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Working with Muslim clients: Adopting multicultural and social justice counselling competencies

Career professionals need to consider the diverse cultural identities and needs of Muslim jobseekers Walaa Taha Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world, and within Canada, the Muslim population is rapidly expanding. According to the Pew Research Center (2011), Muslims account for 3.2% of the Canadian population, and their global population is…

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Allyship terms, tips and tools to support career development work

Applying a social justice lens to career development work enables practitioners to assist clients while challenging the status quo as allies and advocates Natasha Caverley and Kathy Offet-Gartner  Being referred to as an ally is a gift. It is a privilege and an honour, but also humbling and daunting. Once allyship is recognized, the ally carries the responsibility to…

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Keeping hope alive for clients in the criminal justice system

Flexibility, advocacy key to providing career support for incarcerated clients Ron Elsdon “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul” – Emily Dickinson Canada geese walked freely in this women’s prison grounds; inmates and volunteers did not. It looked foreboding at first. Large circles of barbed wire ringed the facility. An escort…

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Case Study: Bridging the digital-literacy gap for mature workers

Integrating new technologies in career development programs increases participants’ confidence and workforce relevant skills Megan Stannard and Alison Reaves Imagine that you have been let go from the job that has been your career for the past 20 years. Your resume has not been updated in years, and you have never applied for a job online. Your computer…

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Improving access to career supports is essential to Canadian sector’s maturity

A new benchmarking tool aims to explore what makes a strong career development sector Taryn Blanchard, Sareena Hopkins and Lisa Taylor Canada’s career development sector enjoys an enviable international reputation. While attending the 2019 International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) Symposium in Norway, Lisa and Sareena were struck by how frequently other…
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Hiring a Chief Diversity Officer isn’t enough to make workplaces safer for racialized employees

HR needs mechanisms in place to prevent bias in performance management practices Janelle Benjamin With the movement for social justice in full swing, many workplaces feel compelled to do something, anything, to demonstrate that they are diverse and inclusive and support the notion that #BlackLivesMatter. With each new Chief Diversity Officer job posting, companies in…