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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, IN-DEPTH: Learn More Languages

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Richard is an Economic Development Officer working in Canada. Richard explains the importance of having a good work-life balance, what he likes and dislikes about his job, and what's necessary to get a job in his industry.

Degree: Business/Commerce
Job Title: Economic Development Officer

Job Summary: Business Development

Job Description

Business development is a combination of networking, strategic analysis, marketing, and sales. Business development professionals can be involved in everything from the development of their employers' products and services, to the creation of marketing strategies, to the generation of sales leads, to negotiating and closing deals.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

There are business development jobs in all industries - from tech startups to huge international corporations. Sometimes they are considered as business-to-business sales.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Society for Training and Development or the International Society for Performance Improvement.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$50,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Networking, Organizational skills, Mathematical skills

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<span m='17810'>of</span> <span m='17870'>my</span> <span m='17990'>control</span> <span m='19040'>that</span> <span m='19420'>cause</span> <span m='21060'>businesses</span> <span m='21490'>to</span> <span m='21610'>close</span> <span m='22180'>or</span> <span m='22370'>they</span> <span m='22830'>cause</span> <span m='23310'>people</span> <span m='23610'>to</span> <span m='23740'>lose</span> <span m='23960'>their</span> <span m='24090'>jobs.</span> <span m='25580'>It's</span> <span m='25890'>a</span> <span m='25930'>very</span> <span m='26150'>competitive</span> <span m='26680'>world,</span> <span m='27620'>and</span> <span m='28240'>we</span> <span m='28460'>have</span> <span m='28610'>to</span> <span m='28720'>live</span> <span m='28950'>with</span> <span m='29560'>the</span> <span m='29670'>realities</span> <span m='30250'>that</span> <span m='30390'>not</span> <span m='30570'>every</span> <span m='30740'>business</span> <span m='31090'>is</span> <span m='31200'>going</span> <span m='31420'>to</span> <span m='31480'>survive.</span> <span m='32490'>So</span> <span m='32780'>it's</span> <span m='33300'>difficult</span> <span m='33880'>to</span> <span m='34660'>see</span> <span m='34830'>that</span> <span m='35020'>happen,</span> <span m='35790'>especially</span> <span m='36990'>to</span> <span m='37120'>businesses</span> <span m='37430'>that</span> <span m='37660'>you've</span> <span m='37810'>helped.</span> </p><p><span m='38630'>I'd</span> <span m='38970'>say</span> <span m='40310'>early</span> <span m='40670'>on,</span> <span m='42690'>when</span> <span m='44200'>I</span> <span m='44240'>first</span> <span m='44480'>started</span> <span m='44750'>my</span> <span m='44880'>career,</span> <span m='45470'>I</span> <span m='45570'>decided</span> <span m='45960'>to</span> <span m='46680'>try</span> <span m='46950'>working</span> <span m='47400'>in</span> <span m='47590'>two</span> <span m='48070'>languages.</span> <span m='48610'>In</span> <span m='48720'>Canada,</span> <span m='49170'>we</span> <span m='50060'>have</span> <span m='50170'>two</span> <span m='50320'>official</span> <span m='50670'>languages--</span> <span m='51320'>English and</span> <span m='51720'>French.</span> <span m='52830'>And</span> <span m='54400'>it</span> <span m='54440'>was</span> <span m='54650'>kind</span> <span m='54840'>of</span> <span m='54920'>a</span> <span m='54990'>choice</span> <span m='55410'>early</span> <span m='55670'>on</span> <span m='55940'>whether</span> <span m='56190'>I</span> <span m='56240'>would</span> <span m='56620'>focus</span> <span m='58330'>on</span> <span m='58740'>working</span> <span m='59100'>only</span> <span m='59290'>in</span> <span m='59470'>English</span> <span m='59850'>or</span> <span m='60040'>to</span> <span m='60260'>try</span> <span m='60530'>and</span> <span m='60630'>work</span> <span m='60840'>in</span> <span m='60920'>both</span> <span m='61190'>languages.</span> <span m='62120'>And</span> <span m='62330'>by</span> <span m='62450'>doing</span> <span m='62780'>so,</span> <span m='63320'>I've</span> <span m='64310'>been</span> <span m='64459'>able</span> <span m='64730'>to</span> <span m='65360'>bring</span> <span m='67060'>my</span> <span m='67240'>skill</span> <span m='67520'>set</span> <span m='68120'>up</span> <span m='68280'>in</span> <span m='68450'>two</span> <span m='68670'>languages.</span> </p><p><span m='70110'>So</span> <span m='70270'>I</span> <span m='70320'>mean</span> <span m='70530'>if</span> <span m='70630'>you</span> <span m='70750'>can</span> <span m='70870'>learn</span> <span m='71270'>more</span> <span m='71560'>than</span> <span m='71700'>one</span> <span m='71890'>language--</span> <span m='72390'>and</span> <span m='72650'>it doesn't</span> <span m='72910'>have</span> <span m='73090'>to</span> <span m='73170'>be</span> <span m='73300'>French.</span> <span m='73660'>It could be</span> <span m='74020'>Spanish</span> <span m='75150'>or</span> <span m='75640'>Chinese</span> <span m='76310'>or</span> <span m='77370'>anything</span> <span m='77800'>that</span> <span m='77940'>will</span> <span m='78210'>give</span> <span m='78390'>you</span> <span m='78560'>an</span> <span m='78670'>edge.</span> <span m='80140'>Language</span> <span m='80520'>is</span> <span m='80630'>very</span> <span m='80860'>important</span> <span m='81440'>and</span> <span m='82810'>is</span> <span m='82960'>something</span> <span m='83410'>that</span> <span m='83540'>you'll</span> <span m='83710'>always</span> <span m='84040'>have.</span> <span m='84460'>And</span> <span m='85880'>it's</span> <span m='86390'>a</span> <span m='86470'>skill</span> <span m='86790'>set</span> <span m='87020'>that</span> <span m='87960'>many</span> <span m='88250'>people</span> <span m='91110'>can</span> <span m='91320'>do</span> <span m='91430'>a</span> <span m='91510'>lot</span> <span m='91730'>with.</span> <span m='92520'>It</span> <span m='93640'>takes</span> <span m='94710'>a</span> <span m='94800'>pretty</span> <span m='95020'>refined</span> <span m='95460'>skill</span> <span m='95780'>set.</span> </p><p><span m='99810'>It's</span> <span m='100120'>not</span> <span m='100290'>likely</span> <span m='100600'>that</span> <span m='100740'>you'll</span> <span m='100920'>get</span> <span m='101100'>your</span> <span m='101300'>dream</span> <span m='101620'>job</span> <span m='102210'>as</span> <span m='102320'>your</span> <span m='102440'>first</span> <span m='102750'>job.</span> <span m='104050'>I</span> <span m='104190'>think</span> <span m='104410'>the</span> <span m='104490'>best</span> <span m='104790'>advice</span> <span m='105170'>is</span> <span m='106780'>to</span> <span m='107120'>build</span> <span m='107570'>on</span> <span m='107720'>every</span> <span m='107990'>job</span> <span m='108310'>that</span> <span m='108430'>you</span> <span m='108550'>have</span> <span m='109120'>until</span> <span m='109840'>you've</span> <span m='110120'>reached</span> <span m='110380'>your</span> <span m='110520'>dream</span> <span m='110800'>job,</span> <span m='111730'>and</span> <span m='112240'>to</span> <span m='112500'>treat</span> <span m='112840'>every</span> <span m='113080'>job</span> <span m='113480'>is</span> <span m='113580'>though</span> <span m='113820'>it's</span> <span m='114790'>very</span> <span m='115020'>important</span> <span m='115700'>because</span> <span m='117230'>you</span> <span m='118470'>don't</span> <span m='118620'>want</span> <span m='118740'>to</span> <span m='118790'>go</span> <span m='118960'>through</span> <span m='119180'>your</span> <span m='119280'>day-to-day</span> <span m='119760'>work</span> <span m='120730'>life</span> <span m='121490'>not</span> <span m='121780'>enjoying</span> <span m='122180'>what</span> <span m='122330'>you</span> <span m='122420'>do.</span> <span m='123210'>Put</span> <span m='123360'>everything</span> <span m='123700'>you have</span> <span m='124190'>into</span> <span m='124310'>your</span> <span m='124430'>job,</span> <span m='124840'>and</span> <span m='124940'>you'll</span> <span m='125380'>do</span> <span m='125520'>well</span> <span m='125780'>at</span> <span m='126090'>it.</span> <span m='126400'>And</span> <span m='126570'>it</span> <span m='126630'>will</span> <span m='126780'>help</span> <span m='127060'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='127380'>If</span> <span m='127840'>you</span> <span m='127930'>don't</span> <span m='128120'>enjoy</span> <span m='128479'>it,</span> <span m='129350'>it</span> <span m='129490'>will</span> <span m='129620'>help</span> <span m='129870'>you</span> <span m='130410'>move</span> <span m='130699'>on</span> <span m='130880'>to</span> <span m='130949'>something</span> <span m='132320'>later</span> <span m='132640'>on</span> <span m='132940'>that you</span> <span m='133090'>will</span> <span m='133280'>enjoy.</span> <span m='133790'>So</span> <span m='134130'>if you</span> <span m='134230'>put</span> <span m='134360'>your</span> <span m='134470'>heart</span> <span m='134790'>into</span> <span m='135170'>it,</span> <span m='135620'>good</span> <span m='135860'>things</span> <span m='136050'>will</span> <span m='136670'>come.</span> <span m='137150'>I have</span> <span m='137330'>a</span> <span m='137510'>great</span> <span m='137780'>family.</span> <span m='138200'>I have</span> <span m='138340'>three</span> <span m='138580'>young</span> <span m='138810'>kids,</span> <span m='139450'>and</span> <span m='140340'>they mean</span> <span m='140420'>the</span> <span m='140500'>world</span> <span m='140790'>to</span> <span m='140900'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='141750'>And,</span> <span m='142630'>you</span> <span m='142720'>know,</span> <span m='142980'>when</span> <span m='144780'>I</span> <span m='144850'>work,</span> <span m='145290'>I</span> <span m='145330'>work</span> <span m='145590'>hard.</span> <span m='146090'>And</span> <span m='146370'>I</span> <span m='146410'>put</span> <span m='146620'>in</span> <span m='147440'>a</span> <span m='147500'>full</span> <span m='147790'>workday,</span> <span m='148230'>but</span> <span m='148400'>I</span> <span m='148470'>don't</span> <span m='148680'>work</span> <span m='150330'>evenings.</span> <span m='150790'>And</span> <span m='150900'>I</span> <span m='150940'>don't</span> <span m='151130'>work</span> <span m='151370'>weekends,</span> <span m='151900'>so</span> <span m='152210'>it's</span> <span m='152590'>important</span> <span m='153200'>to</span> <span m='153290'>me to have</span> <span m='153510'>that</span> <span m='153760'>family</span> <span m='154080'>time</span> <span m='154850'>and</span> <span m='155100'>to do</span> <span m='155400'>fun</span> <span m='155670'>things</span> <span m='155970'>with</span> <span m='156080'>my</span> <span m='156200'>kids.</span> </p><p><span m='156590'>So</span> <span m='157350'>I</span> <span m='158220'>try</span> <span m='158370'>not</span> <span m='158550'>to</span> <span m='158640'>think</span> <span m='158830'>about</span> <span m='159700'>my</span> <span m='159870'>day-to-day</span> <span m='160300'>work</span> <span m='160570'>tasks</span> <span m='161210'>outside</span> <span m='161600'>of</span> <span m='161950'>my</span> <span m='162080'>work</span> <span m='162350'>hours</span> <span m='163380'>because</span> <span m='164980'>I</span> <span m='165190'>don't</span> <span m='165320'>want</span> <span m='165450'>that</span> <span m='165630'>to</span> <span m='165700'>interfere.</span> <span m='166510'>They're</span> <span m='168350'>only</span> <span m='168840'>young</span> <span m='169200'>once,</span> <span m='169740'>and</span> <span m='170030'>I</span> <span m='170130'>want</span> <span m='170370'>them</span> <span m='170550'>to</span> <span m='170640'>have</span> <span m='171540'>the</span> <span m='171750'>best</span> <span m='172020'>experiences</span> <span m='172670'>that</span> <span m='172790'>they</span> <span m='172900'>can</span> <span m='173070'>possibly</span> <span m='173490'>have</span> <span m='173750'>at</span> <span m='173830'>this</span> <span m='173980'>stage.</span> <span m='175000'>And</span> <span m='175320'>at</span> <span m='175440'>the</span> <span m='175520'>same</span> <span m='175730'>time,</span> <span m='175990'>I</span> <span m='176060'>want</span> <span m='176260'>to</span> <span m='176310'>give</span> <span m='176570'>my</span> <span m='176740'>work</span> <span m='177520'>it's</span> <span m='177730'>full</span> <span m='177900'>attention</span> <span m='178170'>when</span> <span m='178440'>I'm</span> <span m='178865'>at</span> <span m='179290'>work.</span> <span m='179640'>And I</span> <span m='179700'>do</span> <span m='179870'>just</span> <span m='180150'>that.</span> <span m='180640'>So</span> <span m='180790'>it's</span> <span m='181570'>about</span> <span m='182180'>giving</span> <span m='182550'>it</span> <span m='182720'>100%</span> <span m='183760'>all</span> <span m='183940'>the</span> <span m='184040'>time,</span> <span m='185080'>no</span> <span m='185160'>matter</span> <span m='185410'>what</span> <span m='185550'>you</span> <span m='185630'>do,</span> <span m='185970'>and</span> <span m='187030'>good</span> <span m='187110'>things will</span> <span m='187270'>happen.</span> </p>","file":{"id":595327,"video_id":"","name":"2995-Richard - Economic Development Officer IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":188499,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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