The vast majority of Canadians wish they could go back to school to improve their skills: Monster poll

    Nearly 90% of respondents say they would get back into the classroom to
    advance their careers or learn something new

    MONTREAL, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - An overwhelming majority of Canadians
responding to a new online survey say they would go back to school
and hit the books this fall if they could.
    The new online survey involving 1,144 Canadians asked visitors to the following question: "Do you wish you could go back to school to
upgrade your skills this fall?"
    A remarkable 87% gave a thumbs up to the idea of returning to the
classroom this fall - if only they could.
    Among the positive responses, 58% said going back to school would "help
me achieve my career goals." Another 29% who said yes to school also admitted
that they were not learning anything in their current job.
    The remaining 12% of respondents - or about one in 10 - said no to a
return to school, saying they are satisfied with their life and work.
    "Learning, improving skills and expanding your horizons should be a
lifelong calling and it is interesting to see just how clearly people come to
realize and understand that once they are in the workforce, earning a living
and trying to get ahead today," said Monster Canada vice-president of sales
and general manager Peter Gilfillan.
    "We like to say at Monster that it is never too late to aim higher, reach
farther and dream bigger. Creating a more fulfilling life can involve going
back to school full-time or part-time, or taking evening courses. Fortunately,
there are plenty of options today for people to consider if they are ambitious
enough to go for it."
    Putting yourself on a more fulfilling path is not as hard as you might
think, says Monster life coach Robin Sharma, who offers these helpful hints on
how to keep growing both in life and on the job in his article Too
Busy Making A Living:
    Make the Time to Think. In this hectic day and age, we seem to be too
busy to think. Can you recall the last time you thought deeply about the
meaning of life and the legacy you hope to leave. Saying you are too busy to
stop and think about the way you are living is like saying you are too busy
driving to stop for gas - eventually it will catch up with you.
    Be a Person of Action. People who have built richly rewarding lives are
people of action. Contrary to popular opinion, knowledge is not power. It is
only potential power. Knowledge has value only when it is acted upon. Truly
fulfilled people act on what they know. They act on their goals, doing
something small each and every day to advance them. And they act on their
dreams rather than spending their lives waiting for something great to happen.
    Simplify Your Life. Management guru Peter Drucker once noted that "There
is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at
all." The wisest and most dynamic people of our world have cultivated the
habit of spending their time only on those activities that are important. To
all others, they say "no". Take an inventory of what you do in your days and
get rid of all the time wasting, life draining pursuits.
    Live in the Moment. Life is a gift. Yet too many of us spend our lives
chasing that pot of gold on the horizon rather than enjoying the rose garden
that lies in our backyards. To jump start your life, begin to savor life's
simpler pleasures. Watch the sun rise. Read a great piece of literature or
relax to a great piece of music. Dance barefoot in the rain or study the
intricacy of a spider's web after it has rained. Every day offers up gifts of
nature to those who have the wisdom to notice them.
    Visit to read the complete article Too Busy Making A Living,
as well as Reinvent Your Life, by Lisa Epstein, and others that offer insights
and advice on life and career management.

    About Monster Canada
    Monster Canada ( is Canada's leading online career
resources portal - a bilingual, user-friendly site that is improving the
employment and recruitment experience in today's competitive job market.
Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading
global careers and recruitment resource online. With a local presence in key
markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by
connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing
personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites
and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers.
Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ 100. To
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For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Robert Waghorn,
Monster Canada, (514) 350-0702,; Mark Nusca, Porter
Novelli Canada (for Monster Canada), (416) 422-7179,

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