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Prospect's 2020 Annual Review

An extraordinary year resulted in our staff pulling together and exceeding expectations. Our brand values were put to the test, and we showed that Innovation, Collaboration, Enthusiasm, Professionalism, and Drive aren’t just words in our employee handbook. They are exemplified by our staff every day.

You can access the 2020 Prospect Annual Review by clicking here or through the embedded link below. 

Coping Strategies During a Global Pandemic

How do you maintain your mental health and well-being during a global pandemic?

It's a difficult and stressful time, especially during times of isolation when everything seems so uncertain. What's important to remember is that you're not alone!

Prospect's Mihaela Slabé, Art Program Coordinator, created a coping strategies booklet that can be used when you're feeling overwhelmed.

Coping Strategies During a Global Pandemic provides strategies and resources that you can use when you’re feeling too many emotions and don’t know what to do.

Written by Mihaela Slabé and featuring illustrations by Prospect Artists:

  • Chloe Saunders
  • Daniel Cleghorn
  • Erika Andriashek
  • Jane Christensen
  • Kriss Janik
  • Marjan Akbari
  • Tommi Watts
Coping Strategies During a Global Pandemic Booklet

Is perfectionism the biggest barrier to excellence?

Photo of diamonds

Everyone knows a perfectionist – someone who looks at their work and focuses on the smallest flaw rather than the excellence of the whole.

It’s a valuable trait when it comes to cutting diamonds, tightrope walking, or neurosurgery. But in day to day work, perfectionism can be a barrier.

Sometimes you need to launch before something is perfect. (The exception perhaps – the sanitation systems on the upcoming Mars missions.) One of the best examples of an ‘imperfect’ launch was the unveiling of the first iPhone in 2007. Despite having worked on the project for three years, the team didn’t have a perfectly working prototype for Steve Jobs to demonstrate to the 3000 invited guests at the Apple product conference.

The iPhone prototype could play part of a song or a video, but it would often crash before reaching the end. It worked fine if you demonstrated sending an e-mail and then surfing the Web, but if you showed those features in reverse it might quit.

The engineers on the iPhone team ended up designing what they called a “golden path” – a specific order for features to be demonstrated. Only by following this order did the iPhone properly show all its features. Even with this victory, near the end of the demonstration the remote control for the presentation stopped working and had to be fixed. (In the words of the Pretenders, “nobody’s perfect, not even a perfect stranger.”)

Striving for perfection in your day to day has to be tempered with realism. Prospect helps thousands of people achieve their employment goals every year. The paths vary, but rarely does a perfect opportunity or perfect employment match occur. Setbacks are opportunities for learning and resilience. With accommodation on both sides, excellent results can be achieved.

For example, last month we helped an older client overcome narrow experience and a lack of confidence to transition to an entirely new industry. He cited the mock interviews, encouragement, and enthusiasm of his Prospect Career Advisor as factors in his success.

Another client who had been laid off from a position as an Inventory Team Lead followed his Career Advisor’s advice, re-targeted his resume, and secured employment as a Logistics Coordinator. Similarly, we were able to help an unemployed tutor with mobility issues to obtain a computer and find employment as an online instructor with a private school.

Of course, there are situations where we find a seemingly perfect fit for a client. In September a client who was underemployed in an unfulfilling job approached us. He had a background in customer service and sales and was lacking confidence. His Prospect Career Advisor had a talk about his experience and how he could apply his people skills to find a job better suited to his background. He also helped the client reconfigure a digital friendly resume emphasizing his customer service and sales skills. A mock interview and other prep work helped him ace “the easiest interview” he’d ever had. He is now far more fulfilled in a sales job for a service company.

Focusing on excellence, rather than perfection, might be the best strategy in this challenging economy.

How to look at 2020 and feel fortunate.

November 11

Most Albertans will be happy to see 2020 in the rear-view mirror. The pandemic, its economic toll, falling oil prices… it’s been like a play list curated by the clown from “It.”

But with Remembrance Day approaching, there is one thing that can make us all feel grateful: we live in peacetime.

To most Canadians, war is an abstract concept. Only our service people who have been posted to combat zones and people who have immigrated to our country to escape violence have a genuine appreciation of its destructiveness.

During the First World War (1914-1918), Canada had just under eight million people. Six hundred and twenty thousand enlisted in our military for service overseas. That’s eight per cent of the population. There wasn’t a Canadian street that didn’t have a resident overseas in perilous conditions.

233,000 Canadians were killed or wounded during the war. Many more returned from the battlegrounds with psychological trauma that went undiagnosed until the modern era. So as 2020 comes to an end, there are indeed reasons to be grateful. Foremost among them is that Canadian families are not being torn apart by armed conflict.

So as you pin a poppy to your collar, consider this: members of the Canadian Armed Forces are the only workers in Canada who can legally be ordered into harm’s way. As the saying goes, when everyone else is running away from danger, they are running toward it.

On Wednesday, the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, we will observe two minutes of silence for all those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. Two minutes is not enough to commemorate their service. But it is enough to realize how fortunate we are.