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Dave's Diary: A Retrospective

Life Experience

I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my favourite articles from the past four-ish years, with a brief excerpt from each. I hope you get as much out of remembering them as I have!

By: David Lindskoog 3996 reads | 0 comments
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Saying Goodbye At Work: This Time It's Personal

Workplace Relationships

Leaving a position, an organization, and a field - especially one as positive as I've been in these last 4 or 5 years - always inspires mixed emotions. Excited, terrified, iinspired, sad, nostalgic - all are a part of saying goodbye. Here's why.

By: David Lindskoog 5802 reads | 0 comments
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#LetsTalk: Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

Life Balance

Mental health awareness includes the recognition that all people deserve to work in psychologically healthy environments. So what makes a workplace psychologically healthy? Read on to find out.

By: David Lindskoog 7627 reads | 0 comments
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At The Bottom End: On Sucking At Your Job

Career Exploration

Sticking with something to the point where you develop enough skill to love it isn't easy, especially when considering career choices. So, if you don't feel 100% impassioned by your work right away, that's okay! Here's why.

By: David Lindskoog 6162 reads | 0 comments
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(Stop) Talkin 'Bout My Generation

Life Experience

Confession time: I think it would be really great if everyone decided that it was past due time to stop writing about millenials. You've worn me down, and I've had enough. Here's why.

By: David Lindskoog 5543 reads | 0 comments
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Why Does Rejection Hurt So Much?

Personal Development

No matter how well you've prepared for it, rejection hurts on a gut-wrenching , tear-jerking scale. Why does it hurt so much? Perhaps more importantly, how can we deal with it? Dave proposes two conceptualizations of rejection, and some tips for dealing with it to go with each.

By: David Lindskoog 7197 reads | 0 comments
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Loving Your Job vs. Loving Youself

Career Services

Should our most important values be fulfilled by the job we do? Anything less tends to be viewed as "just a job." The result is predictable: a bunch of unsatisfied people who think they should be in more fulfilling jobs. Dave argues it's better to love yourself than your job.

By: David Lindskoog 5247 reads | 0 comments
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Doing It Right: Know Your Employment Rights

Interviews

What do employment rights issues look like? Issues of discrimination, harassment, and unpaid wages are a few well-known examples, but you might be surprised to learn how subtle and seemingly commonplace many employment rights infractions are. Here are some situations you might want to be prepared for.

By: David Lindskoog 4296 reads | 0 comments
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Three Things You Didn't Know About Grad School

Grad School

Thinking of applying to grad school? Wondering what it's really all about? Dave shares the three biggest lessons he learned during his own graduate school experience.

By: David Lindskoog 4967 reads | 0 comments
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Why I Hate Personal Branding

Rants

Personal branding. It's a well-meaning enough concept, describing the process of differentiating and drawing attention to oneself so as to positively influence others, most notably in a job-seeking scenario. But it's also a demeaning, dehumanizing metaphor.

By: David Lindskoog 5878 reads | 0 comments
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Does "Not In Demand" = Immoral?

Life Experience

I recently came across an interesting argument. It went something like this: It's immoral to study something that is not in demand according to labour market needs and projections. Here's why I don't think that's true.

By: David Lindskoog 3715 reads | 0 comments
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Reflections on September

CSI Blog

My schedule over the next two weeks is full. I've given up on the blissful pleasure of having zero emails in my inbox. My throat feels especially raw, and my voice has that soft sort of gratey-ness that only comes from talking too loud and too often. By the end of my work day, I will have consumed at least four cups of coffee. This can only mean one thing: it's September.

By: David Lindskoog 3850 reads | 0 comments
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Intentionality: It's Not A Secret

Life Experience

What do we mean by the word "intentionality"? David examines some helpful - and unhelpful - ways the word has become popular, and how the right intentions can be useful in your career and life.

By: David Lindskoog 4279 reads | 0 comments
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Unpaid Internships: Drawing A Moral Line

CSI Blog

David follows up on his earlier post on unpaid internships, and asks: How do we determine whether an unpaid internship is moral?

By: David Lindskoog 7178 reads | 0 comments
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Employment Scams 101

Fraud

Employment scams are becoming more and more common, and scammers are continually coming up with new strategies to efficiently separate innocent and often desperate job seekers from their money. So what can you do to prevent/report being scammed?

By: David Lindskoog 6968 reads | 0 comments
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Go Ahead, Contradict Yourself

Career Services

Life is full of contradictions, especially when emotions are taken into account - and careers for that matter. This isn't always easy to acknowledge, and it can be incredibly difficult to act on, but it's also an inescapable fact of life, and as such, of career development. So go ahead, contradict yourself.

By: David Lindskoog 4005 reads | 0 comments
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Calling It What It Is

Career Exploration

When it comes to careers, a lot of people think of themselves as having a "calling" towards something. What does this mean, and is it even helpful? Some recent research gives us some clues.

By: David Lindskoog 3680 reads | 0 comments
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Unpaid Internships: A Systemic Problem

Work Search

The topic of unpaid internships has been a hot item in the news recently. It may not come as a surprise, but I have a big problem with unpaid internships - it just may not be for the reason you think.

By: David Lindskoog 3564 reads | 0 comments
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Passion With A "Small p": The Whisky Story

meaning

What can we take from the "smaller" things that we love? Often, they bring our lives tremendous amounts of meaning. It's important to acknowledge that work isn't the only area of life that we can derive meaning or fulfill our values.

By: David Lindskoog 3394 reads | 0 comments
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Passion: The Enduring Debate

Dave's Diary

Of the many debates in the career development world, the one over "passion" might be the most volatile. How much of a role should passion play in career choice? Looking at what we mean by "passion" might lead to some new answers.

By: David Lindskoog 4690 reads | 0 comments
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How To Say Goodbye At Work

Workplace Transition

Saying goodbye is hard under any circumstance, and people tend to avoid doing it as a result. Workplace relationships end all the time, so what's the best way to end them gracefully? I share my thoughts here.

By: David Lindskoog 11431 reads | 0 comments
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Do We Need A New Word For "Career?"

CSI Blog

With the debate around post-secondary education and youth un/underemployment continuing, there are lots of questions to be asked. Do we need a new way to talk about careers? Does the word "career" itself need to be replaced for young people to be more excited and motivated to think about their future?

By: David Lindskoog 3759 reads | 0 comments
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From Speech Impairment To Motivational Speaker

Life Experience

While sitting at the airport gate last July, waiting to board the plane to Portland and then onto San Jose where I was scheduled to deliver two presentations on web accessibility, I wondered, "How did I, an individual with a significant speech impairment and a physical disability, get here?"

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Generation Jobless?

Work Search

In the wake of a recent CBC documentary called Generation Jobless, there's a big debate going on right now as to the value and responsibility of post-secondary education in Canada. Here are the arguments, and my thoughts.

By: David Lindskoog 5772 reads | 0 comments
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Feeling Stuck? Press Reset

Life Experience

You're stuck. Maybe it's a dead-end job, or the sense that you're studying the wrong thing, or with the wrong person, or just in a place you didn't want to end up, but don't know how to leave. If only it were as simple as pressing a button and starting over. We can't do that, but here's the next best thing.

By: David Lindskoog 3691 reads | 0 comments
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Nail Yakupov: Emotions At Work Are Okay

emotions

Last night, the hockey world bore witness to a memorable goal celebration by Oilers' rookie, Nail Yakupov. Though it was a memorable moment, controversy and disagreement over whether the celebration was "unprofessional" soon followed, which got me thinking: are emotions acceptable at work?

By: David Lindskoog | SFU Career Services 3282 reads | 0 comments
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Goals: Not Ikea Instruction Manuals

Goals

Given my past rantings on such things as happenstance, chaos theory, and the general unpredictability of life and the world, I would forgive you if you thought that I would be opposed to any sort of goal-setting or similar such planful activities. I actually believe goals can be quite helpful - but only if we stop thinking of them as Ikea instruction manuals.

By: David Lindskoog | SFU Career Services 5142 reads | 0 comments
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Career & Volunteer Services: Healthy Campus Champions!

Campus Health

Career & Volunteer Services were recently recognized as Healthy Campus Champions! So, how does career education factor into student well-being? Take a look at this video to find out!

By: David Lindskoog | SFU Career Services 3365 reads | 0 comments
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Career Blogs I Actually Read

Workplace Success

There are a lot of career-related blogs out there. Unfortunately, most of them are pretty much the same. Read on for a selection of blogs about career-related issues that you might actually want to read!

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 4091 reads | 0 comments
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Are Gen Y Redefining Adulthood?

Millenials

Hannah Seligson's new book, "Mission: Adulthood: How Twenty-somethings of Today are Transforming Work, Love and Life" argues that today's twenty-somethings are redefining what it means to be an adult. Is this true? Is growing up now a completely different experience compared to generations past?

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3391 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Teaching Resume FAQs

PDP

Looking for teaching work? Getting to the end of your PDP/PQP/PLP program? Check out this list of frequently asked questions about teaching resumes!

By: David Lindskoog 4033 reads | 0 comments
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Black Friday & Value(s)

Black Friday

Today is Black Friday - the frenzied "first day" of holiday shopping following Thanksgiving day in the States. So naturally, value is on a lot of people's minds, as stores are now known to drop prices so low that shoppers have literally killed each other in an effort to save money. But it's another kind of value that motivated this article.

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The Waiting Room

Fiction

"'I'm here for an interview with, ah... Mr. Jenson." He felt more than saw her purposeful scan of his appearance. In his mind, the just-noticeable wrinkles in his only white collared  shirt became words scrawled in thick, black permanent marker. I'm not good enough. A days' stubble. Hastily tied necktie. What am I even doing here?

By: dlindsko 2987 reads | 0 comments
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Writer's Block: A Bitter Blankness.

Writer's Block

Blank. That's pretty much all I've experienced whenever I've sat down in front of a computer screen with the intention of writing a blog post. What is this experience?  What happened to the sense of flow I had gotten so used to every Friday morning - that carefree time warp of productivity I seem to have taken for granted?

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3045 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: 3 Mistakes & 3 Tips - Cover Letters

Cover Letters

It's been an hour, and there's nothing but a blank screen staring back at you. The job posting closes in another couple hours, and you need to submit a cover letter to go with your resume. But where oh where do you start? Here's 3 things to avoid, and 3 tips for writing your next cover letter!

By: David Lindskoog 24207 reads | 0 comments
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Quarter-Life Crisis: It's Real

Life Experience

It's no secret that young people entering the workforce today are facing very different challenges than generations past. "Quarter-life crisis" emerged to describe the experiences many young people were going through as they struggled to establish themselves in adulthood. But what does this phrase really mean?

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3895 reads | 0 comments
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Do's and Don'ts for the Big Fair

Networking

Check out this list of "do and don't" tips for the upcoming SFU Big Fair!

By: SFU Career Services 3890 reads | 0 comments
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Tips On Preparing For The Big Fair 2012

CSI Blog

Keep an eye out on this post for some great tips on how to prepare for SFU's largest on-campus career fair, the Big Fair! A new tip will be posted every few days!

By: SFU Career Services 3821 reads | 0 comments
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Paying For University: How Far Will You Go?

CSI Blog

As long as the fundamental issue of unequal access to university exists, there will continue to be students who elect to go to less than glamorous lengths to pay for school. Recently, the adult entertainment industry commented that they might look to the universities as a means to recruit exotic dancers. Where is the problem coming from, and where do we draw the line at what we would do to pay for school?

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3852 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: The Best Question You Can Ask

CSI Blog

"How did you get to be where you are?" It's such a delectable question. I think that's because it's an invitation to tell a story, and we inherently love stories. It's also a tiny risk, as the person so questioned might decline the invitation.

By: David Lindskoog 4430 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: How To Talk About Yourself Without Being An Arrogant Jerk

Cover Letters

Did Greenday get it right?  Are nice people no more than spineless wimps, waiting to be crushed by the world's more fortitudinous vertebrates? Cathy Keates offers an alternative point of view.

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Dave's Diary: Cultivating Imagination & The Distraction of Logic

Imagination

Just think how easy it is for young children to answer the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Most kids won't hesitate to answer, even if their responses seem unrealistic, even impossible to our imaginatively-impaired minds. Not surprisingly, the answer to that question becomes much more evasive as the natural ease and strength of our imagination fades. Is there a way to get it back?

By: David Lindskoog, Career Services Advisor 3933 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Not An Expert, Don't Want To Be

Life Experience

Have a cold? Take this medicine. Feeling sad? Take these pills. Not sure what to do with your life? Find someone to give you the answer. Anything will do, as long as it doesn't involve a significant personal investment of our own time, effort, or mental energy - after all, we've got better things to do.

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3328 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Game of Thrones Goes To University

Game of Thrones

What would the characters in A Game of Thrones major in, if they went to a modern day university? I focused on the characters that I found most interesting or noteworthy in my reading of the series - you might have some of your own favourites that I don't get to - I invite you to join in with your own opinions!

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3834 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Imagination as a Career Skill

Dave's Diary

Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that we have the capacity to ​imagine​? What is it that gives me this ability to picture what my future might be like, or for artists to create and portray entire fantastical mental worlds, or for children to spend countless joyful hours pretending to be something or someone else? And what benefit can imagination have on our careers?

By: David Lindskoog, Career Services Advisor 4679 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: How Do Career Professionals Help?

Career Exploration

I know full well the value of talking to a career professional (if I didn't I'd be in trouble). It's knowledge that I take for granted, and every now and then I'm made aware of the fact that this isn't common knowledge - in fact, most people probably have no idea what they can get from working with a career professional!

By: David Lindskoog, SFU Career Services 3795 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Advice From My Dad Part 2 - Make Yourself Irreplaceable

Growth

"Make yourself irreplaceable," he would say, regaling stories of his own young employment at a car dealership. "Take the shifts that nobody else wants, work extra hours whenever possible, be the guy that your boss knows they can always count on." Was this really what my dad wanted me to do with my life?

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Dave's Diary: Want To Keep Your Job? WALK FASTER

Dave's Diary

Oh, the anguish! The frustration that can only known by being stuck behind a sloth-like, seemingly oblivious to the outside world, slow walker! It seems like everyone hates the experience. So why are there so many slow walkers? Further, what career wisdom can their sluggardly ways impart?

By: David Lindskoog 3964 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Feeling Stuck? Put A Halt On It!

Dave's Diary

You know the feeling of being stuck. Whether in your personal, interpersonal, professional, or any other life, the sense of having fallen out of the groove is always similarly and markedly unpleasant. You're spinning your tires, expending lots of effort with seemingly no forward motion to thank for it. So how do you get out of this funk? Here's a simple strategy for getting "unstuck"

By: David Lindskoog 3668 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: You're Not An Introvert (And You're Not An Extrovert Either)

CSI Blog

When it comes to personality, typology seems an intuitive fit. We like to think of ourselves as defined by neat and tidy categories, like introversion and extroversion. But, while there's definite value in having insight about your own and others' personality, our obsession with putting people into boxes can lead to unhelpful assumptions.

By: David Lindskoog 5515 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Career Blog Roundup - Awesome Metaphor Edition

Darth Vader

I've been reading a few really great articles lately, and instead of trying and failing to come up with something original, I thought I would share some of those articles, along with some of my thoughts about them. Here's five articles I like, complete with commentary, all of which use awesome metaphors to get their career advice across.

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Dave's Diary: The Problem With Helping People, Part 2

Dave's Diary

it seems like everybody wants to help people. Read how career advisor Dave Lindskoog walks through this ubiquitous yet decidedly unhelpful desire with an imaginary student. Make sure to read part 1!

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Dave's Diary: The Problem With Helping People, Part 1

Values

"I want to help people." I quietly chuckle to myself a little bit every time somebody says it. If only they knew how many times a week I heard those exact words. So, I usually ask them to explain what they mean by 'helping people.'

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Top Ten: Tips For a Successful Transition

Top Tip Lists

If you've recently graduated, or are about to, the prospect of transitioning from the comfort and predictability of a student lifestyle to the dynamic unpredictability of the world of work can seem daunting.

By: David Lindskoog 5504 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: A BA That's Definitely Not Worth It

Career Exploration

The Bold Academy is a 4-week 'potential-building' experience marketed at college students and recent grads. The strategic use of the letters BA suggest that the program is primarily directed at arts students, conveniently playing off the stereotype of the aimless arts student. It's an interesting idea, but is it worth the steep price tag?

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Dave's Diary: How To Be More Like Batman

Superheroes

As much as you may hear otherwise, you're not special. If you're like 99% of people, you don't have any superpowers. You're not going to change the world in any significant way. Sure, you've got strengths, and you'll probably help lots of people, but you're not going to single-handedly save the world.

You're not Superman. You're not Spiderman. But here are five ways you channel Batman in your own career development.

By: David Lindskoog 6237 reads | 1 comments
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Dave's Diary: Networking and the Extravert Bias

Networking

Being a pretty typical introvert, one of the things that I need to put more effort into than a lot of more outgoing people is building and maintaining new relationships.  Friends, coworkers, other professional contacts, you name it - any new relationship.

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Dave's Diary: Work Is...

workLIFE

SFU Surrey hosted a very successful open house, in recognition of its 10th anniversary as an SFU campus. It was fun evening - lots of prospective students, parents, various members of the community - joined in the celebrations. We had the chance to get some people's thoughts on "work." What did they say?

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We’re All Actors: CSI Interviews First Nations Actor Justin Rain

Indigenous Stories

“Whenever there is an opportunity to share my experience with people, it usually doesn’t take much for me to jump on board,” states Justin Rain when I ask him about his experiences at a recent event co-hosted by Career Services and the Indigenous Student Centre.

By: David Lindskoog 19054 reads | 0 comments
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Dave's Diary: Raccoons - The Perfect Career Role Models

Metaphors

Raccoons are wonderful creatures - and as worthy of praise for their career-navigation skills as any other creature I can currently think of. So, let us appreciate the greatness that is the raccoon, and think of them the next time we're pondering our next career move.

By: David Lindskoog 4701 reads | 0 comments