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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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Beyond “Career” Engagement: A Model for Other Life Roles?

Hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, is known for saying that he “skated to where the puck was going to be.” I’m feeling a bit like that right now with the Career Engagement model that Deirdre Pickerell and I co-developed in 2011. Although the model immediately resonated with people back then, and we’ve since conducted research and […]... 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
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Embracing Diversity: Do You Have to Be One to Help One?

I have had the privilege of working onsite on 6 continents and, through e-teaching from my home office in Canada, engaging with students from all over the world. Over 15 years ago, in a philosophy course in my PhD program, a professor encouraged me to examine whether it was necessary to match counsellors and clients […]... 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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Why Research Matters

I attended a meeting today that left me feeling sad – an organization that I work with chose to disband their Research and Development Committee, a group of department leaders who, individually, were committed researchers but collectively couldn’t find a way to build a research culture within the institution. Ironically, I was already writing this […]... Read More

Staying Ahead of the Curve

In the past few weeks I’ve been interviewed on the radio and written an opinion piece on the changing nature of work and the importance of lifelong learning. Just the other day, I finished an article on ensuring ethical practice within the ever-changing labour market where an underlying theme was related to learning. Perhaps now […]... Read More