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A tale of three teachers
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A tale of three teachers

by Melany Hallam

Question: Did you have a teacher who had a big influence (either positive or negative) on your career outside of school?


Three of my best friends are teachers, so I’ve heard a lot of stories over the years about what actually goes on in classrooms and schools on a day-to-day basis. One of my friends ...

Time for Trades
Thursday, September 01, 2016

A lawyer friend of mine once gave me a birthday card showing a crazed-looking guy running around a room flapping his arms in order to activate motion sensor lighting. The caption inside read, “Another journalism major joins the workforce.” Har-di-har har.

Yes, I graduated with a journalism degree and, yes, it was difficult to find any kind of journalism-related work that ...

How to hate your job … less
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Almost half of Canadians surveyed recently in a recruitment agency-sponsored poll didn’t like their jobs - some even hated them. The survey found that “not fitting in with the workplace culture” was the main reason for job dissatisfaction but there are lots of other reasons, ranging from personality conflict with the boss to boring work.

If you ...

The 15th is World Youth Skills Day: Why does this matter?
Friday, July 01, 2016

Did you know that there’s a worldwide youth employment crisis?

According to the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), 74.5 million youth were unemployed in 2013, and 228 million youth were considered poor. Youth unemployment is greatest in developing countries but in first world countries such as Canada, younger workers under 25 years old are also:

  • often unemployed for ...

Social media background checks - are they legal in BC?
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Like many people in today’s job market, I assume that if I apply for a position, I’m going to be checked out on social media as part of an employer’s hiring process. I’ve seen articles online quoting studies which found that up to 93% of employers will look you up on Facebook or do a Google ...

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