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Big shocker, the financial industry is male-dominated. I know, I know, you’re all less than surprised. It’s no big secret. The old boys club stereotype continues to exist because it’s true. There just aren’t enough women in finance. And this is a problem because it makes the entire industry feel out of touch band unrelatable to younger females are just starting to think about investing. According to recent data, only 15% of executive-level employees and 26% of senior managers are female. That’s a huge disparity. There is some evidence that things are improving, but there is still a long way to go before women feel at home at the top of large financial corporations. Today I wanted to switch the script and highlight a few fantastic ladies who are kicking some serious butt in finance and paving the way for the rest of us. Role models are out there, and…

Do you ever feel like you’re slacking off? That you should be working harder to earn more money? I bet most of you are nodding your heads right now; I know I sure am. Striking that balance between work, hustling, and living your life is a constant struggle. I always have a list running through my brain of things I want to accomplish, and it never seems to get any shorter. What’s up with that? Earning extra money is great, super great, but not if it’s coming at the expense of your well being. The Blog Slog Ok, that’s a bit dramatic. I really love blogging. It’s taught me a lot, and I’ve been included in an internet community of like-minded people that inspire and motivate me to do better. It’s also a lot of work. The writing itself is almost always the least time-consuming part. If you have a…

Put your hand up if one, or even both, of your parents worked the same job for as long as you can remember? My hand is up. My Dad worked as an engineer with the same company for 30 years. It was the first job he took when he emigrated to Canada in the 80’s, and stayed until he retired. My mom initially took a job as a physiotherapist at the local hospital when arriving in Canada, and then switched into private practice where she stayed for the next two decades. That was pretty typical of the baby boom generation. Job-hopping was not a thing. Two-thirds of baby boomers entered their fifties working jobs they had held for at least twelve years. Even to me (a millennial who has stuck with the same job for a decade) that’s surprising. Millennials are different. I’m the exception to the rule. Based on current…

Is university useless? If you’re considering attending post-secondary then you’ve likely asked yourself this very question. And you’ve probably gone back and forth between yes and no. There are a growing number of career paths you can choose that don’t place the same value on a university degree as others did in the past. This means the answer is very specific to what you want to do with your life, and with the growing cost of education, that’s an important thing to figure out before forking over the big bucks. After graduating from high school, I did what many privileged kids do when they’re not sure what’s next…I went to university. I was 18, a good student, and completely clueless when it came to a career path. Some of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do; be a firefighter, a teacher, an engineer just like their Dad or a…

Today’s post is sponsored by Grammarly, but I promise that all opinions are my own. I’ve been a paying customer with Grammarly since March and am only promoting it because I really do think it’s great. Check my disclaimer for more information on sponsored posts. I am always looking for ways to save me time, especially when it comes to blogging. Any fellow bloggers out there will understand that writing posts is the easy part, it’s all the other stuff that takes up your time! The staying on top of social media (I’m looking at you Pinterest and all your challenges), finding and creating images, reading and commenting on other peoples posts, and ALL the editing. Like most bloggers (I’m assuming), I started my blog because I’ve always enjoyed writing and I wanted my own little space to put down my thoughts and be more creative than what my day-job…

This one is for all the couples out there. I’m intrigued by where you guys and gals sit on the gender division of labour? You know, who brings home the most money and who takes on the bulk of the household chores? Are you even splitters (high five!) or does one person take on the bulk of the work? I was recently reading (listening – that always feels weird for me to say when talking about books), Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and she talks a lot about the importance of having a partner who pitches in. I totally get that! Honestly, I don’t know how some women handle working all day only to go home and have to do the bulk of the childcare and housework. And I don’t even have kids. It’s a much more even split in my house, and I wish that were the norm for everyone.…

How many of you work a standard 9 to 5 job? And of those who answered yes, how many wish that weren’t the case? I’m guessing there are a lot of hands up to the second question, and I am right there with you. Improvements in technology over the last couple of decades have made it possible for you to keep up with your work and not be tied to an office. As an example, I’m currently sitting on my deck, in the sun, on a Monday while writing this post (thank you laptop, WiFi, and flexible job). The younger generations have different views on work and how it fits into their life. Just look around the internet at all the bloggers, social media consultants, etc. who have built up a career for themselves in a field that didn’t even exist a few years ago. Entrepreneurship is at an all-time…

If you are currently on the job hunt in Alberta, you are likely VERY aware that the job market is tight and there is a lot of competition for jobs. Recent reports have our unemployment rate hovering around 8.3%. This is down slightly compared to late 2016 when it peaked (hopefully!) around 9% but still very high when compared to two years ago when it sat at 4.6%. From Friday’s jobs report, here’s Canada’s latest unemployment rates by province. #cdnecon pic.twitter.com/zF4K9gPXbM — Trevor Tombe (@trevortombe) March 13, 2017 I’ve been lucky to have had stable employment since I graduated University almost a decade (yikes!) ago. I’m only on my second job in that time period, and the one move I made came out of connection in my industry. I know networking isn’t everyone’s favourite thing (personally, I hate it), but having an ‘in’ can be the exact thing you need…

I was recently listening to the audiobook version of ‘#Girlboss’ (worst title ever) by Sophie Amoruso, and there was a section in the book that talked about stress that stuck with me. The rest of the book was just ok. I liked Sophie’s no-nonsense attitude, but listened to it as an audiobook and found the narrator to be a bit annoying. It was also the very first audiobook I’ve every listened to (I talk about that here), so maybe my lack experience was a factor. Is that a thing…do your audiobook listening skills improve with practice? The quote that got me thinking was actually from a section written by Leandra Medine (an author and fashion blogger over at Man Repeller): “I also think you age a lot quicker if you can’t keep yourself busy and under the right, healthy dose of stress. Too much of anything obviously isn’t a good, but as…

How many times have you heard the old cliche ‘love what you do’? I’m guessing too many times. I actually hate that saying! It feels like one of those unattainable ideals that we’re supposed to live up to; like having a supermodel body, having a perfect relationship or never getting a zit. What if you just like your job? You don’t hate it, but if you won the lottery tomorrow you’d be handing in your notice lightning fast and packing up to travel the world or do whatever it is you ACTUALLY really love. If you all of a sudden had endless amounts of cash and wouldn’t change a thing about your life (you’re lying!) then yes, maybe you actually do love what you do but that’s not the norm…not even close. I bet there are way more people out there that hate their jobs with a passion than love…