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Supported Employment: Strategies for Successful Placements

March 26, 2021 |
Supported Employment

Many organizations are working toward diversity and inclusion in the workplace by hiring people with disabilities. Supported employment is about employment service coaches — like me — providing on-site and ongoing supports to clients and their employers to ensure successful placements. In my role at a not-for-profit agency in Calgary, Alberta, I support clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they pursue their goal of securing employment. I am often asked by employers and other career development professionals about what it takes to guide clients through the transition from acceptance…

Yoga – A Secret for Relieving Job Search Stress

February 3, 2021 |
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I recently worked with a client who landed an exciting entry-level engineering role with a growing and innovative company in Halton, Ontario. During our coaching sessions, he had asked for help in managing the stress he was feeling as a result of the job search process. Along with thoroughly dedicating himself to interview practice and preparation, and remaining optimistic, I suggested a wellness practice that has been instrumental in relieving my own stress: yoga. The Plentiful Benefits of Yoga I discovered yoga several years ago as a way to de-stress and…

Work-Life Balance Primer

October 19, 2020 |

Work-life balance is important to career development in many ways — for careerpros and our clients. Here are three self-help articles that are sure to stimulate thought on how you can work towards gaining balance between your personal and professional lives. Personal Time: How To Regain Balance In Your Life Overview: Helps people to evaluate what is important to them and then how to use the time available accordingly. There are no simple answers to these questions. From an evaluation perspective, it would be possible to use this with individuals in career…

Flex Work and Telecommuting

September 8, 2020 |
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Teleworking is on the rise. No longer just an occasional perk associated with a job, it is now a viable option for many workers. A flex work, telecommuting arrangement can benefit both the employer and the employee. The global pandemic has certainly contributed to the rise in remote workers, but this trend has been around — and expanding — for years prior to this. According to an analysis performed by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, remote workers are more productive, healthier, and make more money. 26% of the remote workers surveyed…

Preparing for a Possible Post-COVID Work Life: How to Help Clients Get “Unstuck”

August 14, 2020 |
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COVID-19 has dramatically disrupted most industries and individuals’ plans. As a result, some of our clients may have inadvertently moved into a state of limbo and become stuck there as they watch and wait for life and work to return to “normal.” No one can predict what the future will hold, but we can probably be fairly certain that it will be very different from what we used to consider normal. As career practitioners, we can take steps now to help our clients get “unstuck” and prepare for post-COVID work…

We Are All Essential

June 26, 2020 |
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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…