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Cubed author Nikil Saval, and Physician career change

May
21

May 21, 2014


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Nikil Saval is author of a new book called Cubed: A secret history of the workplace. Tune in for an entertaining look at the history of the modern worker, that the modern worker can actually learn from.  
 Plus, hear how Dr. Aubie Diamond wound down his family practice so he could focus on delivering the very best services in ritual circumcision through his practice Diamond Circumcision.

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.

Career conversations with kids?

May
21

In talking about career development for children as young as three to six years old (Career Buzz, May 14, 2014), Sarah Brown emphasized the importance of the uniqueness of each child. Even before setting kids loose to play in an animated and online “Career Town,” Sarah, who’s the product manager for ccSpark! from Career Cruising, said you need to help kids become more aware of their own preferences. Drawing on Piaget’s theory of development, Sarah said the program asks kids, “How many people are in your family? What is your favourite colour?”

Simple questions about one’s unique situation and preferences help make kids more aware of theirown preferences and uniqueness, which down the road can aid in career choice making. No, the program doesn’t aim to make kids choose a career at such a young age, but yes, it does help build self-awareness, and awareness of actual careers. For example, in the hospital in Career Town work more than just doctors and nurses — just like in a real hospital.

What are the clues that apply to you? In today’s fast-paced world of work it’s easy to lose sight of how well our work aligns with our own preferences. No, there’s no such thing as a soul-mate career where all your preferences are satisfied all the time. However, there is a big difference between a role that aligns with 80% of your preferences, strengths and desires, and one that aligns with only 20%. Try this:  Quick: What’s your favourite colour? ____  What’s your favourite number? ____  What’s most important to you in a job? ____.   Now, from 1 (low) to 10 (high), how much are you satisfying that desire from question 3, at work? What can you do to increase the amount by one point?

Listen to the whole interview with Sarah Brown and Kyle Phillips of Career Cruising, and Dave WeirElementary Student Success Teacher with Hamilton Wentworth School Board.

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.

Talking to kids about careers

May
14

May 14, 2014

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You may think it’s strange to talk about work or careers with kids from kindergarten to grade 5. Is it too young? How early should students start thinking and learning about careers? We’re going to answer these questions and more this week on Career Buzz! To help us we’ll be joined by…Dave Weir is an Elementary Student Success Teacher with Hamilton Wentworth School Board. He now works as an instructional coach for teachers. Dave’s been involved in career and life pathways planning, and implementing Career Cruising, to give students an opportunity to reflect on who they are and who they want to become.

Kyle Phillips has spent the past 12 years working with school boards and districts across North America to implement effective career development and education planning systems as Director of Sales at Career Cruising.  As a Product Manager with  Career Cruising, Sarah Brown leads the development of ccSpark! a new elementary early learning product.

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.

serving, deploying and collecting stories

May
13

“One of the incredible things about being a chaplain in the Canadian Forces is that you walk with the people who are there,” Padre Francesca Scorsone told Career Buzz listeners (April 23, 2014). “You’re going outside the wire with them, you’re going where they go,” said Padre Francesca, who has deployed to Afghanistan.

 

As a girl, Francesca 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. A chance meeting with a Canadian Forces recruiter changed that. “As chaplains we’re collectors of the stories,” she said. “We’re a safe place for people to come to talk about all kinds of things. It’s not just about faith, it’s about their life journey.”

What are the clues that apply to you? Padre Francesca loves her job and says you can serve God anywhere, but in the military you can do it in helicopter. Like her, consider how you can ‘redeploy’ existing skills or interests in your career in a new way. Try this:  Take a page out of Padre Francesca’s book and collect a few stories from co-workers or people in your life. Ask: What do you like about what you do? What don’t you like? Would you make the same choices again? How else do you think you could use your skills in the world of work? Then, see how you can use the clues you receive!

 

Need help redeploying your skills in new ways? Check our flagship career change program.

 

Listen to the whole interview with Padre Francesca Scorsone, Padre Stephen Morris, and Greg Redford.

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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