Coastal Postings November 2016

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Accommodations 4
Administration/business support 1
Arts 2
Construction 7
Education 3
Finance 3
Food services 23
Health care 14
Manufacturing 1
Other services non-gov’t 7
Public Administration 5
Recreation and Sports 1
Retail Trade 13
Social Assistance 6
Technical 5
Transportation 2

Water Cooler December 2016: Are you ready to be your own boss?


by Melany Hallam

Question: If you had the option, would you work for yourself? Yes / No / Maybe

I’m my own boss and I love it, but it took many years to get to this point in my life. My writing and graphic design service didn’t materialize overnight. I worked as an employee for a long time while taking an increasing number of contracts on the side, building my skills and my client list. When I made the leap and quit my job, it felt like a perfectly natural thing to do – the only rational option for me.

There are various ways that a person can become self-employed, from a sole proprietor offering professional services (someone like me), to a manufacturer who starts making a product in his garage and later becomes a millionaire (like Bill Gates). But no matter the size of the business or the level of financial risk involved, entrepreneurs have common reasons for going out on their own (see a list of 50 of them here). For me, there are three main motivators:

  1. Yes, I admit it. I can be a bit of a control I like to do things in ways that make sense to me, and I’ll resist doing the work if an employer doesn’t consider or value my input. I also prefer to be the one making the decisions that affect my life, even if they turn out to be the wrong ones.
  2. Schedules are for trains. I find it very boring to do the same things at the same times every day. Like getting up in the morning. Why does it have to be morning? Why can’t I work all night and sleep till noon? If it’s a sunny day (and that’s a rare thing around Powell River these days), why not take a day off to go hiking and then work some extra hours later? What difference does it make WHEN I work if the work still gets done? I’ve found that many employers don’t appreciate that kind of flexibility with time.
  3. I like to solve problems – it’s a challenge and it feels great to come up with solutions that work well. Every contract I work on is a new problem, with a beginning and an end. It’s satisfying to help both my clients and their customers communicate with each other, by transforming complicated ideas into easily understood text or graphics. I’m not saving the world but it does make some people’s lives less stressful. What’s not to like?

But not everyone can stay motivated over the long term while building a business, and not every business idea is viable.  Before you take the leap, make sure that there are people willing to pay for your product or service on an ongoing basis. Are you willing to put in long hours to make it happen? You should also ask yourself if you’re just escaping a job you hate rather than starting a business you love. Your reasons have to be positive in order to sustain your interest over time.

So while you think about that, I’m going to go sit in the hot tub for a while and pretend I’m on a tropical vacation. How many people can do that at work?


More information and further reading:


Online Early Childhood Education (ECE) Training


Early Childhood Education (ECE) Distance Learning

Early childhood education (ECE; also nursery education) is a branch of education theory which relates to the teaching of young children (formally and informally) up until the age of about eight. Infant/toddler education, a subset of early childhood education, denotes the education of children from birth to age two.

More information at

College of New Caledonia

  • Basic
  • Some programs offer an Aboriginal perspective – contact the training institution for more information

College of the Rockies

  • Basic
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Special Needs

Northern Lights College

  • Basic
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Special Needs

Northwest Community College

  • Basic
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Special Needs
  • Some programs offer an Aboriginal perspective – contact the training institution for more information

Pacific Rim Early Childhood Institute Inc.

  • Basic
  • Infant/Toddler
  • Special Needs




BC Ski Resort Jobs


The Holidays are coming up fast, and the temps are dropping.

If you haven’t looked into BC Ski Resort Jobs, better get on it fast!

Here are some links for all sorts of jobs from trail grooming to hotel work, food and beverage preparation/service, entertainment, and specialized services at resorts.

Find Resort Jobs in BC via and farther afield at

Here are some leads for ski resort jobs in BC



Non-BC Options here:



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