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A Discussion With Experts: Addressing the Challenges of Career Educators in North America

Career Cruising hosted an online event with some of the most respected names in the world of career development. They discussed the challenges facing career educators, practical coping strategies, and implementation plans with concrete examples.

Are short-term jobs the new normal?

On Oct. 22, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau commented that Canadians should get used to what he called “job churn” — short-term employment that may include a number of career changes. Morneau was clear that short-term contracts and high career turnover would continue to define young people’s careers and says the government needs to prepare for it. “It’s going to happen. We have to accept that.”

Are unpaid internships a good way to get a start in the job market?

Internships: A string of stories have surfaced over the past months about overwork, exploitation and even death among young interns eager to break into their chosen line of work. What do you think? Is it on-the-job training or exploitation? Are unpaid internships a good way to get a start in the job market?

Career management – what’s it all about?

  An interview of Wayne Pagani by Pierrette Raymond, for the Moving Forward Matters podcast. Some of the questions asked included: What are some of your tips for those going through a transition in their careers or businesses? What are some of the elements people need to know? Where do people come up short? What’s happening with baby boomers and their careers? What should people consider when thinking about a career change? What are some of the trends for careers for the future?

Career Resiliency for Women: Podcast With Lynn Schmidt and Kevin Nourse

In this podcast, Sue Kaiden, Career Development Community manager, interviews Lynn Schmidt and Kevin Nourse, authors of Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency, about resiliency and women in the workplace. Listen to the podcast to learn the basics about resiliency and discover suggested actions that women can take to address issues they encounter in the workplace. In the podcast Lynn and Kevin answer questions such as: What is unique about women and resiliency? How does it differ for women versus men? What progress has occurred over the last few years regarding women and gender issues in the workplace? What are the biggest challenges women face today in the workplace? Why is there a negative bias toward strong women who are seeking—or are in—leadership roles? How can women navigate these biases? How do women stay emotionally strong during challenges?

Does Canada need a national jobs strategy?

Matching skills to jobs: As the federal government negotiates with the provinces over how best to steer workers to jobs, businesses in some sectors and regions of Canada cannot find skilled workers. Does Canada need a national jobs strategy that integrates education, industry and immigration?

From Corporate Layoffs to Consulting Payoffs with Vicki McCullough [Podcast]

In this episode, Marc interviews his good friend, Vicki McCullough. Vicki has more than 20 years of corporate experience in marketing, communications, sales, and account management. She is the Founder and President of Sequitur Marketing, a marketing consulting business she launched in 2013. Sequitur Marketing focuses on working with professional and consulting services firms to help them budget their resources, including time and energy. It’s logical marketing steps that generate desired results. Vicki is also the part-time Executive Director of Metropolitan Breakfast Club. She is also an active community supporter, enjoys working with nonprofit boards, committees, and volunteer efforts. Vicki is a very resilient, but reluctant, solopreneur, a story that will probably be played out over and over again by Baby Boomers who move into entrepreneurship in the second half of life. Marc and Vicki discuss several topics, including Vicki’s background and experience, how it took years to decide to start on her own, what she has learned as a solopreneur, and how she keeps her job interesting.   Access the recording

Hope-Centred Career Development Webinar Recording

In this webinar, we presented a Career Development model (Self Reflection, Self Clarity, Visioning, Goal Setting & Planning, Implementing & Adapting) where hope is the centre point for all facets of the career development process. We also shared some quantitative and qualitative research, funded by CERIC, that we recently completed with university and college students in Canada and the US. In assessing levels of hope, we used the Hope-Centred Career Inventory (HCCI) as one of our measures and assessed one’s level of hopefulness related to student engagement, academic performance and vocational identity. We also explored through interviews the experiences of students who scored high on hope, but were also facing major challenges in their lives.

Is Canada Working? The search for jobs in the new world of work

  A Sunday Edition forum exploring the plight of workers coming to be known as “the precariat” – under-employed, permanently part-time and insecure.

It’sNotAcademic – The podcast: Episode four with Jay Gosselin

The guest in this episode is Jay Gosselin, a long-time student services professional and the founder of MentorU and the Discover Year program, an entrepreneurial initiative aimed at addressing these difficult questions. He is also a speaker at HEQCO’s upcoming Rethinking Access conference. We spoke to Jay about the purpose of his program, the nature of the students who use it and the impact he sees.

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