Jul 032013
 
Signs of a Burnout at Work

The longer it takes to recognize a burnout at work, the harder it’ll be to bounce back. These signs of work burn out will help you recognize what you need to do to take care of yourself. Your emotions, relationships, cognitive abilities, and physical health will tell you what you need to know. Those four

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May 112013
 
3 Ways to Stop Being Paralyzed by Self-Doubt at Work

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a woman who doubts herself at work. Women are more likely to be paralyzed by self-doubt on the job, self-criticism even when colleagues praise them, and fear that they’re not good enough at work. Here’s what Lisa Bloom writes in Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in

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Apr 302013
 
How to Stay Focused on What Matters at Work

Work distractions come from all directions – and what is your biggest source of distraction? You. Here are three tips for staying focused on what matters most at work. These tips are from Peter Bergman’s 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (my newest all-time favorite life and business book).

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Apr 252013
 
How to Find the Perfect Job Without Taking a Career Test

These tips aren’t for job hunting, resume writing, or career test taking. Nay! I believe finding the perfect job is about aligning your personality, education, skills, passion, abilities, and life purpose with the money making possibilities in your environment. My first tip is to read The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the

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Mar 172013
 
Aboriginal Social Work Assignment - My Diary as a Cultural Artifact

The most interesting and controversial social work assignment I’ve completed so far in my MSW coursework at UBC  is the Cultural Artifact presentation. It was for First Nations Issues (SOWK 510) – and it represents the first time I emailed a university instructor to discuss her grading procedure. I didn’t care about receiving a “B” on

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Feb 272013
 
5 Types of Toxic Coworkers – From Bullies to Narcissists

Toxic coworkers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. If you know the type of toxicity you’re dealing with, you’ll be better able to cope with difficult people at work. Spending time with toxic people, such as bullies or narcissists, can lead to emotional numbness, low energy levels, feelings of low self-worth, and even physical

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Jan 142013
 
5 Different Types of Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Counselors

This list of different types of psychologists, therapists, and counselors will help you choose a career in counseling. Included here are clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and pastoral counselors. I’m in my first year of my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) at UBC (the University of British Columbia). My goal is to counsel people

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Nov 242012
 
A History of Family Allowances in Canada - Emphasis on Inuit Peoples

Learning the history of family allowance benefits in Canada was even more fascinating (and depressing) when I researched how the Inuit and Indian peoples were affected. Not much good news here, I hate to report. Oppression, marginalization, powerlessness, and even “dog tags” or discs with numbers instead of people’s names are the themes of family

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Nov 132012
 
Support Group for Couples Who Can't Have Children - Social Work Paper

We can’t have children, and I keep thinking about starting a support group for childless couples in Vancouver. I got the idea because I have to write a paper for one of my social work courses. The more I work on this paper (which isn’t 100% complete, and which is due in three days), the

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