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‘Mike, man, this store is for you. You gotta get down here.’

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May 22, 2013


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“I wore suits to school. People thought I was a little strange,” Mike Peters told Career Buzz listeners. He’s Harry Rosen’s Managing Director for Western Canada. As a teenager, Mike spent weekends combing the vintage stores of Winnipeg. He wondered how he could cultivate this natural interest into a full time gig.

harry-rosenWhen I was interviewing Mike I was curious about how it all got started at Harry Rosen. As so many people do, Mike at first simplified the story with: “I knew someone who worked there.” But I pressed Mike for the secret career story. Here’s what he said: “A brother of a friend of mine worked at Harry Rosen. He got a kick out of the fact that I always had a suit on. Doug said, ‘Mike, man, this store is for you. You gotta get down here.’ Doug coaxed me into talking to David who hired me 25 years ago. I remember it as if it were yesterday.”

Mike Peters joined Harry Rosen in 1989 as a sales associate and was promoted to General Manager of the store. In 2000, he relocated to Calgary and in 2010 was promoted to Managing Director for Western Canada, a job he loves.

How does this apply to you? It’s about the people who know the people you know. You have to help them help you. The ‘brother of a friend’ and other ‘2nds’ in your network need to know enough about you to help. Share your Career Statement with them! Learn how in our Becoming Empowered in your Career & Life Choices program.

Hear my interview with Mike Peters (from May 1, starting at minute 29:44). Plus, get the backstory on Arts & Crafts Records from my interview with CEO Jeffrey Remedios.

Need help connecting your natural interests to viable career possibilities? CareerCycles has the right individual program for you.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

What to do about ‘precarious work’? Finland’s answer: a youth guarantee

May
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Transitioning Graduates to Work

May 22, 2013

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youth-guarantee“My friends aren’t working at the jobs they trained for… and others have given up looking. I’d go to school, but I decided that since the jobs are not there, it just isn’t worth it.” (Toronto Star, 2009).

So begins the report by Donnalee Bell, Senior Consultant with the Canadian Career Development Foundation, on precarious work and what to do about it. What programs work? Donnalee will share with Career Buzz listeners the results after scouring the world to find what works here and abroad. Plus, we hear from Janne Savolainen from Finland about a program that works there, the Youth Guarantee.

 

Learning about absolutely everything

When I asked Career Buzz guest, Donnalee Bell, Senior Consultant with the Canadian Career Development Foundation, what strengths she uses to be successful in her research projects, she said: “being able to learn about absolutely everything.”
I loved the everyday language Donnalee used coupled with her enthusiastic delivery. And, I thought how fitting it would be as a job interview response, for someone seeking a research position. She continued to tell Career Buzz listeners how she uses that strength. “Often, I’m faced with projects that I might not have expertise in. But because I really push myself in terms of knowing how to learn and be completely curious about everything, I’m able to manage those projects.”
Donnalee told listeners about her research and the resulting report on PINES, about Poorly Integrated New Entrants and their transition to work. Among the programs around the world that Donnalee found actually work was a program in Finland called Youth Guarantee. So we called up Janne Savolainen in Finland and he told us all about the program. If you’re under 30 and out of work or school for three months, the Youth Guarantee program jumps in and helps out. With what? Among the tools they have is a 10 month internship supported by the government in the form of a wage subsidy. In effect Finland has eliminated unpaid internships.

How does this apply to you? Do you love to learn? If so, consider taking a page out of Donnalee’s book and share your enthusiasm for learning in your next job interview or performance review, and see what happens! If you’re in your early career and don’t live in Finland, help is available. Check our Early Career program.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Become the Best

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May 1, 2013

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The art and craft of adaptability

artscrafts“What strengths do you draw on regularly to be successful in your career?” That’s a question I love to ask Career Buzz guests because I want listeners to hear the vast range of skills people use, expressed in their own, everyday language. Read on to hear how Jeffrey Remedios, CEO and founder of Arts & Crafts Records answered…

Jeffrey said he’s successful in promoting musical artists by using his ability to adapt — drawing on what he called aggregated past practice: “If you changed a hundred tires you’ll get pretty good at it.” How does this apply to his personal and professional goals? “What we do in music, the landscape changes so quickly. We’re faced with similar goals like we’re going to release this artist’s album or we’re going to promote this artist’s tour. How we go about it is going to change. You’ll be faced with what looks like the same variables but they’re actually different. You need to grow and adapt. You need to learn how to learn.”

Jeffrey said of his career that he’s “landed in heaven”. When I asked what he’d learned about making good career and life choices he replied, “find something you love to do and do it with your friends.”

Hear my interview with Jeffrey Remedios Plus, learn how to dress for your job interview from Harry Rosen’s Mike Peters.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

 

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