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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

Stay-at-Home Mother to Career Changer: The Interrupted Career Pattern

By Andrea Christensen Preface Having been a stay-at-home mom and career changer myself, I speak from the heart and with a great sense of empathy to women who are in the midst of navigating this stage of life. My experience as a teacher, stay-at-home mom, business manager, and then career practitioner (in that order) has provided me with an excellent sense of the realities of career transition and ... Read More »

Sport career transition: Strengths, challenges, and innovations over time

By Zarina A. Giannone Evolution of Sport Career Transition Research Research in the area of sport career transition has demonstrated that 15-20% of retired athletes experience transition distress, often necessitating career intervention and psychological support (Alfermann, 2000; Stambulova, Alfermann, Statler, & Cote, 2009; Wylleman, Theeboom, & Lavallee, 2004). Over the past six decades,... Read More »

Fathers at work: An examination of men’s work-family experiences

By Natasha Stecy-Hildebrandt Individuals’ careers and working lives are profoundly affected by family and care responsibilities. Increasingly, it is parents of both genders who struggle with balancing their work and home lives, particularly as there is increasing convergence in the ways women and men spend their time (Marshall 2006). However, we know less about fathers’ specific experiences with h... Read More »

The Path to Executive: What’s Different for Women

  By Maxine Clarke and Julie Chesley Presently, while 66% of business undergraduate females (Powell & Butterfield, 2013) and 78% of women in upper-level management roles (Vachon & Lavis, 2013) aspire to senior executive positions, women hold only 32% of senior management positions in Canada (Catalyst, 2014). Unlike their parents, the Millennial generation is showing signs of being les... Read More »

Cultural Influences on Impression Management: A Focus on Internationally Educated Engineers

  By Jelena Radan My tenure as a Mentor at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society exposed me to career counselling in a novel work setting, coaching skilled newcomers. In that role, I assisted newcomer professionals to embrace their strengths and to increase their knowledge about Canadian workplace practices. However, I recognized that an understanding of the obstacles that internationally educ... Read More »

Working with Emerging Adults who have Cystic Fibrosis: Information for Practitioners

By Caitie Napodi  Research evidence suggests that career development does not progress in a typical way for emerging adults who have cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease affecting mainly the lungs and the digestive system (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2013; Isralsky, Goldberg, & Shwachman, 1979; Maslow, Haydon, McRee, Ford, & Halpern, 2011). The life expectancy among those living with CF... Read More »

Preparing Post Secondary Students for Career Decision-Making

  By April Dyrda Post-secondary education is increasingly viewed as necessary to a person’s successful integration into our competitive workforce. Fortunately, this reality comes as no surprise to today’s youth, with approximately 60% of students across North America choosing to continue their education after high school1. Unfortunately, post-secondary learners are not always prepared for the dema... Read More »

Life And Career Transition of Skilled Immigrants: Emerging Issues

  By Deepak Mathew All life transitions can be challenging, and when the meaning attached to these transitions has personal, social, and cultural significance, they can be overwhelming, either in a positive or negative way (Bridges, 2009). Most transitions are successfully navigated when the internal resources of the person making the transition are supported by social and systemic factors such a ... Read More »

Career Counselling with Gender-Diverse Individuals

  By Christopher Cook In one Ontario study, 18% of gender-diverse participants believed they had been passed over for a job, and 13% reported being fired, due to discrimination based on their gender expression (Bauer et al., 2011). Over half of the gender minority participants surveyed by Lombardi, Wilchins, Priesing, and Malouf (2002) experienced verbal harassment at work related to gender. ... Read More »

Asian-Canadian Women in Leadership

  By Holly Kim Every year, thousands of Asian-Canadian women enter the workforce with advanced degrees from post-secondary institutions. With their commitment to excellence, strong work ethic, and respect for the authority, Asian-Canadian women are valued in the workforce. Fast forward 10 to 15 years. While the peers of these Asian-Canadian women have progressed to the upper level management ... Read More »

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