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The Career Planning Show

The Career Planning Show

By Alex Rascanu
The Career Planning Show looks into how to launch and grow a fulfilling career. Join Alex Rascanu as he speaks to career planning leaders and individuals with fascinating careers to learn how to align our career with our purpose and strengths, and how to find lasting joy.
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23. On Data Science: Andrew Berry, Data Science Educator at Lighthouse Labs
Andrew Berry is a data science educator at Lighthouse Labs. He is passionate about all things data and artificial intelligence. He is also the host of The Pandemic Job Hunt Podcast, a job hunting podcast dedicated to helping professionals find the keys to success in landing a job in the pandemic. Connect with Andrew Berry on LinkedIn, Twitter, Medium and GitHub, and check out his Pandemic Job Hunt podcast at pandemicjobhunt.com. Resources mentioned in this episode: Lighthouse Labs The Pandemic Job Hunt podcast episode 3: Rohan Seth - How To Land A Job At A Startup "Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius LeetCode (for technical interviews preparation) HackerRank (matching developers with great companies) GitHub (for software building) Notion (organize your priorities) TickTick (to do list, checklist, task manager) This episode of The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. Do you have a career planning-related question? Reach out via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow.
45:29
June 17, 2021
22. On Continuous Learning and Career Development: Surranna Sandy, CEO of Skills for Change
Surranna Sandy is the CEO of Skills for Change, a nonprofit organization that provides learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees. Surranna has an M.A. and B.A. in Leadership and Management, an M.B.A. and a diploma in Human Resources Management, and certificates in Nonprofit Management and Human Resources Management. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Global Development/Sustainability at Harvard University and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration at The University of Western Ontario. She has 10 certifications in career coaching/management, career transition/development, resume writing and personal branding. Surranna was awarded the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Outstanding Neighbour award, the 100 Accomplished Black Women Award, the 100 Black Women to watch in Canada and a Community Service Award. She is Board Chair of the Black HR Professionals of Canada. Connect with Surranna on LinkedIn and Twitter. Resources mentioned in this episode: Skills for Change Confronting Anti-Black Racism, a City of Toronto initiative This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via  Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
30:59
May 31, 2021
21. On Government Resources for Internationally Trained Professionals and Entrepreneurs: James Muhato, FQR Officer at the Government of PEI
James Muhato serves as Foreign Qualification Recognition Officer within the Government of Prince Edward Island (PEI)’s Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning. Born in Kenya, he moved to Canada in 2009 to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration at University of PEI. Following his graduation, he worked as Policy Analyst and Regional Coordinator with the Government of PEI’s Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, Research and Program Analyst at the crown corporation Innovation PEI, and has been serving in his current role at the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning for the last three years. James is passionate about business and entrepreneurship, and has a natural curiosity for understanding how things work. Connect with James Muhato on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
23:13
May 24, 2021
20. On Becoming a Published Writer: Q&A with Louise Claire Johnson, Author of "Behind the Red Door"
Louise Claire Johnson is a Toronto-based writer and the author of BEHIND THE RED DOOR. Her work has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Huffington Post, and Darling Magazine. Featured by Notable as a “Young Professional to Watch,” she is a graduate of The Richard Ivey School of Business and Harvard University. Louise has studied and worked in Hong Kong, Switzerland, New York, and Boston. Louise hosts The Word Weaver Podcast, where she interviews authors and shares writing advice. After six years as a marketing manager at Elizabeth Arden in Switzerland and New York, where she cultivated 360-degree cosmetic, skincare, and fragrance campaigns, Louise took a left-turn in her career to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Connect with Louise at LouiseClaireJohnson.com or follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Resources mentioned in this episode: "Behind the Red Door" book by Louise Claire Johnson (https://louiseclairejohnson.com/behindthereddoor) "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12543.Bird_by_Bird)  Elizabeth Arden, the brand (https://www.elizabetharden.com) Neil Gaiman, author (https://www.neilgaiman.com) This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
23:09
May 21, 2021
19. On Creating a Media Company and Supporting Newcomers to Canada: Q & A with New Horizons Media's Founder Gerard Keledjian
Gerard Keledjian is the Founder and Managing Director of New Horizons Media, a multicultural social enterprise for video production and content creation, where he works with a team of internationally-trained media professionals, and Canadian born young graduates and people with disabilities to assist Canadian non-profits and small businesses with storytelling and brand messaging through content creation. In 2015, Gerard launched New Canadians, a national TV show & web-based series dedicated to newcomers to Canada and would-be immigrants. He is a recipient of Pioneers for Change Award for Excellence in Innovation (2015) and the MNLCT Community Impact Award (2016). Gerard is very passionate about newcomer integration and immigrant entrepreneurship, and is a frequent speaker at immigrant-related events across Canada. Follow Gerard's work on the New Horizons Media website (https://newhorizons.media), the New Canadians website (https://newcanadians.tv), and connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerardkeledjian. This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu. Listen and subscribe on: Achor.fm, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, and Spotify.
34:48
May 10, 2021
18. How an Employment Services Agency Can Help You Find Work: Q&A with Program Coordinator Kassandra Marling
Kassandra Marling serves as Youth Job Connection Program Coordinator at The Yonge Street Mission, a 125 year-old non-profit development agency in Toronto that focuses on responding to immediate needs and helping people move from surviving to thriving through wraparound support and services. She is passionate about working with job seekers as they grow both professionally and personally while caring for their holistic wellbeing. Kassandra is a coach at heart and loves to see people succeed and reach their goals. Connect with Kassandra on LinkedIn.   Resources mentioned: (i) Yonge Street Mission: YSM.ca; (ii) Matthew House Toronto: MatthewHouse.ca; and (iii) Impact Romania: ImpactRomania.com.  This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio.  If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
18:48
May 3, 2021
17. How to Build Your Dream Network: Q&A with Author, Speaker, Investor and Networking Expert J. Kelly Hoey
Networking expert J. Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World (Tarcher Perigee/ Penguin Random House) and hosts the Build Your Dream Network podcast. A frequent speaker and source for networking insights, she has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/ Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. A former corporate lawyer, she’s a Limited Partnership investor in two emerging tech funds, advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey. Her website is www.jkellyhoey.co. Resources mentioned in this episode: - “Build Your Dream Network” book by J. Kelly Hoey - “Networks Women Need” upcoming book by J. Kelly Hoey This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
25:44
April 26, 2021
16. How to Deliver Tangible Results Through Intangible Experiences: Q&A with Chief Experience Officer Dionne Bishop
Chief Experience Officer Dionne Bishop has 15 years of experience in the marketing and events industry. Dionne has navigated a career that spanned from in-house corporate professional to event freelancer and now owner of Events by Dionne, an event agency for diverse voices. The ability to take intangible experiences and provide tangible results is something Dionne is excited to provide her clients across North America and the Caribbean. Learn more about her work at EventsByDionne.com or connect with her on LinkedIn. Resources mentioned in this episode: - “What to Do When Things Go Wrong: A Five-Step Guide to Planning for and Surviving the Inevitable―And Coming Out Ahead“ by Frank Supovitz - “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson - “Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be” by Rachel Hollis This episode of the The Career Planning Show is sponsored by Staples Studio. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
20:16
April 19, 2021
15. Collect, Analyze, Augment and Automate: Q&A with Tech Executive and AI Expert Andrew Matte
Andrew Matte is a Technology Executive with expertise in data science, software engineering and artificial intelligence. Andrew is a language-agnostic technologist who strives to work on meaningful projects. His primary reason for learning to write software was to develop artificial intelligence applications and has found joy in developing several such production systems. Andrew Matte attended the University of Waterloo for mathematics and economics, the Canadian Securities Institute for several securities courses, and practices lifelong learning. Connect with Andrew Matte on LinkedIn. Resources mentioned in this episode: - Lighthouse Labs - coding education - hvr - social browser that makes it easy to discover and chat about the content you love - TensorFlow - end-to-end open source platform for machine learning - PyTorch  - library for deep learning on irregular input data such as graphs, point clouds, and manifolds) - Kaggle - world's largest data science community with powerful tools and resources to help you achieve your data science goals) - Alex Rascanu’s LinkedIn profile - career development advice If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
27:33
April 12, 2021
14. Q&A with Nicolas Del Valle on Becoming an Asset Management Leader and Being a Win-Win Negotiator
Nicolas Del Valle is an Asset Manager with over 20 years of experience managing facilities including hotels, convention centers, cruise lines, as well as commercial and residential projects. Nicolas serves as the CEO of the Canadian division of Conkrite Capital. Connect with Nicolas Del Valle on LinkedIn and visit ConkriteCapital.com to learn about their asset management solutions. Resources mentioned: - "Outliers" book by Malcolm Gladwell - MIT OpenCourseWare If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
13:35
April 5, 2021
13. Q&A with Daniel Verkoeyen on Becoming a Funeral Director and Caring for People During Difficult Times
Our guest on today's episode of The Career Planning Show is Daniel Verkoeyen. Daniel wants to make the most of this gift of life that he’s been given. He strives to be the best husband and father that he can be, and maintain healthy and positive interpersonal relationships all around. He works as a Funeral Director with a heart to serve the people and families in his Windsor and Essex County community. His life motto, which directs his way, is to love God and love others. Resources mentioned: - Humber College Funeral Director Class 1 program - College Boreal Funeral Director Class 1 program - Bereavement Authority of Ontario If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
20:14
March 29, 2021
12. Q&A with Gail Kastning on Purposeful Work, Portfolio Careers, and Understanding the Employer's Needs
Gail Kastning is a Certified Career Strategist and the owner of Purposeful Careers and DIY Career School ™. She equips job seekers and Career Coaches with knowledge of portfolio careers, independent careers and SMART side hustle strategy helping people build an income streaming mindset. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Gail holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and the Certified Career Strategist certification from the Career Professionals of Canada. Learn more about Gail at PurposefulCareers.ca and connect with her on LinkedIn. Resources: - Statistics Canada > Labour Key Indicators - Labour Market Information Council > Data Dashboards - Government of Canada Job Bank > Career Planning If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
22:56
March 22, 2021
11. Q&A with J.P. Michel on Career Planning and the Challenge Mindset
J.P. Michel is the creator of the Challenge mindset and the Founder of SparkPath. He has partnered with hundreds of school districts and postsecondary institutions to reimagine career exploration for the future of work. As an industrial-organizational psychology consultant, he worked with hundreds of leaders from some of the world’s largest organizations. The insights from these leaders and organizations helped shape the Challenge Cards, of which there are 20,000 copies being used in schools all over the world.  J.P. has a psychology degree from the University of Ottawa, a masters degree in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Manchester and is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Career Professional award from the Career Professionals of Canada. J.P. is a TEDx speaker whose work on careers has been featured on the BBC, CBC and Forbes. Learn more about SparkPath at MySparkPath.com, and follow them on Twitter or Instagram. Connect with J.P. on LinkedIn. Resources: - Career Construction Theory, an article by Mark Savickas on the University of Kansas website - Career Construction Theory and Life Design Framework by Mark Savickas, an overview by Marc Truyens - Don’t Let The Virus Make You Lose Your Story! So Says Eminent Career Scholar Mark Savickas, a Forbes Magazine article by Michael B. Arthur - LinkedIn - Seth Godin - Challenge Cards and Career Journal - JP's The Challenge Mindset TEDxKanata talk If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
25:04
March 15, 2021
10. Interview with John Bowman on Becoming a Personal Development Coach, and Insights on Career Change and Acceleration
John Bowman is an executive and personal development coach specializing in career change and acceleration. He has worked in the public and private sectors, in industries ranging from biotechnology to hospitality, and for companies he built himself from the ground up. Through his coaching practice, John helps people identify priorities, goals, and concrete action plans to move them forward. Learn more about ICF certified coach John Bowman at BHG-Coaching.com or connect with him on LinkedIn. Resources mentioned: - DISC assessment - Julie Johnson If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
25:39
March 8, 2021
9. Q&A with Carolyn McDougall: On Becoming Employment Project Lead at a Hospital, and Employment Resources for Youth with Diverse Abilities
Carolyn McDougall is an Occupational Therapist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Lead for the hospital’s Transition Strategy – Employment Participation Pathways. Carolyn is passionate about the value of work and the importance of gaining work experiences from an early age. She coordinates employment programming for 80+ youth with disabilities annually. She is the Business Liaison for Holland Bloorview’s co-site host role for ProjectSEARCH Toronto. She has worked previously in health sector human resources, research and communications roles. Carolyn's research and community partnership interests relate to: participation in employment, transitions to adulthood, life skills, family involvement and systems coordination.  Resources mentioned: - youth: consider speaking with a guidance councillor at your highs school or with a career councillor at your college or university career centre, and check out Youth Jobs Canada; - individuals with diverse abilities: Autism Speaks, Discover Ability Network, Family Support Network for Employment, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital - Youth Employment Programs, MentorAbility Canada, and ProjectSEARCH Toronto; - all ages and backgrounds: connect with a local employment services provider in your area. Help the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital deliver life-changing programs for kids with diverse abilities and medical complexities: https://fundraise.capesforkids.ca/capes2021/ruthdanjoe If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or at @AlexRascanu.
26:28
March 1, 2021
8. Q&A with Kimberlee West: On Becoming a Product Marketer and the Founder of KidsSwag.ca
Today we have the pleasure of discussing career planning, product marketing and entrepreneurship with Kimberlee West. Kimberlee is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at a US based tech firm and the founders of Kids Swag, an eCommerce business that helps parents diversify their toy and accessory collection. Learn more about Kimberlee at KimberleeWest.com and check out KidsSwag.ca. Resources mentioned: (1) STAR interview response technique; and (2) Liz Ryan's career development resources.  If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu.
37:24
February 22, 2021
7. Q & A with Gabriela Casineanu: On Becoming a Coach and Author, and Job Search Tips for Introverts
Gabriela Casineanu is an award-winning author whose journey of self-discovery saw her make a number of transitions along her career path: from engineering and a master of business administration to career coaching, writing, and teaching. She enjoys sharing tips and strategies that help introverts ace their job interviews and boost their careers, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Learn more about Gabriela at GabrielaCasineanu.com and take a look at her online learning platform for Introverts. Three books that were mentioned in this episode include: - Introverts: Leverage Your Strengths for an Effective Job Search by Gabriela Casineanu - Quiet Lessons for the Introvert's Soul by Gabriela Casineanu - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu.
29:53
February 15, 2021
6. Q&A with Prof. Sandford Borins: Public Sector Innovation, Personal Narratives and Academic Careers
Sandford Borins, Professor Emeritus of Strategic Managment at the University of Toronto, discusses his path to becoming a university professor, the academic research work he has done in the areas of public sector innovation and management narratives, the impact that a professor can have in the development of public policy, and why his teaching style was highly interactive. He also shares career planning insights that for aspiring academics.  Learn more about Professor Sandford Borins at www.SandfordBorins.com, where you can also subscribe to his weekly blog posts about politics, narrative, and my life experiences. If you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer or a guest you'd like to hear on The Career Planning Show, let us know via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu.
29:10
February 8, 2021
5: How to Find a Good Employer and a Good Manager
On today's episode we dive into how to find a good employer in your chosen profession within your geographical area, as well as how to find a good manager. We also provide two exercises: one to help you come up with your top 10 dream employers and the other to help you come up with your top 10 dream managers.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and share it with a friend. Do you have any career planning questions you'd like to hear answered on The Career Planning Show? Submit them via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu. Resources: - glassdoor: Best Places to Work in Canada 2021 - Indeed: Top Rated Workplaces in Canada 2019
13:26
February 1, 2021
4: How to sidestep ageism in your job search process
As you work to secure a suitable job and then climb the career ladder, you may face a recruiter, a human resources professional, or a hiring manager who treats you differently than they should simply based on your age. Alex Rascanu reflects on six ways to sidestep age discrimination during your job search process: (1) keep your skills current; (2) showcase on your resume the last 10 to 15 years of work experience only; (3) be ready to answer indirect questions about your age during the interview in case they come up; (4) be flexible with the level of seniority you're expecting especially if you're being offered a role with an employer that you'd like to work for over a long period of time; (5) stay positive and be persistent in submitting job applications; and (6) reach out to your network for introductions to employers you're applying to work for. Do you have any career planning questions you'd like to hear answered on The Career Planning Show? Submit them via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu. Resources: - What I'm Grateful For At Age 35 blog post at Rascanu.com - Ageism in the Workplace study published by the American Society on Aging
07:36
January 25, 2021
3: Identifying your career path and excelling in your field
Alex Goldstein shares his journey to becoming a certified protection professional and the owner of GV Group, a physical security and risk management consultancy firm. He walks us through the over 15 years of progressive experience servicing the Canadian public sec tor and private security industries, and reflects on the lessons he has gathered along the way. Learn more about Alex at MyGVSolutions.com and connect with him at LinkedIn.com/in/AlexanderGoldstein1. Do you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show? Submit it via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu.
27:11
January 18, 2021
2: How to get there? Networking, portfolio on an iPad, and more...
Michael Ash shares his journey to becoming an Integrated Strategy Director, the innovative ways in which he secured interviews and job offers, his experience in the Toronto and London's marketing industries, as well as career planning lessons and resources he has found helpful. Learn more about Michael at themichaelash.com or hear his latest thoughts at @TheMichaelAsh. Do you have a career planning question you'd like us to answer on The Career Planning Show? Submit it via Rascanu.com/TheCareerPlanningShow or @AlexRascanu.
31:24
January 11, 2021
1: Get clear, get connected and do things with excellence
3 career planning lessons: (1) get clear; (2) get connected; and (3) approach the job search and interview process with excellence. Questions or suggestions for The Career Planning Show? Let me know at alex@rascanu.com
05:49
January 4, 2021