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Eleonore Fournier-Tombs

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs graduated from McGill University in 2006 with a B.A. in history and political science. Like many arts majors, she fell into the non-profit world, working first for UNICEF and then for an international development organization called Development and Peace. During these first work experiences, she discovered a passion for communications, and now manages communications at Motivate Canada, a youth organization in Ottawa, while completing a distance masters in sustainable development at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Recent Articles by Eleonore Fournier-Tombs

Busting Gen Y myths and bridging the age gap

Busting Gen Y myths and bridging the age gap

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs
After having worked with, managed and supervised youth for a few years now, and still being a young person myself, I’ve come across a number of preconceptions that, in my view, widen the intergenerational gap and can make the work place challenging for young workers and our older colleagues alike.
Posting things online: The use of the Internet for career-building

Posting things online: The use of the Internet for career-building

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs
"There are two sorts of professionals in this field. The majority get some contracts and do their job, but the ones who get more work talk about what they do, put up their videos online and get talked about."
Have you ever considered a career in government?

Have you ever considered a career in government?

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs
Once hired, public servants have the potential for a secure job for life. They are paid good entry-level salaries and have the opportunity to steadily move up. Moreover, they can learn about and contribute to Canadian policy in a wide variety of fields.
Are distance degrees worth it?

Are distance degrees worth it?

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs
I knew that in order to move up, I would eventually need a Master’s degree, but was unwilling to quit my job and go back to being a student. Not only did I love working, but I thought that work experience was just as important as extra education and couldn’t decide which to choose – so I did both.
Is becoming a professional about your skill set, or mind set?

Is becoming a professional about your skill set, or mind set?

Eleonore Fournier-Tombs
When I moved up, I didn't want to be cute anymore. I started wearing suit jackets and speaking out at meetings, occasionally shouting out "I disagree!" with great enthusiasm. I tried to seem serious and contribute meaningfully to decision-making. Most of my colleagues were excited for me, but not all.
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