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An Interview with Dr. Diana Abath, CMPP Instructor

This year, Diana Abath, a long-time CMPP instructor, completed her doctoral studies. We wanted to share a bit more about Diana’s own education path has influenced her instructional approach within our program. Q1: What drew you to instructing online within the Career Management Professional Program (CMPP)? Drs. Roberta Neault and Deirdre Pickerell of Life Strategies were my instructors […]... Read More
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Calling All Career Practitioners!

Contributed by CMPP Course Instructor, Herky Cutler.   Do you sometimes feel that you’re working all alone? Have you second-guessed decisions you’ve made with clients? Do you feel you’re the best practitioner you can be?   In this online coaching program, you’ll be able to share information, resources and techniques with other practitioners, and an […]... Read More
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Setting Priorities in a Hectic Holiday Season

For some, the holiday season is met with excitement and joy; for others, the stress of navigating family commitments, increased financial burdens, and hectic schedules is just overwhelming. No matter what you’re celebrating, the holiday season is a great time to reflect on what really matters in your life . . . and that means […]... Read More
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When “What’s Next?” Becomes “What Happened?”

~ Contributed by Dr. Deirdre Pickerell In 2017, Canada Career Month asked the question “What’s Next?” for careers in Canada. As I reflected on this question, I found myself focused much more on the individual career journey and how, at times, the “what’s next” doesn’t always work out that well. I’ve been working in the […]... Read More
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Community over Competition

A friend of my works as a part-time photographer and I really love the concept of “community over competition” that she and peers operate by. It’s the idea that professionals don’t need to get caught up in competing over clients; there is enough space in the market for everyone to thrive. Further, they can help […]... Read More

Online Facilitation: No Way!

Online technologies can be a great option to bridge geographic divides and bring dispersed groups together. At Life Strategies we regularly use several different types of technologies (e.g., Skype, GoToMeeting, OmniJoin, Moodle) depending on the purpose of the group (e.g., team meetings, e-coaching/e-counselling sessions, webinars, or e-courses). In 2004, we launched our LearnOnline program using […]... Read More
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Does it Really Matter? Canadian vs. English Spelling and Implications for Job Seekers

With Canada turning 150, many Canadians are reflecting on what makes us unique – our food, our culture, our inventions. Something that hasn’t received a lot of coverage is our language. Although it’s a bit of a dry topic, it’s important for job seekers and their work-search documents. As a member of the Commonwealth, Canadian […]... Read More
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Persevering Beyond Unexpected, Embarrassing, or Stressful Interview Situations

By now you’ve likely seen the video of the professor who was interrupted by his children during a live interview; if not, it’s worth a watch (see https://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2017/mar/10/bbc-correspondent-interrupted-by-his-children-live-on-air-video). Although this wasn’t a job interview, it got me thinking about the implications for job seekers in interview situations. What can you do to recover from these […]... Read More
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Assessment Tools: Avoid the Pitfalls; Reap the Benefits

I’m a structured person and consequently am drawn to psychometrics assessment tools as a helpful method in client/needs assessment. The variety of tests, inventories, and checklists out there is astounding. Tools are available for almost anything from the well-known personality or interest inventories used in career planning workshops to general aptitude or conflict style used […]... Read More