My New Year’s Wish List

By Gerald Walsh ©

I am sure you will agree that 2020 has been an extraordinary year and no doubt many people will be happy it is over.

As we mark the holiday season, many of us will look back over the past year and reflect. At the same time, we also look ahead to the coming year and think about what the year will bring in our work, our families, our lives, and our community.

Here are my wishes for 2021:

  1. That we show respect and gratitude toward all frontline workers who kept us safe throughout the past year—at times risking their own health to do so.
  2. That the unsung heroes who run food banks, shelters, missions, and not-for-profit organizations receive the recognition and appreciation they so deeply deserve for their valuable contribution to our society.
  3. That everyone but particularly men speak up and push back when they see examples of sexism, discrimination, or harassment in the workplace.
  4. That our admiration is directed toward business leaders who display humility, kindness, and integrity, rather than arrogance, greed, and indifference.
  5. That our political leaders act with integrity and make decisions that are in the best interests of citizens, particularly those among us who are least able to provide for themselves and their families.
  6. That employers give young people an opportunity to launch their careers by providing full-time jobs with fair wages, good training, and valuable mentorship.
  7. That employers ensure that older workers are treated with respect and recognized for their experience.
  8. That the more “established” members of our community open doors for newcomers to Canada so that everyone is given a chance to succeed.
  9. That every young woman believes there is no limit to what she can accomplish in this world.
  10. That employers recognize having a diverse workforce is not only good for business, it is a matter of fairness and doing the right thing.
  11. That despite all the bad that is happening in the world, we realize that most people are still loving, respectful, and decent.
  12. That as we emerge from the pandemic, we maintain the same spirit of mutual support and community that helped us through 2020.


What’s on your wish list for 2021?

The Career Advisor will be taking a break for the next two weeks and will return on January 10th.

Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. During a 30 year career, he has interviewed more than 10,000 job candidates, completed hundreds of successful searches for a range of organizations and guided many individuals – from young professionals to senior executives – to successful career change. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career.” You can follow Gerry on Twitter @Gerald_Walsh and LinkedIn.