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CAREERS CAFÉ

By LIZ KOBLYK | October 21 2014

Seldom do magazine cover promises of easy steps and good results live up to their claims. But sometimes, there actually is a set of short steps we can take to accomplish something worthwhile. That doesn’t mean we’ll naturally take them, mind you. Normally, if there’s something seemingly simple and time-limited that might be useful, we find endless […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | September 15 2014

Career planning typically revolves around big choices. Move to a bigger city or stay close to home? Do an advanced degree or two – or none? Pursue a secure job – or one that feels riskier but more rewarding? Too bad that, just as minor changes in data can dramatically impact weather prediction calculations, small events in […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | August 06 2014

What happens when the following truths collide? All of us are multi-potentialed and have the ability to enjoy and do a variety of work. All of us face the reality that some kinds of work are easier for us to secure than others, and that some offer a better standard of living than others. And, […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | July 14 2014

Liz Koblyk looks at some popular job search advice that can be misleading for job seekers.

By UA/AU | June 25 2014

This is a guest post by Kriti Kapoor, a marketing professional, start-up advisor and angel investor, having worked across Asia Pacific & Japan, UK/Europe and the United States. Follow her on LinkedIn at sg.linkedin.com/in/kritikapoor/ and via Twitter @kriti_kapoor. My incredibly talented cousin graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May this year. We […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | June 02 2014

Removing some of your academic experiences from your resume may seem wrong, but Liz Koblyk says it will help you during the job search.

By LIZ KOBLYK | May 05 2014

Liz Koblyk wants you to take a leap of faith, and imagine yourself doing something else with your life.

By UA/AU | April 23 2014

This is a guest post by Isaiah Hankel, author and consultant at Cheeky Scientist. Hard skills are dying. Think of how many hard skills have been outsourced or replaced by computer apps over the last 10 years – thousands. Remember when large companies used to hire people to write expense reports and to organize rolodexes? […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | April 08 2014

Liz Koblyk wants you to focus on what you can produce rather than on whether you’re qualified to produce it.

By UA/AU | March 31 2014

This is a guest post from Rod Missaghian, an Ontario Certified Teacher and academic coach in the greater Toronto area. Check out his coaching website. I graduated in 2010 with a Master of Teaching degree, which at the time represented a rare two-year pre-service degree. I initially chose my program and the extra year of […]

By UA/AU | March 24 2014

This is a guest post from Christoper Buddle. Check out his blog, Arthropod Ecology. In academia, professors are sometimes offered interesting opportunities to take administrative appointments, and we have the chance to say “no” if the fit or timing isn’t good. Terry McGlynn recently wrote about declining an opportunity for such an appointment, and I […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | March 04 2014

Liz Koblyk explores the role that confidence plays in both career exploration and the job search.

By UA/AU | February 26 2014

This is a reprinted guest post from Christoper Buddle. Check out his blog, Arthropod Ecology. I’m continually fascinated by how people deal with to-do lists, projects, contacts, and emails. All of these things relate to the broader issues around time management and productivity. If you can ‘take control’ of time management, I believe this is […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | January 31 2014

It seems that, when it comes to making choices, choosing what’s “good enough” is more useful than seeking what’s rationally the best option. According to one group of researchers (PDF), now old-fashioned theories of rational choice rely on the myth that people are rational choosers [who] go through life with all their options arrayed before […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | January 07 2014

‘Twas the season. We’ve just passed through that time after Hallowe’en, when fairy lights and nylon-bearded Santas magically appear. It’s also a pretty popular time of year to be self-critical, what with impending New Year’s resolutions that focus on undoing flaws, and questions from relatives about progress at work or school. The combination of a […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | December 04 2013

While the rewards of work can certainly outshine the challenges, sometimes the challenges take centre stage. This week, a normally calm, philosophical friend put a giant mock grin on her face and asked, in a game show host voice, “How many people am I disappointing right now?” In her case, the real answer was probably […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | October 28 2013

If you’re lucky, you have mentors. They may have come into that role officially – as supervisors or dissertation committee members. They may be personal Yodas you’ve picked up unofficially – that grad student whose unflappability you’d like to cultivate, or the colleague who knows how to make meetings useful. The balance of giving and receiving […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | October 04 2013

Careers Café has recently had a fork-in-the-road theme, so – what the heck – I’m adding another fork and a personal post. I recently had to ask myself the sorts of questions that I prefer asking clients: about what matters to me, what my definition of success is, how I’ll find meaning in work, and […]

By JO VANEVERY | September 30 2013

In my last post, I talked about beginnings, the importance of looking up at the road ahead and then taking the small steps to move forward in that direction. Implicit in that post is the sense that as we walk down a road we come to crossroads, forks, and half-visible trails through the underbrush. At […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | September 03 2013

Talking about career chaos usually doesn’t win you any points with people in the midst of career exploration. But thinking about how to make use of chaos is a smart idea. You don’t need a robust, scholarly understanding of chaos theory in order to have a useful framework for thinking about careers. You just need the […]