Top Four Motivations for Canadians Working Abroad

Canadians working abroad are afforded many opportunities to grow and advance in their careers, a fact which significantly impacts their decision to go overseas. Whether you remain in the Commonwealth, go down to the states or travel to faraway lands, there several good reasons to find employment outside of the country.

1. Living abroad provided opportunities for adventure and personal growth.

At the end of their lives, very few people have regrets about traveling too much or seeing too many foreign countries. Living and working overseas provides opportunities to experience different cultures and gain a broader perspective on world events. Canadians working abroad are more versatile and attractive to future employers because their resumes display a level of self-motivation and perseverance that other job applicants may lack. People who work overseas have demonstrated a level of drive that will set them apart from other people in their field.

2. The Commonwealth makes it uncommonly easy.

While the British Empire is not what it once was, the citizens of the Commonwealth have an advantage when it comes to traveling to other member nations. A citizen of the United States may have an easy time working in one of the territories, but they have a much harder time getting the necessary paperwork to start a career in New Zealand, for example. Countries in South America and Africa are members, and so are Australia and India. In total, there are 53 member states, including several islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. Canadians working abroad could find employers in any of these areas.

3. You gain additional skills overseas.

Canadians working abroad have opportunities to polish different language skills and learn to adapt to a diverse setting with new challenges. Depending on the country and type of industry, there can be unique regulations or a whole different cultural approach to the situations you encounter. For those who ultimately want to prepare for management roles, it helps to broaden your horizons by seeing how backgrounds and personal dispositions affect attitudes on the job. The ability to look out for yourself in a wide range of settings, even completely new parts of the world, will tell future employers that you need less handholding than your peers.

4. It’s great for family and friendships.

Sure, taking the kids out of school can mean a complicated adjustment, but those who attend school in different parts of the world experience a more inclusive education. Other families may take their kids on a week-long vacation once a year, but yours can have the chance to learn in-depth about other cultures for years at a time. Travel can be a transformative experience, especially for the young. What’s more, the friendships formed elsewhere can be lasting bonds regardless of whether the family eventually moves back to Canada. Back home, the whole family is equipped with interesting stories of life in distant lands, which can be a way to help entertain new friends.

Importance Of A Strong Business Model For Your Taxi Startup

While starting a new taxi business, the entrepreneur has to create an effective business plan that is not only efficient in explaining the business’s resources but should also give directions to move ahead. The business plan has to be something more than a program that directs the company on how to create and maintain value for the customers.

For a startup, there are a number of things that should be taken care of while creating a position among the competitors. The business plan for a taxi startup has to answer the following questions:

• Where the business should start from?
• What are the tactics and techniques to give it a good start?
• How can a taxi company evaluate that they are going in the right direction?

If a startup is successful in answering the aforementioned questions through their business plan, then they will be going to succeed, both in the short and long run. Below is the importance or significance of having a strong business plan that will influence taxi startups to pay more attention on their plans:

Target Audience Is Identified

The first and foremost step in making a business model is identification of the target audience. Once the taxi startup knows that whether they should be focusing on students, business associates, disabled people or professionals, they will be in a better position to create strategies and select the fleet of vehicles. Their target audience will dictate the type of facilities or amenities that should be available in the vehicles and how much they charge against their services.

Clear Business Processes

Before properly starting the business, the taxi startup should understand how they are supposed to work and what steps should be taken to make the business model effective. For this, the taxi startup has to identify core functions of their services like, the cities they should operate, the parking areas for their taxis etc.

Value Proposition

How can a taxi startup create its separate position when there are many service providers already working for the people? Well, the business model will dictate the unique factor that will help the taxi startup to entice customers towards their services.

Collaboration With Key Partners

No business can succeed without having support from their partners that can play their role in giving a quick start to the taxi business. The partners can either help in terms of money or can add vehicles into their fleet.

Effective Demand Generation Strategy

No business can capture a significant portion of the market right after its commencement. There has to be a strategy that creates interest among the customers, generates leads and convert them into sales. Once the demand is created, the taxi startup should design a demand generation strategy to maintain their clientele by focusing on key motivators.

Room for Innovation

An effective business model always leaves space for taxi startups to incorporate technology into their business operations and make innovation into their services. Just like they have got mobile taxi applications, there is still an opportunity to introduce something interesting yet useful and convenient for the customers.

An Update on Transdermal Melatonin Use, Sleep Challenges and Jet Lag

Ask a frequent flyer about melatonin and you will probably be met with mixed reviews. While the melatonin website offers a long list of contra-indications (1) users still find it useful to a point. It now looks like the less is more dictum of using melatonin will replace the excessive use of the past. Research is now suggesting that low dose melatonin delivered via the skin (2) may better serve those with sleep challenges including jet lagged frequent flyers.

The jet lag problem faced by frequent flyers was never going to be cured by melatonin alone. Flyers looking for a consummate solution should look at all aspects of their frequent flying lifestyle, however a review of the current research suggests melatonin can play a healthy role in the arsenal of tools at the disposal of frequent flyers.

Here is a round-up of what we know about melatonin at the moment. Starting with melatonin suppression (3), a lack encourages

Cancer proliferation
Immunity compromise
Disordered energy metabolism
Compromised reproductive function and
Altered eating behaviors

Normal melatonin production encourages

Super antioxidant protection throughout the body
Immunological modulation
Sleep onset and
Regulates hormonal function

The buzz surrounding melatonin shifted gears with research suggesting transdermal melatonin application may be of benefit where traditional melatonin use previously failed. Failures of note are oral melatonin’s short elimination half-life cycle, which meant while sleep onset could be achieved, maintaining sleep for the duration was not guaranteed. Another challenge was the possibility of overloading the liver with oral melatonin and its metabolites. As disruptive as this is a knock on effect is in how these metabolites interact with other aspects of the endocrine system.

The average person needs 0.03mg of melatonin to fall asleep. The majority of melatonin pills have multiple times that, up to 300 times. Transdermal melatonin avoids the dangers mentioned above and is easy and convenient to use. Where it really shines is in its ability to keep you asleep in a different time zone when you would normally be awake because of the daylight.

Given the mixed results and possible pitfalls of traditional melatonin use, I was skeptical but hopeful of transdermal melatonin’s promise. While my first preference is to always pick natural alternatives (like tart cherries in this instance), I can now say I would use transdermal melatonin alongside other healthy tools in my jet lag beating arsenal.

References

(1) Melatonin.com accessed 20th October 2016

(2) Use of transdermal melatonin delivery to improve sleep maintenance during daytime – Aeschbach, D et al. “Use of Transdermal Melatonin Delivery to Improve Sleep Maintenance during Daytime.” Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics 86.4 (2009): 378-382. PMC. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.