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Category: Recent Graduates ​

Q&A with Dr. Helen – Ethical ways to support university admissions prep in Canada

April 6, 2019
Applicants can have high university grades but fail to gain admission to competitive programs because their applications are not written effectively. In this blog, I discuss some of the ethical...

Dear Dr. Helen, how do I pick a career that’s just right for me?

November 17, 2018
Have you ever heard someone say, “I keep picking the wrong guy/girl”? What if we make similarly poor decisions when selecting our careers? Do we make unwise, impulsive choices when...

Mentorship: a Predictor of Success

November 3, 2018
It's exciting and impressive to start or run your own business, at any age. But when you're just starting out, you don't have as much education from the school of...

Partying Hard? No Pictures Please: Social Media and Summer Fun

June 28, 2018
Whether you go away to a cottage or camping, or you’re in the city for fireworks, Canada Day often involves a lot of drinking and silliness too. If you’re career-minded,...

Advice on Job Searching as a New Graduate

June 23, 2018
Recent graduates and the soon-to-graduate looking at job postings probably notice a frustrating fact of life: many entry-level jobs seem to require 2–3 years of experience. Therein lies an age-old conundrum:...

Jobs can be hard to get … and even harder to keep without training

December 17, 2017
In this article, I argue that instead of shrugging off the responsibility of investing in job training because a machine will take care of it, think in terms of how...

Golden Handcuffs … they’re not always as bad as you think

December 10, 2017
Typically, the term golden handcuffs applies to high earners who feel bound to their unsatisfying jobs so that they can continue to afford the finer things in life that their...

To be or not to be … without a degree … that is the question

September 23, 2017
In today’s world, job experience, skills, and basic work-related training seem to have been replaced with the importance of a post-secondary certificate. How does a degree (or degrees) compare with...

Q&A on Career Change and Unsupportive Attitudes from Loved Ones

July 22, 2017
Q&A on some things to consider when you're contemplating a career change despite others' (unjustifiable) unsupportive attitudes.

What’s Riskier for your Career? Getting Hired for a Job or Becoming Self-Employed? (Part Two)

July 8, 2017
In this article, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses the hidden risks associated with accepting a job late in one's career versus considering self-employment.

Q&A with Dr. Helen: Ages have Stages

March 24, 2017
There's evidence of a two-pronged problem in many workplaces. The junior employees are run off their feet for less pay. My more established clients feel pushed out or dismissed to...

Online Resignations. Today is the day. Colin has had it.

March 18, 2017
Ours is an era where Facebook memes trend where people throw their hands in the air with witty statements about quitting their jobs. Social media has become an emotional outlet...

Dressing the Part … Does this Include Body Art?

February 6, 2017
Many people express their identity through the clothes and accessories they wear. These days, this often includes piercings and tattoos. But, does that mean social stigmas cease to continue for...

Cover Letters 101: What’s your Cover Story?

January 21, 2017
So, how does one accomplish looking great on paper when applying for that desired position, if your work history is complicated or absent? Here are some ideas ...

Career Options for Professionals and Aspiring Professionals

July 3, 2016
Recently, I’ve discussed some of the career-related challenges facing professionals and aspiring professionals. I’ve shared blog posts on career coaching for professionals and the pros and cons of buying a...

Career Coaching for Professionals

April 30, 2016
In the past, having a professional degree in engineering, law, or teaching, etc. or a graduate degree practically guaranteed stable and lucrative employment. There was no question that the investment...