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What do I Want to Be when I Grow Up?

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Crossroads of Work

NHL player, Movie Star, Actor, Fireman, Astronaut – all good choices and we’ve all probably wanted to be one or the other at some point in our lives. The little girl in me still thinks I could be aballerina!

Sadly though, we need to grow up (or at least get older) and have to make real-life decisions. As a recruiter, I meet and speak with a lot of people – I mean a lot – and over and over again I’ll have candidates applying for a position for which they have no educational background. The reason they’re applying, of course, is that they cannot find work in their chosen field.

A great (or bad) example of this is teachers. I have received so many calls from candidates with degrees/diplomas in education that are desperately looking for any kind of work – and according to an article in the Globe and Mail, June 2017, their odds are not going to improve for some time.

Not to say teaching isn’t a worthy goal, I still have some teacher heroes that I remember, but when you’re planning your courses in college or university, you need to do your homework (pun intended)…and find out if there are going to be jobs available.

You really need to spend your life working at something you love – or at least don’t hate! – so really give it some thought. Do you detest math and need a calculator to add 2 + 2? Well, perhaps accounting isn’t for you. Maybe you love to draw but don’t relish being a starving artist? Graphic design? Whatever your interests and strengths there are so many options out there but you may need to think outside the box.

Greater minds than mine have created a number of great articles sharing their insights on what the job market will look like over the coming years.

Here are a few to get you started:

10 Job Skills You’ll Need in 2020

7 Critical Skills for the Jobs of the Future

These Are the Skills of the Future, According to 39 Industry Experts

Elon Musk to the Young and Ambitious: Skills Matter More Than Degrees

Bill Gates: These Skills Will Be Most In-Demand In The Job Market Of The Future

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Canada for the first time

Just make sure that when you ARE planning your future, do some research on the leaders in your chosen field. They have arrived at their position for a reason.

by: Pam Inglis

Brand New Team Room Available

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Get inspired and get in action. Team Room 703 is ready to be the workspace where you will make your next big business move and become a game-changer in the industry.

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The Rostie Group provides more than just office space. When you become a part of our waterfront work community, your team is set up for support, growth and success. The Rostie Group is a community of professionals working together with a great team of staff who go the extra mile to personalise your work environment, making this workplace a place you want to be everyday.

20 bay stRBC WaterPark Place is the newest and hottest building in Toronto’s Financial South Core. Fully renovated and connected through Toronto’s PATH system, this prestigious 20 Bay Street address is home to more than a few big names in the industry. This summer will be humming with excitement right outside your new workspace. You can commute on your bike along the shore, have lunch in the gardens by the waterfront and catch a Blue Jays game after work; with the Rogers centre and Union station only a 5 minute walk away. The diverse and liveliest parts of the city are at your fingertips!

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Our Reception team will greet you every morning and provide all your clients with the best in customer care. Your mail and packages are delivered to your office everyday. If you have any questions or need a friendly familiar face to chat with – Reception is your go-to spot.

The Meetings Manager is here to handle all your meeting needs; from interviews to training sessions and evening events we have an array of meeting rooms that are available for your use. Every tenant receives an allotment of meeting room hours – no additional fee!

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Our Marketing and Communications Coordinator plans in-house events for every occasion – Social Fridays, Chili Cook-offs, Holiday Festivities – and is there to keep the energy up. The Rostie Group lounge encourages positive interaction between all tenants, creating new friendships and business colleagues. Engaging and informative free Breakfast and Lunch workshops are held at The Rostie Group on a regular basis. We bring in leading industry names to provide guidance on the latest technology trends, how to grow your business, client-focused relationships and more!

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instagramWhen you are ready to hit the gym with your new found friends, TriFit has outfitted 20 Bay St, with an up-scale gym experience right in the building! Exclusive to WaterPark Place tenants only for $35/month – this brand new amenity includes group fitness classes, spinning, state of the art weight training machines with lockers and showers. TriFit gym ensures your team can take a well needed workout break without leaving the work community!

Need your computer hooked up? Looking for some troubleshooting help? We have an onsite IT team here to ensure all your technical needs are taken care of immediately. Because lets get serious – the Internet is everything these days! The Rostie Group prides itself on being a flexible and customizable work community. Configure your new team space to reflect your company’s values, there is room for up to 20 people!

The Rostie Group is looking forward to meeting with you, getting to know your business and team members and welcoming you into our waterfront work community. Come and see for yourself what Toronto’s thriving South Core has to offer. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

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The Scoop is out for June!

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Summer is always bustling down by Toronto’s Waterfront! The Rostie Group has opened The Sales Hub – coworking for sales professionals! The first of its kind, this open workspace caters to high-energy deal closers looking for a place to be productive.  Come and check it out today!

Mark your calendar for the Rise & Shine Executive Breakfast on June 15th: Video Presenting for Business Professionals and Executives with film director Kunle Bristow! Video is the best way to build your brand and connect across a wide variety of platforms. Learn more about how you and your brand can utilise video on June 15th!

Canada Day is also around the corner, which means the Redpath Waterfront Festival is gearing up and putting their sails up! Tour international tall ships, visit the Royal Canadian Navy Cook Off, and celebrate with the Parade of Sail. Free and running July 1-3, this is the summer event you don’t want to miss.

Millennials – Challenges in the Workforce

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Everyone knows that the millennial workforce thrives on coworking, coffee and flexibility in their chosen career path(s). There is even a study called NextGen to support this! “Where Generation X values control over work, development opportunities and pay satisfaction, Millennials are driven by the more social needs of flexibility, appreciation and team collaboration” (PwC, 2014). Many millennials identify their work habits as multifaceted; calling themselves entrepreneurs, tech-pros, freelancers and bartenders all at once. A one track career path is seen as boring or lacking in opportunity these days. Life-work is connected now more than ever, and everyone wants a personal experience, and to work for a brand that represents them (think Coca-Cola’s name bottles).

The challenge is this:

How can I merge my personal goals with my career and income generating goals?

You could take the advice ‘follow your passion and the money will come’. Well what if your passion is watching full seasons of ‘Friends’ on Netflix, with no breaks, all week long?

Or follow the trend right now and become an insta-famous tech startup! Maybe move to Silicon Valley, wear awesome Chive t-shirts and have a man-bun.

It works for these guys —-> https://www.pinterest.com/explore/man-bun/

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Ultimately you should start by envisioning and outlining what you expect in a job – any job! Salary, type of coworkers and boss (if any), environment (office, home, coworking space, the jungle or the beach) and specifics of what you will actually be doing!!

Just saying “I want to start a business” won’t start the business. Usually taking action and getting out into the world is better than spending hours planning and talking about what you are going to do.

Millennials are not ‘lazy’ or too ‘entitled’. Most millennials, like any other generation, want to work hard; they just want to work hard at something that they believe in. Young people have tons of great ideas, sometimes it is just hard to know where to start.

A good place to start is with a virtual office and coworking membership.

You get the best of every world with these packages.

A professional business address will give you an edge in any field – especially when writing to potential investors/donors/funding opportunities.

Also it will save time and money – all your mail and packages are collected for you and arranged nicely for pick up or delivery! No more waiting around for deliveries or worrying about cheques being lost in the mail. You won’t need to hire a receptionist or assistant either!

Coworking and coworking spaces are in generous supply around the world today. Providing an alternative to busy coffee shops; like-minded individuals and teams can bounce ideas off of one another or work quietly without the restrictions of a coffee shop or distractions of home.

Before signing up to any ol’ space on the block, explore your options! Be sure to make a list of what you envision your coworking experience to be.

Is free coffee important?

Can you have a dedicated, personalized space with a locked filing cabinet?

Is there 24/7 access?

You may have a day job and want to work on your other ventures by night!

What about when you have guests, coworkers or potential investors stopping by…is there meeting room space available on the fly?

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There are a variety of workspace cultures available. Be sure the one you choose aligns with your goals and expectations in your career and personal life.

Coworking and Virtual Office Memberships – http://www.torontomeetings.com/cowork.htm

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