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Last-minute tips for deciding on September Plans

Last-minute tips for deciding on September Plans

August 10, 2020

We are in the final countdown before school starts.  In previous years there was excitement and preparation, but many families this year are still in the uncomfortable and unwelcome position of deciding on next year’s plans – to go or not to go back to school.  This episode, I take you inside OUR family’s decision-making process with what we are doing with our kids in September – I provide you with some of the questions we asked ourselves in coming to our decision.

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Tilt the Future in Your Favour with Karena DeSouza

Tilt the Future in Your Favour with Karena DeSouza

July 28, 2020

As futurist and host of Tilt the Future Podcast, Karena current observes trends and signs in the world around us in order to see what the possible futures might look like.  She doesn’t predict the future but rather uses current data to imagine what the future could look like – futurecasting.  She is a global citizen having lived on multiple continents and now finds her joy in helping families Tilt the Future in their favour and imagine what could be possible for their futures.

In this episode we explore the future of work, future of education and how the skills developed on a gap year can actually tilt the future in your favour.  We are in a very exciting time of change and young people are poised to lead how we all come out of this pandemic.

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Why Take a 2020 Gap Year

Why Take a 2020 Gap Year

July 20, 2020

Deciding to take a gap year or not is no small decision.

 

CanGap has been supporting families all throughout COVID and I wanted to share some of the common things that families should be considering as they make this choice.  We have heard these thigns from hundreds of families over the course of the last 4 months and wanted to share some thoughts with you.

Think about:

  1. The First Year Experience you want to have
  2. Financial Concerns
  3. Mental Health
  4. New Career/Educational Priorities
  5. COVID Instability & being responsive to changes

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Being Called to Action: How Crisis Can Lead to Purposeful Work

Being Called to Action: How Crisis Can Lead to Purposeful Work

June 25, 2020

There is so much going on right now that it can feel overwhelming.

The weight of realizing how much help the world needs can feel very heavy. There’s no denying that.
 
But it’s also inspiring. People across the world are coming together to march. More people are putting on masks when in public. Donations are pouring in from coast to coast for different causes. People are inspired to do better, to make things better, because of what they are hearing and listening to. People are finding a purpose.
 
By finding a purpose throughout everything going on, it can help you feel more fulfilled and more in control of what’s going on as you contribute. You may not see change overnight, but you are contributing.
 
One way to channel your purpose is to commit to a singular project. A passion project is a purposeful project that will allow you to feel fulfilled by making a contribution to something.
But with so much happening, how do you pick one area to focus? Nobody expects you to do everything, so this is a great way to get you focused. If you’re not sure where to start, here are four steps to implementing a passion project.
 
 
COVID19 - Who Should NOT Take a Gap Year

COVID19 - Who Should NOT Take a Gap Year

May 27, 2020

With the deadline for accepting post-secondary admissions getting closer, families are becoming more stressed about what the right decision is for fall 2020.  In this episode I share the red flags that pop up in conversations with families that show me that a gap year is NOT the right step for them. Take a listen as it might help get some clarity for your family’s decision.

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Gaining Experience and Clarity through a Gap Year: Max Brauch

Gaining Experience and Clarity through a Gap Year: Max Brauch

May 5, 2020

Story Time: Max Brauch started back at Concordia University in the fall of 2020 after his gap year that was built on getting experience, earning money, networking and building relationships and a bit of travel.  He speaks about how he got clarity for his gap year and his future, the people he met along the way and a few tips and tricks on making it a purposeful year. 

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Values-based Post-Secondary Decision Making in Uncertain Times

Values-based Post-Secondary Decision Making in Uncertain Times

April 28, 2020

Right now families are coming closer to the deadline for making post-secondary decisions but most are lacking critical information as to what the post-secondary experience will actually be. Yes, there will be classes and profs and learning but will it be on campus? On line? Will there be residence? There are many unknown factors that will significantly contribute to your university experience. So how can we make decisions without the information? We need to rely on our values, because unlike the situation, they will likely not change.

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COVID19 Series: Why Watching Your Kid Lose Grade 12 Stinks – and Five Things You Can Do to Make It a Bit Better

COVID19 Series: Why Watching Your Kid Lose Grade 12 Stinks – and Five Things You Can Do to Make It a Bit Better

April 21, 2020

My heart goes out to all of the 2020 graduating classes. These are my people. This is who I serve on a good day – folks who don’t know what the best steps forward are, students who want more time to figure things out, or people who feel they need a unique experience before diving into post-secondary.  With the way things are trending within education and COVID-19, my prediction is that many people who were part of the 2020 graduating class will be taking gap years, but for a whole new set of reasons.  

While I don’t have a crystal ball to see how everything will play out in the future, I am aware of how families are struggling with the loss of senior year right now.  I know how hard it can be to find the right way to support your graduate, so I’ve put together five tips to help you get your kid through this challenging time.

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Covid19 & Mental Health: Feeling Creative, Capable and Connected with Zippy Doiron

Covid19 & Mental Health: Feeling Creative, Capable and Connected with Zippy Doiron

April 8, 2020

Because of COVID-19, everybody is experiencing some level of trauma. It might sound scary – trauma is a big word, and something we don’t often talk about. But with everything that’s happening right now, it’s important to discuss it and how it may impact our loved ones.  Today we chatted with Zipporah “Zippy” Doiron, a counselor, who shared tips on feeling creative, capable and connected from a therapist to put our best mental health practices to work during this time.

 

How to Ikigai – Tim Tamashiro’s Guide to Finding Purpose on a Gap Year

How to Ikigai – Tim Tamashiro’s Guide to Finding Purpose on a Gap Year

March 31, 2020

Tim Tamashiro’s Ikigai is “to delight” – it is the reason he gets out of bed every morning and he wants you to live a life knowing your own Ikigai. But what is an Ikigai? Our next podcast guest will tell you all about it!

 

Ikigai is an ancient philosophy from Okinawa, Japan. It encourages all people to live your "life's worth" – studies show that the pillars of Ikigai support overall wellbeing. Each person has an Ikigai that, once understood, will enhance daily life and personal fulfillment.

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