Career Change

How I Turned My Passion Into a Career

Lina Duque | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

While I'm not an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, I choose my clients, control my hours and most importantly, do what I love. Here's what I did to position myself as a subject matter expert. It all started with an invitation to speak on social media at a marketing event.

It's Harder Than Ever for MBA Candidates to Succeed

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

It's the dream of every MBA candidate who registers to a prestigious MBA school. A coveted position in investment banking or consulting, with a salary only heard of in the movies. While this reality does occur for a small percentage of MBA candidates, the reality is far different since the overall economic and MBA dynamics have changed.

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.

Why I Quit My PhD to 'Strip'

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Three months ago I quit my PhD to become a stripper. Of course, I was afraid of what people would think, but my old life wasn't working for me, and so I decided to change it. I'm not taking my clothes off, but this stripping of mine makes me feel free and, yes, naked and vulnerable, too. Layer by layer, I'm stripping away thoughts and beliefs that were toxic.

6 Ways to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Nikki Fotheringham

I have a veritable smorgasbord of friends in their late twenties and early thirties who are universally dissatisfied with life. "I don't know what I want to do with my life, but it's definitely not this," here's how to go about finding the right career for you.

"Entrepreneur" Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Entrepreneurship is a dirty word for many MBA candidates. Synonymous with extreme financial distress, entrepreneurship for many MBAs is a deep chasm of despair, particularly considering the high debt load that most MBAs have post-graduation. These attitudes and misconceptions have hurt MBA grads instead of helping them.

How to be a Fierce Female Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

In the course of my work as a career and entrepreneur coach, I have crossed paths with some fierce female entrepreneurs. Here, three of them -- a change agent, an artist, and a healer -- offer the inside scoop on what it's really like to start your own business.

Eight Steps to a Better Work-Life Balance for Women

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Lekushoff

In just a few short decades, the workplace has radically changed. Today, women constitute nearly half of the workforce. There have never been so many women in leadership positions around the world. And there has never been so much talk about being a woman in business. In fact, there has never been a better time in history to be a woman.

Believe it or Not, Millennials Are Most Prepared for This Economy

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Yes, the Millennial Generation. The generation born between 1982 to 2002 that has been mischaracterized by many employers as lazy, incompetent and entitled, is the same Generation that is the best prepared for the changing nature of work. The reality is that the demands of today's Millennial Generation are the same demands that enable their own survival. The Millennial Generation is merely being motivated by self interest and self protection given today's economic and social constraints.

The Only Career Question You'll Ever Need to Ask

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

In our work lives, we are constantly asking questions, evaluating our options, and making decisions. This swirl of considerations can be overwhelming at times, and with so many questions to ask it can be hard to know which is more important. The most important career question you'll ever ask is only three letters long, but packs one heck of a punch. The question is...why?

Five Playlists That Will Get You Through Anything

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music
Sarah Vermunt

A period of major change in one's life often provokes fear or anger, before making way for angst, uncertainty, and melancholy. And then, eventually, a more buoyant feeling of hope, optimism, and happiness. I have playlists of my own to help me through the change cycle -- for each stage.

On the Verge of a Breakdown? Do This

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

I have had two breakdowns -- one after the end of my marriage, and a second one of the career/identity variety. Based on my experience from the first, I handled the second one differently. I fought the first one. Hard.

How To Make A Major Career Change

AskMen.com | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Business
AskMen.com

Many of us have experienced that moment when we question our career choice and start considering alternatives. It's natural, and our intuition is often right. When it's time to make a career change, a lot of us will hesitate and muddle ahead doing something we don't enjoy. Why don't we make the jump? Because fear gets in the way.

Checking All The Boxes

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

I was coaching someone yesterday and we started talking about visionary leadership. We were looking at her 360 results and it was pretty clear to me t...

Training Employees? Take Tips From a Coach

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Business
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

Good coaches have a special quality about them. They are able to get you to a place where you feel confident enough to take on a challenge or comfortable enough to confront an issue. If you are thinking about moving your career along, or are thinking about how to coach someone who is ready to jump, keep in mind the following tenets.

Why You Shouldn't "Do What Makes You Happy" in Business

Gerry Som | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Business
Gerry Som

There is an inherent flaw in the sentence "Do what makes you happy." People usually choose their initial career paths around the age of 18 -- does every person continue to enjoy doing the same for the rest of his or her life?Happiness is not my ultimate goal. Failure, however, is my ultimate deterrent. I simply do not want to live pay-cheque to pay-cheque in Canada or end up unsuccessful, a decade from now.

Newsflash: The Lottery is Not a Career Plan

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

There was a lot of anxious hysteria in my neck of the woods recently. People were lining up in the hopes of hitting it big on the Powerball jackpot. People were pinning their next career move on winning. But why? And what does that say about your current job? Well, I am guessing you don't like it. But I have news for you... the lottery is not a valid career plan.