In my role as an employment counsellor, I am forever being asked about what types of jobs will be popular in the future. “What should I get into?” they ask. “What will give me a guarantee of money from now until I retire?” and “Will I be able to retire?”

“That depends,” I always say.

“What kind of an answer is that?” they say. “You spent all those years in university to come up with a stupid answer like that?”

Actually, it is because of university I always come up with an answer like that.  If I were to give really accurate advice in my university days, I would have said to find out what I was doing, then concentrate your efforts on doing the opposite.

I studied archaeology, and because of it, I spent a good deal of time keeping the wolf from the door – literally. I once did a survey of archaeological sites in the sub-arctic of British Columbia and regularly had wolves and bears circling my tent reading the menu.

When I got out of that situation, I went home to find creditors doing pretty much the same thing. Back then, being an archaeologist meant financing our own investigations. Bu the time we were paid off for one, we borrowed to finance the next.

I determined that archaeology was a labour of love that I couldn’t afford any longer, so I got out to be an employment specialist.

Would I recommend if as a viable career today. Yes. Here’s what happened. Huge multinational engineering started hiring and buying the archaeologists and their piecemeal  companies. Suddenly there was value on the science – largely due to the PR we gave the science years before. Now a person can be an archaeologist with a paid off mortgage.

In other words, conditions changed

Another  way to determine the jobs of the future is by keeping an eye on the local labour market. In Vancouver, a company  called Seaspan was recently awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to build two supply ships and a Coast Guard Cutter. To build these, they will need a first class facility. This means that the company will be bidding on other contract and there will be a huge demands for both skilled and unskilled labour – especially welders and steel fabricators.

Get certified and get rich. At the low end, I would guess the wages will be around $40/hour. When you factor in overtime, you will become a real tax payer.

I sense a third category of work. I have two tenants in a hose. One lives upstairs where tenants incessantly complain about the downstairs neighbours using a patio for an office, and people downstairs who complain about the people upstairs whi walk around with jackhammers attached to their shoes. It might have something to do with the laminate flooring we installed last year.

Last week, Armageddon broke out between the factions – RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOCKEY GAME!  I started looking through the Yellow Pages for a tenant whisperer. There weren’t any tenant whisperers, but there certainly could be.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.





  1. energywriter Says:

    Great advice.

    Don’t forget to check spelling before you send.

  2. energywriter Says:

    More good advice served with a dollop of humor.

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