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CERIC | 02/07/17

By putting together some of the most interesting articles on career counselling and career development each week, CareerWise aims to keep you current, enrich your work - and save you time.

Autism becoming an increasing value in age of diversity hires

Microsoft launched the Autism pilot program in April, 2015, and while it is currently only available in the United States, it is looking to expand. Pragmatically, this fits in well with the trend that greater diversity of experience and thought will produce better business results. Diversity, in this case, refers not only to gender, race and sexual orientation but also “neurodiversity.”

via theglobeandmail

Asian Names On Resumes In Canada Less Likely To Get Callbacks Than Anglo Names: Report

In the report, researchers used data from a large-scale Canadian employment audit study and looked at both large and small employers as well as the callback rates for Anglo- and Asian-sounding names ― particularly Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani names.

via huffingtonpost

Canadian School Counselling Week (February 6-10, 2017)

School Counsellors are invited to join in the celebration of the Canadian School Counselling Week, Feb. 6-10, 2017. This special recognition week has been organized by the School Counsellors Chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Canadian School Counselling Week is part of a North American focus on the school counselling profession.

via CCPA

Retaining and Engaging Top Performers with Career Management

Running a small business requires a diverse set of skills: product development, customer management, operations, financial analysis, marketing, etc. In large organizations, there are departments staffed with specialists, but in small- and medium-sized businesses who employ 90.3% of Canada’s private sector workforce, business owners oversee almost every function.

via actionablebooks

A Basic Income for Canadians: What would change?

Metcalf Innovation Fellow John Stapleton’s latest report contributes to the current discussion by illustrating how a basic income would work in real-life situations. A Basic Income for Canadians: What would change? compares the actual budgets of four people receiving income security benefits — an elderly veteran, a senior living in poverty, a single mother, and a member of the working poor — revealing how each person is served by our current income security system, and how a basic income could alter their circumstances.

via metcalffoundation

How do you retire well? Experts say active is the new normal

Suzanne Cook, a social gerontologist and adjunct professor at York University, says there has been a distinct shift in how people approach retirement in recent years. "My grandfather lived to age 99," Cook told Alberta@Noon on Wednesday. "He was volunteering and was active in his community but I personally could not imagine having 35 years of retirement, very leisure-focused, as he did." Cook calls this redirection, as opposed to retirement.

via cbc

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

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. Over the past six decades, several major advances in research and theory have emerged contributing new knowledge about transition coping and adjustment, further characterizing the evolution of career development and intervention with athlete populations.

via contactpoint

Take Your Career Guidance Practice to 2.0 Mode: Hints from a Cannexus 2017 Workshop

On January 24th, my colleague Lyne Maurier and I held our first talk session at Cannexus, a major career development conference in Canada. We had a full room a very hot topic: digital practices in career counselling and career education. With that collaborative workshop, we wanted to collect ideas, thoughts, experiences and questions from the group in order to share that information afterwards.

via medium

Top 20 Fields for Internships: Get Your Skills On

This is high season for securing a summer internship, an essential talent pipeline for employers and steppingstone for students. Postings peak in March, with 30,443 advertised positions in March 2016 (if you don’t have anything by May, you’re probably out of luck). But before sending that résumé, take a good hard look at what’s on it.

via nytimes

Can Free Career Coaching Help Solve The Tech-Talent Shortage?

If you were to make a Venn diagram of the most promising jobs and jobs that have the biggest shortage of qualified workers, one position would definitely fall into the overlap: software engineer. Indeed's new service is aimed at top tech talent and hopes to fill some of the most in-demand job openings.

via fastcompany


Resources by Client Group

This section lists different types of resources geared to specific types of clients. You will find books, websites, guides, programs and other helpful resources geared towards diverse client gruops, including: LGBTQ clients, Aboriginal peoples, youth, new Canadians, people with disabilities, students and grads. If you know of a resource that you would like to share, create your free ContactPoint account and click the Add a Listing button or email with the details.


[Webinar] Understanding the Structural Changes of the New Labour Market (Delicate & Associates) / February 15, 2017 / Presented by Tom Zizys (Zizys Consulting)

via contactpoint

[Course] Understanding Diverse Clients (Life Strategies) / February 22-March 7, 2017

via contactpoint

[Conference] NCDA Career Practitioner Institute Conference (National Career Development Association) / February 23-24, 2017 / Memphis, TN

via contactpoint


Job Coach (The Career Foundation) / Toronto, ON

via contactpoint

Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (WorkSafeBC) / Richmond & Prince George, BC

via contactpoint

Youth Job Specialist (YMCA of Greater Toronto) / Scarborough, ON

via contactpoint


[Literature Search] Persons with Disabilities and Career Development

Topics covered include: Employer practices, Disability issues, Employment retention, Disability and skills, and more.

via contactpoint

[Report] Immigration and Diversity: Population Projections for Canada and its Regions, 2011 to 2036 (Statistics Canada)

These analytical products present projections of the diversity of the Canadian population. The purpose of these projections is to paint a potential portrait of the composition of Canada’s population according to different ethnocultural and language characteristics, if certain population growth scenarios were to become reality in the future.

via contactpoint

[Toolkit] BC’s Career Guide for Aboriginal People (Work BC)

Engage BC’s Career Guide for Aboriginal People to help support your students or teens in their career planning journey, all the way from exploration to success on the job. The guide offers information on career exploration, skills training, education and funding, and self-employment.

via contactpoint

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