Keep Calm and Make It About YOU

winner-pinAnyone remember the days of overhead projects? Yep, you created “slides” on clear sheets of paper and projected them on a massive box with a long arm! The only thing you had to worry about was having a spare bulb in case the light bulb blew. Life was so easy … tedious but no worrying about internet access or compatibility.

Then there were the early days of PowerPoint – when we created our presentations and then printed them on transparencies. Now those that don’t remember are asking, why did you print them? Well, we did not always have access to data projectors and in case something did not work, we could use an overhead projector to display our visual aids.

If you’re totally confused now, don’t worry. This blog is about presentations and back up plans and not about old technology. You see, visual aids are just that – aids! I see far too often people relying on those PowerPoint slides – actually reading from them. Ugh! Continue Reading

Taking My Son To Work

skateboardOn November 2, 2016, all students in Grade 9, Senior 1 (Manitoba), and Secondary III (Quebec) across Canada will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend, or volunteer host. This is a signature program of The Learning Partnership (, a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting, promoting, and advancing public education in Canada. The program is called, “Take Our Kids To Work” (, which has been running for 22 years, and has involved over 250,000 students and 75,000 businesses annually in a day of valuable career exploration and learning about the skills required in the world of work.

I really wish that they had this program in place back when I was in high school! It would have answered a lot of questions that I had back then about careers that I thought I was interested in pursuing. It would have saved me a lot of headaches and missteps in terms of what post-secondary programs to study and what jobs to apply for. Back in the mid-1980’s, all we had were guidance counsellors that could only provide outline information and resources about careers. The rest was pretty much up to us, the students, to figure things out. Continue Reading

Making a Great First Impression: 4 Tips on Starting a New Job

woman working on laptopStarting a new job can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if it’s your first job out of school or you have to move away from home. I recently started a new job myself and experienced all the normal emotions, from excitement to fear, when faced with being thrown into a new environment full of new things to learn and new challenges to take on.

Here are some tips I personally learned on how to be successful at a new job within the first week of starting: Continue Reading