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I Lived a Dream of Africa

Lisa Abram | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

In 1989, I flew to see the gorillas in Zaire. I was a determined 25-year-old; I had never flown solo across the world. It was always intended as a three-week window into adventure and nothing more. I needed to fully experience what lay one-dimensional in my university books.

Can Showcasing Your Failures Land You a Job?

Bobby Umar | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Business
Bobby Umar

Most successful people will concede that they've achieved their success because they understand that failure taught them how to succeed. We learn and grow from our failures. They teach us how to deal with adversity and disappointment, what it takes to achieve goals, and they give us an appreciation for the journey.

How to Land a Job With One Question

Peter Harris | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

You can convey your competence and confidence, your job-readiness, to an employer much more impressively with the questions you ask than the ones you answer. Smart questions can demonstrate that you have some knowledge of the industry, and that you're already thinking about how you can contribute to it.

Nine Career Lessons I Learned Before 30

Erin Bury | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Erin Bury

Naturally as I approached 30 I reflected on my career thus far, and the path that led me here. Here are the things I've learned over eight years of building a career -- hopefully some of them resonate and help you as you're building you own.

Got a Career Bucket List? You Need a Career "Fuck It" List

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Think of the things you really want to do in your career and in life. That's your bucket list. Now, what will you have to get rid of in order to make that stuff happen? That's your fuck it list. One serves the other. Is there something you can ditch to serve your greater vision? Fuck it.

How to Be a Caregiver Without Losing Your Career

Eva Zatrak | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

If you are currently transitioning from a full-time career to a full-time career and caregiving, you know how challenging it can be. Finding the right balance can seem near impossible, which leads to overwhelming levels of stress and concern. Family is priority but what about your career? The number of unpaid caregivers in Canada continues to rise, as more and more family members require care. As a caregiver, you know that your duties are a full-time role in itself.

Caitlyn Jenner Proves Taking Risks Can Help Your Career

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

What was the biggest risk you've taken with your professional life? Caitlyn Jenner took a risk that could have cost her the money that comes with being a public figure. She had no idea if the public would accept her, if she would be a "celebrity" or not. The risk was worth it for her, even if the risk sent her into obscurity.

5 Books to Help Your Graduate Transition Into Adulthood

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Graduation is a time for celebration, but it can also be as scary as hell. It's the official transition into adulthood, a transition into the real world, where people go to work and pay the bills. That can be a lot of pressure. Give the grad in your life one of these books to take the edge off and leave them feeling inspired about what's next.

Want a happy career? Indulge your obsessions

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

My brother, Brad, has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in biology. Right now you're probably picturing him working as a scientist and wearing a white lab coat at work every day. If so, you're wrong. Dead wrong. He's a television writer.

The One Thing You Should Know at Graduation

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

You're supposed to know how to make your parents proud and make a whack of cash, kicking ass and taking numbers along the way. Right? The truth is, you're not supposed to know what the future looks like. Nobody does. Why didn't anybody tell you this? Because it's scary as hell, that's why.

Don't Resign Yourself to Doing Work You Hate

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

What excuses are you making for not going after what you want? And do they really have to stop you? If you've really invested in your excuses, and their hold on you feels too strong, you may have let them break you down to the point of resignation.

Take Your Professional Brand to the Next Level With These Tips

Kathleen Kahlon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Business
Kathleen Kahlon

Your professional brand is the sum of many aspects of your professional life, so it's important that you are always representing your best self. Don't shy away from announcing promotions or career milestones and updating your profile.

Ace Your Next Job Interview By Knowing the Right Answer to This Question

Peter Harris | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

There are quite a few questions that come up in almost every job interview, and one in particular that you are sure to be asked. The best way to ace an interview is tailor your answers to be as specifically relevant as possible to the challenges of the job at hand - especially for the questions that you know are coming.

The Class of 2030 Should Start Using These 5 Tech Tools Now

Martha Turner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Martha Turner

Much like the landscape of careers Canadians' perceptions of the classroom is changing. What tools should our children start using to better prepare them for the classroom for the future? Based on what we've seen these are the top five tech trends preschool children will begin adopting to better prepare them for the future of learning.

Are You Lost or Are You Just Afraid?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Most of the people I work with come to me because they feel lost and they don't know what they want. At least, they think they don't know what they want. But more than half of the time - heck, most of the time - the problem has nothing to do with knowing; it's the fear associated with the desire.

Reinvention Is Just as Much About Loss as it Is About Gain

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Reinvention is about loss as well as gain. It involves the shedding of an old life, a life that may not fit any longer, but a life that was known to you. It involves the creation of a 'you' that didn't exist before. And, as with all new ventures, it involves failure.

How to Deal With a Management Bully

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Does your manager have the traits of a bully? You may be dealing with a Hirogen Manager, an organization's hunter that sees his or her employees as prey. Here is the test. Are the following quotes familiar to you?

Maintaining Your Career Skills While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Over eight-million Canadians currently provide care for chronically ill or disabled friends and family members. If you're a caregiver, you know how demanding it can be. Your role as a caregiver, can greatly interfere with all other aspects of your life. Although you may feel as though your career is being negatively affected, there are ways to keep your career skills sharp.

How to Tell Your Kids That Work Can Be Boring

Leah Eichler | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

How do you prepare your kids for the likelihood that some work days, perhaps even a lot of them, won't feel especially fulfilling? According to professionals with children, that conversation needs to come early and often.

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.

Why Female Experts Are Quoted Less Than Male Experts -- And How To Change That

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Female experts are quoted less often than their male counterparts in newspapers and on TV. Why? Because many women falsely believe someone else knows their area of expertise better than they do. This prevents them from stepping into the spotlight that they have earned and deserve.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

This Man Has the Coolest Job in Canada

Lisa Jackson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

For some people, it would be a dream job to travel across Canada and eat in some of the country's finest restaurants. For Canadian writer and international food and wine journalist, Andrew Braithwaite, it's just another day at the office.

What Successful Working Moms Really Talk About

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

The point is that working moms need a village to be successful. They need short-cuts and tips that make life easier. With precious little time at home, it's things like swifters and crockpots make a difference. If you don't have a support system that can help you find the things that can help you feel like a better mom, build one. It's worth it.

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.