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Evaluating the impact of career programming on youth choices

Research finds career education in high school affects students in different ways depending on their family income bracket Reuben Ford Decisions, decisions, decisions … How do youth make them? What influences where they want to go in their lives? As Yogi Berra famously said: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up…

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Developing trans-inclusive career resources for students

Recognizing the systemic barriers faced by transgender and nonbinary students, University of Toronto creates career guide in consultation with community Allison Burgess and Sania Hameed Illustrations by Beena Mistry Equity, diversity and inclusion are high-priority values across the post-secondary sector, with institutions aspiring toward social justice principles in all areas of their mission and operations.…
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Editor’s note

My name is Lindsay Purchase. I am a white, cisgender, non-disabled woman. I have a university education and I am fortunate to be able to do work I find meaningful. I live in Toronto, a territory to which the Huron-Wendat, Petun, Haundenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Mississauga Anishinaabe of New Credit share a special relationship. Today, it is home…

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Storytelling is the career superpower your clients need to master

Being able to deliver a compelling career story will help jobseekers identify their value and communicate it to employers Alastair MacFadden Contemplating a path through an uncertain future can be agonizing. For students and workers, it can be particularly uncomfortable. They are bombarded with information and advice. From the future of work to the impact…

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Making career development ‘stick’ in K-12

The career development gap in schools can only be bridged by prioritizing and scaling programming Adriano Magnifico I grew up with superheroes. I loved their superpowers – Superman leaping tall buildings in a single bound or the Torch igniting into a flaming comet. I always had a soft spot for Spiderman, who could spew silk…

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Bridging the skills awareness gap through reflection

Queen’s University card sort and mapping activities can help students acknowledge and articulate their skills with confidence  Carli Fink There is a lot of chatter about a graduate skills gap, but a skills awareness gap may be more appropriate. Post-secondary students and recent graduates have many skills — skills they have learned in classes, developed…

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Career Briefs

CERIC’s Cannexus conference to go virtual in 2021  Cannexus21, Canada’s bilingual Career Development Conference, will bring stakeholders together around the theme of Career Development for Public Good and feature 150+ live and on-demand concurrent sessions in both English and French. Live sessions will be held over four days (Jan. 25 & 27 and Feb. 1 & 3, 2021) and registrants will…

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Editor’s Note

A professor once told me that to live a quiet, simple life is heroic. This stands in contrast to what we typically associate with heroism: dramatic acts of real-life bravery or Marvel superheroes fighting to save humanity. What I believe my prof was trying to tell me – to calm my career-planning anxieties – was that it takes strength to…

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Leveraging an interdisciplinary approach to succeed in a shifting job market

Career practitioners need to be visionaries and change-makers by advocating for the value of creativity and innovation Colleen Knechtel In a knowledge economy, one important career development superpower is an interdisciplinary approach for innovation. Interdisciplinary mindsets involve recognizing diverse knowledge to enable collaboration, whereas interdisciplinary skillsets embrace relational competencies, work experiences, the sciences, humanities, trades…