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Tag: career change / career transition

Feeling pigeonholed and underestimated professionally? You’re not alone.

November 2, 2019
When we've been pigeonholed or underestimated at work it can be difficult to break free of the labels and perceived constraints. I understand that when contemplating a career change there...

Golden handcuffs – when is it worth taking them off?

August 24, 2019
Sometimes a job is a poor fit, but we stay because of the value of the golden handcuffs - the pay, benefits, security, etc. In this article, Dr. Helen helps...

In the Past There was Moonlighting, Now it’s the Side Hustle

June 15, 2019
Although many people look down on the 'side hustle' there's plenty to admire. In this blog, I explain why a side hustle is a valuable career-building tool.

Digital Discrimination – The Algorithm is Rigged

May 4, 2019
Dr. Helen shows how seemingly neutral software platforms and their algorithms are facilitating new forms of age, race, and other forms of digital discrimination. Many potential applicants don’t even know...

The Power of a Growth Mindset

February 16, 2019
In this blog post, Dr. Helen explains the fixed vs growth mindset. She then explains the potential implications for success at work and fostering positive and productive workplaces.

Outplacement … what you need to know.

December 8, 2018
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that many people in Oshawa (in the Greater Toronto Area, GTA) and in Alberta are currently facing. Then there's the ripple...

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...

Why Are Some Newcomers More Successful than Others?

August 18, 2018
We’ve all heard the anecdotes. Doctors driving taxis; engineers working in call centres. Newcomers to Canada often find it incredibly difficult to find employment that is commensurate with the skills...

Automation is Now

July 7, 2018
Automation doesn’t have to be a negative. Change can be a positive, once fear is overcome. Automation and AI are causing – and sometimes allowing – some people to change...

Blockchain and CryptoCurrency Careers

January 6, 2018
Since there’s been so much talk about potential job losses due to the growing use of automation and other forms of technology, it’s a pleasure to talk about the upside...

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.

The Impact of Exponential Technologies on Careers and HR

July 15, 2017
Dr. Helen Ofosu explains exponential technologies and how they will affect organizations and individuals. Some career and HR implications are discussed.

What’s Riskier for Your Career? Getting Hired for a Job … or Becoming Self-Employed? (Part One)

July 1, 2017
Over the past five years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with clients in their 40s and 50s while they were at a high-stakes crossroads in their career. In this...

Combating identities … transitioning to civilian work

June 3, 2017
For military members and first responders, the gravity of a career transition into a 'civilian' role is more complicated than simply adjusting to water cooler chitchat. Rather, it’s about adapting...

Automation … is it your new competition?

May 27, 2017
Automation can be extremely cost effective for businesses and other organizations. The downside is that many workers are being replaced by automation. In this blog post, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses...

How Psychology Can Help Your Career — Q&A on I/O vs. Clinical Psychology (Part 2)

April 29, 2017
Looking for career help and want to know the difference between Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and Clinical Psychology? Dr. James Brazeau, C.Psych explains.

The Franchise Option: Part 1

March 31, 2017
A guest post from Rebecca Page, CEO, Concierge Home Services. Each Friday, social media is cluttered with TGIF posts from people watching the clock count down to the start of the...

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...

Changes: sometimes you don’t get to vote

January 13, 2017
We may feel insignificant and ruled by powers beyond our control, but we are much more resilient than that. Even when it’s that kid who feels intimidated by an unpleasant...

Life in the Time of Ageism

December 17, 2016
It has happened, the unthinkable … you at the age of what was assumed to be your approaching golden years are now golden tears. Now your time will be spent...

Corporate Scapegoat: How will I ever get another job?

December 6, 2016
So you got fired, and not because you got caught smoking in your office after hours, or tried to fix the motherboard of the copier with a flathead screwdriver. They...

Waiting on the World to Change

November 15, 2016
Our economy has changed. Finally people are acknowledging it. This has implications for your career prospects. You can wait on the world to change, or you can decide to fasten...

Career Challenges for Newcomers to Canada

October 23, 2016
Immigrants and newcomers to Canada often face many career challenges. Despite the odds, many immigrants and newcomers succeed while others don't do as well. There's more to the story than...

Desirable Options When an Employee Isn’t Working Out …

July 21, 2016
Instead of waiting until a negative, costly firing process is necessary, local businesses are using Dr. Helen's RightPlacement process.

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...

How to Transition from Military to Civilian Work

May 12, 2016
Transitioning out of the military is often complicated for soldiers conditioned to living in an environment dominated by structure and routine. Yet every year, hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members...

Pros and Cons: Buy a Franchise or Build a Business From Scratch?

May 10, 2016
Whenever I am working with clients who are not sure about their next career move, I start with an assessment to objectively take stock of their interests, preferences, skills, experience,...

Encore Entrepreneurship – It’s More Common Than You Think

February 29, 2016
As some research points out, older, more established and better-connected individuals are more likely to start their own business than younger ones, with self-employment rates peaking at age 53. This...

Career and Return to Work Ideas For Moms

February 13, 2016
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that moms face while planning to return to work following time at home raising their kids. Intuitively, we all know that...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 2)

January 27, 2016
I understand that my approach to Career Coaching and Human Resources (HR) services is not typical. In this post I explain how I use I/O psychology to build resilient careers...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 1)

January 21, 2016
I believe that people who are skilled and hardworking should be able to make a living. I know of many people who are educated and have relevant work experience but...

Part of Your Separation & Divorce Team: Career Coaches

September 2, 2015
When life throws a big curve ball, you want someone objective on your team who can help you make the best of your skills, interests, and precious time to ensure...

The Art of Incidental Networking (for Busy People)

February 1, 2015
Despite its value, many people’s eyes glaze over at the thought of networking - especially when they’re simply too busy with their jobs, children, studies, etc. Well, for those of...

Networking for Resilience

November 23, 2014
This time, I'd like to explain what I mean by networking as a way to build the resilience that will support your successful career (or to include the self-employed --...

Resilience and Careers – What’s the Big Deal?

October 22, 2014
So that we’re all on the same page, let’s start with a definition. The American Psychological Association defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity,...

How to Establish Your Credibility in a New Field

January 15, 2014
Ideally, you have some talent and competence in your new area that you can use to sell yourself. Testimonials, favourable reviews, and awards can help you to demonstrate that you're...

I’m Graduating Soon, How Can I Apply for Jobs that Require 2 Yrs Experience?

December 4, 2013
This is a great question since it probably applies to many students who are in their final 5 - 6 months on campus. For all those students out there who...

Something Isn’t Right at Work … Is it the Venue or the Vocation?

November 22, 2013
A good starting point is to identify what exactly is contributing to your sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction at work. Are you experiencing too much friction and conflict with your...

Should I Start a Part-Time Consulting Job?

November 14, 2013
She has recently learnt that the company where she works is being reorganized and as a result, she'll soon have fewer responsibilities. This is where the part-time consulting comes in....

Employment After an Extended Absence From the Workforce

October 10, 2013
Once your friends, family, neighbours, and other contacts who you may know through your gym, church, hobbies, etc. have been advised that you're looking for work, another thing to consider...

Unusual CV and Foreign Experience

September 9, 2013
As someone who has helped hiring managers and HR professionals with their recruitment, I have noticed that sometimes the people who are responsible for the initial screening do not always...