Nov. 30, 2011
After completing a degree in English Literature and an MBA, Andrew Fitzgerald worked in banking in Toronto for five years. Itching to travel, he quit his job and set off for Vietnam to live and work where he found a banking job that led to other ones in Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, and along the way, he and his wife fell in love with Asian art. Ready for change, they returned to Toronto and began researching the idea of an Asian art gallery in Toronto. Tune in to hear how Andrew fulfilled his dream by founding The East Gallery.
Plus, a career conversation with Career Buzz hosts Leigh Anne Saxe and Mark Franklin, discussing a recent talk on the theme of teenagers’ educational and career choices. “I know my daughter better than she knows herself, so she should listen to me,” said a parent of a teenager in Grade 11. “Parents are always wrong when it comes to advising their teenage kids about educational choices,” said a guidance counsellor.
CareerCycles tip from Nov. 16 interview with JP Hatala and Linda Manning:
“I never lost sight of what I wanted to do,” said John-Paul Hatala. He wanted to become a professor but “that goal was overwhelming.” So how did he get through this 13 year journey? “I made sure each [phase toward the] goal was attainable, and I could experience some success right away. That motivated me to move on to the next phase.”
Listen to the whole interview including insights on using your social capital with Professors JP Hatala, and Linda Manning!
Nov. 16, 2011
John-Paul Hatala,Ph.D. joins Career Buzz to share his own career story, and his academic research on social networking behaviors, social capital, human resource development, career development and the transition to the labour market. Dr. Hatala is currently an Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa and an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University. He is founder of the Social Capital Development firm Flowork International. John-Paul is presently a regular blogger on www.contactpoint.ca and has been featured in the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and Global TV. His latest book is entitled “The Strategic Networker: A Learner’s Guide to Effective Networking.”
Intercultural economist, Linda Manning,Ph.D. experienced being an immigrant herself, coming to Canada from the US. Her work now focuses on the success of immigrants in workplace. Dr. Manning is a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa and the founder of Leadership Mosaic Inc. Her academic research focuses on inclusive talent management for maximum organizational capacity. Results of recent research revealed recognition and valuing of competencies, and workplace social networks are the two major barriers facing employers trying to capitalize on immigrant talent. Listen in on Wednesday to hear Linda and John-Paul share their passion and insights for career and workplace success. GET INVOLVED IN THE RADIO CONVERSATION… email your questions firstname.lastname@example.org or by Twitter @careercycles.
“Together we could do much more than we could do one on one,” said Doris Smith, 86, who’s been volunteering for over 40 years, and earned her college fundraising diploma at 60. Together with teams of volunteers she’s raised millions of dollars in her volunteer work, including funding for a project in the 1980s to reconstruct the Rideau Chapel inside the National Gallery. “Pay attention to the success stories around you!” said Bob Sauve. A volunteer docent at the National Gallery in Ottawa, Bob moved forward in his career in education administration because of a successful mentor he met earlier on. Listen to the whole interview!
Strengths and Assets Shopping List
Use this list to help you identify strengths and assets as you reflect on your story. This list is referenced in the Your Story CareerCycles Handout.
Strengths are skills and knowledge you want to use. As Assets, these may be learned behaviors and additional skills you possess, though you don’t want to use as much.
3. Athletic ability
7. Counsel / coach
9. Computer applications
10. Computer networking
11. Computer programming
13. Cultivate or grow
16. Develop programs
18. Draw or paint
21. Estimate / appraise
25. Financial ability
26. Generate ideas
27. Influence or persuade
33. Lab techniques
34. Lead and manage
36. Make decisions
37. Market / business development
42. Multilingual / language skills
46. Operate machinery
47. Organize and plan
49. Prepare food
50. Present / public speaking
51. Project management
52. Promote or sell
56. Serve / customer service
57. Solve problems
58. Strategic thinking
61. Teach / train
62. Teamwork / work with others
65. Treat / nurse
66. Work with hands
Nov. 2, 2011
Bob Sauvé led such a compelling ‘tour’ of a painting during my recent visit to the National Gallery in Ottawa — he knew everything about St Jerome in Penitence — that I had to ask about his story. A school principal, educator and faculty member at U of Ottawa, Sauvé always loved galleries and art. When retirement approached he eagerly dove into his demonstrated interest and became a volunteer docent. Dial us in to find out how to nurture your interests so you stay engaged throughout your life.
Doris Smith, 86, has been an active volunteer for over 40 years, in parallel with her career in fundraising. From the Volunteers’ Circle of the National Gallery to the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums, and from Friends of English Theatre to First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, Doris has been a board member, editor, organizer and fundraiser extraordinaire. What can you learn about keeping your story strong well into your ninth decade? Join us for stories and wisdom from the front lines of aging gracefully.
CareerCycles tip from Oct. 26 interview with Gregg Brown:
Gregg Brown urged listeners to tune into their own clues. “What revs you up? What gets you excited? When you’re going about your day-to-day work and you read an article in a newspaper [about a career area], does it make you feel excited? Or not? Where’s that drive for you?” And then, when you notice those positive clues, Brown advised, “Know when to say ‘yes.’”