Commuting for a Career

It is not the commute which makes the person, but rather the person who makes the commute I always swore, during the teenage years I spent obsessively visualizing my eventual career, that I wouldn’t drive for more than one hour to reach a job. The solution seemed simple: once I got a job, I would…

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Chopin, Kate. (1899, 2008). The Awakening. Premier Classic Paperback; New York.  It is hard for me to fathom how this book was written and published so very long ago, although Knopf Publishing Group thoughtfully outlines a chronology of historical events to contextualize the work in my version. While reading the book, I had to keep…

The Power of the Network

When I was initially drafting this post, the first title that came into my head – The Power of the Network – also elicited a funny memory of the ‘I believe in the power of barking’ dog meme. Thankfully, there are some semi-legitimate analogies that I can draw between this image and my topic today,…

Savour Your 20s – They Only Happen Once

In a recent bulk email from my new favorite blogger, Rebecca Fraser-Thill, I was pleased to read her article entitled “Hiding From Our Life’s Work Behind Our Careers“. Though there is much that I could say about this particular article, I’m instead going to focus on the investigation and deep thinking that it generated for…

Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race by Todd Buchholz

Buchholz, Todd. (2011). Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race. Penguin Books Ltd.: New York. You get an immediate impression of this book in the Preface – if you’re the kind of person that reads over a Preface before starting into a book (I do; some might find it to be a bad…

Youth Mobility and the Love – Career Balance

This week marks the first in which Will, my partner in crime and hiking, is working full time with Dillon Consulting Limited out of their Oakville, Ontario office. His job title, Field Biologist, thrills us both with its weight and heft. I am fascinated by his descriptions of the work culture and his experiences with…

When a Friend Gets a Job

I was very relaxed over the holiday break, partly because I am back to working at my part-time job with the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI). Having this position lined up to start in January 2014 was both a curse and a blessing; it meant, of course, that I was able to relax….

New Year, New Job Search Strategies

This morning, the Globe and Mail released an overview of the latest unemployment figures from Statistics Canada – data which should not come as a surprise to anyone who was watching the job boards in December 2013: “The Canadian economy unexpectedly shed 45,900 jobs in December, the steepest decline in nine months, led by a…

A Wintery Welcome to 2014

Happy New Year to all, and I hope that you survived the holiday break with no major upsets. Here in Ontario we lived through an intense ice storm that left hundreds of thousands without power in and around Christmas Day. City crews, hydro workers, and other hard-working citizens have been labouring around the clock to…

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

Newport, Cal. (2012). So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Hatchette Book Group; New York. I have followed the work of Dr. Cal Newport with interest for some time now – his blog called Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success is immensely popular and started when he was a computer science Ph.D. candidate at MIT. Even…

Ways to Stay Optimistic during the Job Search

This week I’ve been reflecting on the nature of the job market and increasingly finding reasons to be happy and relaxed about the whole situation in which I currently find myself. Yes, it’s true that I’ve graduated from university (twice) with stellar marks, an excellent track record, and lots of supporters – yet still can’t…

A Date with the Career Counselor

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to visit with a career counselor to talk about what makes me tick when it comes to working environment, desired career roles, and personal goals. It’s been exceedingly beneficial for me to step back and look clearly through the haze of competing and contradictory employment-related messages…