Sept. 28, 2011
What are careers in the green economy? Brent Kopperson is the founder and Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. Brent’s career story includes 10 years leading an entertainment merchandising company before a dramatic change that led him to get deeply involved in social innovation and community development, including community power projects. A member of the Windfall team, Jen Atkinson is Director of Operations and runs REpower Ontario, a training program that orients, educates, and connects participants with employment and self-employment opportunities in the green economy. Tune in and find out what’s driving rapid growth in the new green economy.
When is it time to move up? When is it time to move out? When is it time to adapt your style for greater success? Bruce Hazen asks these questions as leader of Three Questions Consulting. His career story spans electronics, financial services, footwear/apparel, e-business, utilities, health care, legal, education, non-profit community services, international civil engineering, and global outplacement. Dial us in and get insight into your answers to the three questions.
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Two Insights – Two Tips – from Sept. 14 Career Buzz show:
Will Christensen of Deloitte advised listeners on questions to ask at a career fair: “What a day in the life might be like; What training will I receive; What the interview process will be like; How often can they expect to work with managers and partners?”
CareerCycles tip: When talking to any of your contacts, instead of asking the usual ‘What do you do?’ try changing it up with, ‘What’s a day in the life like for you?’
Jeremy McCarthy, Director of Spa Operations at Starwood Hotels inspired listeners when he said: “We tend to think of businesses…as all they’re interested in is the bottom line… I don’t buy into that. I think the reality is that everybody in the organzation is a human being. They all want to accomplish something they feel good about and feel proud of work they do. Most business would love to feel like their workforce is engaged with them… There’s a growing body of literature that points to the economic benefit of engaging your workforce. Happiness can be economically viable for a business.”
CareerCycles tip: Take a day this week to look at your organization as actually caring about your wellbeing and happiness. Find three clues that confirm this and tell someone in your life what you found. Then, try asking yourself one of Bruce Hazen’s questions: When is it time to adapt your style for greater success?
for anyone asking ‘What now?’ or ‘How do I get there?’
How participants in the program benefit:
- DISCOVER what you’re really excited about and make choices aligned with what really matters
- TAKE SERIOUSLY your desire for purpose and meaning, and become inspired in your own life and career
- GENERATE POSSIBILITIES and uncover buried ideas
Enriching Lives and Careers Trip to Nicaragua, 2012
Eight days starting February 23
Join us for a free, informal info meeting, with pictures, Central American food, Q&A, meet the leaders…
WHEN: Tues. Oct. 4, 5.30-7 pm
WHERE: Bella Managua Restaurant, 872 Bloor St. W, at Ossington, Toronto
HOSTS: Mark Franklin of CareerCycles, with Gonzalo Duarte and Dalena Taylor of Companeros on a special visit to Ontario
RSVP: 416 465 9222 email@example.com
WHAT: Continuing with our philosophy of applying a distinctive holistic approach to enriching careers and lives, CareerCycles is seeking interested participants for our 2012 experience-based-volunteering opportunity. This year our service project will give you a chance to help a family replace their shack with a transitional home, alongside skilled locals and the NGO untechoparamipais.org See Nicaragua 2012 slideshow of service project
This is a cross-cultural, active experience designed to evoke clarity and energetic purpose about your life and career choices, featuring FIVE linked components:
Volunteer on a community service project (2 days) alongside local skilled trades people employed with your program fees.
Encounters with political, economic, and social agencies and inspiring individuals who influence positive community change.
Excursions: Pacific beach time, volcano hike, coffee farm tour, lagoon cruise, plus cycling, tree-top zip line, Spanish options.
People-to-people home stays in the capital city, Managua. Latin American markets, cafés, and new cuisine!
Conversations and reflections about your experiences, and how they matter to your life and career back home.
“In one week, it brought me as close to ordinary, daily life as is possible for a group of outsiders.” -Penny Williams
Led by Mark Franklin, MEd, PEng, CMF, (second from left) practice leader of CareerCycles, and Companeros staff – leaders of over 600 Canadians on 50+ trips, retreats, and service learning journeys. Hear Career Buzz interview with Gonzalo Duarte, and with Dalena Pondler Taylor (scroll down on page).
Mark and an amazing team of eight Associates have enriched the career wellbeing of 3500+ clients. Mark has led over a dozen active travel journeys to Nicaragua, Cuba, Western Canada and Prince Edward County. Since 2009, Mark has teamed up with Companeros to lead service oriented people-to-people journeys in Nicaragua.
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Sept. 14, 2011
Jeremy McCarthy parlayed an early-career lifeguarding gig into a career he loves in spa management. He’s Director, Global Spa Development and Operations with Starwood Hotels, which includes well known hotel brands Sheraton and Westin. Jeremy also blogs at psychologyofwellbeing.com Jeremy recently completed a Master degree in Applied Positive Psychology; his thesis was on “The Psychology of Spas and Wellbeing.” We’ll talk about Jeremy’s own career, and his recent work developing training for the 150,000 starwood employees. The training has included “job crafting” plus a comprehensive infusion of positive psychology and a strengths focus, so employees can bring the best of themselves to work everyday.
What happens at career fairs? What do employers expect? How do you prepare? Career Information Days (check out video!) is the largest annual career fair at the University of Toronto. Students have a chance to meet with representatives from over 100 top organizations. Daniel Marquez is in technology consulting with Deloitte, and shares employer tips and insights. Andrea Tirone is the Coordinator, Career Information Days for the U of T career centre, and brings the student perspective to Career Buzz.
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Insights from Sept. 9 show:
UK careers expert Tristram Hooley explained his view of the value of telling, and sharing one’s career and life story: “The act of telling a story, is an act of understanding and of analyzing what’s happened. It’s not just setting down in pure way what happened. By telling your story you organize it immediately.”
CareerCycles tip: This week, share one ‘chapter’ of your career story with a co-worker, friend or family member. Notice what you leave in, and out, of the story. Notice what you now understand by sharing that story.
Sharon Ferriss, Director, Marketing, Web and New Media at CERIC, shared insights from CERIC’s online survey on public perceptions about career development and the workplace. In her own career, Sharon shared advice about taking calls from recruiters: “Always say ‘yes.’ You never know where saying ‘yes’ is going to lead. It never hurts to have the conversation. It gives you insight into the skills other organizations are looking for. It can only help you in furthering your career journey if not at that moment then later.
CareerCycles tip: Say ‘yes’ next time a recruiter calls!
Adventures in Career Development. How to advance in your career-Environics/CERIC survey.
Sept. 9, 2011
Tristram Hooley is a UK based career expert and insightful blogger at Adventures in Career Development. He’s Head of International Centre for Guidance Studies at University of Derby in the UK, where he develops career-related research and education. Tristram is a member of the UK Careers Sector Strategic Forum, and a Fellow of National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC). Tristram travelled to Canada this summer on a fact finding mission, and Career Buzz caught up with him for a feature chat.
It’s September and you’re asking, ‘What can I do with what I’ve already got?’ Don’t re-invent yourself. Redeploy!
Come September many people consider career and life changes. But it’s scary to feel you have to “re-invent” yourself. You don’t! You already have strengths and demonstrated interests that you can redeploy into a better or more satisfying career.
Wouldn’t it be so much of a relief to identify great new career possibilities building on what you’ve already got? Like the musical director who redeploys his strengths in music knowledge and performance into a new role teaching music. Like the make-up artist who redeploys her strengths of communicating with challenging clients, and making faces look great, into her new role as funeral director.
Watch this 1-minute YouTube video I made while cycling on a railroad line which was redeployed as the Trans-Canada trail!
What’s your story or someone else’s example of redeploying? Leave a comment on the blog post!
-Mark at CareerCycles