Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today… That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's GROUNDHOG DAY! (Quote from Groundhog Day)
According to Pennsylvanian Dutch lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will return to its cozy shelter and settle in for six more weeks of winter; if it doesn’t see its shadow due to cloud cover, we can look forward to an early spring. Whether or not you believe in a rodent’s ability to predict the start of spring, Groundhog Day is traditionally a time to look ahead.
February 2nd is also known as National Hedgehog Day. While most people probably attribute that to Sega’s speedy blue mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, its origin actually dates back to ancient Roman times. The folklore spread across Europe for centuries before eventually crossing the Atlantic and becoming Groundhog Day in North America in 1887.
The annual Groundhog celebration is probably best known in modern times, thanks to the classic Bill Murray movie of the same name. In the film, Murray plays a sardonically narcissistic weatherman trapped in a seemingly endless time loop – forced to relive the same day over and over. While the movie was hilarious, it is far less enjoyable when your job feels the same way. If you feel like you’re stuck in an endless rut at work, you’re not alone. Based on a recent poll conducted by recruitment firm Robert Half, 50 per cent of respondents planned to search for a new job in the next six months. With so much competition on the horizon, having an educational edge can make all the difference.
While Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous North American groundhog, Canada has a number of its own burrowing celebrities. Wiarton Willie in Ontario, Balzac Billy in Alberta, Manitoba Merv in Manitoba, Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia, and Fred la Marmotte in Quebec.
With Canada being so geographically diverse, it is no surprise that our furry forecasters often disagree with their predictions. Here are the results of 2023’s forecast across the country:
While not as mercurial as the weather, Canada’s job market remains in flux as well. The good news is it did show steady improvement over the course of 2022. Here are a few highlights according to Statistics Canada:
While the current unemployment rate is considered healthy, job satisfaction is a different matter altogether.
It is easy to get trapped in a loop of dead end jobs with indifferent or even abusive employers. Whether or not their health or employment was personally affected, the pandemic forced many people to re‑evaluate their lives and their careers. While specific numbers vary, most sources agree that the majority of workers aren’t happy with their current work situation, and are more likely to take action to change it.
Sometimes changing employers is enough, but tackling an entirely new career requires additional education. Since most mature or international students can’t afford to invest four years into schooling to obtain a full degree, the popularity of career colleges has risen significantly in recent times. With most programs averaging only a year to complete, they have helped people transition into their desired careers faster.
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The reason Groundhog Day (the movie) is such an enduring classic is because it conveys a very simple, and very true message – no matter how much time you have, it is important to make the most of it. It’s never too late to find your passion. So this Groundhog Day (the holiday), why not take a moment to reflect on if your current situation is one you’re happy with?
If the answer is no, why not see what other paths are available? Let’s face it, this is Canada – groundhog shadow or not there is probably plenty of winter left. Why not spend it in the comfort of your cozy home as you pursue one of ABM College’s many online programs?
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