (applies to any year, of course!), and see the LinkedIn slide deck describing the organization’s culture and values. Also, learn more about Janet and her work: horizonleadership.ca.

New Workshop: The Sustainable Life

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.

London, Ontario: Tuesday, May 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm > More details & registration – Please register by May 4th.

Here’s a video invitation where Linda and I introduce ourselves and the workshop. We also share that we’ll have a door prize draw for attendees!

We look forward to facilitating idea sharing in a small group and to offering strategies and resources you can use right away. Please e-mail me if you have any questions: anne@annecarbert.ca.

First Interview in New Series: Healthy, Progressive & Positive Workplaces

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.

Listen now to our 10-minute conversation:

Photo of Paul Roberts and Anne Carbert

 

 

New Interview Series for 2017

It has been a few years since I have posted an interview here!

I am still proud and pleased with my first interview series that I worked on from 2011 to 2013. My goal was to share tips and expertise on career-related life issues, but include topics that were not directly career topics. So I interviewed a lawyer about contract issues for starting and leaving jobs and also spoke to a professional organizer and an image consultant. Some interviews covered health-related topics such as building self-confidence, managing stress, and understanding the benefits of therapy. Thanks to my interview guests, all the interviews have some timeless tips that are wise and practical.

A few years means several advancements in the quality of online resources, recording devices, and design software. (Oh, where were you in 2011, Canva?) But my first interview series still holds up in many ways and I’m not archiving it yet. However, I am now working on a new series and I look forward to gradually posting the interview recordings here throughout 2017.

My theme for the 2017 interview series is healthy, progressive, and positive workplaces.

As much as we can enhance our own skills for career management and personal well-being, work environment is a big factor for job satisfaction – for employees and the self-employed too. So I want to explore some examples of good workplaces and workdays. What contributes to engagement, enjoyment, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership? Stay tuned!