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Lifelong Learning and Self-Care: Why They Matter

April 9, 2021 |
Lifelong learning

As a Career Development Practitioner and Certified Work-Life Strategist (CWS), I have always believed that lifelong learning and self-care truly matter. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating with an exceptional team of fellow CDPs and other subject matter experts in the development and validation of Career Professional of Canada’s new Work-Life Coaching program. I was very fortunate to be a student in the pilot program. Not only did I learn a LOT that was new to me (“ikigai” comes to mind), but the experience reinforced my…

A Holistic Approach to Wellness: Why it Matters

February 19, 2021 |
Holistic Approach to Wellness

The theme of wellness dominated many aspects of our lives in 2020 and continues into this year. Yet, many may not fully understand the meaning of the word.  Wellness is multidimensional. The Global Wellness Institute defines it as: “the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health.” When someone asks, “How are you doing?” you may likely respond, “I’m doing well” or “fine.” But under the surface, there may be layers of emotion that need to be stripped away like onion peels to achieve…

Purpose and Spark – Is There a Difference?

February 12, 2021 |
finding purpose and spark

Disney recently released its newest movie called “Soul.” It’s about a middle school music teacher who feels stuck in life and unfulfilled at his job. This one-line synopsis alone would likely be enough to hook the interest of most career practitioner viewers. They may possibly wonder, “Where are they going with this?” Personally, I took away many great messages on both the meaning of life and work – messages that relate closely to the work we do with our clients. I learned that finding your “spark” – something that you’re…

Mental Health Wellness: Essential to Success in Career Development

February 5, 2021 |
Mental Health Wellness

As a Certified Work-Life Strategist and employment specialist supporting newcomers to Canada, I am acutely aware of the importance of mental health wellness for my clients and myself. As my clients navigate the hurdles of immigration, getting a survival job, or establishing a career in Canada, I offer them unconditional support, kindness, and belief in their worth and future success. My work is both gratifying and demanding at the same time. And I know that when I don’t set work-life boundaries and take good care of myself, my mental health…

A Holistic Approach to Career Development

January 31, 2021 |
Holistic Career Development

The meaning of the word “holistic,” as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is the “comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.” In simple terms, holistic means considering the whole of a thing – not just the individual parts. Holistic medicine, for example, assesses and evaluates the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and emotions – in looking for answers to an issue. A work-related example would be the case of a skilled labour relations negotiator who takes a holistic approach to solving…