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Event Recap: “Classroom to Boardroom” – Young Women in Business (YWiB)

Last month, I attended “Classroom to Boardroom” thanks to an invite from a very good friend and former colleague Sally Lee. Sally is an SFU BA grad with additional BCIT certifications currently sitting as Social Media Coordinator on YWiB Vancouver executive team.   YWiB (Young Women in Business) connects young women with skills & support […]

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Feeling Successful Requires That You Pursue ‘Success, Differently’

Success is a mass marketed achievement. It is the way our culture has come to describe the tangible circumstances that culminate into the story of our lives. And in an increasingly commoditized world, your challenge is to create Success, Differently. One very simple word captures our attention. And yet, as simple as it seems, “success” […]

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Five Basic Truths That Will Keep You Focused On Generating Results

In working with my clients over the past decade, I’ve discovered that those with the most success understand and apply Five Basic Truths that keep them focused on generating results… 1)  Stay true to who you are: In matters of style, swim with the current;  in matters of principle, stand like a rock.  – Thomas […]

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First Year Career Lessons

With 2015 behind me, I not only turn the page on a new year, but also, approach my first-year anniversary of working in a professional, career-related role. That is, the end January marks, for myself, the anniversary of my first full-year of professional work. Having been mostly a student pursuing both my undergraduate and graduate […]

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Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Three short years ago, I was an individual that filled the prototypical mould of young professionals my age. I was a person that had meticulously planned life over the next five years, and created succinct, well-developed ‘5-year plans’ that I hoped would help me in my professional life. I was led to believe that having […]

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Failure is the New Success

  Before starting any career-related work, I sat down with and spoke to a very successful individual and good friend of mine. After our conversation turned to careers, I uttered these exact words: “I want to be great and successful in life. What’s your opinion on the best way to achieve this?” As he looked […]

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Why Perfectionism Will Only Slow You Down

Being a perfectionist is necessary in many areas of life (for example, when performing surgery, or building a bridge) but there are a number of other situations where obsessing over every detail becomes a roadblock to efficiency. When it comes to say, sending an email to a potential employer,  pondering  over every word and structure of the […]

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Dear Gabi

Dear Gabi, How do I convince a recruiter that despite having “no experience” I can still do the job and am a worthy candidate? I’m applying for an entry level job after graduating university but my resume is looking bleak. — Scott R.   Dear Scott, First off, there’s no such thing as ‘no experience’ […]

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That Was Easy!?

Have you found reaching your current level in your career was easy?  Some may say yes, but for most individuals the answer will be a big whopping NO! While we want to continue growing our careers, whether that is gaining more responsibility or transitioning into a new role, we can be impatient and easily frustrated. […]

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Be Memorable, Be Remembered

With my education finally in the rearview, I found this moment to be a critical juncture, not only to reflect on my own career goals, but to reflect on the qualities and elements that have allowed me to successfully get to this point (of course, with some teeth-pulling and face-in-pillow-screaming along the way!). I had […]

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Change Your Job or Change Yourself?

This just in: millions of people around the globe are disengaged at work. Disengaged, unproductive, unmotivated – all business speak for unhappy people in workplaces.  Are you an unhappy worker? Here’s our quick 3 step litmus test to see if you too, are disengaged at work: 1. Daily Dread: Does the prospect of having to […]

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Work at Play

As adults, acknowledging the role of play is often lost if not completely forgotten. Maybe it’s because it feels too childish, or silly. Maybe it’s because the word is associated with an irresponsible use of time. The concept of play was a resounding theme during my first semester at the Centre for Digital Media. There […]

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