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The Pursuit of Work-Life Balance: Step Back to the Shore

October 26, 2020 |

It’s been over 10 years since I became a mom and a business owner, back-to-back. I tried my best to prepare, but each role involved a lot of “learn as you go.” One of my biggest personal challenges was finding a way to simultaneously meet the needs of both of these high-demand roles. When things got tough — and trust me, they often did — I told myself I needed to find a better way to achieve balance. I wanted to be a loving, caring mother while also performing as…

The Post-Pandemic World of Careers Work: Let’s Prepare Now

September 4, 2020 |
Handwritten note: Be Prepared

I’ve been thinking a lot about the post-pandemic world of careers work. What will it look like? How can we — the community of career development professionals — prepare now for what’s to come? I was reminded of the best piece of advice I got early on in my career. It came at a time when I was confident I could help every jobseeker. My friend (and boss at the time) Betty Woodman told me earnestly, “Maureen, you can’t want it more than them.” I knew my clients were full of…

Creating and Selling Online Courses: What You Need to Know

September 1, 2020 |
online courses

It’s been quite a year so far, hasn’t it? In all likelihood, you’ve had to make changes to the way you normally do business. Perhaps you’ve developed new ways of generating income, such as virtual services or digital products. Another good option to consider is creating and selling online courses. As well as providing you with an additional income stream, online courses can be a valuable resource for clients who can’t afford or don’t require one-on-one support. Online courses are more work to develop and set up than e-books or standalone…

Coronavirus: how the pandemic has changed our perception of time

July 8, 2020 |

Feel like time has come to a standstill? The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives. Take something as fundamental as our experiences of space: our mobility has become severely restricted – reduced to jogs or walks a few kilometres around our homes. Perhaps less obviously, the lockdown has also affected our experiences of time. As an anthropologist of time, I investigate how human beings relate to time, particularly during crises. The current crisis, like many others, could be seen to deprive us of our “temporal agency” – the ability…

Virtual Makeover: Go From Drab to Fab in 3 Easy Steps

July 3, 2020 |
Gail Kastning in her virtual home studio

Do you observe that some of your clients could benefit from a makeover of their virtual presence? Over the past year, transforming my clients’ online presence has been one of my missions. Prior to COVID-19, virtual interviews were on the rise, which pivoted regular interview coaching to include virtual training. The pandemic has only accelerated the growth of video interviews, remote work, and virtual meetings, adding the need for our clients to have a professional image when interacting on camera. As career practitioners, we not only want to be role…

We Are All Essential

June 26, 2020 |
I am essential

Has your job been classified as a “non-essential service?” Do you have clients who have been classified as a “non-essential workers?” Labels. Although often needed and helpful, they can also do harm. In order to control the spread of COVID-19, some jobs were categorized as “non-essential services.” The categories of “essential” and “non-essential” determined which businesses would continue to operate during the pandemic and which would temporarily shut down. As a result of this categorization, I have come across several clients, friends, and family and community members who have been…