Mar 14, 2012

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How does career management impact on employee engagement? And, what is career flow?

On March 14, Career Buzz offered you an engaging hour of radio, featuring experts in the career management aspect of employee engagement, career flow, and how careers impact the economy.

It’s great when you get to connect with people you admire. I’ve long admired the innovative approaches to career management demonstrated by Deirdre Pickerell and Dr. Roberta Neault, at Life Strategies in the Vancouver area. Deirdre is currently completing her PhD in Organizational Systems, where her research interest is the impact of career management on employee engagement, a fascinating topic. She talked about her new model of Employee Engagement. Roberta has been a leading light in the career field, with her courses, webinars, books, articles and journal editing, and I’ve personally learned a lot from her. We talked about her latest book, co-authored with Spencer Niles and Norm Amundson: Career Flow: A Hope-Centred Approach to Career Development

When I read Todd Hirsch’s article in the Globe and Mail on the impact of careers on the economy I knew I had to talk to him. After speaking on the phone about his work tracking current developments in North America’s economy, and the link to careers and the economy, I invited him onto Career Buzz. So it was with much anticipation that I got to connect with Todd, Deirdre, Roberta, and our listeners, on Career Buzz this week.

Sparks from Feb. 22 when Career Buzz explored accessing employment through education.

Jo Petite, a social worker and faculty member in the Redirection through Education program at George Brown College, shared her perspective on equity and access in employment. “Education and employment are social determinants of health,” Jo said. “We become healthier by having meaningful employment. We become more fulfilled in our lives and more self-actualized. Mental health is on a continuum, and all of us are going to become healthier, happy people if we have employment that means something to us, and I’ve experienced that myself.” Listen to the whole interview

CareerCycles Tip: Take a moment today to consider this… If, for the most part, you’re healthy, physically and mentally, how much does your education and employment contribute to your ongoing health? How healthy would you be if you didn’t have your education and employment? Read the first paragraph of the World Health Org’s definition of mental health.

Thinking about self-employment as a career possibility? Contact us about CareerCycles’ new Exploring Self-Employment Program. Get started with our weekly FREE TeleWorkshop Or, contact us to schedule your initial Exploratory Consultation and the fee is credited toward your career program of 5+ sessions. And, check out this FREE Seminar on Alternative Careers in Franchise Ownership on March 27, 6.30pm with our alliance partners at FranNet.

Thanks to all of you who asked about our recent ‘Enriching Lives & Careers Trip to Nicaragua.’ It was truly enriching for our group of eight, and the highlight was the moving ceremony when the construction site of the house we built in 2 1/2 days became the home of a young family. Stay tuned for the video in the next issue of SPARK.

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