CERIC launching three new publications for K-12

Educators and counsellors working with students in kindergarten to grade 12 will benefit from three new research-based resources published by CERIC that will be launching at the Cannexus18 National Career Development Conference in January.

Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors was developed by an international research team led by Calgary’s Mount Royal University and aims to explain the fast-changing field of computing and to inform decision-making around related education and career paths.

Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth assists schools to become trauma-informed and deliver culturally responsive curriculum that helps students make the connection between the classroom, career development and their futures. This resource has emerged from a three-year, multi-city, multi-province Canadian research program examining the integration of newcomer and refugee youth, led by the University of Winnipeg.

The Early Years: Career Development for Young Children – a Guide for Educators and a Guide for Parents/Guardians – are the result of Memorial University research examining the career development process of young children, aged 3 to 8, and include practical strategies for how teachers and parents can positively influence this process.

All publications are available for free download and Bridging Two Worlds and The Early Years are also available for purchase in print.

For more information, go to ceric.ca/publications.

Careers in the curriculum. What works?

A new report from the UK’s The Careers & Enterprise Company examines teaching career development as part of the curriculum, which it describes as a range of interventions that allow students to encounter career learning as part of their everyday classes.

The review looks at over 100 UK and international studies published in the last 20 years and identifies six actions that schools can take to optimize the impact of careers in the curriculum: vision and leadership; a well-designed curriculum; a strong focus on the learning process; trained staff capable of delivering careers in the curriculum; engagement of school partners; and delivering consistency and volume.

In addition, this report provides recommendations for developing the evidence base and underlines the need for further high-quality and better co-ordinated research efforts.

To read the full report, visit careersandenterprise.co.uk.

Labour and education: Key results from Canada’s 2016 Census

Statistics Canada’s latest 2016 Census release looks at the evolution of working patterns among Canadians and identifies changes that create new challenges and opportunities – such as population aging, immigration and automation technologies – as well as draws a portrait of the changing face of education in Canada and how Canadians are equipping themselves through education for the jobs of today.

Just a few of the key findings:
• More than half (54.0%) of Canadians have college or university education and Canada has the highest proportion of college graduates among OECD countries.
• A larger population of people aged 65 and older are working. Nearly one in five Canadians aged 65 and over reported working at some point during 2015, which is almost double the proportion compared to 1995.
• Canada’s labour force has been growing in large part due to increased immigration, with immigrants accounting for 23.8% of the labour force in 2016, up from 21.2% in 2006.

For more information on the 2016 Census, go to statcan.gc.ca.

NCDA and CERIC partner to offer webinar series on non-traditional career paths

CERIC is partnering with the US-based National Career Development Association (NCDA) for the first time to jointly offer webinars and will launch with a three-part series – Preparing Your Clients to Successfully Embrace a Non-Traditional, Entrepreneurial Career Path with Ron Elsdon, starting February 14, 2018.
In today’s work world and that of the future we can create meaningful and rewarding careers without depending on conventional employment where the nature of our work is defined by others.

Estimates show more than 25% of the working-age population engaging through non-traditional paths, and this is growing.
Participants will learn why, when and how creating an inspiring and practical non-traditional, entrepreneurial career path can be valuable to your clients and to you.

To learn more and register, go to ceric.ca/webinars.

Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2018) released

Each fall, the national Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition determines which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees based on eight criteria: Physical Workplace; Work Atmosphere & Social; Health, Financial & Family Benefits; Vacation & Time Off; Employee Communications; Performance Management; Training & Skills Development; and Community Involvement.

Several new organizations join the ranks every year while many others repeat as the best in their industry. There are 16 new names for 2018, as small as Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada with 265 employees, and as big as Alberta Health Services with 45,975.

Throughout the year, regional top employer lists as well as special interest employer lists are also published, including Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers.

For more details, go to canadastop100.com/national.

New CERIC literature searches explore emerging issues in career development

CERIC has recently released five new literature searches, providing comprehensive listings of key research in several emerging areas of career development. The latest literature searches include: Changing Workplace, Intersection of Diversity & Inclusion, Volunteerism, Social Enterprise, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

A total of 42 literature searches is now available, covering such topics as Career Development Theory and Career Management Models, Economic Benefits of Career Guidance, Parental Involvement in Career Development, Labour Market Trends, Mental Health Issues in the Workplace, and more.

As a student, academic or practitioner in the field, literature searches are helpful resources if you are researching the latest thinking or proven best practices. They are also valuable if you are considering a submission to CERIC for project partnership funding in order to gain an overview of major work already done in your area of interest.

To access the literature searches, visit ceric.ca/literature-searches.