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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 »

Expanding Employer Engagement in Career Development

By Phil Jarvis, Director of Inspire Partnerships, Career Cruising A minority of all career professionals are engaged in K-12 career development. Nonetheless, we all deal with clients who are products of public education. With 12 years under their belts one might expect high school leavers to have a sense of purpose, direction and confidence as they embark on adult life. Regrettably, the majority d... Read More »

Key Competencies that Matter: A Mixed-Method Research Approach

By Vedran Tintor What key competencies will help an individual land a job? Which qualities matter the most? What do employers really look for in a candidate? These, and many other questions, prompted researchers from Humber Research Analyst Postgraduate Program to explore what key competencies matter most, using a growing job occupation: market research analysts.   This study explored the per... Read More »

Wading into the workplace: Employers’ tips for recent graduates or inexperienced workers

By Jay Gosselin As throngs of recent university and college grads begin to wade into the mysterious waters of today’s job market and countless high school students search for summer jobs, I wanted to share some tips you can pass on to your clients – tips that come from employers themselves. Working as a co-op program coordinator for one of the largest universities in Ontario over the past two and ... Read More »

Lessons from the Road: Soft Skills Yield Smashing Results

Soft Skills Yield Smashing Results This is the second part of a three-part blog series on youth career development by Clinton Nellist from Road to Employment, a project developed by two post-secondary graduates who travelled across Canada exploring youth unemployment and underemployment. For more about their project visit roadtoemployment.ca. The year after I graduated from university I worked at ... Read More »

Lessons from the Road: Life as an Explorer

By Clinton Nellist This is the first part of a three-part blog series on youth career development by Clinton Nellist from Road to Employment, a project developed by two post-secondary graduates who travelled across Canada exploring youth unemployment and underemployment. For more about their project visit roadtoemployment.ca.     In the shadow of British Columbia’s mountains, deep in the... Read More »

What We Know in Our Bones – Mining for Gold

  While I am in the throes of developing a new four-part webinar entitled, What I Know in My Bones – Practical Wisdom for Employment and Training, I’d like to inspire you to take a similar journey in excavating the core beliefs, principles and/or precepts that inform and animate your work, making them open and explicit rather than hidden and implicit. To that end, let me begin with this... Read More »

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