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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

Preparing Post Secondary Students for Career Decision-Making

  By April Dyrda Post-secondary education is increasingly viewed as necessary to a person’s successful integration into our competitive workforce. Fortunately, this reality comes as no surprise to today’s youth, with approximately 60% of students across North America choosing to continue their education after high school1. Unfortunately, post-secondary learners are not always prepared for the dema... Read More »

Life And Career Transition of Skilled Immigrants: Emerging Issues

  By Deepak Mathew All life transitions can be challenging, and when the meaning attached to these transitions has personal, social, and cultural significance, they can be overwhelming, either in a positive or negative way (Bridges, 2009). Most transitions are successfully navigated when the internal resources of the person making the transition are supported by social and systemic factors such a ... Read More »

Career Counselling with Gender-Diverse Individuals

  By Christopher Cook In one Ontario study, 18% of gender-diverse participants believed they had been passed over for a job, and 13% reported being fired, due to discrimination based on their gender expression (Bauer et al., 2011). Over half of the gender minority participants surveyed by Lombardi, Wilchins, Priesing, and Malouf (2002) experienced verbal harassment at work related to gender. ... Read More »

Asian-Canadian Women in Leadership

  By Holly Kim Every year, thousands of Asian-Canadian women enter the workforce with advanced degrees from post-secondary institutions. With their commitment to excellence, strong work ethic, and respect for the authority, Asian-Canadian women are valued in the workforce. Fast forward 10 to 15 years. While the peers of these Asian-Canadian women have progressed to the upper level management ... Read More »

The 5-Year Resume: A Tool for Proactive Career Planning in the Early Undergraduate Years

  By Analise Anderson I work as a peer resume advisor in the career centre of a large Canadian university. Many of the students I see are in 4th year or have graduated, and have recently begun thinking about career entry. The 5-year resume enables students new to post-secondary education to begin proactive career planning and goal-setting. While gaining resume-writing skills, students will le... Read More »

Investigating Career Transitions of Major Junior Hockey Players

  By Lauren K. McCoy Limited exploration has been directed towards the psychological, social and physical adjustments encountered by elite athletes upon career transition, despite a significant body of research suggesting that athletes that lack transitional coping skills may be at greater risk of adverse outcomes (Smith & McManus, 2008). While recent literature has begun to investigate t... Read More »

Putting practice in place: Significant learning in a co-operative education foundational course

  By Candy Ho Typically, when one thinks of co-operative education (co-op) programs in post-secondary institutions, processes such as placing students in temporary roles and liaising with employers come to mind. Yet, there is more than meets the eye, as the educational components of teaching and learning in co-op programs is rarely mentioned, arguably because there seems to be a disconnect be... Read More »

Career Education and Student Engagement

  By Annelise Welde Career education and student engagement have been linked in existing research (i.e., Orthner, Jones-Sanpei, & Akos, 2013; Sutherland, Levine, & Barth, 2005). Student engagement can be conceptualized as the interaction between the resources that are invested by students and institutions to enhance students’ experiences, learning outcomes and development (Trowler, 2010). ... Read More »

Trade to Teaching: Second Career or Second Phase?

  By Barb Gustafson As a part of doctoral-level research at the University of Saskatchewan, I surveyed trades instructors at three Western Canadian post-secondary institutions about their career transition from trades practice to teaching. The survey was followed up with focus groups for a qualitative-dominant mixed methods study that was completed in November 2014. While questions of motivat... Read More »

Teach for Tomorrow: Career Education and Student Engagement

  By Annelise Welde Career education, student engagement, and social justice are linked, as students’ career aspirations are influenced by their ethnic affiliations and socioeconomic conditions (Porfeli, Hartung, & Vondracek, 2008). In this paper, I will underscore the importance of career education in promoting positive life outcomes for all students.   Career Education and Engageme... Read More »

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