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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

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 »

Transfer Credit: The Rational Choice

By Barbara Gustafson Transfer credit is an increasing popular method for postsecondary students to gain training and credentials, a reflection of the exploratory nature of postsecondary education today. A study by Shaienks, Gluszynski and Bayard (2008) of Canadian postsecondary students showed two-thirds had participated in multiple programs. The National Graduates Survey of the Class of 2005, con... Read More »

Looking for the Best Detours to Roadblocks in International Professional Transitions

  By Jon Woodend Take a walk in the major Canadian cities and you will undoubtedly notice the burgeoning diversity. It is a trend that has been covered in the media, politics, and beyond. What is interesting is that this diversity is now increasing outside the traditional top destinations of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, and into cities like Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Saskatoon, and more... Read More »

The Power of Mentorship – A Personal Reflection

  By Angela Katsamakis Four years of all-consuming post-secondary study, student debt, a baccalaureate degree in hand, and unemployment staring you in the face. Three years related experience needed to apply for work in ones field of study is a daunting reality for most new graduates. Having dedicated ones former years to earning good grades and working entry level, minimum wage, jobs to pay ... Read More »

The Importance of Understanding Cultural and Familial Influences on Career Development: Through a Chinese-Canadian’s Experience

  By Danni Lei Canada is well known throughout the world as a country of multiculturalism with a diverse population. Within the counselling context, it is important to explore and understand an individual’s unique cultural influences. A cultural lens is important for understanding people’s career development, including career planning and decision-making. Within an economically and status dri... Read More »

Interdisciplinary Professional Development

  By Laura Gothreau “If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.” – Brian Tracy Finishing my first year of a Master of Counselling program at the University of Lethbridge, I’ve been reflecting on how far I’ve come, and how far I have to go.  The program has opened my eyes to a wide range of skills... Read More »

THEORY CORNER: The Need for ‘Positive Uncertainty’ in the Globalization Era

  by Barbara A. Smith Over the past 40 years, there has been a dramatic increase in global connections within technological, economic and cultural spheres, which have in turn affected the production, trade and finance that shape the world of work. Looking closer, globalization is characterized by: the emergence of a single global market for credit and money; growth of strategic international ... Read More »

The Loss of a Professional Home and the Search for Career Adaptability: The Disequilibrium of Immigration

  by Lorraine Godden In July 2009, my family and I immigrated to Canada from England. As a woman in my forties, I had built a career in education in England where I felt I was making a useful contribution to society. My skills and experience were, it seemed, of value, and I had a sense of belonging within my professional environment. I felt I had achieved a professional home. Throughout the planni... Read More »

Research: Creativity and Career Counselling

by Lauri Mills I am currently a graduate student working on my thesis in the area of creativity in career counselling, specifically the experience of career counselling professionals in using creativity with clients. Counselling literature has different ways of considering creativity; however, for the purposes of my research, I define creativity as divergent thinking, or “thinking in a broad, flex... Read More »

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