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Mark Franklin, CareerCycles practice leader & president: Career Statement

mark_headshot2013STRENGTHS: SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE I WANT TO USE OR DEVELOP 1.Creative Collaboration. Challenge: As practice leader of CareerCycles, I wanted to attract more prospective clients to our career management social enterprise, using an online experience that would contrast with many online ‘career tests.’ Action: I generated idea of creating a 60-second Career Happiness Island game. Then I managed project including budget and timelines. I engaged our web designer and together we designed the experience, building on our respective strengths. We tested and refined the experience and launched the game on our site. Results: Career Happiness Island game was launched within time and budget. Feedback from Associates very positive. New prospective client contacts increased.“Eye opening,” -client, GG

2. Teach & Train. I want to use my creativity, verbal and written communication skills, people skills, counselling knowledge and systems thinking to create engaging training materials and to facilitate effective learning.

3.Thought Leadership. I want to use my unique combination of expertise and background in counselling psychology and industrial engineering to continually improve CareerCycles’ holistic career management program and share emerging knowledge broadly.

PLUS… skills in generating ideas, team leadership, career counselling and coaching, business management.

DESIRES: WHAT I WANT & WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME I want to help people become empowered in their career & life choices. I want creativity, variety and intellectual stimulation in my work. I am feeling great being creative and having fun. Together with a growing and amazing team, I am positively influencing people and  experiencing pride in achievement. I want to be part of a movement to have a Career Statement in the minds and hearts of everyone, 16 and up, reviewed monthly.

PERSONAL QUALITIES: MY PERSONALITY & HOW OTHERS DESCRIBE ME I am part IDEALIST which means I tend to be enthusiastic, value authenticity and act as a catalyst for change; I’m part RATIONAL which means I’m logical, like abstract ideas and value knowledge.


EDUCATION,  CREDENTIALS, MEMBERSHIPS. I bring with me a Masters in Counselling Psychology, Career Management Fellow (CMF) from the Institute of Career Certification International. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science in industrial  engineering. I hold a valid Professional Engineer licence. I’m qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and a member of the Association of Career Professionals International.

EXPERIENCES. Over 10,000 hours of direct counselling and coaching experience at CareerCycles and in the Career Centres of the University of Toronto and York University. Working in management consulting (KPMG), decision support technology, and leading and designing group travel programs in Canada, Cuba, Nicaragua. Volunteer board membership with Cycle Toronto and Toronto Bay Initiative. International ‘freestyle’ travel and cycle-touring adventures in Vietnam, Cuba, East Africa, India and Nepal.

ADDITIONAL SKILLS in project management, Spanish, French and bicycle repair.

OTHER PEOPLE’S INFLUENCE AND MY LIFE ROLES I’m mindful how my role as parent of a teen influences my career and life choices. I’ve been influenced by people in my personal life and leading thinkers including Wade Davis, Seth Godin, Sonja Lyubermirsky, Barbara Fredrickson, Mark Savickas, David Whyte, my partner, parents, and sister, and each member of our team of CareerCycles Associates and trainees.

NATURAL INTERESTS: MY EMERGING PASSIONS AND EVOLVING IDENTITY I’m interested in and passionate about radio broadcasting, active travel, astronomy and cycling. I am a broadcaster, traveler, amateur astronomer and cyclist.

POSSIBILITIES I’M CURIOUS ABOUT Succeeding in the career services firm I’m leading; developing a more active travel program building on the journeys I’ve led in Canada, Cuba and Nicaragua; furthering my broadcast radio experience; working toward a private pilot’s license; cycle touring in more remote corners of the world like West Africa; pursuing further education in Positive Psychology and journalism.

It has been a fun process and so helpful to have support through this transition. I feel like I am really listening to and honouring myself by not going back to an agency and excited that I’m on the right path and that it will lead to me feeling more connected to (and passionate about!) my professional life. Thank you for all of your professional help and advice through this process. It has been invaluable. I’m so pleased with where I’ve ended up. -Alexis Clarfield-Henry

Deconstructing my career was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, arguably as stressful than the process of becoming a physician in the first place. It was one thing to admit I’m fed up with aspects of my work…it’s a far more daunting task to decide how to act constructively to make things better. Mark was extraordinarily skilled at taking my personal history and attributes, translating them into both career options and workplace assets, and helping me focus my own ideas into a workable career path. -Frank Warsh

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have sought out career counselling, and even more pleased that Mark was my counsellor. I didn’t expect that the results would be so ‘life-changing’ for my entire life — truthfully, I expected the sessions to affect only the ‘career’ side of me! -Mila F.

“I am SO grateful and lucky that I had a chance to work with Mark. He helped me regain confidence to believe in my dreams again. It’s incredibly valuable to have support and guidance when you are making a big change in your life. At this stage of life I want to go in the right direction and until I met Mark, I was lost and loosing confidence in the potential I felt I had but couldn’t see in myself anymore.” -Liz Pohl


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“Your methodology provides so much encouragement, as well as clarity of self and circumstances, that it becomes impossible not to take action. I am very grateful for your assistance in my time of need.”

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