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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

Evaluating systemic barriers to Canadian immigrants’ entrance into the workforce

By Juliet Obianuju Bushi   Canada’s population is in an all-time high, thanks to its rich and ever growing immigrant population. In 2009, Canada welcomed 252,179 new immigrants (principal applicants and dependents), an increase of two per cent compared to 2008, (Government of Saskatchewan, 2009). The largest group, equivalent to 153,498, or 61 per cent of total immigrants, arrived under the f... Read More »

Normalizing and exploring career uncertainty through long-form interviews

By Trevor Lehmann A criticism of career theories that conceptualize individuals as developing through social and biological developmental stages with defined personal values fixed across the lifespan is that they do not account for the uncertainty of an individual’s future due to the myriad of factors influencing career choices. The Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC) notes that decisions are influenced... Read More »

The Dire Situation of Skilled Immigrants in Canada: A Former Employment Counsellor’s Perspective

By David Marulanda   Skilled immigrants comprise a significant portion of the population in our country (Statistics Canada, 2017). Their successful settlement in Canada largely hinges on finding employment commensurate with their professional experience. Nevertheless, skilled immigrants face barriers such as stringent accreditation requirements and lack of recognition of foreign credentials t... Read More »

Broaden Career Prospects: Heritage Language Maintenance for Ethnic Chinese in BC

By Caroline Locher-Lo   Canada’s demographic makeup has been influenced dramatically by a large infusion of Asian immigrants over the past 25 years (Guo & DeVoretz, 2006). Visible minorities now comprise 19 percent of the Canadian population (Liodakis & Satzewich, 2010). In the year 2010 alone, Canada received over 280,000 new immigrants, the highest level in 50 years. These migrants ... Read More »

Ballet Dancers and the Exploration of a Performance Career

By Heejin Kim According to Gordon (1983), “[ballet dancers] are not ordinary people with ordinary needs and ordinary desires; they are a breed apart” (p. 7). The ballet world is unique that it has its own set of norms and customs (Hamilton, 1998). Dancers are famous for their extraordinary dedication for their pursuit (Hamilton, 1998; Hamilton, Solomon & Solomon, 2006), and “art does not exist... Read More »

The Double Edge Sword: Rethinking the Benefits of Delayed Gratification & Its Potential Contribution to Work-Life Conflict and Career Burnout

By Brittany Shields   In the past delayed gratification, identified as the ability to postpone immediate gratification for long term rewards, was viewed as an ability with only positive correlates such as academic achievement, high SAT scores, few behaviour problems and higher rates of college completion and income (Mischel, Ebbesen, Zeiss, 1972; Mischel, Shoda & Peake, 1988). However, ot... Read More »

Relationship Between Self-Efficacy and Calling: Sexual Orientation as a Potential Moderating Variable

By Cassidy Wilson   LGBTQ individuals continue to be some of the most misrepresented and marginalized groups of people within society, and the workforce today (Köllen, 2015; Marrs & Staton, 2016; Myung & Park, 2016). My proposed area of research involves an investigation of the connections between self-efficacy and people’s sense of calling, with a focus on the potential moderating ro... Read More »

How Much Agency Do We Think We Have?

By Mirit Grabarski   The early career theories (Holland, 1985; Law, 1981; Lent, Brown & Hackett, 1994; Super,1990) focused on person-job fit, self-concept, and multiple roles that one takes during the lifetime, with the traditional linear career path in mind. With the technological, economic and social changes in the late 20th century, a new generation of theories was interested in non-li... Read More »

Occupational Change: On the Horns of A Dilemma

By Duygu Biricik Gulseren   Occupation, as used by careers researchers and practitioners, refers to a set of duties that require similar skills (International Labor Office, 1990). When people change occupations, they change the skill sets they use to make a living. Most of the time, they need to gain new skills to be eligible for their new occupations. This is a highly costly process for peop... Read More »

Community-Based Workers: A Practitioner-Researcher’s Agenda

By Angela M. Contreras   Community workers are those who provide direct or indirect services to or for the benefit of members of vulnerable communities. Some are paid, some are unpaid. Some are full-time employees, others are part-timers. Some occupy permanent positions, others are short-term contract employees. Some are men, most are women. I also consider necessary to add that community wor... Read More »

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