The Terrors of a Long Commute

We all know people who have to commute long distances to get to a job. Living in one city and working in another, with perhaps a one-hour car ride between both, may seem reasonable at first. But the true health and financial cost of commuting over one’s lifetime will quickly wear away at any benefit…

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….

A List of Little Significance

“That’s not important” and “No, thank you” are two phrases that I find particularly challenging to say. Perhaps you know the feeling; a friend or family member asks you to assist with something and the task suddenly takes on extreme and looming dimensions in your mind. Put into the context of everyday life, the task…

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…

Training for Employment

Today I’ll be participating in my first Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) test, as a single component of my ongoing application to be a park warden with the Federal Government. I’m nervous, but have many supporters and cheerleaders behind me, so I am simply going to do my best. I first saw the posting for…