Job Fair Thurs. December 14, 2017 at 4 pm – 5:30 pm; Information Presentation: 6 pm at the Town Centre Hotel Ballroom
Sante Veritas Therapeutics with Cannabis at Work are holding a Job Fair and Town Hall Meeting. Please join us for an information and project update presentation followed by a question and answer period.
Please forward any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Melany Hallam
Balance is a term that implies a weigh scale where the things being compared are equal. In the case of work/life balance, this would mean that the same amounts of time and energy are put into work, family and yourself every day. Generally, people decide to commit to creating “balance” in their lives because they feel they’ve been working too much at the expense of family and self. It is this belief that may be setting them up to fail.
No one is the same amount of busy in all aspects of their lives at all times. Work has cycles, whether you’re an employee or a business owner. The family and friends part of our lives has busy times, especially around holidays like Christmas (24 more sleeps!) There will also be times where your “me time” becomes more important in your life (time alone on a meditation retreat or mountain biking). And everyone has varying levels of tolerance for busy-ness.
In effect, this means that your life will never be perfectly balanced. But so what? There’s nothing wrong with all this – it’s healthy. The problem comes when people start feeling guilty about not meeting the expectations of others. Or they may be unclear about their own goals and feel that they should be able to do it all.
This is an oversimplification, but you can stop the cycle by defining what you want, and then communicating this to the people most important to you. I just read an article (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249243) which argues that the root cause of dissatisfaction in our lives can be found in our definition of success. This makes sense to me. For some, success is measured by creating a business with a high net worth. For others, it’s working at a job which allows them to go home by 3 p.m. to spend time with their kids. For me, it’s creating a work schedule that allows me to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Powell River whenever I need to.
Why can’t we define success as building a life that we enjoy – one that is worth living for you? Essentially, everyone’s “balanced life” should be achieved according to their own definition rather than the expectations of others. Accept that you can’t do everything, or accept that it’s okay not to want to do everything.
Here are some insights from real people (https://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3638-the-truth-about-work-life-balance) who have created their own definitions of work/life balance:
- The definition of balance changes over time, so be flexible
- There’s nothing wrong with work – it can be a break from family life and keep you sane
- Put yourself first, kind of like putting on your oxygen mask on a plummeting airplane before assisting others
- Be aware that you’re not doing it all and you don’t have to (it may result in a learning opportunity for your children or building trust with co-workers)
- There’s always a cost – appreciate the people who support you, whether they be at home or at work
- You don’t need kids to struggle with balance, you may be responsible for aging parents, or have health issues
- If there’s still a nagging desire for perfection, resist the urge to compare yourself to others
- The importance of setting boundaries can’t be understated, and be sure to communicate them to people at home and at work
- Working to grow your business can actually give you more time to spend on your personal life (it’s not “either/or” but “both/and”)
So throw out the weigh scale and create your method of measurement. Enjoy!
Here’s some further reading:
- An article which argues that the whole concept of work/life balance is misleading, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249243
- An article which argues for a work focus if your goal is to achieve great things, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-truth-about-worklife-balance_us_59a095e0e4b0d0ef9f1c13c3
- One person’s story of how a flexible schedule allows her to do the things most important to her, https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/03/how-to-maintain-a-work-life-balance-in-your-career
What is BladeRunners?
BladeRunners is one of the most successful youth employment programs in BC. It helps participants with multiple barriers to employment to successfully transition into the workplace. By providing essential certifications and personal guidance, BladeRunners helps to ensure participants have what it takes to get hired.
This session of BladeRunners is geared towards preparing participants for jobs in the service industry. Eligible youth who wish to become employed this summer are strongly encouraged to apply.
What will BladeRunners receive?
- 4 weeks of classroom-based learning focusing on professional development, skills enhancement, and personal growth
- WHMIS, Food Safe, World Host, Serving it Right, First Aid (OFA L1) and other workshops and training
- Possibility of other certifications or necessary pieces of identification as needed
- Weekly training stipend for attendance
- Work clothes to help support the cost of entering the workplace
- Possibility of participating in additional work experience
Who is Eligible?
Unemployed or underemployed youth ages 15-30 who are not students and have not received Employment Insurance in the past 5 years are eligible for BladeRunners. Good candidates for BladeRunners include youth with some of the following barriers and criteria:
o Lack of experience or education (eg. Non-completion of High School, limited work experience or training)
o At risk factors (eg. History of substance abuse, single parent issues, contact with justice, homeless or at risk of homelessness)
o Aboriginal ancestry.
- The program runs for 4 weeks, Monday, January 8th to Friday, February 2nd
- Sessions will be held at Career Link #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River V8A 2K5
- To discuss becoming a BladeRunner, please contact Sara Beauregard at email@example.com or call at 604 485-7958.