Getting Out of Your Own Way

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A Taste of Coaching

—Presentation and Free Coaching Sessions

Wednesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Central Library 2nd Floor John Dutton Theatre

Thursday, May 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Crowfoot Library


In celebration of International Coaching Week, the Calgary Public Library is once again hosting our Taste of Coaching event on May 21st and 22nd, featuring free coaching sessions at two locations in partnership with the International Coaching Federation Calgary Charter Chapter. Following a 30-minute presentation on the nature and intent of coaching, participants will have the opportunity to sign up for free, 15 minute, one-on-one sessions with a professional coach.

For those who have never experienced what a certified coach can offer, this is a great chance to try it out. Coaches can help create focus on personal and professional issues, provide insights into dilemmas, and encourage a commitment to personal goals. I caught up with Lisa Holden Rovers, one of the coaches at the Crowfoot Library event, to ask her more about why and how she chose her career:

Lisa, how did you decide to become a professional coach?

While in my position in Human Resources back in 2000, I went to a workshop where I was introduced to the coaching process. It helped me realize that much the work I was doing (and enjoyed!) to support and advise both employees and managers incorporated many coaching fundamentals. Driving home that night I was struck by the fact that coaching was what I was meant to be doing. So I decided to finance myself to go through the 18 month course, and by 2005 I had my own coaching practice.

Have you worked with coaches yourself over the years?

Frequently, and they have been critical in helping me define and understand the important moments in my life. When I was trying to decide whether to form my own practice, one said to me “What I’m hearing is not if, but when you are going to make this move - pay attention, and be aware of, the importance of timing.” Sure enough, around the time when I was visualizing how I needed more harmony in my life, I was layed off. I knew that was my opportunity to take charge and launch my business.

What can a great coach offer?

I feel a good coach has the skill to truly listen, reflect back, and help you get out of your own way. Often we can forget where we come from and where we are meant to be heading, and a coach can help you realize and navigate through that. Sometimes we have our blinders on. We are too busy and there is too much noise in our life for us to always see our way. Coaches can help pave the path.


As an added bonus, we are also offering a follow up program—Creating Clarity for Career and Life Goalsfor those interested in taking their work to the next level:

Creating Clarity for Career and Life Goals

Saturday, May 24, 10:30 am to 12:00 p.m., Central Library

Interested? To register or for more information either visit our website or call 403-260-2782 .

Career Conversations—Law and Legal-Related Professions

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Interested in a legal careers? Visit us from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. during our huge Law Connect event on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Central Library.

Sign up on event day to speak with people who work in the following professions to learn more what they do in their jobs:

  • Lawyer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegals
  • Regulatory Analyst

 

Melissa is one of the volunteers on the 24th, and works as a regulatory analyst in Calgary. We chatted with her to find out exactly what she does, and how she got there:

Melissa, tell us a bit about your career path

After graduating from Bow Valley College, I went into matrimonial law. Gradually, I made the switch to regulatory law, and in June, 2013 I was offered a Regulatory Analyst position at a local firm. So what do I do? I am responsible for the scoping, execution, and commitment follow up of regulatory and environmental permits, approvals, notifications and commitments for new capital projects as they relate to local, provincial, state, and federal authorities with varying jurisdictions. I am also responsible for pipelines that are provincially regulated in the eastern part of the country, as well as federally regulated pipelines. I think my career path demonstrates that you can progress naturally into other fields and take other forms of education upon graduation.

Do you find your work interesting and meaningful?

I am challenged every day at my job, which makes my job more interesting. My employer trusts me to work independently, and I have the privilege to work with people who care about their company. I really feel as though my employer cares about honesty, hard work and integrity, something that’s often hard to find.

To find out more about this and other great legal related professions, drop by Wednesday and take part in the day's events:

Career Conversations: Law and Legal Related Services
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
Central Library

You can also sign up in advance to meet with a lawyer in Law Connect: Legal Grounds Summary Advice Clinic (offered in partnership with Pro Bono Law Alberta) and learn more about local legal services during the Law Connect: Legal Resources Fair.

Contact us at 403-260-2782 with any questions.

Career Programs at the Library

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The Calgary Public Library offers regular free programs on job search and careers to library members. Below is just a taste of some of our upcoming programs. Go to our Programs page to see what else we have to offer this fall!

If you're interested in any of the programs below, you can either register online (click on program title) or by calling us at 403-260-2620.

Program

Date and Time

Location

Job Loss or Job Transition?
Learn how to cope with a layoff and explore new opportunities.
Discover how to create new strategies and how to
negotiate job offers in this interactive workshop.

Saturday, Oct 26

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Central

Career Basics: Moving Forward—Mid-Life Career Change

Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with
looking for work mid-life, along with resume strategies. Workshops are
led by professional career practitioners from Bow Valley College's Career Connection.

Wednesday, Oct 16

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Tuesday, Nov 5
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Monday, Nov 25
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Crowfoot


Thorn-Hill


Saddletowne

Career Basics: Interview Skills

Improve your skills by learning about different types of questions and
how to answer them. Workshops are led by professional career
practitioners from Bow Valley College's Career Connection.

Monday, Oct 21

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Monday, Nov 4
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Village Square


Saddletowne

Career Basics: Resume Development

Learn how to create a professional resume to put your best foot forward.
Workshops are led by professional career practitioners from Bow Valley College's Career Connection.

Saturday, Oct 26

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Saturday, Nov 30
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Signal Hill


Central

Love The Job You Hate: Yes, It's Possible!

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Do you feel stuck in your job, or are you day dreaming about a big change? You aren’t alone. Recent research has shown that 44% of North American workers are unsatisfied with their jobs. But is quitting or being miserable your only option?

Happily, it’s not. Due to popular demand, we've invited back coaches Ann Nakaska and Sue Styles as they present a Central Library workshops on how to Love the Job You Hate on Saturday, September 21st. Discover the top reasons employees quit their jobs, and learn the three keys to embracing the job you have.

Here's what they've had to say about work and job dissatisfaction:

Sue, in your experience as a career consultant, what are the major factors for job dissatisfaction?

Sue: In my experience, the feelings of frustration due to inter-personal relationships have a huge impact. I have heard repeatedly that people will stay at a job they don't like because the people are so great and they have built relationships.

Sue, you recently authored a book entitled "How to Enjoy Your Work." Did anything in particular inspire you to write it?

Sue: I meet and talk with employees everyday who confess they don't care at all about their role at work. In my own progress through different jobs I discovered how to enjoy my work even though I didn't like my job. There is value if you can develop an ability to focus on it, and I wanted to share my insights and strategies with others, whether or not they wanted to stay in their current situation.

Ladies, what are the signs that it’s time to quit and move on?

Sue: Seth Godin writes a fabulous little pocketbook called The Dip which addresses this question exactly. I read several years ago and it really helped me gain some objectivity. When the eight hours of one’s day is spent complaining, being frustrated, even perhaps feeling nauseas and overly stressed then it's definitely time for change!

Ann: The major signpost I use is energy levels. When I am feeling burnt out and have tried a number of different ways to solve the work issues, it’s probably a sign to start looking. That being said, I believe everyone should be actively engaged in their career planning process all the time. When people are more engaged and proactive, they are less likely to find themselves in the position of being unhappy at work.

What is your top strategy for taking charge and making a positive change?

Sue: One of my favorite quotes is "Accept conditions as they are or accept responsibility for changing them, " coined by Dennis Waitley. The first thing is to acknowledge your current conditions and then be determined to move towards the conditions you desire. It all starts with a viable vision and then a plan followed by action.

Ann: My top strategy is to be a proactive career planner. Career decision making happens every day in little ways that most people are not even conscious of. I encourage people to become more aware of the career decisions they are making.

How much control does the employee have in creating a better work experience for themselves?

Ann: I believe that people have much more control than they think they do. What they often don't have is the information they need to create a better work experience. Also, I believe the feelings of lack of control often come from seeing ourselves as "the employee.” Instead, we need to realized that we are an integral part of industry and that employers, customers and shareholders need us just as much as we need them.

Sue: My initial response is the same as Ann's—more than you think! Depending on the role and company, you can be instrumental in developing yourself as well as your role. Most businesses are not looking to make employees miserable. They want staff to take ownership and submit ideas, and they want people who want to grow with the company.

Job Interviews—the 4 Ps of Successful Interviews

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During Career Tours at the Central Library, I often ask the participants how many enjoy the interview process. Generally one or two brave souls will raise their hands. The rest of us look at job interviews as something we have to endure.

So what can we do to help ensure a positive job interview experience? According to the ALIS Tip Sheet: 4 Ps are key to a successful interview:


1. Prepare

  • Know yourself
  • Know the organization and the job
  • Know your accomplishments

Pre-interview preparation can be the key to a successful interview. The Library has have books, articles, databases and programs to help you research a job, industry or employer and better understand yourself and your accomplishments (as applicable to job interviews). Contact us to get started.

Two databases to start your employer or key contact research:

  • Reference USA: Canadian Businesses
    This database includes more than 1.5 million Canadian company profiles, providing information on type of business, company size and key contacts.
  • Canadian Newsstand
    These databases allow access to full articles, columns and features from major Canadian dailies and smaller regional daily and weekly newspapers, including full text of Calgary Herald articles from Dec 7, 1988.

2. Practice

As I say to customers, most of us don’t have much practice in selling or marketing ourselves—this is why practice is so important. The library runs programs on preparing for interviews and has books, ebooks, DVDs and other information sources to support you. I always suggest having a friend, colleague, classmate or family member do a mock interview with you. Give them a list of typical interview questions and answer as if you are in an actual interview. The more often you practice answering these types of questions, the more likely you’ll be able to answer similar questions well in real interview situations.

books

ebooks

3. Participate

Participation is how you present yourself in a job interview, from your appearance and how you greet the interviewer(s) to how you behave during and after the entire interview process. Hiring managers often get an impression of you in less than 2 minutes so be sure to make those first minutes (or seconds!) count. Preparation is another aspect of participation: if you have researched the employer and position, you’ll have targeted responses to the interviewer’s questions and have prepared intelligent questions for the interviewer.

Forbes 5 Ways to Make a Killer First Impression

What You Wish You'd Known Before Your Job Interview David Schepp AOL Jobs

4. Be Positive

Remember to always remain positive, both during the interview process and afterwards. View an interview that doesn’t lead to a job as practice, learning or even networking for future potential positions. Interviews can be stressful and not getting a job can often be a big blow to the ego. Talking about the experience with others can help you realize that most of us have stories about “interviews gone wrong” or “the perfect job that got away.”

Our popular Strategic Networking program is a great place to come talk to others and get some positive support in your career journey.

Could a Coach Improve Your Life?

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Do you wonder what it is like to hire a coach? Join us for our second annual Taste of Coaching event today at Central: May 22nd 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and tomorrow at Crowfoot: May 23rd 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We interviewed Carol and Anita about their experiences working with a coach. After working with a coach, Anita Yok Sim Ho was inspired to become a coach herself.

How did you find out about Coaching as an option?

Anita: I was very curious about professional coaching while being coached myself in a Leadership Program. I decided to push beyond my usual comfort zone and become a professional coach. To me, coaching is all about love for people and reminding them of their infinite personal potential.

Carol: I first learned about coaching through a friend when she mentioned she was finding it extremely helpful talking with a life coach. Her comment was in response to an observation I had made about how she seemed to have a greater zest for life lately. It was a couple of years after that conversation before I sought out a coach for myself when I was struggling to create and implement a plan for how to accomplish my vision of living somewhere warmer than Calgary in the winter months.

Was the process what you expected?

Anita: I have come to learn in life to expect the unexpected, which means I enjoy the sweetness and fullness of the present moment so much more and have many more possibilities than if I were stuck in a certain expectation. To be an effective Coach, you have to go through the depths of yourself first before you can really ask a client to do so. You have to walk the talk!

Anita Yok Sim HoCarol: I wondered how someone who didn’t know me and didn’t have any corporate or small business experience would be able to assist me. I was pleasantly surprised – no, totally amazed – to find that this coach could help me move forward without having much in common with me at all. I attribute this to the professional approach taken of creating a joint understanding of the outcomes I wanted to achieve through coaching, the presence and engagement of the coach as I explored and came to my decisions, her persistence with insightful observations and inquisitive questions designed to assist me in gaining greater clarity and subsequent encouragement so I would commit to the actions that would move me closer to my vision.

I have heard coaching described as having an experienced guide walking alongside and guiding you towards your own answers that lie within. Can you describe your experience of being coached?

Carol: For me, the coaching experience was an opportunity to dive into myself and discover both delightful strengths and characteristics that aligned with my vision and life objectives as well as a few key beliefs and behaviours that were working against what I said I wanted. Having a coach make objective observations and ask insightful questions was fundamental in helping me get real with my underlying motives. The coaching experience was the opportunity for me to have a neutral and confidential sounding board so I could talk ‘out loud’ about my ideas and how I wished to achieve them while not worrying about being judged or told what I should or shouldn’t do.

Anita: At CTI, which is considered as one of the Harvard’s of the Coaching Schools, I experienced an environment which cradles you in love, compassion and acceptance in all that you can be. There was absolutely no judgment from other coaches, only vast possibilities. I had say in whatever direction I choose for me, period. There were no excuses, approvals or “shoulds,” only what I wanted and that was all I needed! This resulted in a sense of clarity, focus, passion and peace of mind in all that I wanted in life. This leap of faith into the unknown has allowed me to live a life I never thought possible. Coaching respects and maintains your personal values while providing a structure of accountability to empower you to persevere in fulfilling all of your wishes, which is our natural birthright.

Did your coach talk about accountability? In other words, did they help you move forward and keep to your plan?

Anita: Coaching is all about accountability and self-responsibility. Life happens and we often become unfocussed and push away our needs and focus on the needs of others. In coaching, the focus is always on the client’s interests to ensure precise continued forward movement and growth.

Carol: Yes, we definitely spoke about accountability and accountability partners – people in my life that I can call upon to support me achieve success in a specific action or activity. What I liked is that we also looked at the potential internal and external barriers to me achieving the actions I committed to at each coaching session.

Is coaching like most things in life, whereby if you put your whole self forward, you are likely to receive more in return?

Carol: Absolutely!I quickly realized what a treat I had given myself to be able to voice and work through my ideas, visions and plans in a safe confidential environment that also encouraged me to consider alternate perspectives simply by offering a non-judgmental observation or question.I could physically feel the change in my energy level both during and after the coaching experience.Since that first coaching experience, I continue to invest in regular coaching for myself because of the tremendous value I get from these precious moments of 'me time.'

Anita: Absolutely! I feel so honored when a client puts their trust in me and decides to lay their cards out on the table in order to truly take the driver’s seat in life. I greatly admire my clients for their courage and strength in sharing the hopes and dreams that fell away or got lost somewhere along the way. For me, life is meant to be lived passionately and to its fullest expression. If you are going to be living, live BIG!

Many thanks to Carol and Anita for sharing their experiences. Anita Yok Sim Ho from Holistic Balance is an Integrative Health & Wellness Professional Coach.

Accelerate Your Career—Saturday, April 20th

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Back...and better than ever

Accelerate Your Career 2013

A full day of career programs at the Central Library

Program

Time

Location and Registration

Career Conversations
Meet one-on-one with twenty professionals from high-demand industries to learn more about their careers

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Sign up during event
First-come, first-served

Resume Help
Register for a 30-minute session with a career professional to review your resume

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Preregister by calling 403-260-2782. Drop-ins may be accommodated

Career Serving Agencies
Come talk to staff from BVC Career Connection, Alberta Human Services, Directions for Immigrants in the Trades and Professions, and Bredin

10:30 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Drop-in

Moving Forward with Mentorship
Discover the merits of mentorship along with local mentorship opportunities. Hosts: Calgary’s Corporate Readiness Training Program and the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Third Floor Open Area
Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Personality Types: Understand, Connect and Work Better
Learn how Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand you own and others personality types in order to be happier at work. Presented by Calgary Career Counselling

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Lower level Meeting Room 1
FULL

Phone and Skype Based Interviews: Master Techniques
Learn insider tips for acing your telephone or web based interview from Calgary recruiter Sabina Souliere

12:30–2:00 pm

Third Floor Open Area
Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

How To Shine at Work
Learn how to build confidence and workplace connections . Presented by Bow Valley College Career Connection and Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers

2:30–4:00 pm

Third Floor Open Area Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Ed2go Launch: Overview of new educational resource for Calgary Public Library cardholders. Learn how to access 300 free online courses for professional and personal educational development

10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Third Floor Learning Lab: drop in

Register by calling: 403-260-2620 or online at calgarypubliclibrary.com

The New Retirement

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The New Retirement

Brian Lambier, Career Vitality Popular presenter Brian Lambier will be at the Crowfoot Library on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. talking about new and traditional models of retirement.

In his retirement transition workshops, Brian has found people's concerns tend to fall under the following common themes:

  • How do I move from deriving a great deal of my personal identity from "what I do" to "who I am?"
  • I want to continue to work after I retire from my present job. What work options do I have?
  • I have been working for 30 plus years. How do I fill my time once I retire?
  • How do I balance my retirement plans with additional family responsibilities? (e.g., children, caregiving)

The New Retirement will focus on an overview of the traditional and new models of retirement, as well as a presentation of 15 factors in the key life arenas of self, family/relationships, work/career, leisure, health/wellness, spirituality/personal development and finance that will help attendees better understand the steps they need to take to plan and live a successful retirement.

Below are some books on the topic of retirement transitions (and managing change in general):


Brian Lambier is the owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary, Alberta and specializes in career and retirement transition coaching and corporate training. He can be reached at 403-978-9134 or brian@careervitality.ca. He will be presenting The New Retirement at Crowfoot Library on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

New and Notable Career Resources

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Join us this Friday, March 15 on the third floor of the Central Library for New and Notable Career Resources, a free program featuring Calgary Public Library Career Specialist Roberta Kuzyk-Burton highlighting new and notable career resources, including:

  • Career and Learning databases and resume builders, including Job and Career Accelerator
  • Social Media for Career Search: resources
  • Employer Research: Beyond Google

New and Notable Career Resources

Friday, March 15 • 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Third Floor, Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE
No registration required • Coffee will be provided


New and Notable Career Resources is part of the Career Development Speaker Series, a monthly, noon hour speaker series on a variety of topics of interest to Calgary's Career Practitioners presented in partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta. Members of the public are welcome to attend these sessions, which are held on the Third Floor of the Central Library on the 3rd Friday of each month

Your Career Development Agency

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Lisa Moon, ChampionsJoin us this Friday, February 22 on the third floor of the Central Library for Your Career Development Agency, a free program that will examine how to improve your career and employment related business.

The career and employment services industry faces constant financial cutbacks while faced with an increasing and increasingly-complex demand. Presenter Lisa Moon, Executive Director of Champions Career Centre, will join us for this lunch hour program to talk about ways career serving businesses can be more efficient, effective and profitable.

Your Career Development Agency
Friday, February 22
Central Library, Third Floor Open Area
11:45 am to 1:00 pm



Your Career Development Agency is part of the Career Development Speaker Series, a monthly, noon hour speaker series on a variety of topics of interest to Calgary's Career Practitioners presented in partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta. Members of the public are welcome to attend these sessions, which are held on the Third Floor of the Central Library on the 3rd Friday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (403-260-2600) or email us.

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