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Five Recommended Best Practice Strategies for Job Carving with Individuals with Disabilities and Barriers

Tips from the Front Line Employment Specialist By Joanna Samuels In today’s complicated and competitive labour market, people with disabilities are often excluded from the workforce leading to high rates of unemployment for these population group (Baker and Vaks, in AAIDA, 2015). Yet, working is critical for how we define ourselves and “create our personal sense of identity” (Eichler, 2017). As a ... Read More »

Offender Placement: Are we doing the best we can with transitional employment?

By Loretta Smith My staff and I work with a difficult client group. All of our clients are offenders, and we are mandated to work with the offenders based on risk. Within provincial correctional institutions, we generally do not program the low-risk; we focus on the medium and high- risks offenders. We work with the offenders who do not walk into employment agencies unless it is a Court Ordered re... Read More »

Career Development for Living the “Good Life” on Purpose

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The water is never still – a metaphor for labour market information

By Kristen Cumming I have a particularly deep love for labour market information. I like economics, and demography, and employment numbers, and GDP indicators. I also hold a profound love for career development. I like discovering the dreams held close to the heart that drive people to explore and risk and try. I am privileged to witness the transformational moments in people’s lives when they ali... Read More »

Career Management: your secret weapon to be a winner in today’s Talent Revolution

How can small businesses benefit from career management tools? And what can large enterprises learn from small business owners? How can businesses of all sizes turn to career management to make sense of today’s ever-changing world of work and the Future of Work? These are the questions that will be discussed at the May 11th Toronto book launch for Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Busin... Read More »

Canadian Millennials: The same in many ways but different in others…you may be surprised

By Michael Adams Twenty years ago I introduced my fellow Canadians to the idea that demography was not always destiny and that values matter most. In my book Sex in the Snow, I demonstrated this by showing that within each generation of Elders, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, there were social values segments which we called tribes. Some tribes had more traditional values such as deference to authority... Read More »

How to Effectively Navigate Maternity Leave Career Transitions

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT WORK! By Avra Davidoff, M.C., R. Psych. A maternity leave is a transition experienced by many women. This transition is often a critical turning point for the family, the individual, and one’s career. However, less common is the focus on how it impacts career development. If you are anticipating a maternity leave or are in the midst of one, here are some tips and strate... Read More »

Tech-Savvy Millennials and the Need for Career Development

A recent survey of Canada’s Millennials, which focused on their social values, has provided fascinating insight into, and ousted tiresome stereotypes about, this diverse generation. Bruce Lawson, President of The Counselling Foundation of Canada, one of the groups involved in doing the survey, offers crucial information: “An overwhelming 96% of Millennials in the study define having a steady job a... Read More »

Have you or your clients considered freelancing? Here is what you need to know…

With so much buzz about the sharing or “gig” economy it is difficult to pinpoint the real opportunities for our clients to take advantage of. Although difficult to pinpoint initially, those possibilities can be an oyster of opportunity and are blind to many demographics that create barriers to employment. This economy brings opportunities for our clients that may be facing those tough barriers inc... Read More »

Being Self-Employed Versus Being an Entrepreneur

By Renée Gendron MA At first it appears that being self-employed is the same as being an entrepreneur. Both require the individuals to keep their skills current, to grow their networks and to develop resiliency skills. Both also require that the person be continuously scouting or prospecting ensuring that there are future contracts or sales. But there are many other differences that need to be con... Read More »

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