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Cannexus Keynote Moments: 3 Questions for Dr Norm Amundson

  Cannexus, Canada’s bilingual National Career Development Conference, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Ottawa on January 25-27, 2016! In the lead up to this milestone event, we connected with some of our pre-eminent Keynote Speakers from the past nine Cannexus conferences and asked them to answer a few questions. Check back regularly to read their insights on the past, present and futu... Read More »

Empowerment Through Disclosure: Breaking Down Barriers To Employment For People With Disabilities

December 3rd has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3 (1992) as International Day of People with Disabilities. The purpose for recognizing this day is to raise awareness, understanding and support for the dignity, rights, well being and inclusion of people with disabilities who, according to recent demographic and economic statistics, constitute 10% (roughly 650 m... Read More »

Supporting Employee Success When Mental Health is a Factor

  by Mary Ann Baynton In career services or career development, you may serve both your client and the existing or potential employer by helping devise an employee accommodation plan that takes mental health into account. To devise such a plan, it is important to have an effective process whereby all parties—employer, employee, healthcare professional and/or other professionals—are able to co... Read More »

Hear the Podcast: Real Talk on using skills from a humanities degree

Ian Hartlen studied philosophy and political theory in university. What good was that? He told Career Buzz listeners that his education helped him become “a good writer, speaker and thinker, skills that are under-represented in the workplace.” Listen to the podcast (Oct. 21, 2015) to hear how Ian is using those strengths in a career he loves at The Learning Partnership where he’s... Read More »

Later life careers, demographic shifts and Hollywood’s “The Intern”: A discussion with Suzanne Cook and Lisa Taylor (Part 2)

This is a part 2 of a two part interview with Dr. Suzanne Cook and Lisa Taylor. Read part 1 to learn about combating ageism, the film “The Intern,” the benefits of intergenerational workplaces and using appropriate language. Question 5: Do you think that there are any potential myths/misconceptions that employers have about older job applicants? Lisa: I think the film (The Intern) really captured ... Read More »

Later life careers, demographic shifts and Hollywood’s “The Intern”: A discussion with Suzanne Cook and Lisa Taylor (Part 1)

This fall, Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro graced the silver screen in a lighthearted Hollywood interpretation of what goes on in an intergenerational workplace, where millennials and 70-year-old interns mix.  At the same time, CERIC (the charitable organization) which runs ContactPoint) announced funding for the Redirection: Work and Later Life Career Development project, which explores how an a... Read More »

The Changing Career Path – How the Workforce is Changing and What you Need to do About it

By Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA and Nicole Paloucci The workforce is constantly evolving and employees need to keep up with it. Temporary workers are on the rise, and even preferred by some employees. According to Statistics Canada, part-time jobs have increased by 2.3 times more than full-time jobs from 2012 to 2014. (see Bene... Read More »

Social Enterprise: The Ultimate Accomodation for Job Seekers With Disabilities

One of the most challenging roles a career and work counsellor may face is job placement for clients with special needs.  To bridge the gap between vocational assessment and job placement, service providers need to factor disability and accommodation needs into the equation in order to develop a realistic employment goal that will improve the odds for workplace success. To begin with, career and w... Read More »

Do You Need a Career Detox?

 This is part II of a blog post that first appeared on  “Twice a year, I get out of the office, breaking from my normal routine, for much needed “Think Weeks.” By actively disconnecting and looking at everything from 50,000 feet, I am able to effectively reflect, reset, and clearly rethink my goals and aspirations….For each “Think Week,” I create a life to-do list... Read More »

How 23-year-old Eleni became an MP candidate

Career Buzz Podcast: Underemployed youth? Imagine what you’ll gain by becoming an MP candidate! “After I get more experience,” was the response 23-year-old Eleni MacDonald gave after receiving an email asking who was interested in becoming a candidate in this federal election (Sept. 30, 2105). However, after a 30-minute conversation with the Ontario Green Party organizer who said... Read More »

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