From Engineer to Mandarin language school owner, and your chance to Support Career Buzz on the Fall Membership edition
November 11, 2015
Join co-host Nicole Hamilton and I as we host the NEW SOUND OF YOUR CITY fall membership show. Please donate to support Career Buzz, and become a member of CIUT. It’s a registered charity. Any amount is great — 25 bucks gets you a tax receipt. Donate Online, or call in during the show, 416.946.7800 or 888.204.8976. Be sure to say your favourite program is Career Buzz.
Plus, we’ll be joined by Yollanda Zhang, who changed careers from Engineer to owner of Mandarin language school, Panda Mandarin. Support Career Buzz with a $25 donation by noon and you’re in the draw for a $200 gift certificate for Panda Mandarin classes, thanks to Yollanda’s generosity.
Ian Hartlen studied philosophy and political theory in university. What good was that? He told Career Buzz listeners that his education helped him become “a good writer, speaker and thinker, skills that are under-represented in the workplace.” Listen to the podcast (Oct. 21, 2015) to hear how Ian is using those strengths in a career he loves at The Learning Partnership where he’s just launched the Real Talk app to help high school students learn about real careers from the people in them.
How do the clues apply to you? I hear lots of people corner students who are studying humanities with the question, “what are you going to do with that degree?” It discourages them because it’s usually an unanswerable question at the time. Next time you’re tempted to ask it, instead, consider encouraging that student by taking a page out of Ian’s playbook, with something like, “That’s great, you’re working hard at building skills in writing, speaking and thinking. Those are important and under-represented skills in the workplace.”
Hear the whole interview also featuring Linda Morgan, and Julie Einarson who spoke at the recent Your Workplace conference.