Career Resilience Program

Helping Entertainment Industry Professionals Get to the What, Why and How of Career Resilience

Presented by The AFC in partnership with CareerCycles

Get to the What, Why and How of career resilience in this integrated program for entertainment industry professionals experiencing employment challenges during the pandemic.

This 4-part program is delivered remotely via Zoom and includes workshops and small group sessions, self-directed learning, community building, personalized career counselling, and practical outcomes to help build resilience, versatility and alternative income-generating activity in the challenging job market.

The program value is $200 per participant but we offer it at no cost to people who work in Canada’s entertainment industry. Admission is by application only.

Applications for the Career Resilience Program are now closed.

The program includes:

  • 3 workshops events;
  • A self-directed narrative assessment;
  • Small group career counselling;
  • A bonus workshop on interview skills and on-demand (recorded) resume and LinkedIn workshops.

Who is this program for?

If you’re finding it difficult to imagine alternatives, or already have some ideas and want to focus on how to make them a reality, this program is for you. Whether you are a quiet introvert, naturally reflective, though a hesitant joiner, or a warm extrovert, action-oriented and a wholehearted joiner, in this program you will connect with your peers in small groups and build a supportive community.

Program Outline

Part 1

  • Conversations Matter Event 1: Personal Qualities, Strengths, Desires (February 23, 2021)
  • Conversations Matter Event 2: Other People, Assets, Natural Interests (March 2, 2021)

Get clear, get organized, and get going! These interactive virtual events blend group work and individual reflection so that you can connect, reflect, and engage. Participants practice communication skills, identify strengths, desires, assets and influences, and generate possibilities. Develop career goals, find helpful strategies, get useful feedback from peers, and take away your Clarification Statement.

Part 2

Self-Directed Narrative Assessment

60-minute individual activity on Online Storyteller platform. Users are guided through a simple and engaging process of reflection on 4 experiences which results in substantive takeaways of Conversation Guide, deeper Clarification Statement, and Exploration Plans to guide next steps.

Part 3

Beyond the Online Job Search: Follow the Clues & Take Action (March 9, 2021)

Go beyond the traditional online job boards and explore effective job search tactics such as accessing employee referral programs and online networking using LinkedIn. We identify freelance and work-from-home possibilities, explore labour market clues, and guide participants to overcome procrastination and take inspired action in their job search.

Part 4

Small Group Career Counselling (starting March 10, 2021)

2 one-hour personalized group sessions with experienced CareerCycles coaches. Outcomes: situational analysis for each participant, clear next steps outlined in one or more detailed Exploration Plans, increased confidence to overcome procrastination.

Bonus Workshops

Sharpen Your Interview Skills (March 30, 2021)

They liked your application and want to interview you. Now what? Join this interactive workshop that looks at typical situations and challenges to increase the likelihood your interview investment results in an offer. We cover: how to prepare for a job interview, answering typical and difficult questions, strategizing on behavioural and situational questions, asking incisive questions, following up appropriately, and succeeding at pre-interview screening calls.

On-demand Recorded Workshops:

Facilitator’s Bio

Mark Franklin leads the team at CareerCycles, a career management social enterprise that has helped 5000+ people manage their careers for the future. He co-founded narrative tools start-up, OneLifeTools, through which he co-authored the Who You Are Matters! game, and Conversations Matter virtual experience, and Online Storyteller web application.


Mark teaches career management to grad students at the University of Toronto. In 2015, he received the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development. Mark consulted with hundreds of organizations in his earlier engineering career. Changing careers, he earned a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and led student services initiatives in two of Canada’s largest universities. Always seeking ways to unlock the power of storytelling, Mark hosts the Career Buzz radio show and podcast showcasing inspiring career stories. His insights appear on CBC, Global News, Globe and Mail. Find out more.

Information and Resources


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