Six weeks later, with our eight boxes and four wheelie suitcases packed, Mom calls me and says that the cancer has spread to Dad’s spine.
“Short contracts without benefits, double (or triple) the duties on a low five-digit salary, unpaid overtime all the time—these became the norm. Everyone was in shock, but it was just the beginning.”
It’s rush hour in downtown Toronto one cold winter morning in 2014. With my headphones on and my eyes cast steadily downwards, I step onto the streetcar and scan for an ever-elusive handhold. Someone steps down hard on my right foot; no apology is offered. Another guy sideswipes me in the face with his backpack.… Read More »
“I QUIT!” I’ve never said this out loud, although, I’ve often fantasized about setting my computer on fire and walking away from my desk with a six-pack of “I don’t give a fuck” apple cider. It’s over the top, I know, but in the nine-to-five agency setting, quitting and changing careers is something I’ve always… Read More »
Originally from Winnipeg, Kristen Wood graduated with a “somewhat useless “Philosophy degree from University of Western. She got her start working at VICE in New York (and “moonlighting at the then celeb hot spot/night club Suite 16″). Next, she moved to Montreal to pursue a degree in graphic design and was hired post-graduation by Segal… Read More »
Kristina Partsinevelos worked in sales at IBM in Montreal, but took a risk and made a major career switch to journalism. Now, she’s a reporter at Business News Network. She talks about managing a career change, selling yourself, the importance of to-do lists and what she looks for in a co-worker. SDTC: Most of us… Read More »