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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 8, Issue 1 (August 4/16)
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What does WPH believe?

Business, Labour & Community: Planning for Prosperity!

From the archives: Listening to the voices of experienced workers in Hamilton: Workforce barriers and solutions

pensieve-work-man.jpg This Workforce Planning Hamilton research report completed in 2013 explores the experiences, and barriers that unemployed experienced workers face, and strives to start a dialogue that will lead to best practices to help employment counselors in their role, and job seekers to be successful in gaining employment.

Twenty experienced workers (people 45 years of age and over) were interviewed to discover their barriers to employment. 
Embracing the face of dynamic change using labour market information 

What do current labour market trends mean?

These events affect the supply and demand in the labour force across Canada. For example, the Ontario Ministry of
Training, Colleges, and Universities reported these stunning facts earlier this year:
  • 11.5 million people in Ontario were aged 15 years or older
  • 7.5 million - or 65% - were either working or actively looking for work
  • 7.0 million were employed and 82% of them had a full time job
  • Ontario's unemployment rate was 6.7%, with 505,600 people unemployed
Tracking the movement of labour market events, both locally and nationally, is the primary key to helping job seekers understand which occupations present opportunities, and which ones do not (those facing shortages or a worker surplus).
Motivation: How to be the person who just shows up and gets work done every single day

Painter Chuck Close claims he's never had a "painter's block" in his whole life. In an interview for Inside the Painter's Studio, Close said: "Inspiration is for amateurs-the rest of us just show up and get to work."

The belief is that process is liberating, and that you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you'll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are going to do what you [did] today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. 

The "just show up and get to work" motto is a great creed to live by in all areas of life. No matter what you want to get good at, you won't get there by "getting motivated," but by showing up and doing the work every single day.
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