Why Did You Choose Your Career?

Early on in my career, I had aspirations of running my own hotel, or group of hotels, somewhere in Canada or abroad. A decade working in the hospitality industry taught me a lot about running a business, leading people, and doing what it takes to succeed. I read every...

How A Lucky Break Launched A Successful Career

I’d like to think I’m a fairly successful person.  I have a beautiful family and a fulfilling career.  I live in a nice house, spend less than I earn, and have put some money away for a rainy day.  Things have turned out pretty good for me so far. Yet when I’m asked...

Gold Plated Pensions: Have We Seen The Last Of Them?

Most defined benefit pensions – also known as gold plated pensions – were designed in an environment that supported and encouraged early retirement. But things are different today.  We’re living longer.  Life expectancy increased from age 75 to age 82 in the last 35...

On Job Security And Preparing For The Worst

The funny thing about job security is that everyone thinks they have it until they don’t.  Most of us can’t imagine a scenario where we’ll get laid off until something unexpected sneaks up on us. In 1993-94, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein set out to eliminate a...

Switching Careers Midlife: Is It Worth It?

“Why don’t you go back to school so you can get a good job.”  This from my doting 90-year-old father who is delusionally thinking his “little girl” is still in her twenties instead of a fifty-something grandmother – plus he still likes to tell me how to run my life....

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