What are the benefits of co-working for your professional and personal life?
When Brian Gregoire changed careers to running his own sole proprietorship, he was working from home. “I had too many distractions,” he told Career Buzz listeners. “Then there’s the isolation.” So he moved into a shared office space. “When you’re on your own, you really need to network and find people with other specialties. Co-working is amazing for that. I’ve had tremendous success — meeting other people who have skills that I don’t and we share. It makes things a lot easier.”
Brian is a tenant at Beach Business Hub, owned by Martina Rowley. Hear my interview with both Brian and Martina and find out how co-working might benefit you! (Starts at minute 38:45). Plus, hear Canadian Film Fest director Bern Euler, and members of The Disappeared film production team, Ralph Holt and Bill Flower.
March 27, 2013
Dave Redekopp, PhD, is president and executive director of Life-Role Development Group, a career development, leadership & productivity consultancy. Tune in this Wednesday to hear Dave’s passion for career development — it’s resulted in models and projects including the ‘NOW, NEXT, FUTURE’ approach to career development, ‘Gumption, Discipline and Withitness,’ ‘Passion-Based Succession Planning,’ and ‘Moving Toward an Anti-Dilbert Workplace.’ Dave won the national Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development.
Tony Botelho is manager of Simon Fraser University’s Career Services (watch the inspiring video Tony narrates) and Volunteer Services. Tony will share with Career Buzz listeners his perspectives on “career education in the age of engagement,” a topic he recently presented at the Cannexus career conference. He’ll answer: “What is meant by student engagement and retention and is there a relationship with career development?” Tony recently completed a Masters degree focusing on the role of career education in the contemporary university environment.
Where do you find a superstore of experience?
What’s the point of participating in a volunteer organization or association?
Jann Vandermeulen calls it a “superstore of experience.” Jann is past president of JCI Toronto and he told Career Buzz listeners how his membership and participation helped him build his career — he’s now an Account Management Training & Development Manager with Morneau Shepell.
Jann said, “If you want to network, if you want to meet people from around the world, if you want to learn how to speak in front of people, give back to community, run events, it’s all there.” Listen to this segment of my interview with Jann (from minute 45:00 to 47:00).
Hear the whole interview along with two other JCI Toronto presidents and their inspiring stories. Plus, check out the upcoming JCI Toronto event — experience the new Who You Are MATTERS! career and life clarification game on March 27.
March 13, 2013
For the love of Canadian film – learn from the Canadian Film Fest founder and two filmmakers on Career Buzz on March 13.
Bern Euler loves movies and loves Canada. Put those passions together and you get the question Bern asked himself, ‘How hard could it be to create a Canadian film festival?’ Find out the answer by hearing the festival director of the 2013 Canadian Film Fest (March 20-23).
One film at the Canadian Film Fest is The Disappeared (screening March 22, 7pm) and we have two of its makers to share their career and filmmaking stories: The film’s marine coordinator Bill Flower has worked on more than 50 TV shows and movies. Bill started as a diver for salvage projects, and added more roles to his career including animal wrangler, running an ocean adventure company, lobster fisherman and farmer.
Ralph Holt produced The Disappeared, written and directed by Shandi Mitchell. Ralph spent more than twenty years with Telefilm Canada including National Sector Head for English-Language Feature Film, and green-lit many projects including Bon Cop, Bad Cop, and Shake Hands with the Devil.
Plus, what’s it like to work in a co-working space? What’s it like to run one? Find out from Beach Business Hub owner Martina Rowley, and and tenant and Internet consultant, Brian Gregoire.
Do you take pride in your work?
Bookie (Noel Passey) grew up in Boston Bay, Jamaica. Now as an adult, he’s the main chef and brains behind Shaggy’s Jerk Shack in Boston Bay — centre of the universe when it comes to all things jerk, chicken, pork, conch. He loves his work and is proud of it. How did Bookie’s career unfold?
Bookie’s family has been cooking jerk for 34 years. Here’s what he told Career Buzz listeners: “As a little kid I used to scrape the hair off the pig. Clean clean clean. My grandfather learned me to do it, come up now I start to wash the tripe. Open him up and deal with him like a doctor. Take out all the bones and just leave the flesh.”
I asked him about his earlier career plans: “My plan was to be a soldier. But as I got older it got a little twist. You got to make your own job.” In one way of looking at it, Bookie was born into his career. Talking to him, it’s clear that he choses to be proud of what he does. Listen to my interview with Bookie, (from minute 1:00 to 8:00).
“Thanks Mark for this memorable opportunity of visiting my homeland, Jamaica, from cold Toronto.I enjoyed the inspiring stories from home. I can taste Bookie’s Jerk from Boston Bay, right now. I haffi go home to mi yaaad, soon cum Jamrock! Irie job, Mark! That’s the real Jamaica! A truly authentic, untouched, Jamaican experience with real, hardworking, honest people!” -Meme (Career Buzz listener)
Listen to the whole interview with Bookie, Devon, Robyn, and Karla van Loock who moved from Belgium and lived on a Jamaican beach for 10 years with her spearfisher husband and three kids before meeting an angel who transformed her career (amazing story starts at minute 35:30).
February 27, 2013
Who helps you develop the tools, experience and contacts needed to succeed – not only in business, but also in life? Wednesday’s Career Buzz guests, from Junior Chamber International (JCI), give you tips to build a strong, supportive network that will help propel you to success.
Sales and marketing professional, David Toushek, is president of JCI Toronto’s network. David with share with listeners his own story, and also the stories of members of JCI Toronto — young professionals and entrepreneurs who share strong values, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to take control of their lives.
We’ll be joined by two JCI members and past presidents: Jeremy O’Krafka is founder of MENTORnetwork, building a culture of mentorship for entrepreneurs around the world. Jann Vandermeulen is a Sales and Account Management Training & Development Manager with Morneau Shepell.
Bonus – hear the Women In Trades interviews! Guest host Melissa Rodway interviewed brave women who left conventional work to embark upon a career in the trades. Hear tales of battling stereotypes, finding rewarding work, earning lucrative paycheques and balancing family life.