Returning to Work: Doesn’t Need to Be Difficult!

Returning to Work: Doesn’t Need to Be Difficult!



Many people are returning to work after extended periods of absence from the workforce due to employment termination, being laid-off or due to a voluntary decision to raise a family, return to school, travel or to take sometime to reset before they move forward in their careers.  To that end, we will look at some of the challenges you may experience as you make the decision to move forward and on the flip side what can be done while away from the labour force in preparation for your eventual return to work.

Difficulties Returning to Work After an Extended Absence?

  • One challenge that many of us experience is knowing that upon our return we will be leaving behind routines, projects and activities that we have been engaged in while we have been away from the workplace. This is particularly so for many parents returning after parental leave because they have been the primary caregiver for their children while they have been out of the workplace and now must relinquish that role. Sometimes easier said than done.
  • Our fear that the knowledge and technical skills we previously developed have deteriorated and are now passé because we have failed to keep up with advances in our industry. This fear usually results in feelings that we will not be able to function effectively and can be compounded if we had involuntarily (i.e. termination, laid-off) left our last position.
  • From an emotional standpoint, your pace has been moving along at a different and sometimes slower pace for an extended period time, and you may be fearful that you will not be able to keep pace. The anxiety we experience by anticipating our return if not dealt with may impact our confidence in our selves to enjoy a successful return to work.
  • One concern is having a spotty work history that cause people anxiety about returning to work because they may not have a legitimate reason for having such an employment history.

What to Do When Out of The Labour Force?

Now that we have addressed some of the reasons why people may experience anxiety and self- doubt about returning to work we will now identify some of things you can do to keep current so you are prepared to return to work when you decide to do so. The advantage that you have when not working is that you have time that you can take advantage of that time for the purposes of reinvesting in yourself. Here are some suggestions to consider;

  • Keep abreast of the industry you worked in by reading industry trade publications, following news items regarding the industry leaders, attend professional association conferences and events to stay connected with industry standards, trends and of course networking. Even attending one large event each year keeps you visible and in the industry-loop.
  • Look at the possibility of taking classes during a prolonged period of unemployment as continuing your education will help you stay current in technical skills and the practices required in your profession.This is also a great time to interest courses to expand your knowledge about a subject area that you always wanted to learn about and may turn into a new career direction.
  • Volunteering, in your industry or within an area of expertise that you want to develop in another industry, is another way to ease the transition of moving back into full-time employment.
  • Education and volunteering are excellent avenues to consider for the purposes of networking, socialization, skill development and instilling an overall sense of purpose and meaning in your life.
  • If you are looking to move into another career direction, consider engaging the services of a career development professional because they can help you gain more perspective about yourself and different career possibilities so you can find the “best fit” career for you and your life circumstances. A Career Development Professional can also help you define and set goals around personal issues, as well as, educational and skill development requirements that need to be addressed prior to branching out, as well as, a whole host of “nuts and bolts” type services such as networking, resume writing, interview skills preparation, and job search strategies once you have made the decision to move in a specific new career direction
  • If you have had a spotty employment history, consider creating a rationale for having such a history as your “spotty” past may not be much of concern if you can provide a reasonable explanation. Some of the considerations that could be included in your rationale (i.e. just in case you get asked about it) may be things like; work-life balance, return to school, family concerns, spousal relocation, etc. Employment gaps are becoming more of a reality for many people returning to work and many employers are open to considering candidates without harsh judgement if they can answer the inquiry in a thoughtful, honest manner.

Preparing Yourself to Return to Work

  • So now you are serious about returning to work so here are some suggestions to consider; First step is to define how much work is going to be part of your life. Now this question may seem obvious because you have already made the decision to return to work but it is an important step to consider throughout the entire process and should really be clear before you start your job search. You may want to ask yourself “Why do I want to go back to work?” and “What it is that you want from your next job, or possible career. Are you returning to work for the money, to be in the presence of other adults or because you feel the need to do something that has purpose and meaning? 
  • The cornerstone that guides our decisions in life including the type of work we do is our values so the final question about purpose and meaning is an important question to be able to consider and answer because the values and life priorities you have now maybe very different from what they were in the past. This is particularly so for mothers and fathers returning to work after raising children. Your priorities may be totally different which may lead you to choosing a less traditional career or even a completely new career direction. You may now aspire to have more flexibility and work-life balance than having a career with long hours, exaggerated responsibility and a big pay cheque. Your return to work will impact the people and lifestyle you have created outside of the workforce so it is important to have a thoughtful discussion with the people this decision will impact on so you can make the decision on activities you will be able to continue with while you are working.
  • Don’t keep your job search a secret! Spread the word regarding your intention to return to work. Let the people you have been hanging around with away from the job know about your intention to return to by creating and sharing a short elevator speech. Check out this quick read from Idealist Careers for more information. This includes people that are friends, volunteer colleagues, church members, and even the other hockey parents that you see on a regular basis. You never really know who you can connect with in this type of networking. Secondly, reconnect with the people you had worked with in the past to see if there are any available positions. Always great to have eyes and ears on the inside watching out for you as you are trying to re-enter the workforce.
  • Consider applying for an internship. Many industries such as; finance, engineering and the military have internship programs for individuals that are returning to work after an extended period of absence from the workforce. These programs benefit both you as the applicant and the organization because it provides you with an opportunity to “try on the suit” to see if the work is a good fit or not and it provides the employer the opportunity to check you out before considering offering you a permanent job. This sounds like a win-win for both parties.  Here is a small sample of some of the internship programs available for women re-entering the workforce;

Finally, back at Work!

Once you start to work again remember the reasons you chose to return to work and let those reasons, as well as your values and priorities drive how you approach carrying out the responsibilities of your position. Don’t try to be perfect right away, find your footing by learning as much as you can about the position and how it fits into the big picture so you can add value to the position and the organization. In time, this approach will lead to you having more self- confidence in carrying out the responsibilities of your new position.

Brian Lambier is a Career Coach and the owner and operator of Career Vitality Services Inc. located in Calgary, Alberta. We offer a comprehensive variety of career transition related services. For more information contact telephone or email



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Encore Careers and Retirement: The Perfect Match!

Encore Careers and Retirement: The Perfect Match!


Many of us don’t really think much about what the concept of work provides us until we find ourselves no longer working. This is certainly true for both individuals experiencing job loss through being laid off or after being terminated from their work and for individuals stepping into the next stage of the lives when they are retiring. Most people benefit from work in different ways such status, socialization, sense of purpose and meaning, time management and of course how could we forget to make money.

Enter Encore Careers a term originally coined by Marc Freedman who created the San Francisco based non-for profit organization that encourages and supports people to take stock of the cumulative skills, qualities and experiences achieved through a lifetime of work and marrying them with specific community causes and organizations that resonate with their value base.

So, by now the relationship between retirement and the idea of encore careers seems to be a great fit for individuals inclined to desire work in their retirements. More than 4.5 million people between 50 and 70 are already working along such a path, according to a survey by and another 21 million are about to join them.

Some of the types of industries that you may find potential for encore careers are education, social services and a whole host of non-for profit organizations. Many retirees are scratching their encore career itches by becoming entrepreneurs and starting social enterprises where they are based on a business model work toward meeting a greater social community need.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to create your own Encore Career please connect with us directly by telephone or email or have a look at the Encore Careers: Creating a Second Act with Purpose and Passion course we will be offering in conjunction with the University of Calgary Continuing Education Program beginning March 8

Brian Lambier is a career coach and the owner and operator of Career Vitality Services Inc located in Calgary, Alberta. We offer a comprehensive variety of career transition related services.

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The Perfect Resume: 3 Simple Steps!

The Perfect Resume: 3 Simple Steps


Does the perfect resume exist or can it be created? The answer to these two questions can come about by asking a few more clarifying questions. Questions like of have you yourself created a resume sent it off online or the old-fashioned way via snail mail and received a response from the company hiring requesting that you come in the interview. Well if your answer is yes then you have already answered the first of the original questions. You see, the purpose of the resume is not to get you the job but only to help you get your foot in the door for the all- important interview. If that has happened, then for all intensive purposes you have created the perfect resume to accomplish the goal of getting the interview where you can sell yourself to the potential employer. Now for question # 2 Can the perfect resume be created. Well, there are many different opinions on how to accomplish this goal so here are 3 considerations to keep in mind the next time you create your perfect resume.

Understand Your Audience

Success in landing that interview starts with the research you do prior to the actual writing of the resume. I know when some people hear the word research their eyes start to glaze over. I am not going to lie that it doesn’t take some work because it does. Having said that the amount of research that you do can be minimized if you know what information you require such as information about the organization, including any specifics the nature of their business, customers, organizational culture, initiative they have undertaken. Information about the position applying to and how the skills, qualities and characteristics of the applicant meet the need of the employer.

Create a Resume that is Easy to Read

Some think that the more information on a resume the better but in fact too much information will certainly hurt your opportunity to make it to the interview stage of the hiring process. If read by an actual person, then most potential employers will only take anywhere from 10 to 20 seconds to read an individual resume so it needs to be clear and relevant to what the reader are wanting to read. The effective use of at least an font type and size is an important consideration and I would suggest that the most common fonts that can be chosen are Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana and Calibri These font types at the 10 to 12-point size should work well and be readable by most human and robot if you are applying through a n online application system.

      Other things to consider are as follows;

  • Identifying the correct resume format that will showcase the information included. Some of the choices in this regard are Chronological and Functional and Combination resume formats
  • Ensuring the pertinent contact information is on the top of each page including name, address and contact telephone and email address.
  • Using bullets to represent the skills experience and qualities that are relevant to the job requirements you identified during the research stage of the resume preparation process.
  • Effectively use of white space so all information included on your resume stands out on their own
  • Proof read to ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors is essential

Match What You Can Offer with the Employers Needs

Creating that perfect resume means including keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in. These keywords in your resume should reference how your relevant skills, technology competencies, relevant credentials, and previous employers meet the needs of the position you are applying to. Doing so will increase the chances of your resume being compatible with a job that’s open, and your resume being chosen to be given to the person making the decision on who will be offered and interview.

Any how, and as mentioned there are many different opinions on how to create the perfect resume but the three considerations noted above will get you started in accomplishing this goal.

Creating that perfect resume means including keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in. These keywords in your resume should reference how your relevant skills, technology competencies, relevant credentials, and previous employers meet the needs of the position you are applying to. Doing so will increase the chances of your resume being compatible with a job that’s open, and your resume being chosen to be given to the person making the decision on who will be offered and interview.

Any how, and as mentioned there are many different opinions on how to create the perfect resume but the three considerations noted above will get you started in accomplishing this goal.

If you are interested in finding out more about developing a resume that will increase your success in securing an interview please connect with us directly by telephone or email .

Brian Lambier is a career coach and the owner and operator of Career Vitality Services Inc. located in Calgary, Alberta. We offer a comprehensive variety of career transition related services.



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Career Vitality & Retirement Options Coaching in Calgary

Career Vitality Services provides retirement coaching and workshops for individuals and organizations looking for support with their non financial retirement planning. All of our retirement coaches are certified through the Retirement Options Program and are certified to use both the Retirement Success Profile and Life Options Profile. Please see the following article recently in the Wall Street Journal regarding the Retirement Options programs we presently offer at Career Vitality Services Inc.

Retirement Options Interviewed on the Value of Retirement Coaching for Wall Street Journal Article

Chapel Hill, NC (PRWEB)September 10, 2014

Retirement Options, the leading global provider of retirement coach certification and retirement readiness assessments, recently provided insights into the value of retirement coaching for a Wall Street Journal Market Watch article. The August 7th article titled, “Now we need a coach for retirement, too?,” by Elizabeth O’Brien supports the fact that the traditional notion of retirement has been redefined and individuals can benefit from assistance in preparation and transition into retirement.

Retirement Options Director of Operations, Rosalie Hoffmann, along with two other executives shared statistics and insights with O’Brien, including the fact that baby boomers approaching and entering retirement are now seeking new ways to find purpose in their retirement years. “Most people understand the importance of planning financially for retirement, but other aspects of life after retirement often fall to the wayside when it comes to planning,” commented Hoffmann. “It’s critical that individuals also explore the non-financial aspects of their lives that will be impacted by their retirement such as work, family, leisure, wellness, and personal development.”

As a result of the changes in the way retirement is viewed, the retirement coaching industry has seen exponential growth. While this industry growth provides a powerful outlet for baby boomers to find meaning in their retirement years, the necessity for certified coaches has never been more important. “Working with a certified retirement coach brings both credibility and value to the upcoming retirees as they seek guidance in reaching their retirement dreams,” added Hoffmann.

“Many baby boomers have spent their entire lives preparing for retirement through dedication to their careers, their families and their financial security,” commented David P. Hemmer, President and CEO of Career Partners International, the parent of Retirement Options. “Now that they are approaching retirement, many of these individuals are turning their focus inward and finding difficulty with the transition into retirement. Certified retirement coaches provide the guidance needed to address each individual’s needs and help them find their path to a successful and rewarding retirement.”

Coaches possessing the Retirement Options designation of Certified Retirement Coach are certified in the delivery of two assessments, the Retirement Success Profile™ and the Life Options Profile™. These assessments are scientifically designed, validated and proven as effective tools that coaches use with their clients to plan for a more fulfilling retirement. The assessments provide individuals or couples with a snapshot of their current retirement planning status and a foundation for building a successful retirement plan with the guidance of their coach. “The Retirement Options program, assessments and tools are very beneficial in helping my clients identify and work towards fulfilling their retirement dreams and goals at their own pace,” commented Lorelei Fiset, a recent graduate of the Retirement Options Certification Program.

Certified retirement coaches provide invaluable assistance for one of the most important life transitions. Among the areas addressed, the most critical is how individuals will find and define meaning in their lives following retirement. “You’ve worked hard all of your life to reach retirement,” added Hoffmann. “Retirement coaching helps you live life and love retirement.”

About Retirement Options

Founded in 1989 to help individuals focus on the critical non-financial facets of retirement planning, Retirement Options is the leading global provider of retirement coach certification, and its two retirement readiness assessments: the Retirement Success™ Profile and the Life Options™ Profile. By exploring various aspects of life impacted by retirement such as work, family, leisure, wellness and personal development, these pre-retirement assessments enable individuals to plan for and enjoy a more fulfilling retirement. Retirement Options is a division of Career Partners International. Additional information can be found by visiting Retirement Options

AboutCareer Partners International

Career Partners International enhances organizational performance and people’s lives every day! As a global leader in talent management consulting since 1987, organizations of all sizes and industries trust Career Partners International for the very best outcomes to their most challenging and important talent strategies and initiatives. With the most experienced and respected consultants in more than 45 countries, Career Partners International provides clients with one-on-one access to local experts in talent development, career management, executive coaching, outplacement and career transition services to successfully assess, engage, develop and transition talent to drive organizational performance. More information may be found at



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Taking Stock: Part 3- Interests

Choosing a Career That Interests Me!

The question I often get from people is how I can find a career that is somehow related to an activity that I enjoy participating in or something that I am interested in pursuing. My answer to this question is always the same in that finding a “best fit” between your interests and what you do as a career always starts with the answer to one question; what is it about these activities that make you interested? This task sounds pretty simple right!?  After all, who knows us better than we know ourselves? In reality, the answer may not be readily apparent or even concrete enough to be that obvious without further self- reflection. The root reason for being interested in an activity, hobby or even an interest in working for a specific industry, with a specific employer, or even in a desired geographic location may relate more to a feeling or how the interest resonates with a particular value that is important for you rather than something that is tangible.

Trying to define a new career direction is complicated enough, so as a career development practitioner I strongly support the idea of simplifying the process. I have found that helping my clientele to deconstruct an interest always serves them well as it helps them better define the root reason for their interest.

This is the approach I have used with success!

1. First, let’s look at what the word interest means. For our purposes, I like the definition of interest as it is used as a verb in the following way; “Excite the curiosity or attention of (someone)”

An example of this may be; “I thought the book might be of interest to me” or “I am interested in travelling to Europe as I want to learn more about art history”

Some of the Synonyms for interest are: appeal to, be of interest to, attract, intrigue, fascinate

Now obviously, interests as it relates to career decision making is more complex as it also relates to your preferences in the activities of your work. Some examples may be tasks as analyzing information and interpreting it for others, figuring out how things work or investigating new things.

2. Secondly, now that we know that an interest is something (an activity, task), someone, or some place that attracts intrigues or fascinates us our next step is to determine what is about it that makes it so fascinating. For example, there may be many possibilities of why someone is interested in antiques. Some of these reasons could include an interest, curiosity or skill in things such as history, the search, negotiation, repair and restoration, sharing knowledge, collecting, research, the people, travel and even self- employment. The great thing about this is that all of these reasons could lead to additional types of career possibilities that involve one or many of the above noted reasons.

3. Thirdly, since a person’s interests are only one part of the larger career choice picture, considering their values, motivations, personality, strengths, skills when painting the picture of who they are and how these factors have been part of both their vocational and avocational past to identify common threads provides additional fodder to further explore future career possibilities.

4. Lastly, utilizing the services of a career development professional can be helpful as they can help you look at all of the factors mentioned above on a very formal basis through the use of interest inventories such as the Strong Interest Inventory The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) or a more informal online interest inventory would be the I Seek Career Cluster Inventory at the University of Minnesota. Both of these inventories are career assessments tools that may be used in career counseling.  Just as the informal deconstruction exercise does these two assessment tools provide insight into a person’s interests, so that they may have less difficulty in deciding on an appropriate career choice and identify possible career clusters, career industries that relates to their interests and that can be explored in more depth.

Whatever, you decide to use to further explore your interests understanding what they are and why they resonate with you as an individual will provide you with an additional level of information that will be invaluable as you journey through the career transition process.

Next Up: Personality

Brian Lambier has over 26 years of experience in the human resources, career and retirement coaching fields and is presently President/Owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary. The Career Vitality Services team believe that the cornerstone to service is to help you discover your passion so you can live your dream.

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Taking Stock: Values and Career Decision Making


By: Brian Lambier


What are values? According to the website Vocabulary .com the word values is a noun and is explained in the following manner;

 “beliefs of a person or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something)”

 The website continues by saying;

“It’s no surprise that the word values comes from a word that means “to be worth something”: People often view their values as so precious that they’d be willing to fight for them. Sometimes they do fight for them…….. 

Our values act as our internal compass that provide us with direction in making decisions by;

  • Providing us with guideposts on what is important to us and how we want to live our lives including the type of careers we choose to aspire to.
  • Providing us with information to determine if we want to make a decision in a certain direction such as choosing an employer
  • Help us prioritize and resolve conflicts between two or more values.

If we look further at the definition provided , the key words and phrases that stand out are “belief”, “emotional investment”,  and “values can belong to both individuals and groups” and  I believe these all have  important relevance in how we as individuals make change as we navigate  through the often confusing career transition ‘swamp’. After all, work is approximately one- half of our waking hours each day and people appear to be most happy , fulfilled and satisfied with their choice of employers and career direction when what they do to earn a living is an authentic expression of their personal values. Finding congruence between our values and what we do in our life , careers as well as in the our relationships with our family,friends and associates. is demonstrated in the stories of our daily lives and have an impact in helping us to find a sense of purpose and  meaning in our lives.

So, how do we define our values?  Here are three quick and simple ways to start the answering the question what are my values.

1. Values Checklist: Reviewing a Values Checklist  like the one created by Thomas Leonard and Coach U and choosing the ten most important ones and then pairing that down by defining you top 5. From there you would describe situations in your life and career experience that you have demonstrated each of the 5 values and any associated  feelings surrounding those situations. Describing these situations helps us better define our values by creating a tangible example that we can compare against experiences we may come across in the future.

2. Relate Core Values to Next Career:  Take your top your top 5 values, list several ways you can express each of those values in your next career. Be specific about what actions you’ll take.

3. Accomplishment and Achievement Stories:  Identify times in your life that you were doing an activity(accomplishments and achievements) or  work  that you found had great meaning and purpose. Describe what you were doing, where you were, what you were feeling or thinking. A great way to do this is using journal  writing  as a value determination tool  and use the above criteria to fill in each entry. Then review and indentify patterns.

In summary, the ultimate goal is to be able to answer the following question “Will my new job honor my personal values?”  If the answer is yes you have made a decision n that is congruent with you core personals values and will take you one step closer to career happiness

Next : Interests


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Brian Lambier has over 26 years of experience in the human resources, career and retirement coaching fields and is presently President/Owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary The Career Vitality Services team believe that the cornerstone to service is to help you discover your passion so you can live your dream.


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Career Change: Taking Stock of Yourself!

Skills Make You Stand Out in the CrowdPart 1: Skills 

By Brian Lambier

Welcome to our five part blog series “Career Change Taking Stock of Yourself!” which will focus on five key areas for you to consider to better understand prioir to starting your career s change process. We will explore skills, values, interests, personality, motivation and in addition we will offer posting that will explore a variety of different factors to consider when changing careers including; work culture,compenastaion and benefits, location and several others.  We all have skills that we have developed through different parts of life but sometimes what seems obvious is not too easy to clearly articulate. In escence, skills are the concrete abilities that you have that you demonstrate with consistency at work. Skills can be achieved through many different activities and can be categorized into three different types of including; technical, transferable, and self- management skills. Job Searching  shares The Top Skills Employers Seek in Job Applicants

1. Techical skills: Simply put, these are the skills that you have gained through your formal training or on the job training, transferrable are the ones that you have developed in a variety of circles of your life including work, school, recreation, volunteerism, etc.  

2. Functional Transferrable Skills: These are the skills acquired during any activity in your life — jobs, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports, virtually anything — that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your next job

3. Self- Management Skills:  are those skills that are the intangible parts of you character that most people have but often  underestimate their importance  when changing careers but most employers highly regard and covet when looking for new employees. Some examples of these are resilience, dependable, fair-minded, business, hardworking. I always look at these things as the action of the values you believe in. We will have more on values later!

As mentioned many people have difficulty identifying their skills. Here is a little help you define your skills.Take a pen and piece of paper or for people with more finely tuned computer skills your computer word processor and make three columns. Provide the following information in each column;

  • First column carefully identify and list the 10 tasks that you do at work that are most crucial to carrying out the responsibilities of your job.
  • Second  column identify all the things and steps you do to complete each of your top 10 tasks .
  • Third column identify the skills you are required to do each of those tasks.
  • Categorize each skill as either technical, functional transferrable or self -management skills

It is a deconstruction of a job descriptions of sorts!  Happy Skills Hunting!

Coming Soon Part 2: Values

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Brian Lambier has over 26 years of experience in the human resources, career and retirement coaching fields and is presently President/Owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary The Career Vitality Services team believe that the cornerstone to service is to help you discover your passion so you can live your dream.

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Health Major Retirement Issue for Calgary Boomers

Seventy per cent of  the 50-to-59 years of age Canadian Boomers, Royal Bank of Canada Retirement Myths and Realities Poll survey respondents are saying that  health is the major retirement issue they anticipate as retirees. Respondents also indicated that financial concerns come in second, with 57 per cent expecting changes to their income to be a challenge in retirement. The 2013 Retirement Myths and Realities Poll indicated that more men (73 per cent) than women (66 per cent) expressed health concerns,

So what does this all mean? For many years the popular focus of retirement in the media has been that preparing financially for retirement will create the retirement you want. Boomers facing retirement are well educated, socially mobile and are cognizant of making the choice to live a healthy lifestyle.  Many of the people that our Certified Retirement Coaches work with at Career Vitality Services in Calgary Alberta consistently share  that the quality of their retirement life is very important and that more money means nothing if your quality of life is compromised by poor health as they age.

The challenge is for Canadians to make health care and living a healthy lifestyle a prioirty. A May 2013 report released by the Candian Heart and Stroke Foundtion identifies that many Boomers may be subjected to years of bad health unless they start acting now.

So how do we create a retirement lifestyle where our overall wellness and health are priority? Yes we must exercise, eat a healthy diet , get enough sleep and manage our stress effectively but on a deeper level we must develop the skill to be objective when it comes to measuring our health as we age. This health awareness will be important for us to play an active role in our own health care decisions including;

  •  Being realistic about our health concerns
  •  Viewing our health as it is today not yesterday
  • Acceptance of health related issues is part of life and our optimal wellness
  • Actively seeking out medical attention when necessary

In doing so we also suggest four steps to health care that will be important to incorporate into a healthy retirement lifestyle;

  • Assertiveness: Being able to clearly state what you need and want to create optimal health and then taking action to make it happen
  • Establish Priorities: Making healthy choices a priority in living your healthy lifestyle.
  • Relaxed Lifestyle: Living in the moment frees us from thinking that we are not doing enough to be able to enjoy the relaxation and leisure time we have.
  • Discomfort: Developing a new attitude about discomfort where your discomfort from pain does not immobilize your retirement lifestyle.

Following these four steps as well as embracing the activities, people and being in the place that you want to be will help you will go a long way to creating a healthy lifestyle that is filled with the vitality required to live your life with zest and energy.

If you are passionate about creating a retirement lifestyle that best fits you call Career Vitality Services at (403)978-9134 today for your free initial consultation and to enquire about our  individualized retirement transition coaching services and workshops offered in Calgary. 




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The New Retirement

The New Retirement

Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 09:27 AM by Janice – 0 Comment(s)

Brian Lambier, Career Vitality Services

Popular presenter Brian Lambier will be at the Crowfoot Library on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. talking about new and traditional models of retirement.

In his retirement transition workshops, Brian has found people’s concerns tend to fall under the following common themes:

  • How do I move from deriving a great deal of my personal identity from “what I do” to “who I am?”
  • I want to continue to work after I retire from my present job. What work options do I have?
  • I have been working for 30 plus years. How do I fill my time once I retire?
  • How do I balance my retirement plans with additional family responsibilities? (e.g., children, caregiving)

The New Retirement will focus on an overview of the traditional and new models of retirement, as well as a presentation of 15 factors in the key life arenas of self, family/relationships, work/career, leisure, health/wellness, spirituality/personal development and finance that will help attendees better understand the steps they need to take to plan and live a successful retirement.

Below are some books on the topic of retirement transitions (and managing change in general):

Brian Lambier is the owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary, Alberta and specializes in career and retirement transition coaching and corporate training. He can be reached at 403-978-9134 or He will be presenting The New Retirement at Crowfoot Library on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

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The Boomer Revolution

CBC Doc Zone Presentation-The Boomer Revolution.


Planning For Your Retirement

Take a look at this trailer for a program The Boomer Revolution that was aired on CBC Doc Zone February 28th. Looks at the boomer generation from a perspective of their influence politically, economically and socially . The following is an exerpt is from the promotional material sent out prior to its airing

In the 60’s, baby boomers changed the world. In their 60s, they just may do it again.Once known as the generation that questioned authority, raised its consciousness, and dropped out of the mainstream, the baby boom generation now IS the mainstream. Boomers make up 30% of the Canadian population – more than 10 million people altogether, most in their 50s and 60s.  That means we’re in for another big shift: the largest, wealthiest generation in our history is hitting what used to be called “The Golden Years”… at the same time that life expectancy has gone up, by more than thirty years in the last century.”

“What will all those baby boomers do with all those extra years?  “

“Aging and retirement will never be the same again. ”

The archived program can be found at CBC Doc Zone -Boomer Revolution. Enjoy!



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