person    Co-Presenters

Élodie Chevallier, doctorate in education (UQAM)

Réginald Savard, professor (UQAM), career counsellor and psychotherapist

Alexandre Brien, professor of career counselling (UQAM)

Pawel Zaniewski,, career counsellor and doctoral student in education (UQAM)

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  • This webinar series was presented in French with English subtitles available on the recording.


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English subtitles are available on the recording of this webinar.

Webinar overview

Loss of meaning at work is a growing source of motivation for career change, particularly when it follows a significant event.  A striking example of this is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has given rise to a phenomenon of “quiet quitting.” This has prompted organizations such as CERIC and UQAM (Université du Québec À Montréal) to address the issue by funding project research aimed at understanding how major upheaval affects the meaning that individuals derive from their work and their decisions to change careers. 

Indeed, given the events anticipated in the 21st century (climate events, climate-induced migration, pandemics…), it is essential to understand the factors underlying the loss of meaning at work, to analyze this process and to determine how to provide appropriate support. 

Why career professionals should get involved

This webinar will present key findings from CERIC research on meaning at work. Employment and career counselling professionals will gain a deeper understanding of this evolving field and acquire evidence-based knowledge to enhance their practice. By considering factors that impact meaning at work and understanding how it can be lost, professionals can better support clients facing professional malaise. This webinar will help participants identify dimensions of meaning at work to support clients in creating new career plans that align with their values, promoting lasting well-being and job satisfaction.

Key learning objectives

  • Learn about the dimensions and components of meaning at work 
  • Learn about the process of loss of meaning at work, leading to career transition
  • Help define a meaningful career plan

Overview of the research project

CERIC has funded a research project aimed at shedding light on how a career shock, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, influences the meaning of work and career change choices. As part of this project, a team from UQAM is seeking to better understand the career concerns of individuals since the start of the pandemic.

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Elodie Chevallier

Élodie Chevallier holds a doctorate in education. Her research activities focus on meaning at work and career development. Since 2021, with a team from UQAM, she has been conducting research into understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the meaning given to work and career development. 

Réginald Savard

Réginald Savard is a professor at UQAM, Career Counsellor and psychotherapist whose research focuses on effectiveness and change in career counselling with orientation, integration and adaptation challenges, as well as on training and supervision. He offers a variety of clinical supervision activities in career counselling and psychotherapy.

Alexandre Brien

Alexandre Brien holds a doctorate in education from Université de Sherbrooke and a postdoc from Saint Paul University in Ottawa, and is a professor of career counselling at Université du Québec à Montréal.  Since 2022, he has been part of the research team seeking to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the meaning given to work. 

Pawel Zaniewski

Pawel Zaniewski, MSc, Career Counsellor, is a doctoral student in education at UQAM. He is working on the effectiveness of career counselling for people reintegrating into work following a common mental disorder episode. Since 2022, he has been part of the research team seeking to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the meaning given to work.