Career Services of the 22nd Century

Let’s take trip. Warp speed into the future. How do you think career services has developed? Has it been able to evolve? Did it fall flat due to cutbacks and lack of innovative ideas? Are lack of jobs, an employer’s market, and recession still terms being thrown around by the general population? Maybe by this time we have found a way to genetically modify infants to match the skills of their inevitable future careers. Eliminating the need for choice and the confusion felt by those in the early 21st century. Do you think the future looks bleak or optimistic in our field?

Whether you’re a glass half empty or full type of person it doesn’t change the fact that the future is coming. Heck, the future is here. The generations growing up can navigate an iPad before they can tie their shoes. So that means our career development world is changing. Nowadays it’s all about online research, job search, counselling, networking. Who needs a hard copy résumé when you can build a résumé and develop an entire network with LinkedIn?

As career development practitioners we need to be the front runners on this change in our field. We need to be the ones open to adapt to technology, find ways to market our services, be the “cool” thing to do, or risk being put in a museum as a “whatever happened to…?”

At CERIC there is a National Challenge going on to increase the profile of career counselling and practitioners in our field: ceric.ca/nationalchallenge. We know our services are beneficial to members of our community, but it’s apparently not being recognized and sought out. So how can we adapt and re-invent our industry?

To paraphrase my friend Tupac Shakur; “Let’s not talk about how we should change it [the world]. I don’t know how to change it, but I know if I keep talking about how dirty it is around here, somebody is going to clean it up”.


Stephen Coseni is a current George Brown CWC student and practicum student at CERIC. He’s looking to expand his knowledge in the career development sector by taking an active role on ContactPoint. Stephen has experience as an ESL Teacher overseas which has led to an interest in researching the overseas job market, working with newcomers and learning about career transitions.

2 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Victoria
    August 21, 2013, 10:02 am   /  Reply

    I am one of the judges for the National Challenge. We see so many comments about career services being underused by young people, that career services are poorly understood or that they are not seen to be cost effective. It is to be hoped that the results of the Challenge will be the catalyst for change and renewal by users and practitioners alike

  2. Victoria Driver
    November 26, 2013, 1:15 pm   /  Reply

    Just read There are 3 million jobs available and no one in my generation wants one aka vocational jobs are not glamourous. Wonder if this is another indicator that the career gurus who talked about “finding your passion” were guilty of more than hyperbole. Overlay that belief with being told how wonderful you are and getting acknowledged just for showing up and it is no wonder no one wants to get their hands dirty and/or thinks they should be hired as an executive without a shred of relevent work experience. It seems no one wants to pay their dues anymore. I know of a young man who literally refused to work after earning his B Comm if he could not begin as a manager. He had no work experience but was convinced his degree made him highly employable. He spent his days watching TV or sleeping. It would be interesting to know if he ever found work and/or whether his parents continued to enable his behaviour by letting him live at home rent free.

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