2021

First virtual Cannexus conference reimagines role of career development in society, economy

More than 2,000 career development professionals from across Canada and around the world came together for the first-ever virtual Cannexus conference to convene, share and learn over four days in late January and early February. With a theme of “Career Development for Public Good,” the conference explored how to re-imagine career services as a gateway to social and economic justice in the wake of the global pandemic.

A few of the many conference highlights included four transformative keynotes:

  • Executive Advisor Zabeen Hirji made the case for a human-centred approach to the future of work;
  • Professor Kris Magnusson explained the powerful role of emotions in helping clients navigate career processes;
  • Olympian Perdita Felicien told her powerful story of growth from failure and not letting one moment in life define you; and
  • The Hon. Ethel Blondin-Andrew talked about the opportunities for Indigenous peoples in the conservation economy.

The conference featured several timely streams, including Pandemic Recovery, Around the World and Workforce Development. With the virtual conference, many renowned international presenters were able to participate such as Jim Bright, Tristram Hooley and Nancy Arthur. Among the 150 different education sessions, there was strong interest in topics around:

  • Advocacy and rethinking how we organize and value work
  • Engaging with uncertainty and embracing the chaos of current times
  • Building resilience in youth to navigate their futures
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the labour market and reskilling
  • Blended delivery models for career services
  • Self-care for career professionals and emotional well-being

Other components of the conference focused on making connections and peer-to-peer networking with Cannexus21 offering exhibitor booths, “Hallway meetings,” a virtual cocktail party, a student meet-up and interactive chats.

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

Additionally, though the Etta St. John Wileman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Career Development was not given out this year, the conference brought attention to the work of this lifelong social justice activist through profiling past award recipients and asked delegates to consider who they might nominate. The nomination deadline is June 30, 2021.

In a post-conference survey, 92% of delegates rated the virtual conference as good to excellent with 94% indicating that over time, they would incorporate what they learned into their work. Delegates cited enjoying the convenience of attending Cannexus remotely, the high-calibre sessions and the value in being able to access all the session recordings. However, many noted missing in-person connections and the energy of gathering face-to-face.

Comments included:

I was blown away by the virtual experience that Cannexus21 provided! The speakers, the sessions, the passion, the knowledge, the expertise and the insight that was shared was outstanding! I’ve learned, I’ve reflected, and I’ve pondered all that I heard looking for moments when I can put into practice all the takeaways!”
– Rhonda Taylor, CEO, Career Trek, MB

“After 11 months of scrambling to serve our clients to the best of our abilities in an ever-changing, complex environment, Cannenxus21 was such a blessing. I have been feeling disconnected while working remotely…the chance to convene with like-minded professionals was like adding air to a deflating balloon. I feel validated and renewed. If there was one year to attend, this was it!”
– Kimberlie Ladell, Employment Counsellor, Fanshawe Career and Employment Services, ON

“Brilliant, engaging world-leading conference. Powerful keynotes, targeted and outstanding seminars that allowed me and my staff to engage in rich topical discussions even in lockdown. Thank you for offering this fantastic conference so the world could experience the advancements that Canada has made in career development for all its citizens.”
– Bernadette Gigliotti, CEO, Australian Centre for Career Education

Cannexus21 was presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada with a broad network of 40 supporting organizations and partners.

The Call for Presenters and information about dates and format for Cannexus22 will be available in the coming months. In the meantime, all registered Cannexus21 delegates continue to be able to access the conference recordings for a full year.

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2021

CJCD Winter 2021: Remote work during COVID, risk management in co-op programs and more

The newest edition of the Canadian Journal of Career Development (CJCD) has just been published, with five articles that range from ethical risk management in co-op programs to work-life wellness during COVID to youth career engagement and more.

Articles include:

CJCD has also launched a new, modern and accessible website: cjcd-rcdc.ceric.ca. For readers, articles now have abstracts that are simple to scan or search, and responsive pages mean you can read CJCD on any device. For authors, submissions are now conveniently managed through the website and your articles will be more easily found and cited.

The Canadian Journal of Career Development is a partnership project between CERIC and Memorial University of Newfoundland with the support of The Counselling Foundation of Canada. It is Canada’s only peer-reviewed publication of multi-sectoral career-related academic research and best practices from this country and around the world.

CJCD is published twice a year. It is free to subscribe to the digital editions and all issues of the journal dating back to 2002 are available to access online.

Journal Associate Editor Diana Boyd will be hosting a panel of authors at the Cannexus21 virtual conference on Jan. 27: Publishing Your Work & Research in 2021. This panel will provide information to faculty, graduate students, and practitioners on how to go about publishing your research and work.

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2021

OneLife Tools to lead CERIC project on career development impacts of experiential learning

CERIC has awarded its project on Unlocking the Career Development Value within Experiential Learning to OneLife Tools, co-founded by Rich Feller and Mark Franklin. The project, which includes collaboration with career development leaders from both Canada and the U.S., will develop an easily accessible digital guide to optimize the interaction among experiential learning (EL), reflective practice and career development. Program developers, educators and career specialists will be able to use this resource – expected to be available this fall – across settings.

There has been a surge of interest in experiential learning – from co-ops and internships to campus incubators, volunteer opportunities and land-based learning – as a way to bridge the gap between the classroom and the world of work. The promise of the experiential learning model has been to immerse the learner in an experience and then encourage reflection about the experience to develop new skills, attitudes or ways of thinking. But it has not always been clear how programs are connecting experiences to career management skills.

CERIC’s interest in issuing the Request for Proposals (RFP) is to provide direction on what elements of reflective practice are key to career development success for the benefit of learners, schools, post-secondary institutions, employers and communities alike. The purpose of this national initiative is to:

  • gain a better understanding of the intersections between career development and experiential learning;
  • determine how and where gaps can be best filled;
  • develop an easily accessible resource that supports building reflective practice into an experiential learning program and facilitating (greater) awareness of using such practices to enhance EL for the career management of program participants; and
  • highlight the beneficial value of reflective practice inherent in career development, how this can enhance the intrinsic value of experiential learning – regardless of setting – and how this can be incorporated into current programs.

Development of the resource will entail identifying and describing the range of experiential learning programs offered in Canada, targeting secondary and post-secondary education as well as lifelong adult learning. Describing and categorizing the promising practices these programs take toward a documented range of career outcomes, and analyzing the reflective techniques used, will be a core component of the work. Impacts will also be assessed to determine what program elements best support career development.

Findings that emerge from the analysis will be used to create a new, practical digital resource. The resource will guide EL program developers to address distortions and improve the balance between reflective practice, experiential learning and career development. Language, different abilities and culturally appropriate communication methods will be taken into consideration in the creation of the tool. Ultimately, this project will assist learners to make meaning from their experiences and education as they explore their career options.

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2021

Winter 2021 issue of Careering focuses on social justice

This digital-only issue of Careering, on the theme of Social Justice, highlights the importance of understanding the context in which people pursue education and work – or are prevented from doing so to their full potential. It also reminds us that career development can be a powerful tool to challenge inequities and to advance the public good.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the longstanding inequities affecting individuals’ career development options and outcomes. While high-profile activism and a precarious employment landscape raised public consciousness of these challenges in 2020, these issues – and the work being done to challenge them – are certainly not new.

Articles in this issue:

And much more:

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

The Spring-Summer 2021 issue of Careering magazine will be on the theme of “Career Pivots.” New contributors are welcome, and can submit in English, French or both languages. Please review our Submission Guidelines and send a 1-2 paragraph proposal outlining your topic idea to Editor Lindsay Purchase, lindsay@ceric.ca, no later than January 29.

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2021

Early signs of stabilization in career services sector while mental health a growing concern: CERIC Pulse Recovery Survey

Moving into 2021, some early signs of stabilization are showing within Canada’s career services sector while mental health and burnout are growing concerns, according to the latest CERIC Pulse Recovery Survey. The online surveys have been tracking how career and employment professionals across the country are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and reimagining career services. The most recent survey was in the field from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 and generated 771 responses with earlier surveys done in June and September 2020. Survey findings underscore the public good that career development offers in this period of massive workforce upheaval and highlights the value of a career mindset.

In terms of how career services operations have changed over the past year, many workplaces dealt with issues such as reduced hours for staff, layoffs, reduced funding, and reduced or closed programs or services. However, some positives can also be seen. In the September and November surveys, respondents noted a significant uptick from June in the hiring of new staff to meet increased demand as well as in developing new partnerships/services. In November, a new response option was added that shows 55.5% of workplaces restructured to meet new realities.

The November survey further explored how demand for career services/supports changed. For respondents who noted an increase in demand, the top three responses were:

  • more 1-1 virtual meetings with clients or students;
  • more email correspondence with clients or students; and
  • more prospective clients or students reaching out proactively to learn more or get support.

For those who noted a decrease in demand, the top three responses were:

  • fewer prospective clients or students reaching out proactively to learn more or get support;
  • fewer clients or students looking to access specific services or programs; and
  • fewer clients or students attending or participating in online webinars or tutorials.

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, a high percentage of respondents across all three surveys indicated that they would be able to continue to operate, albeit with slight changes to services or programming.

In November, CERIC asked which changes put in place during the pandemic that workplaces planned to keep going forward. The top three responses were:

  • continued or increased use of video meeting technology or teleconferencing to hold meetings;
  • continued or increased services or programs that are offered online instead of in-person; and
  • more flexible work arrangements.

Reflecting the toll of the ongoing pandemic, survey respondents in September and November observed major challenges in the mental health of their students or clients. Also, in November, 54.2% respondents stated their own mental health had declined as compared to 38.1% in September. When it comes to burnout, November respondents were more significantly concerned about burning out themselves as well as their senior leaders burning out compared to September.

Throughout the three surveys, CERIC asked questions about how respondents were dealing with different kinds of challenges. In November, the top two challenges of the pandemic for workplaces related to wellness and productivity. Challenges named in the September survey included:

  • the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 and what it will mean for how work is done,
  • the loss of direct connections with colleagues, volunteers, clients or students,
  • changes in the labour market that could affect employment opportunities for clients or students, and
  • maintaining work-life balance.

The single greatest challenge that career and employment professionals reported in November that they foresee is keeping their clients or students motivated over the coming months, which was identified by 37.7% of respondents.

Thinking ahead to 2021, in November, a majority of respondents felt that they were moderately or highly equipped to do the following three things:

  1. promote the value of career development to their clients or students;
  2. support their clients or students to be ready for the changing labour market; and
  3. to engage with employers to support career development for their clients or students.

Overall, survey responses paint a picture of a field finding innovative ways to navigate new realities with their operations, staff and clients. Many career services professionals were called on to work differently, whether that meant learning new technologies, adjusting programs or services, working from home, or dealing with ongoing uncertainty and stress. The story of COVID-19’s affect on the sector is still unfolding as we continue to look towards pandemic recovery. There will be new challenges and opportunities that arise as well as more examples of resilience and adaptation.

Join us at the Cannexus21 virtual conference for a panel on Feb. 1 that will reflect on the CERIC Pulse Recovery Survey findings and peer ahead to what’s on the horizon: Looking back: How COVID-19 affected career and employment services in 2020.

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2021

Only 2 weeks to go until virtual Cannexus21

Cannexus is Canada’s largest bilingual National Career Development Conference and will take place on January 25 & 27 and February 1 & 3, 2021 online. This year the conference will bring together more than 2,000+ professionals from across the country and around the world to reimagine career development, refresh skills and renew hope in 2021.

Registration will close on Friday, January 22 at 5:00 pm ET.

10 reasons why this is your year to attend Cannexus:

  1. Great rates are still available. Regular registration is $375. You can save 25% for Groups of 5 or more (a very popular option this year for team-building) or if you are a member of one of 40 supporting organizations. Full-time students pay only $50
  2. Participate in big-picture conversations about the role of career development in the pandemic recovery and in social justice movements for equality, decent work and climate sustainability
  3. Your registration provides 100+ hours of learning where you’ll gain practical skills and understand current LMI to help you adapt and serve your clients
  4. Learn directly from leading researchers and practitioners nationally and globally: Jim Bright, Nancy Arthur, Jim Stanford, Tristram Hooley, Spencer Niles, Norman Amundson, Gray Poehnell, Roberta Borgen (Neault), Rich Feller, Mark Franklin, Sareena Hopkins, Lisa Taylor and so many more
  5. Access all the recordings for a full year, providing 12 months of continuing professional development on-demand
  6. Connect with your peers and expand your network through our virtual networking activities including a unique online cocktail party
  7. A flexible and relaxed conference schedule – up to five hours of sessions each day over four days – where you can customize your experience
  8. “Find your flock,” as past attendees have described joining together in a community of like-minded professionals making a meaningful difference in people’s lives
  9. Discover empowerment and motivation at a time of tremendous flux
  10. Without travel, hotel and time away from work, attending the virtual Cannexus conference will be much more convenient and cost-effective than ever before and allow you to experience Canada’s largest bilingual career development conference

If you already registered for Cannexus21, here is some helpful information:

All registered delegates who have paid their registration fees received an email on January 4 with login details. The sender is from “Cannexus21” with email no-reply@pathable.com. If you have not seen this email in your inbox, please check your spam. If the email is not in your spam folder, contact registration@ceric.ca.

Cannexus is presented by CERIC and supported by The Counselling Foundation of Canada and a broad network of supporting organizations and sponsors.

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2021

International translations of Career Theories and Models at Work book to launch in 2021

CERIC’s Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice will be breaking new ground this year, with plans to translate the popular book into Japanese, Latvian and Estonian. Once published, career service professionals around the world will be able to access the book in five languages, with a previously announced French edition slated for release in spring 2021.

The original English publication was released in 2019 and was edited by Nancy Arthur (University of South Australia), Roberta Borgen (Neault) (Life Strategies) and Mary McMahon (University of Queensland). It includes 43 chapters on the theories and models that define the practice of career development today, with contributors from four continents and nine countries.

A desire to equip career professionals with the latest counselling theories helped drive the translation project in Japan, which is being co-ordinated by the non-profit Institute for Japan Career Counseling.

“We have found that career theories introduced in the book, such as social constructivist theories including narrative, life design, systems theory and sociodynamic approaches, are practical and useful to career counselling in Japan,” says Shujiro Mizuno, Licensed Career Consultant, who is editing the translation.

The Institute for Japan Career Counseling plans to organize study sessions for career consultants to learn more about Career Theories and Models at Work. It also hopes to digitize the book, to increase accessibility for Japan’s more than 40,000 licensed career consultants.

In Latvia, plans to translate the publication came about through “a story of networking and co-operation,” says Ilze Jansone, Euroguidance Programme Manager for the Career Information and Guidance Department of the Euroguidance Network. Through the IAEVG (International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance), Jansone learned that some of Euroguidance Network’s members had participated in the development of Career Theories and Models at Work.

“Bringing theory and practice together in educational and vocational guidance is an approach that the IAEVG is championing, and the book published by CERIC is a great tool in this respect,” Jansone says.

Career counsellors and career counselling students in Latvia will receive the book for free.

In Estonia, 300 copies of the translated Career Theories and Models at Work book will be distributed free to career specialists working for the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, which is co-ordinating translation and distribution, as well as to career professionals working with partners such as the Association of Estonian Career Counsellors.

“In order to serve clients and develop career services, it is necessary for career specialists to be familiar with the most important and latest theories and models in the field,” says Lana Randaru, Methodology Consultant of Career Services, Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. “The collection provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical approaches currently underlying career services and provides examples of their use in practice.”

Since the release of the English version of Career Theories and Models at Work in 2019 at the annual Cannexus National Career Development Conference in Ottawa, the book has been adopted in career counselling courses and used by practitioners globally. To further disseminate knowledge, CERIC has hosted free webinars with authors from the book over the past two years. CERIC will be offering another free webinar series starting March 29 with author Judi Miller, University of Canterbury New Zealand, presenting in English on the Solution-Focused approach, and authors Patricia Dionne and Audrey Dupuis of l’Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec delivering a French webinar on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory.

Visit ceric.ca/theories for information about how to purchase the publication in English.

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2020

CERIC releases winter/spring 2021 webinar calendar: Diversity & inclusion, motivational interviewing, experiential learning and more

CERIC is announcing its 2021 webinar calendar and 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. Register now to plan ahead for your professional development in the new year.

The winter/spring webinar schedule features:

For paid 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 of the series to allow you to catch up if you miss any weeks. For free webinar series, the recordings will remain available indefinitely.

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 EmploymentNew Brunswick Career Development Association Canadian Association of Career Educators & Employers, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, BC Career Development Association, Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training and the US-based National Career Development Association.

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Young Professionals Bursary awarded for virtual Cannexus21 conference

Ten young professionals will receive bursaries to attend the virtual Cannexus21 conference thanks to a new partnership between CERIC and the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA) designed to support emerging employment and career development practitioners.

A total of 27 applications for the Young Professionals Bursary were submitted. Recipients of the bursary come from across the country, including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Bursary winners represent professionals who work in areas related to career development such as experiential learning, youth support and Indigenous careers.

The bursary was launched to ensure the diverse voices of the new and up-and-coming generation of employment and career practitioners are being represented and that young professionals can benefit from the extensive professional development and networking taking place at the virtual conference.

Eligibility for the bursary required that applicants be:

  • 30 years of age or younger;
  • Primarily engaged in career development or employment work;
  • A resident of Canada.

Preference was given to individuals from equity-seeking groups and regional representation was taken into consideration when awarding the bursaries.

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2020

Graduate students win award to attend virtual Cannexus21 conference

CERIC has announced the recipients of this year’s Graduate Student Engagement Program (GSEP) Award, providing support for four graduate students to attend the Cannexus21 National Career Development Conference, January 25 & 27 and February 1 & 3, 2021 online.

The recipients are:

  • Roxy Merkand, PhD Candidate, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Waterloo
  • Gabrielle Beaupré, PhD Candidate, Education, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Janet Payne, PhD Candidate, Education, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Walaa Taha, MSc Candidate, Educational Psychology, University of Calgary

The award, presented annually to select full-time graduate students studying career development, provides free registration to Cannexus – going virtual in 2021 – and $1,000. The Cannexus conference promotes the exchange of information and explores innovative approaches in the areas of career counselling and career and workforce development.

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

Many GSEP members will also be presenting student posters at Cannexus – a great opportunity for attendees to learn from the next generation of career researchers.

GSEP encourages the engagement of Canada’s full-time graduate students whose academic focus is in career development and/or a related field.

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