If you are one of the millions of Canadians who found yourself laid off or otherwise facing changes to your employment this past year, this is the episode for you. Whether you’ve decided to look for an entirely new job, upgrade your skills to keep yourself valuable to your current employer, or even looking for ways to work from home, it’s the skills that make or break you.

If you are one of the millions of Canadians who found yourself laid off or otherwise facing changes to your employment this past year, this is the episode for you. Whether you’ve decided to look for an entirely new job, upgrade your skills to keep yourself valuable to your current employer, or even looking for ways to work from home, it’s the skills that make or break you.

Any seasoned business person knows that while a great mindset, positive attitude, and many other things are important, almost none of that matters without specific skills. If you can’t use the tools of your job, you face a major uphill battle. I’m talking about computer skills, management and supervisory skills, how to use specific software, and industry knowledge that can’t be gotten without proper training. Perhaps you’ve decided to use your layoff to reinvent yourself or your career, positioning yourself so that you’re better equipped to keep your job in a crisis. Maybe you’ve decided to branch out on your own and work as a freelancer. Or maybe you find your job description has changed, and you’ve now shifted to doing tasks that were once given to employees who are no longer with your company. The pressure is high on all of us.

Today, we’re chatting with someone who has helped thousands of people train both for new jobs, and to improve their current one. And, in the interest of full disclosure, today’s guest and myself both work for the same parent company. I’ve decided to interview her because I’m curious myself about the answers to today’s questions, and she is the front line in the department we’re going to talk about. My guest is the Manager of the Fraser Valley Continuing Education program, based in Langley, BC. She’s the one who schedules and programs the more than 30 instructors in programs like Microsoft Office training, the Medical Office Assistant and Dental Receptionist Certificate Programs, and Business Management skills programs. She also coaches learners to achieve their career and certification goals with the program. Please welcome Fraser Valley Continuing Education Manager, Kim Rosset!