Optimism is a key ingredient

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It’s often been noted that adversity will make you stronger. In Pictou County we’ve had more than enough bad news on the job front in recent years – coming to a real crunch the past few months. It’s to the point where if there’s such a thing as developing a muscle to aid job creation, the area has had its share of this sort of exercise.

To that end, the dilemma facing hundreds of Convergys employees is next in line to require some deliberation. And in fact this Thursday a meeting is being offered involving those workers – who will be out of a job in September – the local campus of Nova Scotia Community College, Northern Opportunities for Business Limited, Career Connections, Bergengren Credit Union and hosted by MLA Tim Houston.

Certainly others have been in a similar boat – being accustomed to that regular paycheque and benefits, followed by a turn of events that means starting over or turning in a new direction. But with the recent changes at the local Michelin plant resulting in a downsizing of its workforce, closely followed by the announced shutdown of the call centre, we’re in something like a perfect storm.

Maintaining optimism can only help. One of the employees, Terry Megeney, said learning what these organizations have to offer is a step needed to make this turn a new beginning rather than the end.

No doubt these workers have had heart-to-heart talks among themselves, friends and family members. But this meeting – at the Westville municipal building, 7-9 p.m. – could kick off some interesting dynamics. Hearing in an open forum what others have in mind, or perhaps a bit of brainstorming upon hearing presentations from the organizations might plant some seeds.

Certainly the NSCC will be able to give some idea of occupations poised to grow and NOBL can spark some thoughts for those who have entertained the idea of starting a business.

Again, it’s not a position anyone would ask for, but it’s crucial to think of it as a new beginning.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Convergys, Northern Opportunities for Business Bergengren Credit Union Michelin

Geographic location: Westville

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