Wayfinder is live: Reflective practice resources to enhance experiential learning

Today CERIC has launched the Wayfinder search site from OneLifeTools, curating top resources and insights to create or improve reflective practice on experiential learning and expand career development impact.

The product of a CERIC-funded learning project, the Wayfinder is a collection of 312 resources. It can be searched by type of resource, type of experiential learning, type of practitioner (called maker), type of learner and more. If you identify as any of the following, this site is for you:

  • Post-secondary staff
  • Any designer or developer
  • Event or workshop facilitator
  • Employer
  • Community organization
  • K-12 teacher
  • K-12 counsellor
  • Student or learner

The Wayfinder site also features several additional resources:

  • Maker’s Audit & Guide: This Audit & Guide is for anyone designing, implementing, or wanting to improve experiential learning. It provides 1) a series of questions and prompts for makers to integrate best practices into their experiential learning programs and 2) examples of reflective practice questions and prompts to use with learners to unlock career development value.
  • Literature Search & Abstract: The literature search focuses on defining reflective practice and the key elements that make it effective for career development in the context of experiential learning. It sorts the reflective process into three stages essential for impactful practice: design, implementation and assessment.

To learn more, register for How Experiential Learning Supports Career Development Through Reflective Practice: Wayfinder Tool Launch on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET. Explore the new search tool, and learn reflective practices to embed in your experiential learning programs, at any level or in any setting. Presented by Mark Franklin (OneLife Tools, University of Toronto), Rich Feller (OneLife Tools, Colorado State University) and Lisa Bauman (Conestoga College).


Graduate students apply by March 31 to compete for GSEP Award

If you are a full-time graduate student whose academic focus is career development or a faculty member working with full-time grad students in career counselling or a related field, then you want to know about the CERIC Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP). Applications for 2022 are due by Thursday, March 31.

CERIC encourages engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students (Master or PhD level) whose academic research is in career development or a related field. Research areas such as Education, Sociology, Social Work, Counselling Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Business with a focus on Human Resources or Organizational Behaviour are strongly encouraged to apply.

Through this program, graduate students will be introduced to CERIC and invited to:

Interested in getting involved? Complete and submit this quick GSEP application form. If you are also interested in competing for the GSEP Award, please submit a one-page article on a career development-related topic of your choice to Alexandra Manoliu at gsep@ceric.ca by the same March 31 deadline. To support you in sharing this opportunity with students and colleagues, GSEP information can be found at ceric.ca/grad_program and this printable GSEP handout.


Announcing winter-spring webinars: Social Enterprise, Youth Career Development & Clinical Supervision

CERIC along with its partner associations will be offering a variety of webinar series in the next few months to support the career development community on a range of timely topics.

The upcoming calendar includes:

Webinar series cost $119 for members of the partnering association and $159 for non-members. For the webinar series, registered participants will receive a password-protected video recording of each session. The recordings will remain available for one month after the final webinar in the series to allow you to catch up if you miss any weeks. Individual certificates of attendance will be provided to all registered participants who attend the webinars live. 

CERIC partners with associations and organizations across Canada and beyond to present webinars that offer timely, convenient and affordable professional development. Previously, CERIC has also worked with the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, New Brunswick Career Development Association, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy AssociationAssociation of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training BCOntario School Counsellors’ AssociationExperiential and Work-Integrated Learning OntarioCareer Professionals of Canada, Ontario Association of Career Management, Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec, Association québécoise des professionnels du développement de carrière, Labour Market Information Council and the US-based National Career Development Association. 


Request for Proposals: Scoping the Canadian Career Development Landscape

Canada currently lacks comprehensive baseline data on the overall size, scope and composition of its career development sector. Having this valid and credible information is critical to inform the field itself as well as related stakeholders as to the magnitude, characterization and impact of this varied group of professionals.

CERIC is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to undertake first-of-its-kind market research about the field. The purpose is to make visible the field by answering fundamental questions around how many professionals are practising career development in some form in the country, where are they located and what is their primary focus. As part of gaining a full picture of the career development landscape across the country, this RFP also seeks to identify select high-level outcome measures that flow from the delivery of career services. Additionally, CERIC has a special interest in understanding the state of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII) among career professionals in Canada through this RFP.

This RFP invites interested researchers to submit a detailed proposal that will enable CERIC to select the research/consulting team that it determines is best suited to complete the project according to the enclosed criteria.

CERIC’s interest in this project is three-fold:

1. To develop a composite picture of the career development field in Canada: Who is doing what kind of career services and where

  • Produce a snapshot of the total number of professionals, broken down by relevant categories
  • Create a model that reflects the landscape of those engaged in career development work, both formally and informally with a focus on those at the nucleus of the field

2. To identify the impact of the career development sector in Canada for employers, educators and government policymakers through a limited number of high-level metrics

  • These stakeholder impact measures could be, for example, related to staff retention, student graduation, jobseeker employment or mental health
  • Additionally, determine the market impact of career development in Canada in terms of its contribution to the country’s economy

3. Given the increased awareness of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII), to answer whether those providing career development services reflect learners and clients who face additional barriers to career development

Deadlines for this RFP are as follows:

  • Request for Proposals Released: February 23, 2022
  • Intent to Submit: March 25, 2022 (submit name & contact info to sharon@ceric.ca)
  • Proposal Deadline: April 29, 2022
  • Award of Contract: June 29, 2022
  • Project Initiation: July 25, 2022

To learn more about the Scope of Work, Target Audience, Deliverables, Budget and Duration, and Eligibility Requirements, please download the RFP. For any inquiries, please contact CERIC Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Sharon Ferriss at sharon@ceric.ca.


Cannexus22 conference explored how career development changes lives, communities

More than 1,700 career development professionals from across Canada and around the world came together for the second virtual Cannexus conference in late January and early February. Delegates convened, shared and learned with a focus on the impact that career development can have on both individual lives and community well-being. The need for adaptability in challenging times was front and centre as the conference explored the latest research and practice to support meaningful client and learner transitions, and to build a more equitable society and prosperous economy. 

A few of the many highlights from Canada’s Career Development Conference included four candid and powerful keynotes: 

  • Waneek Horn-Miller shared her story from the front lines of the Oka crisis and passed on her mother’s advice: “Don’t hand your dreams over to those who hurt you.”  
  • Yvonne Rodney recounted her journey through the pandemic – from languishing and “blahness” to finding joy in the now – and encouraged us to “stop postponing your joy.” 
  • Randell Adjei suggested that problems offer us the opportunity to help people live richer lives using creative solutions: “We can’t experience light, if we haven’t experienced darkness.” 
  • Dr. Rumeet Billan redefined resilience and urged delegates to put in boundaries that prioritize what matters: “At the end of the day, it’s YOU that takes care of yourself.” 

The conference featured several special streams, including Sector Leaders, Around the World and Workforce Development. Presenters included many well-known career development leaders including Tristram Hooley, Spencer Niles, Norman Amundson, Gray Poehnell and Roberta Borgen (Neault). With the conference virtual once again, delegates were able to learn about career development globally with sessions from Iceland to India and Australia to Vietnam. Among the 150+ different education sessions, there was strong interest in topics around: 

  • Enhancing career development in schools 
  • Building the workforce of the future 
  • Engaging with employers around skills, diversity and careers 
  • Experiential and work-integrated learning  
  • Changing concepts of work in a post-COVID landscape 
  • Career development and mental health in organizations  
  • Career adaptation in later life 

Other components of the conference focused on making connections and peer-to-peer networking, with Cannexus22 offering exhibitor booths, “Hallway meetings,” a virtual cocktail party, a student reception and a francophone meet-up. The KAIROS Blanket exercise also offered an opportunity to explore the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

This year’s recipient of CERIC’s Etta St. John Wileman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Career Development was announced at Cannexus as Lynne Bezanson, Executive Director Emeritus of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF). Bezanson was recognized for a remarkable career, devoting herself to strengthening the reach and impact of career development in Canada and internationally.  

CERIC showcased some of its recent and forthcoming projects at the conference: 

  • Cannexus attendees got a sneak peek of Wayfinder, a new tool to access reflective practice resources from OneLifeTools. This tool comes from a CERIC-funded project meant to optimize how experiential learning can support career development through reflective practice. Watch for the public launch in the coming weeks! 
  • A Research Circle shared the initial findings from a CERIC-funded, pan-Canadian study exploring career development among Grade 4 to 6 students. Led by Dr. Lorraine Godden and research partners, the study is examining what is happening in elementary education across jurisdictions in Canada related to introducing and building career-related foundational skills. A teacher toolkit is under development. 
  • CERIC released the findings of a survey of 500 employers conducted by Environics. The survey reveals insights into Canadian organizations’ views on: skills gaps in the labour market; hiring underrepresented groups as part of EDI strategies; investing in employee career development; and accessing the services of career development professionals. Media interest has been high since the release. 

For the first time, this year’s conference also offered a bonus day, Cannexus Reflections. Scheduled just over a week after the main conference ended, this day was aimed at helping delegates reflect on what they learned and facilitate taking action. 

In a post-conference survey, 96% of delegates rated the virtual conference as good to excellent, with 95% indicating they plan to share what they learned with colleagues to impact change broadly. Delegates cited enjoying the flexibility of attending remotely, the top-rated national and international presenters and the opportunity for community-building. Some also noted suggestions for enhancing the virtual platform and others shared they were looking forward to a hybrid conference option in future.    

Comments included: 

“Cannexus22 is the best professional development that currently exists in the field of career development. As a school division program co-ordinator, this job can be lonely. Getting to connect with professionals from all over the world has been rewarding. It’s great to be in a space with like-minded people who are just as passionate about the work.” 
Kirby Krause, Career Development and Life Exploration Program Co-ordinator, Hanover School Division, MB 

“This was my first Cannexus, and I really enjoyed it. The keynote speakers were outstanding. The opportunity to network with other career development professionals was so beneficial – to learn from my peers, and share experiences was great for my own professional development.”
Bernie McFarlane, Career Coach, Find Your Way to Work, Australia  

“Cannexus is a must for all those who value learning, development and ideas sharing in the career development field. The Cannexus conference increases knowledge, critical thinking and networking opportunities, and offers CDPs around the world the chance to unite, enriching practice and experience.” 
– Bella Doswell, Faculty Instructor – Career Development Professional Diploma Program, Conestoga College, ON  

Cannexus22 was presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada with a broad network of 36 supporting organizations and partners. 

The Call for Presenters and information about dates and format for Cannexus23 will be available in the spring. In the meantime, Cannexus22 delegates continue to be able to access the conference recordings for six months. 


Nova Scotia Deputy Minister Paul Lafleche to join us for a fireside chat on March 25

In the next installment of CERIC’s Careers and Canadians series, Nova Scotia Deputy Minister Paul T. Lafleche will sit down with host Lisa Taylor to discuss how career management can be taken up as a powerful tool in public policymaking. This series invites current and former policy leaders to explore how career development contributes to the public good of all Canadians, a theme in CERIC’s new playbook Retain and Gain: Career Management for the Public Sector authored by Taylor. 

Taylor, a future of work expert who is also President of Challenge Factory, will conduct this free fireside chat on Friday, March 25 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET) with Lafleche, who is Deputy Minister, Department of Seniors and Long-Term Care and Deputy Minister, Municipal Affairs and Housing with the Government of Nova Scotia. Lafleche is an experienced senior executive and strategic advisor in government, academia and economic development. Starting in the natural resources field as an exploration geoscientist, he has had a varied career in the private and public sectors including as a licensed vocational education teacher. 

The aim of this series is to engage with government policymakers to apply careers thinking as part of public sector mandates. While career programs are typically considered the remit of departments of education and employment, there is evidence that career development principles should be included in many other public sector portfolios. Career development professionals who attend will learn how to effectively link career development to policy agendas.  

This series kicked off last November as part of Canada Career Month with Taylor interviewing former Saskatchewan Deputy Minister of Immigration and Career Training, Alastair MacFadden. One attendee called it “an inspiring and thought-provoking conversation with one of Canada’s foremost thought leaders on career development.” 

Register for the upcoming fireside chat or watch past recordings. 


New issue marks the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Journal of Career Development

The latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Career Development (CJCD) kicks off its 20th anniversary year. CJCD (Volume 1, Number 1) was launched as Canada’s only peer-reviewed academic journal at the National Consultation on Career Development conference in 2002. Since then, the journal has gone on to publish 40 issues with articles from more than 350 contributors, and to gain more than 10,000 readers. As Founding Editor Rob Shea describes in From the Editor’s Desk, “It truly has been a ‘field of dreams’ experience.” 

The current issue (Volume 21, Number 1) includes a range of timely research from a needs assessment of virtual career practitioners to systemic issues in helping marginalized populations to well-being in the Canadian workplace. 


Research in Motion

Graduate Student Research Briefs 

The Canadian Journal of Career Development is a partnership between CERIC and Memorial University of Newfoundland with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. CJCD is published twice a year. It is free to subscribe to the digital editions and all issues of the open-access journal dating back to 2002 are available online. 


Winter issue of Careering magazine shines a light on career mindsets

In this issue of Careering, we explore the many facets of Career Mindsets. Without a singular definition of this term in Canada’s career development field, we left the door open for interpretation. The result was fascinating.

Authors connected the theme to art, exploration, social mentalities, limiting beliefs, fixed and growth mindsets, design thinking and return to work. They shared how they use career mindsets to support students, from the early grades through to graduate school; newcomers to Canada and to the career development field; and jobseekers across all stages of their career.  

Articles include:   

Careering magazine is Canada’s Magazine for Career Development Professionals and is the official publication of CERIC. It is published three times a year and includes select content in French. Subscribe to receive your free copy. You can also access past issues for free online.  

The theme for the Spring-Summer 2022 issue of Careering magazine will be released later in February. Check back on ceric.ca/careering for the call for article proposals or sign up for CERIC’s free CareerWise Weekly newsletter to get the latest updates.


24 bursaries awarded to attend Cannexus22 virtual conference

A total of 24 career development professionals from across Canada will be attending the virtual Cannexus22 conference, courtesy of two bursaries administered by CERIC. The Marilyn Van Norman Bursary has been awarded to 13 practitioners from community-based employment agencies and the Young Professionals Bursary granted to 11 early career professionals.

Funded by The Counselling Foundation of Canada, the Marilyn Van Norman Bursary is given in the name of CERIC’s former Director of Research Initiatives and recognizes her more than 40 years of leadership in career development. Recipients of the Marilyn Van Norman Bursary this year represent the country from coast to coast to coast, including British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Bursary winners are non-profit community-based career development and employment practitioners who work with a range of client populations, including Indigenous peoples, refugees, immigrants, international students, Black communities, francophones and unemployed adults.

The Young Professionals Bursary is a partnership between CERIC and the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) designed to support emerging employment and career development practitioners. Bursaries are awarded to ensure the diverse voices of the new generation of employment and career practitioners are represented and that young professionals can benefit from the professional development and networking at the virtual conference. Preference is given to applicants from equity-seeking groups. The young professionals – 30 years of age or younger – who are among the winners this year include those from PEI, Quebec and Alberta. They work for universities, school boards, government as well as community associations.

A bursary provides a full registration for the virtual Cannexus conference. The Cannexus22 conference takes place January 24-26, 2022.  Canada’s largest bilingual career and workforce development conference, Cannexus22 features 150+ sessions and will continue to reimagine how career development can be a powerful catalyst in pandemic recovery.


Graduate students win award to attend the Cannexus22 conference

CERIC has announced the recipients of this year’s Graduate Student Award, providing support for four graduate students to attend the Cannexus22 Canada’s Career Development Conference, January 24-26, 2022 virtually and in Ottawa. 

The recipients are: 

  • Caileigh Wilson, MA candidate, Education, Simon Fraser University 
  • Hélène Brisebois, MA candidate, Education, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • Jordan Ho, PhD candidate, Psychology, University of Guelph 
  • Noah Arney, MA candidate, Education, University of Calgary

The award, presented annually to select full-time graduate students studying career counselling or career development, provides free registration to the virtual Cannexus and $1,000. The Cannexus conference promotes the exchange of information and explores innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career development. Student posters will be available for viewing during the virtual conference.   

Eligibility for the award is based on participation in CERIC’s Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP), which includes the submission of a one-page article on a career development topicRead the award-winning articles and all the thought-provoking submissions on CERIC’s GSEP Corner. 

GSEP encourages engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students (Master or PhD level) whose academic research is in career development or a related field. The next deadine to apply to GSEP is March 31, 2022.