Hi everyone, let's get started. With us is Eileen Dooley, a certified coach and lead consultant for McRae Inc. in Calgary. She'll be answering questions that have been sent to us via e-mail and questions that arrive in the live queue.
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:03:22 PM
If you sent in an e-mail with your question, Eileen will address those. As well, fell free to press the Comment Now button above and send in your question now. They will go into our queue. Here's Eileen's column addressing this issue: www.theglobeandmail.com
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:03:43 PM
Hi everyone! I'm Gillian Livingston, the Careers Web editor. We'll begin the chat at noon.
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:03:46 PM
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:04:00 PM
Here's our first question from a reader who sent in an email, and has joined us online: I work in government as a Marketing and Communications Advisor with a salary of about $65k per year, decent benefits and a defined benefit pension plan. I'm 26 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Lately, I have been bogged down by the inefficiencies of government and lackluster career opportunities. I have five years experience. But I'm not sure how marketable I am or what options are available to me in the private sector. What do you advise?
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:06:10 PM
What's the best way to highlight your skills, not your past jobs, when looking for a change?
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:07:39 PM
Another question that came to us via e-mail: I've been working in IT/Software Support for a little over a decade. I've worked with a half dozen companies, and am tired of dealing with constant restructuring and poor management.
As I approach 40 I feel I really need to make a change soon. I'm not opposed to continuing to work with technology. I do, however, want to move away from a break/fix role and find something more meaningful.
Healthcare seems to be an area of growth with promise of stability. I feel knowing I'm helping people and not just "greasing the wheel" would make me feel better at the end of the day. I really don't know much about the industry, however. Outside standard IT roles, do you know of any healthcare related technologies that don't require medical degrees?
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:10:04 PM
An aside: Go to tgam.ca/careers and vote in our poll on the right hand side. It asks if you're bored with your job. So far 25% are bored and looking for a change; 19% are bored but will stay put; 27% say if they're bored or not depends on the day; and 30% love their job.
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:11:29 PM
Here's a question from our queue.
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:12:05 PM
Here's a question from e-mail: I'm a journalist by profession. My credentials are from Pakistan, and somehow they have not gotten me anywhere here in Canada. My MA in journalism and a Sheridan College 1 year certificate in 'Canadian journalism for internationally trained writers' has proved of no use even after living in Canada for 17 years. I've done call centre jobs in supervisory positions, and only could find one year in The Hamilton Spectator newsroom as a web internee. I'm so done and don't want to go back to call centres reading from limited scripts, when I can be the one who knows how to write better scripts.
My question:I want to start a not-for-profit for foreign trained professionals, especially journalists, and other new immigrants, providing them with settlement services through government of Canada funding and other donors. Will this make as a good career change?
(I've always been good in mentoring and leading in my life.I consider these to be my strengths.)
by Gillian Livingston 9/21/2012 4:19:25 PM