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.