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Career mismanagement – Coopers & Lybrand – screwed again

Career mismanagement – Coopers & Lybrand – screwed again

I packed my bags again and made a move over to Coopers & Lybrand. The firm in Toronto was a pretty dynamic place. The partners were far more independent at C&L then they were at Clarkson’s. Clarkson’s had a very corporate management style. C&L offered the partners more latitude to run their own practices. The staff members were more relaxed. It was a better place to work. Politics I had my first taste of politics at Coopers and it tasted…

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What happens next – waves of change

What happens next – waves of change

I made my decision to go through the Chartered Accountancy program after packing in law school. At that time, the CA program was run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (ICAM) (now called CPA Manitoba). What that meant was that courses were offered by the Institute the completion of which would allow you to write the Uniform Final Exam (UFE) administered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Passing the UFE was the prerequisite to qualifying for your CA…

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Career management

Career management

You’ve got to love it! I did a quick search on the term “career management”. What shows up are a lot of websites that are from universities and placement firms. In my opinion, these websites are often of limited usefulness. Here is a wholistic definition of career management: Career management is the combination of structured planning and the active management choice of one’s own professional career. The outcome of successful career management should include personal fulfillment, work/life balance, goal achievement and financial…

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Coming back to Canada

Coming back to Canada

So my experience at Orion Bank drew to a close. I left London, England (I can vividly remember the flight back, painful) and returned to Canada. Having arrived back I needed to figure out what I was going to do. Given that I only had a BA Honors degree in Economics, I believed that my formal education wasn’t over. I would have to go back to school. Most of my classmates applied for law school, medicine or dentistry, the traditional…

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Money and your career

Money and your career

There are common threads in my experiences. One of them that keeps cropping up is the issue of money. I often found myself in situations where my pay would just not cover my costs. Much of that had to do with the fact that when you have any entry level position and have no experience and not much on your resume to back you up, your pay is low. So in many instances, I just wasn’t getting by. I’m not…

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Another kick at the can

Another kick at the can

Not to be discouraged, I quickly recovered from the Antony Gibbs debacle. I wanted to be involved in the world of investment banking and I decided that the location for me was London, England. So I began another letter writing campaign. In addition, I looked for help. At that time, the Minister of National Revenue of the Government of Canada was the Honorable Herb Gray, MP. He was involved in developing a government position paper on financial services, the focus…

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Flawed decision making – again

Flawed decision making – again

In an earlier post, I discussed how my decision making was flawed when I decided upon my university program. This would come back to haunt me later. But at the same time that I was in university, I was looking for a job in England in the financial services sector. Now the financial services sector at that time (the late 1960s), was populated in the more senior positions by the upper class. It was a training ground for their future role…

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In the beginning

In the beginning

  Career mismanagement is my theme. Looking at the way we make decisions and the effect that they have in the long-term on our careers and our lives. In fact, each decision that we make has a long-term effect that we may not notice for years. When I was growing up Throughout my teens, I was a stock market enthusiast. I started investing in stocks when I was thirteen. I read everything that I could get my hands on at…

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