2018-11-30 by NAHB
Have you entered into a career that is no longer giving you the fulfillment and mobility you expected? Perhaps it’s time for a change.
Whether out of pressure or necessity, professionals all over the country sometimes choose to enter into careers that they deemed safe or perceived to be lucrative. However, as time passed the work became dull, motivation slipped, and they realized that maybe the passion was never really there to begin with. Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the end of the road for ambitious professionals. In fact, 88.5% of people change jobs to move up! Perhaps your real passion is for accounting, law enforcement, or working as a physiotherapy assistant. Or maybe you really want to work with seniors as a personal support worker, or pursue childcare training to become an early childcare assistant.
Whether you want to complete healthcare training or study law, there is a world of opportunity that could be just around the corner. Whatever your passion, it’s important to do what you love and reach the level of success that you deserve. Check out our infographic for signs it’s time for a career change!
Signs You’re Ready for a Career Change
You’re Not Passionate About Your Current Career
- The work fails to interest you
- You find it difficult to finish daily tasks
- You don’t look forward to going to work
- You feel like your talents lie elsewhere
24% of Canadians have changed careers more than 3 times!
There’s a Definite Loss of Fulfillment
- You don’t feel like you’re making a difference
- Your potential has little room to manifest itself
- You don’t feel like you can grow or advance in the industry
- Jobs in this career path no longer make you happy
- You find yourself thinking about working in other careers
24% of professionals leave careers due to disillusionment and 19% for lack of growth
You’re Looking to Earn a Higher Salary
- Jobs in your current career don’t offer the pay you’re looking for
- You feel underpaid and overworked
- You’re just getting by with your current salary
- You want to better provide for your family
- You believe that you deserve better
You’re Exploring What Inspires You
- You want to start earning money by doing what you love
- You’re willing to take risks to pursue your dream
- You often tell friends you’d be happier working in another field
- Your ideas and talents are better suited to a different career
35% of Canadians will change careers after discovering a new passion!
You’re Ready to Go Back to School
- You find yourself browsing college websites
- You want a career that you can feel proud of
- You’re not afraid to work hard to get the future you deserve
- You’re ready for a new challenge
2018-11-28 by NAHB
The logistics industry is a great option for anyone looking to start a rewarding new career. Among today’s highly globalized major economies, individuals with the skills necessary to move goods from one destination to another safely and in compliance with all of the necessary regulations will be key to the success of many companies.
One of the most common activities in the logistics industry is what’s known as freight forwarding. A freight forwarder doesn’t move goods themselves, but rather acts as an intermediary between a shipper and the various services they depend on to ship their goods. Given the highly complicated nature of navigating international trade routes, services, and regulations, freight forwarders play an essential role in the growing logistics industry.
Keep reading if you want to know more about this fascinating career, and how to get started in it with supply chain training.
What You’ll Do in Your Career as a Freight Forwarder
In the simplest terms, a freight forwarder assists and advises their clients on how to move their goods from one destination to another.
While that might sound relatively straightforward, the realities of international shipping are incredibly complex. This is why freight forwarders are needed. Freight forwarders use their extensive professional network and in-depth knowledge of shipping practices to ensure that their client’s goods travel efficiently, and arrive safely and on time, with the lowest possible cost.
Freight forwarders arrange for shipment by air, land, and sea
In order to achieve this, a freight forwarder will research and plan routes, taking into account the type of goods being shipped, the distance they need to travel, and the desired delivery date. They handle insurance, customs documentation, and various other regulatory requirements on behalf of their client. They will arrange pickup at intermediate destinations, and arrange storage for the goods as needed. Freight forwarders might also use technology and software applications to track goods in real time as they move through the shipping chain.
How to Know if a Career in Freight Forwarding Is Right for You
Freight forwarding is a great career option for anyone who enjoys fast-paced and varied work in a primarily office-based setting. While some larger companies might require non-standard work hours, individuals who develop experience in the industry have the option of finding specializations or niches within it, which can provide more flexibility and independence.
Freight forwarding is primarily office-based work
If you’re detail-oriented and good at multitasking, then you might be well suited to supply chain courses and the particular demands of being a freight forwarder. Building relationships with shippers and transporters can also be essential to the job, so those with good interpersonal skills will find themselves at an advantage. Other important qualities for freight forwarders include good communication skills and problem-solving abilities.
Supply Chain Courses Can Give You the Experience You Need
National Academy’s 46-week diploma program in supply chain training can equip you with the skills you need to begin a career as a freight forwarder. Not only do students learn about the supply chain, logistics, distribution, and business processes, but they also complete an internship in the sector, providing them with valuable contacts and real-world experience in the industry. Graduates of the program are also eligible to receive certification from the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association and membership to the Supply Chain Management Association, credentials that can set them apart from other job applicants and give them the best possible start to their career in freight forwarding.
Are you interested in starting a rewarding new career as a freight forwarder?
Contact NAHB for more information about our supply chain training program.
2018-11-21 by NAHB
Small gestures make a big difference. That’s why proper email etiquette is so important. It tells the people you work with how professional you are and whether you are somebody who takes their job seriously.
While email etiquette alone is no guarantee that you’ll get a promotion or land new clients, you can be sure that poor email etiquette won’t help. If you want to advance your career, here are some helpful tips you can use after graduation.
2018-11-14 by NAHB
Compassion fatigue, sometimes known as secondary traumatic stress, is a unique form of burnout that can affect personal support workers (PSWs) and others who work in a caregiving capacity, such as doctors, nurses, or paramedics. These professionals are in regular contact with individuals experiencing traumatic pain or injuries, and in the course of providing practical support, they also provide compassion and empathy, invaluable forms of emotional support. This can be incredibly rewarding for caregivers, who get the satisfaction of making tangible improvements to the lives of those in need, but over time, it can also become draining or desensitizing, making caregivers feel hopeless, numb, or distant to the pain of others.
2018-11-07 by NAHB
A career as a community services worker (CSW) involves working closely with others. You could be helping those with an addiction reach recovery, or perhaps you might work in an emergency shelter helping families recuperate during a difficult time. Wherever your career takes you, communicating with others and helping them overcome challenges will be an important part of your career. It’s for this reason that aspiring CSWs learn all about the stages of family development.