From Pain to Empowerment: Post Divorce Career Planning

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Recovering from divorce can be a thorny and complicated process. Many look at their job future and struggle with reclaiming interests and goals they set aside while married and perhaps raising a family. In the interim, they may have changed as individuals, as skills and interests have shifted. “Often people struggle with having to rewrite their story when they weren’t prepared to,” says Ann Nakaska, a local career professional and consultant, specializing in career decision making.

“Many don’t even know what their career options are, and it can be overwhelming, especially if they were not the one who wanted the divorce. There can also be money worries for those who thought their financial future was secure. They see a hit in their economic status and realize they are solely responsible moving forward, including retirement preparation and complications that arise if there is a property split.”

Given the growing number of clients she was seeing struggling with these issues, Ann created a workshop to tackle the issues entitled Embrace Your Future: Career Decisions Post Divorce. She’ll be leading this session at the Central Library on Saturday, November 1st, where participants will examine essential workplace skills, career choices and financial options.

Ann acknowledges it can be hard to run towards a future that wasn’t anticipated or planned for, "but it’s possible if people are willing to plan a new vision of what they want in their lives, that can often be even more rewarding than the old one."

Registration for this program is easy, either online, or by calling 403-260-2782.For further exploration of moving forward after divorce, Calgary Public Library has a huge selection of print and electronic books on the subject.

Free Instructor–Led Online Courses with Learn4Life

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One of the Library's most popular and heavily used online products continues to offer Calgarians high quality courses that are never cancelled, never fill up, and support lifelong learning and personal growth on over 300 topics. All our cardholders have access to Learn4Life, instructor led online courses available from your home or office — at whatever times are most convenient for you.

175 expert instructors develop, lead, and interact with students in each course, which run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Courses are project oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion boards, supplementary links, and an optional final exam.

I recently chatted with Jim, a customer who took the Publish and Sell Your E-books course. "I thought the program was great, partly because the instructor had self published several titles, and had practical information on what the bigger vendors, such Amazon, look for. She also discussed the nuts and bolts of getting paid. It felt personal."

Courses are easily accessed through the Library's E-Library link from our homepage, under the heading of Job Search, Careers & Courses, or by clicking on the link on the left hand side under Recommended Resources. On the first page, you will find a step by step guide, along with a helpful FAQ to answer some of the most common questions.

Curious to learn more? Our Virtual Services team created this snazzy infographic to break down the details. Have you taken a course and and would like to share your experience? Contact me at I'd love to hear from you.