Taking Stock: Part 3- Interests

Choosing a Career That Interests Me! The question I often get from people is how I can find a career that is somehow related to an activity that I enjoy participating in or something that I am interested in pursuing. My answer to this question is always the same in that finding a “best fit” between your interests and what you do as a career always starts with the answer to one question; what is it about these activities that make you interested? This task sounds pretty simple right!?  After all, who knows us better than we know ourselves? In…

Taking Stock: Values and Career Decision Making

PART 2: VALUES By: Brian Lambier What are values? According to the website Vocabulary .com the word values is a noun and is explained in the following manner;  "beliefs of a person or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something)"  The website continues by saying; "It's no surprise that the word values comes from a word that means "to be worth something": People often view their values as so precious that they'd be willing to fight for them. Sometimes they do fight for them........  Our values act as our internal compass that provide us with direction in…

Career Change: Taking Stock of Yourself!

Part 1: Skills  By Brian Lambier Welcome to our five part blog series "Career Change Taking Stock of Yourself!" which will focus on five key areas for you to consider to better understand prioir to starting your career s change process. We will explore skills, values, interests, personality, motivation and in addition we will offer posting that will explore a variety of different factors to consider when changing careers including; work culture,compenastaion and benefits, location and several others.  We all have skills that we have developed through different parts of life but sometimes what seems obvious is not too easy…

Pre-Retirement Transition Workshops for Employees

  Pre-Retirement Transition Workshops for Employees Career Vitality Services offers customized one and two-day pre-retirement transition workshops for organizations out of recognition that the issues employees face upon retirement are much more complex than finances alone. Retirement transition can be a time of uncertainty and mixed emotions and Employers who provide added value supports to employees such as Retirement Planning Workshops demonstrate their interest in the future of their mature workers and  employees view this kind of training opportunity as a valuable benefit of employment. Career Vitality Services workshops are facilitated by Certified Retirement Coaches and are designed for both…

Planning for Retirement?

  Are You Ready for Retirement?   Career Vitality Services is offering the “Preparing for Your Retirement” one- day workshop in Calgary on August 25th to help you define and achieve what you want out of retirement. Retirement Transition or any type of transition for that matter is a time of self-reflection and honesty about what is important to us as individuals. Our traditional work day uses up one-third of our day that is if we are working the traditional 8 hour work day, add an additional 6-8 hours of your day for sleep and then add all of your…

Retirement Transition Workshop

    Planning For Your Retirement? August 25 ,2012 (Registration Deadline: August 22,2012 ) Are you ready for your retirement? Career Vitality Services is offering a informative and fun one- day workshop in Calgary.   Retirement Transition or any type of transition for that matter is a time of self-reflection and honesty about what is important to us as individuals. Our traditional work day uses up one-third of our day that is if we are working the traditional 8 hour work day, add an additional 6-8 hours of your day for sleep and then add all of your other commitments outside of work…

Career Workshops in Calgary

  Interview Strategies and Techniques Workshops Career Vitality Services Inc. is offering an Interview Strategies and Techniques workshop in June  “Wow” prospective employers during your interview with your knowledge, preparation and how your skills and abilities fit what they are looking for in a new hire! [caption id="attachment_840" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Interview Strategies and Techniques"][/caption] Learn how to;  Conduct labour market research about the industry and organization that will help you in the interview process. Understand the key words found in  job adverts that employers look for in successful candidates. Determine how  your skills match up with potential employment opportunities. Prepare for the variety of different questions you will be…

Careers in Calgary

The Power of Labour Market Information! The value of Labour Market Information(LMI) for a people looking for work or changing careers in Calgary is immense and the process of gaining this information starts with the following three questions. What Is Labour Market Information? What Is The Value of Labour Market Information?  Where Do I Access Labour Market Information? One of the best sources of information to answer these simple questions about the complex and sometimes confusing world of Labour Market Information is a free publication offered by Alberta Employment and Immigration entitled  “Making Sense Of Labour Market Information [caption id="attachment_809"…

The Mature Workforce!

  Is 75 the New 65? Check out this article by Wallace Immen from the career section of yesterday's Globe and Mail    “In our research, we’re finding that employers are developing a lot of age-friendly programs that provide flexibility in work schedules,” he said.“Many are seeing the risk of losing large numbers of experienced employees if baby boomers retired en masse,” he said, so companies are encouraging older workers to stay on longer. Some also encourage those who have already retired to come back in some capacity. Surveys of U.S. and Canadian organizations that Mr. Sheridan did for his…