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My daughter once said to me, "even if you were not my mom, you would still be my role model." Beyond a doubt, this was the best compliment I could ever receive. Throughout my life, I have been asked many times if I personally have a role model. My answer to this is simple: my mother.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." In our current political climate, it is critical that we keep these wise words from Nelson Mandela at the front of our mi...
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Before you walk through the door, however, create a target for how many new connections you plan to make. Perhaps push yourself to meet 10 new contacts, or exchange 20 business cards. Are you hesitant to approach someone you do not know? Consider asking questions to break the ice.
In the spring of 1985, John Fogerty had a hit song called "Centrefield". While you may not be familiar with the song itself, you would no doubt recognize some of the song's lyrics--"put me in coach"....
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Canadians are well educated. That's the good news. The unfortunate reality is that many Canadians are "mal-employed" -- working in jobs that do not take advantage of their abilities and that do not require a post-secondary education.
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Continuing education brings both practical skills and the joy of discovering something new about the world and yourself. If you're a Millennial, it can help you overcome mal-employment and accelerate your career. If you're a Boomer, it can set you up for success as a business owner and a prosperous retirement.
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Today's education is evolving to be more "experiential." The instructor's role is still pivotal, but it's different. Now students learn in ways that are practical and hands-on, in a simulated setting or out in the real world, and the instructor is a guide, helping them identify lessons they can apply to future experiences.
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At the conferences I attend, when I look around the room, I see a wealth of knowledge -- and it's not all at the podium. Every attendee has something to share. Some may have a nugget of wisdom, specifically relevant to you, that boosts your career or inspires you to change directions.
What does "learning" look like? It's still fair to say that the lecture format is core to many educational programs, but technology is advancing and creating opportunities for technology-enhanced and online learning to be more experiential, more flexible, and more engaging.
What does a university dean's resumé look like? I would guess that most have diverse leadership experience in a number of varied roles. My own work history includes stints as a barista, psychologist, professor, corporate executive and politician -- to name just a few of the hats I've worn during my career.
Ask an employee from just about any industry in Canada, and they'll tell you: there is a huge gap between the training required to move up the career ladder and the training provided by their employers. While 71 per cent of employers agree they have a responsibility to provide career management programs for their employees, only 29 per cent actually offer them.