October 21, 2015
How can parents help their sons and daughters learn about the world of work? The Learning Partnership was founded in 1993 to build important bridges between leaders in education and leaders in business. It’s a national charity dedicated to advancing publicly funded education. Take Our Kids to Work is The Learning Partnership’s signature program. It began in Toronto but since 1994 it’s spread across the country. Ian Hartlen is Coordinator of Career Projects and joined us on Career Buzz. He’s a teacher himself who actually taught the grade 10 career course. Ian is project lead for Real Talk, an exciting new app to change the way young people discover careers.
Your Workplace Conference brings together experts and human resource professionals for two days of learning and inspiration. This year the conference was on Sept 23 & 24, and the theme was ‘creating a resilient workforce, and building a thriving workplace.’ Thanks to Vera Asanin and her team at Your Workplace, I attended the conference as your Career Buzz correspondent. I interviewed presenters and keynote speakers, and today we hear two of those interviews: Linda Morgan of The Clic Effect on the Eco-cycle model of change; and Julie Einarson, VP of culture & communication at Benefits by Design on influencing the culture of an organization. Helping me introduce the segments was Sarah Fletcher, associate editor or Your Workplace magazine.
Career Buzz Podcast: Underemployed youth? Imagine what you’ll gain by becoming an MP candidate!
“After I get more experience,” was the response 23-year-old Eleni MacDonald gave after receiving an email asking who was interested in becoming a candidate in this federal election (Sept. 30, 2105). However, after a 30-minute conversation with the Ontario Green Party organizer who said, “I think you’d make an excellent candidate,” Eleni replied, “Okay, let’s do this!”
That’s how Eleni added ‘Member of Parliament Candidate’ to her resume, concurrent with her job at Lenscrafters, and after a degree and a post-grad diploma. Imagine how future prospective employers will respond to the skills she’s developing: communication, leadership, debating, initiative, media relations, and more.
How the clues apply to you: Opportunities pop up all the time yet so often we feel unprepared. Take a page out of Eleni MacDonald’s playbook, and next opportunity, just say, yes. Also, as you consider where to put your vote, consider all the parties’ jobs and youth employment platforms. Eleni talked about the Greens national Community and Environment Service Corps, which would provide $1 billion per year to municipalities to hire Canadian youth. Tell your candidates you care, and support #VoteYouthJobs by contacting your candidates through www.voteyouthjobs.ca
Download and enjoy learning from the Sept. 30, 2015 podcast, also featuring Emil Boychuk and Janice Chappell-Traimer of Association of Career Educators. Or, 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”).