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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 ceric.ca/grad_program.

Reflections from a Career Counsellor Intern – Vulnerability and Career Development

By Mary Elizabeth Cobb “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.  Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”                             – Brené Brown During my graduate studies I have been intentional about taking time to examine research that strikes a chord.  Brené Brown’s TED talk The Power of Vulnerability triggered a significant professiona... Read More »

Making Sense of Career Counselling Interventions in Canada

By Eleanor Becker Preface Like the field of counselling psychology at large, career counselling theories and their corresponding applied interventions have undergone shifts and transformations over the past several decades, often in attunement with socioeconomic and political factors (Neault, 2014). It has been suggested that there are a number of trends among recent theories of career counselling... Read More »

How can crafting your job improve your wellbeing, performance and meaning at work?

By Jessica Londei-Shortall Preface Sometimes, individuals need to change jobs to find their calling. Other times, they simply need to perform a few little tweaks to improve your meaning at work and general wellbeing. My doctoral thesis aimed to answer three main questions: Which aspects of their jobs can employees control and modify (or craft)? Which job crafting behaviors are the most important i... Read More »

Career Development Success: Themes Among the Experiences of Young People Formerly in Care

By Ashlee Kitchenham Preface Career development is often an exploratory and leisurely process for many young people transitioning into adulthood from industrialized countries in the 21st century (Arnett, 2000). This population is typically supported emotionally and practically by their family of origin and as a result they are able to allocate more time and resources to pursue higher levels of edu... Read More »

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 »

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