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Career development as a social justice imperative

These questions for career professionals call for intentional action to address anti-Black racism  Tracey Lloyd   We are living through unsettling times. Almost a year into the pandemic and on the heels of disturbing incidents of racial strife and injustice, many of us find ourselves reflecting deeply on what this all means for our personal and professional lives. Both the novel coronavirus and the Black Lives…

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Applying universal design as a pathway to inclusive career education

New Brunswick’s Future Ready Learning K-12 strategy aims to meet needs of all learners  Tricia Berry   There is a sense of urgency as we face the educational, societal and financial uncertainty resulting from a global pandemic. Additionally, a focus on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion have ignited important conversations. As a Learning Specialist for Universal…

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Equitable, affordable child care key to ‘she-cession’ recovery

Efforts to rebuild Canada’s economy that do not also address systemic racism will continue to leave people behind  Carmina Ravanera  The writer and feminist Audre Lorde said in 1982 that “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not lead single-issue lives.” Today, this idea must be central to Canada’s COVID-19 recovery efforts as we look toward building our economy…
Zabeen Hirji chats with participants at CivicAction’s YouthConnect event in 2017. YouthConnect helps youth prepare for the future of work through free online skills-building events focused on job searching, networking, and financial literacy. Careering

10 Questions with Zabeen Hirji, Future of Work Executive Advisor at Deloitte

Zabeen Hirji is a strategic advisor to the business, government and universities sectors, and a director on corporate and not-for-profit boards. Prior to that she had a distinguished career at RBC, including Chief Human Resources Officer from 2007–2017. Current roles include Executive Advisor Future of Work at Deloitte, Board Chair of CivicAction, a city-building organization, and executive-in-residence at Simon Fraser University. Hirji is a long-standing champion of building inclusive prosperity through…

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Working with employers to support non-traditional hiring 

Workforce development can bridge the gap between businesses with labour shortages and skilled workers without post-secondary degrees Denisse Alejo The benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace are undisputed, and now, more than ever, workplaces are paying attention to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and other dimensions when hiring. However, despite an…

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Helping international students ‘find their voice’ through identity exploration

Self-awareness can positively affect students’ employment outcomes Antonio Fadda Career development tailored to international students is a necessary component of a broader institutional educational strategy that involves many stakeholders. However, barriers hamper co-operation between organizations that offer career and personal development services to international students (e.g. higher-education institutions, non-profit and grassroots organizations). Drawing from my…