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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
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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
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Achieving Fulfilment in Retirement

Contributed by Jenny Holt During our working lifetimes, we undergo a journey  to find professional fulfilment, often leaving our personal life as an afterthought squeezed out by the daily preoccupation with all things work-related. But as retirement looms, it becomes apparent that work isn’t everything; once retirement age hits, many will be left with a void […]... Read More