August 28, 2013
1. Back to business: Helping his chiropractic patients find relief from their back pain, while running a thriving health care business is only part of Dr. Ron Nusbaum‘s career story. Tune in to hear the surprising twists and turns as Career Buzz talks to the Director of Back Clinics of Canada.
2. Late-career realities and the new retirement: What are people wanting, and needing, when they consider next steps later in their careers? Hear the two things that most surprised career consultant and educator Heather Bennett in her recent research into the new retirement.
Where is your “exit threshold”? In other words, if you have a sense of misalignment in your career, when do you make a change? Heather Turnbull, partner at Lanaverde and speaker at the recent Your Workplace conference advised Career Buzz listeners (July 24, 2013) to “provoke the conversation [with your manager] much sooner, much more upstream, when you have an inkling that, ‘I could do more but I’m being held back, or no one is listening.’
“Everybody has a threshold of exit,” Heather said.” If you still feel like you can make a difference in that organization; if you’re passionate about the work they do and the community engagement they have, then have that conversation for your own sanity. Then based on the response to that, make your decision. Life is short. Make the most of it. There are lots of careers that can evolve from that conversation.”
How does this apply to you? So many of our individual clients come to CareerCycles to start a career conversation because they’re already very close to their “threshold of exit.” I always ask new clients whether they’re considering any possibilities internal to their organization and I’m amazed how many people say ‘No way!’ If you’re feeling a sense of misalignment between what’s most important to you, and your workplace, consider taking Heather’s advice and provoke a conversation with your manager. Talk about how you could be doing more of what you’re good at, less of what you don’t like, and what internal possibilities you could be exploring. If you’re past your exit threshold, check our programs to help you get a better career, sooner.
Listen to the whole interview featuring speakers from the Your Workplace conference including Heather Turnbull, Chris Lucy of Robert Half International, Karen Duffy of Wellness Direct and others, with colour commentary by Angie Bjornson! My interview with Heather Turnbull begins at minute 48:00, or just tune into the exit threshold conversation for two minutes starting at minute 54:55.
August 7, 2013
Financial smarts at any stage of your career. Career Story: From engineer to Dove marketer, and from Second City to a TED Talk
Employees who are financially distressed cost businesses money, profitability, and can slow down a business growth. Certified Financial Planner, Frank Wiginton, facilitates financial wellness programs that help organizations increase productivity, lower absenteeism, lower health care costs, and improve morale.
With a background in brand marketing, engineering and the performing arts, Bobby Umar draws on his diverse career to lead Raeallan, a transformational training and speaking company. Bobby has worked at Bombardier as an Aerospace Design Engineer, taught prep courses for the GMAT, served as Program Manager for McMaster University’s Shad Valley summer program, and worked in brand management for Kraft and Unilever. While working on the Campaign for Real Beauty, Bobby was Director of the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, supporting organizations across Canada that fostered positive self-esteem in young women. He’s a grad of Second City, founded a theatre company, and has even given TED Talks. Dial us in for the whole story!will share with listeners financial planning advice especially during career transition. Call in during the show with your comment or question and win a copy of Frank’s book, How to Eat an Elephant: Achieving financial success one bite at a time.
What to do, financially, when changing jobs
If you’re thinking about changing jobs, what should you be considering from a financial point of view? “Dig your well before you’re thirsty,” said Frank Wiginton, author of How to Eat an Elephant: Achieving Financial Success, One Bite at a Time. Frank told Career Buzz listeners, “on the financial side what that means is putting aside a little extra, and that way you have that cushion to support you through the times.”
Frank shared a simple three steps process if you’re considering a job change or if you lose your job. First, know how much you’re spending and where you’re spending it. Second, determine which of those expenses are wants versus needs, then ask yourself which of these can be reduced or eliminated. And third, “start looking at ways that you can take some of your money to re-invest in yourself to make you a better person and to give you a better opportunity to get that new job. Maybe it’s taking additional courses, or may it’s hiring a career counsellor to help you refocus, get a better understanding of who you are so you have a better opportunity to present yourself and get that next job.”
How does this apply to you? Consider Frank’s third step, about investing in yourself. So many individual clients we see at CareerCycles feel stuck or locked into a career area simply because it’s what they’ve been doing. Yet, investing in learning new skills can help many people make satisfying career changes. What I’ve seen clients considering recently: an executive education short course in leadership, a masters in the hot area of analytics, a one-year post-grad program in public relations at a college, and a commercial pilot training program. And, you can take Frank’s advice and invest in a career counselling program to help you connect the dots between training and your future career.
Also featuring TED Talker Bobby Umar starting at minute 31:36.