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The Waiting Game

  A Primer on the University Application Process So here is a parent’s point of view about having a child go through the university application process. You and your child have thought about which program and which university. That’s a … Continue reading

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Job Hopping

ollyy, shutterstock A hot topic in the working world is the decreasing length of time people work for a given company, either out of choice or necessity. This trend towards shorter job stints correlates with youth, in particular with Millennials … Continue reading

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Marketing Universities

zimmytws, shutterstock If you get the Globe and Mail newspaper, you might have noticed yesterday’s front news section has several university ads. That’s right, it’s “confirm your university choice” time for Ontario’s Grade 12 graduating students who have or expect offers … Continue reading

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What is “Precarity”?

file404, shutterstock A recent Tweet caught my eye: Precarious work on the rise among white collar workers. The CP News article carried by cbc.ca was specifically about Toronto librarians who, despite multiple degrees, wait on average up to 10 years … Continue reading

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Career Discussion: The Political Life

Amalia Ferreira-Espinoza, shutterstock.com I read the papers and find politics interesting, but have never been involved in either advocacy or the actual political process. I am, perhaps, a bit cynical about the claims and counterclaims, the posturing and simplification that … Continue reading

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Humanities vs. STEM

hidesy, shutterstock.com I studied English at university. My son intends to study engineering. My career path was indirect. This recent Workopolis post shows that engineering is one of the top five degree choices for landing a job in your field: … Continue reading

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Access to Higher Education?

Stock-Asso, shutterstock.com My son is finishing Grade 12. He’s got a math and science brain, and has applied to a number of universities to study engineering or science. This is a stressful and exciting time: the applications went in before … Continue reading

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Teaching as a Profession

In my first posting I wrote about the remarkable distance my father travelled, from a tiny village in the north of Engand, Cambo in Northumberland, to Toronto, Canada, son of a gamekeeper and a housemaid to an eye doctor. My … Continue reading

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Education and Preparing for the Working World

  RiAus TV How do you explain to a teenager what it’s like to work for a living? Even articulate people are hard pressed to describe what they do at work, and the skills and aptitudes needed to do that … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage

Wallington Hall. Ken Crosby, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9269944 In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about success. It’s not a recipe book on how to succeed. It’s more the opposite: about how certain (sometimes random) opportunities or advantages help people succeed. Advantages often … Continue reading

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