“I got hit by a cosmic two by four to the head,” is the way David Cohen explained to Career Buzz listeners (April 3, 2014) how his career change was triggered by divorce and job loss all within three months. Then, while attending a workshop he noticed the role of the facilitator, and said to himself, “That’s what I want to do!” So, he want back to school to get certified as a coach, and as a teacher of adults, and eventually began his business, Boomer Business Coach.
What are the clues that apply to you? Like David, have you experienced big change — a hit by that cosmic two by four — in your career or life? Whatever triggers you have in your life, notice how David did things that put him in the way of clues. Try this: Take a page out of David’s book and learn something new — a course or craft or kayaking — and watch for clues.
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April 23, 2014
Francesca Scorsone wanted to be a movie star so she went to theatre school and did auditions. A visit to an AIDS orphanage in Africa run by nuns made her want to serve her faith, but she didn’t know how. Tune in to hear how Padre Francesca was led to a new career in chaplaincy where she now serves in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Greg Redford felt a growing dissatisfaction with his Wall Street investment banking career so he gave himself a sabbatical to ‘step in the mystery.’ He’s now completing a Master of Theological Studies.Stephen Morris went to U of T for Film Studies then worked in documentary film on Life’s Little Miracles, about life at Hospital for Sick Kids. That powerful experience deepened his faith and led him to pursue a Masters of Divinity. Hear Padre Stephen’s journey toward military chaplaincy.
How does a corporation help its employees develop their careers for the future? At CIBC, Barbara Wilson told Career Buzz listeners (March 26, 2014), about three levels: 1.Make it happen is about “more deliberate” initiatives including succession planning and executive talent management. 2.Help it happen means that key roles, say in retail or wholesale banking or IT, have “well planned out career paths” and support. Also in this level, Barbara spoke about “affinity networks” focusing on diversity including youth, women, aboriginal community, internationally educated professionals, people with disabilities, and others, and provides them with professional and personal development, communities of practice to support internal networking, and tailored coaching.
At the 3.Let it happen level, “career can be employee owned but it doesn’t mean employees are left on their own.” The let it happen level is now one of Barbara’s main areas of focus by making it “more robust and supported with career tools.”
What are the clues that apply to you? Consider which of the three levels of career management that Barbara spoke about, applies to you and learn how to access the support you have internally. Try this: If you’re in the let it happen level of career management at your organization, reframe your idea about career management along the lines of what Barbara said about CIBC, that it’s a “shared responsibility between employee and manager, supported by the organization.” As such, you can start taking your share of the responsibility by writing your ‘career statement‘ which you can share with your manager. It might sound like this: “Here’s how I’d like to shift my career internally ____ and what I’d like to do more of ___. These are my strengths and accomplishments that support such a move ___. Here’s a story of when I used these strengths ___.”
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Listen to the whole interview with Sharon Ferriss of CERIC, and Luciano Volpe & Frank Colella of Inspire Toronto.
April 9, 2014