Career Advice

I am a recent immigrant from Beijing, studying at a local university in Toronto. I have a Master’s degree from back home, but feel very inadequate in Canada. The problem is my English instructor continuously gives me low grades, with feedback that he cannot understand my writing. He says that I must realize that education standards in Canada are much higher than they are in China. I think he is racist. I need to pass this course. What can I do? – Student in Angst

Dear Student, Congratulations on earning a Master’s degree. Your achievement is a result of your hard work and belief in yourself. The one setback of education is that it sometimes clouds our ability to be open to criticism from others, limiting our overall perception of situations and people. Though your instructor could have been more empathic to your concerns, labeling…

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It’s been 18 months since I graduated with a degree in Geography. But I can’t find a job in my field! I’ve applied to hundreds of jobs and been to countless interviews but I never get the gig. I’m tired of my minimum wage part time job at a fast food restaurant. I’m so disappointed! I didn’t get any of the skills that employers ask for in university. What do I do? Should I go back to school and specialize in something? I just want my career to start already. – Why can’t I find a job?

Dear Why, As we experience the trials of university life, one of the key motivators we have is that once we’re handed this piece of paper, the world will be our oyster – we’ll get the job we’ve always dreamed of, we’ll be paid what we think we’re worth, and we’ll start establishing our career. These expectations are natural. Natural…

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I am 18 and looking for a career in counselling or psychology. Not sure which program to choose or which way to proceed. I’m from India and will graduate from high school this April. I want to know options in Canada in the field of counselling or neuro-psychology/behavior psychology program. Can you provide some assistance in the finding the best program? – New to Canada

Dear New, Yes, the road to becoming a counsellor may seem confusing and even daunting. It was for me as well, when I started my program over 27 years ago. I had many questions: Should I specialize or generalize? Should I treat adults (men, women, or both?), children, or families? Which approach or modality would I prefer, or be good…

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I am a Licensed Optician. I LOVE my career. I work at two Optometry clinics and founded a mobile service. I’m not ready to close my business but I am losing my confidence at it because my eyesight is failing by way of irreversible retinal degeneration. I am thinking positively and looking for new ways to run my business. I can still see but am losing the detailed vision I need to do my job independently. Should I close my business? – But I Love My Career

Dear But, It’s so wonderful to hear that you love your career. I presume that you have worked very hard for many years and are dedicated to the work you do. Such dedication sometimes leads us to believe that we will always continue to play the same role that we have appreciated for so long. Appreciation for one’s career can…

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I’ve been practicing as a full scope LPN since 2011. The trouble is that I can’t seem to hold a job down. I had three last year and now I’m down to one. I was fired from one of my jobs because I’d take shifts then cancel them. I work nights at the job I have now but I think it’s affecting my health and overall well-being. So, I put in my two weeks’ notice without a backup plan. I love nature being outside and alternative method to healing. I don’t know what I’m going to do next. Please help. – Why is This Happening

Dear Why, Congratulations on earning your Licensed Practical Nurse credential! Your completing this program shows me that you have the commitment to seeing things through. We commit to things we enjoy and things that fulfil us. Over time, however, our interests sometimes change, and what we previously enjoyed, we no longer have the passion for anymore. This lack of passion…

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I just got laid off. I am a new immigrant (landed on Jan 2017). I completed a Bachelors of Education in India. I would love to study further but due to lack of guidance and financial assistance, I’m scared to venture out. Please help me to choose appropriate course. – Teacher in the Making

Dear Teacher, As a new immigrant, it must be overwhelming to try to learn about and adapt to the necessities of lifestyle, including employment and education, in a new country. But know that in Canada, when one door closes, many more open to reveal various untapped opportunities. Sometimes we don’t recognize these opportunities because of a fear of the unknown.…

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I am a highly educated woman with a Master’s degree in the social sciences. I want to work in the mental health field. The problem is that the jobs that I want to do and have been applying for I’m either overqualified for (educationally) or don’t have the exact skill set for. I’m getting frustrated and, quite frankly, a little depressed. What can I do? – Overeducated and Underemployed

Dear Overeducated, It wasn’t long ago when having a university degree (at even the bachelor’s level) meant that a person would be guaranteed a job. Well, times have definitely changed – so much so that a person like you, with a graduate degree, is finding it difficult to acquire a job. I sense the frustration in your message. I have…

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I need advice with regard to my career as I have to choose between schooling or jobs at this moment. I endeavor to successfully completing a study program by October 2019. Currently, I’m in dilemma about my job situation. I have a few of good job offers but cannot take them as the time conflicts with my school. This is a very sweet offer and I believe I won’t get an offer like this again. Please advise. – Study or Work

Dear Study, The way I view your situation, you have two options, both of which could lead to positive results. Unfortunately, since you can’t have your cake and eat it too, you are forced to choose only one. Choosing between two good options is not always easy. What I see is that there is a competition between an employment offer…

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