Strengths and Assets Shopping List
Use this list to help you identify strengths and assets as you reflect on your story. This list is referenced in the Your Story CareerCycles Handout.
Strengths are skills and knowledge you want to use. As Assets, these may be learned behaviors and additional skills you possess, though you don’t want to use as much.
3. Athletic ability
7. Counsel / coach
9. Computer applications
10. Computer networking
11. Computer programming
13. Cultivate or grow
16. Develop programs
18. Draw or paint
21. Estimate / appraise
25. Financial ability
26. Generate ideas
27. Influence or persuade
33. Lab techniques
34. Lead and manage
36. Make decisions
37. Market / business development
42. Multilingual / language skills
46. Operate machinery
47. Organize and plan
49. Prepare food
50. Present / public speaking
51. Project management
52. Promote or sell
56. Serve / customer service
57. Solve problems
58. Strategic thinking
61. Teach / train
62. Teamwork / work with others
65. Treat / nurse
66. Work with hands
our mission is to be at the leading edge of the evolution of “career,” helping people fully express who they are and how they want to be in the world. our vision is enriching the career well-being of humanity. our promise is to help you make career and life choices aligned with what really matters to you.
|The beauty of a career crisis
If you had a million dollars then you’d be free to do what you want to do. Right?
Maybe not! With a million dollars you could have a lot of things but you still may not know what to do. When you really know and appreciate who you are, you will know what you want to do, even with a hundred dollars.
Who you are matters!
Our main task in this life is to be aware of who we are, how good we are, the good things we’ve created, what our potential is, and to understand these things, admire them, and be proud of them. Other people sometimes admire us, tell us how good we are, what our potential is, how good we look in those pair of pants. Our task in life is to do this for ourselves.
When we know ourselves, and appreciate ourselves, then we will understand our wishes and how to wish. Until then, we don’t know how to wish—we wish for things rather than things we want to do.
When you understand, really understand, that who you are matters, you will begin to wish for things you want to do.
Become empowered in your career & life choices.
You’ll feel confident, excited and free to make great career and life choices, by accessing a structured process to understand yourself, effective tools to guide you, and experienced professionals to accompany you.
A career crisis is beautiful. It marks the start of a new and good and fun journey. Fly over walls and cliffs. See a new horizon. Arrive at your own frontier.
Copyright 2007 Mabel Ferreira, Mark Franklin, Julie Cachia
|See, I think we have to ask ourselves – and this is corny in a way – what are we doing here? And I’ve become convinced, after a lifetime of asking that question, that we are here to enlarge our souls, light up our brains, and liberate our spirits.
You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
You’ll gain lasting job security as you become self-reliant, creatively resourceful, and realize that you have unique gifts to offer.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
February 20, 2007
What’s the Best Way to Pick A Career Counselor or Coach?
By Perri Capell
Question: How should a job hunter find an executive coach or career counselor? Quality people are hard to find, and a career path is too important to be put in the wrong hands.
Answer: The process of finding a career coach or counselor is the same as that for finding any other professional, such as a dentist or personal trainer. Consider what you need or hope to accomplish and then do research to locate someone who’s qualified to address your issues. Continue reading
A whole new me: Career reinvention
In a swooning economy, more people may rethink the career path they’ve been on to move in a completely different direction
MARJO JOHNE Special to The Globe and Mail
November 5, 2008
Four years ago, in the midst of a conversation with the office accountant, Peter Zednik had an epiphany.
“I thought, ‘I want to do what you do. I want to be an accountant.’ ”
It was quite a leap: Mr. Zednik had spent the previous 30 years building a career in the theatre, with stints as an actor, music director and award-winning playwright. At the time of his conversation with the accountant, Mr. Zednik was 47 and general manager of a Vancouver theatre company.
Could he really make the jump from the world of stages to the world of balance sheets?
You can be your own best reference
Hang on to those words of praise in thank you cards and way-to-go notes: Creating a ‘star file’ off
ers proof of just how good you are
RANDI CHAPNIK MYERS
Special to The Globe and Mail
September 3, 2008
Shortly after Pamela Preston was hired as a financial adviser for Bank of Nova Scotia in 2002, she landed her first big account – and returned to her desk in Toronto to a gushing voice mail from her district manager.
“The message was loud and clear: recognizing my success, thanking me and encouraging similar behaviour in the future,” Ms. Preston recalls.
She was so buoyed by that feel-good message that she saved it, replaying it over the next six months whenever she needed a boost.
Published August 2008
Parental and social pressures on adolescent career choices “My son used to have his own hopes and aspirations. Now he has mine. Thanks, Obay!” – From the makers of WhyBecauseISaySo In a two-part series of advertising features contracted by Colleges Ontario, […]
Lorena Harito for Metro Toronto
WORKOLOGY- Published June 6, 2006
Mark Franklin runs CareerCyles, a career renewal retreat.
Wouldn’t it be fun to bike, hike, counsel others, and get paid for it? For Mark Franklin, his work is just that. Franklin leads CareerCycles, a three-day career renewal retreat that gets people away from the regular day-to-day routine and allows them to reflect on their career paths.
June 16, 2006
By Chad Huculak
Feeling burned out at work? Not quite sure where you want to be in your career? You are not alone. Often we get so caught up in our lives that we never take a step back and try to comprehend where we are and where we’re going in our careers.
CareerCycles is a unique chance to take that time to reflect and enjoy the soothing outdoors at the same time. Mark Franklin came across the idea of combining bicycle trips with career counselling on a B.C. ferry back in 2001.
“I just changed careers from engineering for 10 years to counselling,” Franklin says.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Toronto travel leader Mark Franklin has teamed up with travel writer Julia Steinecke to offer a new, two-track way to experience Cuba. A new trip they’re calling “Cuba in Parallel” combines Franklin’s off-the-beaten-path recreational cycling and walking with Steinecke’s “Cuba Creative” writing workshop.