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This group of wise and courageous women have graciously agreed to become regular contributors to “Ask a Babe”—a place where you can ask the questions you long to have answered about your career and lives on Bay Street (and elsewhere). These “Babes” represent some of the most senior and successful women and they will be your trusted digital mentors.

Submit your questions by email and their responses will be provided on this site.

QBest advice to someone laid off by a major bank after 29 years?

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Many of the Babes have faced the daunting challenge of reinventing themselves so you are not alone. Whether as the result of a forced exit or not, the process is daunting because the shroud of title and corporation no longer define and protect you. Now, you need to define or may I say redefine yourself outside of your comfort zone and in my opinion, the best way to start to ease the fear of how you fit or where you fit in this new chapter – is to get moving and more importantly stay out of your head…shake off the doubts that you can’t do this – because you can and you must. Some have used joining a board as a re-entry mechanism.  For profit or not for profit, it doesn’t matter. It gets you re-engaged…you need to re-engage. Others have gone back to school or volunteered with the myriad of wonderful organizations out there. Be strategic. Think through your new brand. Is it devoted to your corporate expertise or something totally different? Now’s your chance to break out. If it’s education, then great, focus on education or whatever but focus. Have your activities complement  each other. Start building a network in that field. You have to create the network, you have to build your brand. Tackle this like everything else you have tackled in your 29 year career only moreso. There are many of us that are happy to help. Reach out.

 

- Dr.Nancy McInerney-Lacombe
Posted by Janet - Answered by Dr.Nancy McInerney-Lacombe - On Monday, June 6, 2016

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