September 9, 2015
Guest host Nicole Hamilton of Inica Dance Industries interviews Jon Dogterom of Cleantech Venture Services at MaRS, and Donna Sobers of Sobers & Associates.
Jon Dogterom leads Cleantech Venture Services at MaRS, assisting innovative Ontario -based companies in growing their businesses. He is also part of the Management Board of the Advanced Energy Centre, a public-private partnership that ws co-founded and is hosted by MaRS Cleantech with a focus on innovative domestic energy programs, and strengthening international relationships to drive exports, and a member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum.
For more information regarding MaRS, visit: www.marsdd.com
Donna Sobers of , has 10 years plus experience as an event marketer, and manager in the corporate world. With her entrepreneurial spirit and marketing experience, she freelances as a Marketing Specialist,helping to educate individuals on how to launch themselves as small business owners. After hours, she is often consulting and coaching individuals one on one to formulate business and communication strategies to launch a service or product. Her expertise also extends to preparing grants, press releases, website content and business plans. Donna is a passionate professional, who delivers top notch service which enables her clients to pursue their entrepreneurial passions successfully.
To learn more about Donna Sobers, contact her at 416-648-8137, or email markitgenie [at] gmail.com.
Sept. 1, 2015
Who makes the internet work? What careers are there, behind the scenes of the world wide web, and how do you train up for them? Cisco Learning Network is like a university for internet specialists. Want to learn about what it takes to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate? We’ll be joined by Deniz Sungurlu, live from Istanbul, Turkey, who has led the Cisco Learning Network in her country.
Plus, how do you get started in a career in training and development? We’ll be joined by John Moudakis, Manager of Professional Development and Career Services at the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Also joining us will be Carolyn Smith who’s OSPE’s Manager of Corporate Communications and Digital Media. Carolyn will help us learn about jobs after journalism, in communications.
I love asking Career Buzz guests to name their top few strengths that help them be successful. Educator Amena Zafar (Aug. 19, 2015) gave a unique twist to a generic response: “Communication skills for influence, which is knowing what the bigger objective of your communication is, and making a plan to achieve that objective through communication.”
Amena’s other strengths of “compassion, empathy, and networking” served her well in her job coordinating a government funded bridging program for internationally educated engineers.
How the clues apply to you: Take a page out of Amena’s playbook and ‘try on’ the skill of ‘communicating for influence.’ Think of an example when you used that skill: What was the situation or challenge? What actions did you take? What was the result? Presto, you now have an answer for one of those tough behavioral interview questions.
Download and enjoy learning from the Aug. 19, 2015 podcast, also featuring Ambrish Saini who participated in the bridging program, Licensing International Engineers into the Profession. Also, listen to any of our 300+ archived Career Buzz podcasts. (Hint: Use SEARCH at bottom right of any CareerCycles.com webpage for your topic, e.g. “circus”).
August 19, 2015
Amena Zafar is an educator and career coach who has worked extensively with youth and the not so young – from all over the world. Ten years after finishing an MBA Amena went back to school another graduate degree in adult education, where she focused on youth empowerment and community engagement. While much of her work experience was based in her native Pakistan, Amena has more recently been working at the University of Toronto on a government funded bridging program for internationally educated engineers.
In 2010 Ambrish Saini came to Canada from his native India, for a better future for his family and career. With education and experience as a civil engineer, Saini participated in the Licensing International Engineers into the Profession – a bridging program through U of T. He has since earned his P.Eng. license and founded his own engineering consulting company.