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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

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 »

New Programs and Initiatives: Professional Skills Development for International Students

by Lynn Walsh and Jennifer White International students often have culturally different approaches to job search, and combined with language barriers, job search can be frustrating and cause anxiety. Providing adequate support to this population and fostering relationships for students with industry representatives and the employer community resulted in the creation of the Professional Skills Deve... Read More »

One Stride Closer: Psychological Considerations of the Immigrant Career Transition

by Basak Yanar Each year Canada welcomes some 200,000 immigrants – over half of which are “skilled” – eager to develop successful careers in their new country.1 Government initiatives and settlement agencies provide a wide array of programs designed to facilitate their entrance into the Canadian labour market. Although 80% of Canada’s immigrants succeed in finding full-time employment after two ye... Read More »

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