GSEP Corner

Articles written by students who are part of the CERIC Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP) are compiled in this section of the ContactPoint website. (French-language articles are found on OrientAction.) CERIC encourages the engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students whose academic focus is in career development and/or related fields through the GSEP. For more information on GSEP, visit the CERIC website at

The 5-Year Resume: A Tool for Proactive Career Planning in the Early Undergraduate Years

  By Analise Anderson I work as a peer resume advisor in the career centre of a large Canadian university. Many of the students I see are in 4th year or have graduated, and have recently begun thinking about career entry. The 5-year resume enables students new to post-secondary education to begin proactive career planning and goal-setting. While gaining resume-writing skills, students will le... Read More »

Investigating Career Transitions of Major Junior Hockey Players

  By Lauren K. McCoy Limited exploration has been directed towards the psychological, social and physical adjustments encountered by elite athletes upon career transition, despite a significant body of research suggesting that athletes that lack transitional coping skills may be at greater risk of adverse outcomes (Smith & McManus, 2008). While recent literature has begun to investigate t... Read More »

Putting practice in place: Significant learning in a co-operative education foundational course

  By Candy Ho Typically, when one thinks of co-operative education (co-op) programs in post-secondary institutions, processes such as placing students in temporary roles and liaising with employers come to mind. Yet, there is more than meets the eye, as the educational components of teaching and learning in co-op programs is rarely mentioned, arguably because there seems to be a disconnect be... Read More »

Career Education and Student Engagement

  By Annelise Welde Career education and student engagement have been linked in existing research (i.e., Orthner, Jones-Sanpei, & Akos, 2013; Sutherland, Levine, & Barth, 2005). Student engagement can be conceptualized as the interaction between the resources that are invested by students and institutions to enhance students’ experiences, learning outcomes and development (Trowler, 2010). ... Read More »

Trade to Teaching: Second Career or Second Phase?

  By Barb Gustafson As a part of doctoral-level research at the University of Saskatchewan, I surveyed trades instructors at three Western Canadian post-secondary institutions about their career transition from trades practice to teaching. The survey was followed up with focus groups for a qualitative-dominant mixed methods study that was completed in November 2014. While questions of motivat... Read More »

Teach for Tomorrow: Career Education and Student Engagement

  By Annelise Welde Career education, student engagement, and social justice are linked, as students’ career aspirations are influenced by their ethnic affiliations and socioeconomic conditions (Porfeli, Hartung, & Vondracek, 2008). In this paper, I will underscore the importance of career education in promoting positive life outcomes for all students.   Career Education and Engageme... Read More »

What happens when you don’t make the NHL? A Qualitative Investigation of the Experiences of Retired Major Junior Hockey Players

  By Lauren K. McCoy Research on career and life transitions has expanded to include unique sport transitions facing elite athletes. However, the psychological, social, and physical adjustments associated with athletic career transition and retirement continue to be under-researched (Smith & McManus, 2008), despite a significant body of literature suggesting that athletes who lack transitional... Read More »

Working with Youth Transitioning Out of Care: Information for Practitioners

  By Chelsea L. Arsenault The transition to adulthood encompasses a number of major life changes and decisions that significantly influence an individual’s career development. (Biehal & Wade, 1996; Creed et al., 2011; Young et al., 2011). Youth living in residential child care centres face a number of distinct challenges as they leave care and transition into adult life, which often impede the... Read More »

Grieving After Job Loss: Honouring the Loss and Instilling Hope

  By Jessica Isenor Losing one’s job can be a difficult experience with which to cope. It can lead to a host of physical and mental health problems (McKee-Ryan, Song, Wanberg, & Kinicki, 2005) as well as relationship difficulties (Harris & Isenor, 2010). There are also those who derive much of their core identity from their work, and when it is taken away, they can experience a grieving re... Read More »

Rethinking leadership in a feminized profession

  By Christina Neigel Like many educators in applied fields, I began my journey as a practitioner, specifically in the field of Library and Information “Science”. After performing as both a support worker (library technician) and as a manager (librarian), I gained important exposure to the ways in which a feminized profession operates. Later, as an instructor and head of a library and informa... Read More »

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