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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Kyle Gray

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Kyle Gray

Vice President, Finance and Operations

“The vision of a champion is someone bent over drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” – Anson Dorrance, former USA Women’s Soccer Coach.

Many years ago at the height of my soccer (or football as we call it) journey in Trinidad and Tobago, this quote was given to our team by one of our coaches; with the appendage of “When was the last time you felt that way?” Ever since that day, this quote has been a consistent mantra for everything I do.

This resonated with me for many reasons including its vivid yet simple illustration; its call for excellence, commitment to and development of a winning mindset.

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Aziz Smailagić

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

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Aziz Smailagić

Director, Client Services

My relationship and connection to Career Edge extends far beyond employee-employer. The organization was once the guiding light that led my own career search as a recent graduate, and now I have the opportunity to help others find their light as well.

Before you are truly in the job search (whether in school, in another country, or still exploring your interests) the search seems like something that cannot be too hard, right?

“There are job postings all over the internet, surely someone will hire me, right?”

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Jeff Lazenby

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Over the next months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

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Jeff Lazenby

Executive Director

What makes Career Edge special? In wanting to tell the story of what makes Career Edge special, the only place I could start is with the staff at Career Edge and the work that they do every day. Since I joined Career Edge, the one constant is the dedication of the staff who, day in and day out, all strive to make a difference in someone else’s life. Seeing their efforts every day to help someone overcome a barrier to finding meaningful employment is nothing short of heroic. Every moment of their day is singularly focused on making a difference to someone they barely know.  To have a front row seat to witness it makes it more special.

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Health & Safety While Working from Home

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Working from home will be the trend until next year and with things becoming busier again, it’s important to ensure that proper health and safety measures are in place at home. This is important for not only our physical health but our mental health as well. Without a team to support you in person, it’s important to be aware of your work setup and explore how your organization can support your needs in any way. Read More

Work-Life Balance Tips (as told by Career Edge staff)

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After having to work remotely for many months now, finding a healthy work-life balance can seem difficult. And for the parents out there who are in the swing of the back-to-school season and thinking about how to manage your kids’ remote learning, a healthy work-life balance can seem downright impossible.

But that doesn’t make it any less vital – to decrease stress, to avoid burnout, to strengthen mental and physical health, and so much more.

So, Career Edge’s very own staff are offering their own tried and true tips and techniques to those who are finding it a challenge keeping a healthy work-life balance right now. Read More

Myers-Briggs Personality Types in the Workplace: Part 2

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This is part two of our Myers-Briggs Personality Type in the Workplace series, where we help breakdown all 16 of the Myers-Briggs personality types that fall under the four main personality categories – the Analysts, the Diplomats, the Sentinels, and the Explorers. Check out part one to learn more about the Analysts and why understanding your team members’ personality types can be helpful for your team and organization.

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Myers-Briggs Personality Types in the Workplace: Part 1

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As we all know, during this pandemic, we have all had to become more creative in the ways in which we safely interact with our friends. One said method has been through social distancing picnics. It was during one of these catch up sessions that a friend of mine asked all of us if we knew what our personality types were. Of course, as a psychology major, I had heard about this, but a few of my friends had not. This led to all of us doing the 16personalities test. Not only did this create an hour-long conversation, we all came out of the discussion with a better understanding of one another.

As an ENFP, I had a general understanding of what my personality type was like, but it never really dawned on me that this could ultimately provide me with more insight in terms of the type of work environment, career, and work that I would thrive in.  Albeit, my personality type in the last 10 years of my life, has changed once or twice, depending on the period in my life, but it has provided me with a general guideline. Read More

Pride

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I always thought it was beautiful that Pride was the term used to celebrate LGBTQ+ because Pride by definition is the “emotional state deriving positive affect from the perceived value of a person or thing with which the subject has an intimate connection, and can be inwardly or outwardly directed.”  Within the definition itself, “positive” is what stands out to me the most because for a very long time and quite honestly, even occasionally now, there are times that it is difficult for me to feel that way. Read More

No Solidarity in Silence

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Anti-Racism goes beyond a black box on your timeline. As an organization working in the space of diversity and inclusion, we recognize we need to do more to support job seekers and partners within our program. At Career Edge, our mission is to help individuals break barriers to employment, and for many of our job seekers, these barriers go beyond simply whether they have just graduated, have a disability or are new to Canada. For these individuals, they face daily injustices simply due to the color of their skin or the name they have been given. Systemic racism is prevalent, not only within America but all over the world. It is our responsibility to stop the cycle and to make sure we are doing our part to ensure fair and equal opportunity for not only people of color, but especially for Black people. Read More

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