Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Job: Resource Centre Assistant, Vancouver, BC

"The Resource Centre Assistant assists clients in their job search process, coordinates and facilitates workshops as well as maintains a current job board suitable to clients needs."


Bigger list of jobs:

Job: Case Manager (Specialized Disabilities)

"This position works to engage those we serve from a client-centered and strengths-based perspective to create individualized job action plans."


Fuller jobs listing:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Job: Employment Counsellor / Adult Educator, Toronto, ON


Meme We Can Use

Here's a poster you can use to introduce the idea of looking for telltale signs of client interests.

Let me try it with you.

What activities seem to draw your attention? (Please forgive me the pun.) Can you see how these activities might blend together to define alternative occupations?

Note that I wrote 'alternative occupations.' Any of us could be content in any of a number of them. Some we could do; some we couldn't. Some occupations are in demand or will be in demand; some won't.

So, think of what you find yourself doing, then think of various occupations that involve as many likable activities as possible.

My thanks to Cyndi I. for including this poster in her fb page, and to David Rockerchild, whose page she shared it from.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Average Annual Provincial Employment Growth Rates

"Over the last decade, the top three provincial performers in terms of average annual employment growth rates have been Alberta, BC and Quebec – with Ontario in fourth place."

Livio Di Matteo, economist at Lakehead University, says, 'Go West!'


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Job: Employment Consultant, North York, ON

"Provide culturally sensitive employment services including intake and assessment, one-to-one
and group employment counselling and referrals."


Job: Employment Counsellor, Toronto, ON

"Assist unemployed Aboriginal clients in the GTA to obtain employment"


Friday, January 20, 2012

Job: Employment Consultant, Toronto, ON

"This position is responsible for providing employment services for clients."


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Job: Employment Resource Counsellor, Waterloo, ON

"Provides individual support towards employment for Ontario Works (OW) clients."


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Job: Employment Counsellor, Vancouver, BC

"[T]he Employment Counsellor provides assessment, planning and referral services to clients of  [the Skills Connect for Immigrants Program]."


Monday, January 16, 2012

The Lean Startup

Some of us need to identify career paths that mainly involve working for others and some of us will start businesses. In my view the advice that Eric Ries offers might be valuable to both categories of people if it's suitably interpreted. For instance, he speaks of the 'vanity' results that are sometimes quoted for a start-up business. These might be counts of the number of visitors to the start-ups website or the number of times that someone has downloaded the trial copy of a software product. Although they might make the people in the start-up feel good, unless they generate income or lead to income generation these numbers are of no value to investors. Likewise, I would say that numbers of qualifications on a résumé could also be of little interest to employers unless they are relevant.

It's worth listening to Eric Ries here, if only because he's entertaining. One of his essential messages is about the importance of investing the minimum effort necessary to determine where the demand for a product or service is actually located. You can also read an interview with him here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Minimalist Start to Search for Meaning

One way to begin constructing a meaningful life for yourself might be to imagine what it would be like to live without possessions and without an income. And you don't have to go to some exotic place in a distant continent if you want to try this out. In fact, a German lady, Frau Hildemarie Schwermer, has been living her life this way since 1996. Perhaps not the kind of person you would expect to be doing this, she is a former teacher and psychotherapist, and a grandmother.

After you think about whether you will really need a house, a spouse, a car, a mountain bike, a cottage, fame, a place in history, security ... or just some of these, you can think about which ones and why.

Here is a video about Frau Schwermer. (I would have embedded the video here but that would have made the subtitles difficult to read.) Here is an article about her too.

My thanks to Chris Shaver for making me aware of her.

Job: Employment Counsellor, Calgary, AB

"The Employment Counsellor provides individual/ group employment counselling and career planning services to immigrants and refugees residing in Calgary and area."


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

One Day's Kiva Global Microloan Activity

For the story behind this graphic see Infoporn: Kiva's microloan map of the world.

Go ahead: make a small loan! See the information in the righthand column.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Gentle Introduction to Computer Programming

According to a BBC news report I've just read even New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to learn how to write computer code: "My New Year's resolution is to learn to code with Codeacademy in 2012!"

If you're curious about what it's like to write computer code then Codeacademy might be a good place for you to start. At the moment it seems to be exclusively about learning Javascript, which is the language that animates the pages that you load into your browser's window. However, the site seems to have plans to provide tutorials for other languages as well. The courses introduce language features one at a time with opportunities for the learner to verify understanding.

Job: Employment Facilitator, Simcoe, ON

"... the incumbent works directly with employers to educate them on the benefits of the website; uncovers hidden leads to apprentice positions; enhances the connection of database applicants with potential employers, and markets the website to the community and other regions."


Thursday, January 5, 2012

A. C. Grayling, On Making Meaning for Oneself

Much of what we do as career developers is essentially an attempt to stimulate clients to create more meaningful lives for themselves (even if we can't do that for ourselves!). I believe that the strength and viability of meaning that one has in one's life has little to do with one's intelligence, or athletic skills, or leadership qualities. It has all to do with what one makes of what one has.

I sense that if this is not a difficult concept then it is foreign to many of us, at least in the West.

The man in the picture is A.C. Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Here is his attempt to explain something similar, from the New York Times.