[MMM] Pokémon GO & Your Next Career Opportunity

July 18, 2016 | The “Go” Edition


Good Monday morning,


I am not one for following the crowd. My initial reaction when everyone is excited about a movie, song, or trend, is to avoid it. For example, I never did see Jurassic Park nor Ghostbusters for that very reason.


This month’s trend is Pokémon GO. It was just released in Canada & has just surpassed Candy Crush out the gate for the most popular download app, crashing servers all across the North America and Europe.


What the heck is Pokémon GO? Good question. I was curious myself. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures – you guessed it – “Pokémon”, who appear throughout the real world. It uses your GPS and your camera in your phone, and one of the byproducts of the game is that you get outside and experience different places in order to find the Pokémon. The aim of the game is to get as many Pokémon as you can.


A friend of mine sharing that she was so looking forward to Pokémon GO coming to Canada.




GO – the key word in the game’s title.


The reason my friend was excited about the game is that it would encourage her kids to go outside and do things and “go” places. Ironically, the digital platform is encouraging millions of people across the globe to explore their neighbourhoods and cities, perhaps enabling individuals to truly experience all of the rich world out there. This game is also getting people to meet new friends they would have never met if they had sat on their couch at home at night surfing Facebook or Instagram.


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Part of the myth of the times we are living in is the world is at your fingertips (via the web). That same myth can speak to those looking for new opportunities in work. I was speaking this week with a client who is in our job search program. She has had some meetings & interviews, but she’s hit a bit of a roadblock and feels stuck.




My client is spending too much time online, using tools such as LinkedIn, etc. It is a very safe way and feels productive. She needs boost the amount of activity with more coffees and other events within and outside of her network. Her goal is a new role – how will she get to the goal? Very simply she needs to GO.


The world is populated with more than Pokémon, but also with a tremendous amount of opportunity and it’s not a time for fooling around. The best opportunities are found in restaurants, offices, grocery store, networking events, and practically everywhere out in the real world.


To get what you want, GO out there and get it.


Our client, Troy Kiley shared, “The best recommendation I can make is that 5 years later I still rely on the results and recommendations from Alan and the CareerJoy coaching process. Having insight into your talents and abilities sets you up for career growth and for being open to new opportunities.” 



My team and I help individuals and organizations every year in all sectors and industries make the best career and leadership decisions – and we can help you too. Who is your career & leadership coach?


Along the road with you!




P.S. Are you looking to identify, develop, and support leaders within your organization? For more information regarding our programs for employers, call or email Lee Grant, VP Corporate, at 1-877-256-2569 x 400.


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