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Beyond binarism: Countering gender identity discrimination in the workplace

Five practices for creating inclusive work environments Julie-Christine Cotton and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon Everyday life in professional environments rarely escapes the heteronormative and cisnormative structures[1] that dominate Quebec society. Indeed, workplace washrooms, dress codes, administrative records and even email salutations usually adhere to the gender binary of man or woman. It is no surprise that professional…

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Understanding ethical risk for co-op practitioners

Career professionals working in co-op have to manage a complex landscape in co-ordination with students, employers and educational institutions Craig Cameron, Christine Dodds and Cynthia Maclean Career practitioners encounter ethical issues, dilemmas or conflicts (“risks”) in the delivery of their work. Ethical risks that are not properly managed can have reputational, legal and financial consequences…

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Can overworked school counsellors ethically meet student needs?

Dealing with constant crises leaves little time to help students with career development Danielle Savage Is it possible for today’s school counsellors to meet the career counselling needs of K-12 students in Canada, given the ever-increasing demands on our time? I believe all counsellors want to be proactive in their practice and address career development,…

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Career Briefs

CERIC releases Action Plans for Guiding Principles of Career Development CERIC has published a series of six Action Plans for professionals working with different client groups that provide practical discussions and activities based on the Guiding Principles of Career Development. The Action Plans outline insights and ideas for working with youth, post-secondary students, educated and…

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Never been more needed: Developing a new competency framework for career professionals

Career professionals from across Canada are collaborating to set a new standard for practice in the field, an exercise that highlights the pride and professionalism of its members Kathy McDonald and Philip Mondor The contexts in which career development professionals (CDPs) perform their jobs are becoming increasingly complex. As the labour market prioritizes competencies and…

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Developing an ethical practice-checker to guide daily decisions

Two simple questions can help career practitioners evaluate whether they are being ethical in interactions with clients and colleagues Briony Penrose Most career professionals are familiar with the code of ethics they are supposed to follow, but how well do we really understand how to apply ethics in daily practice? When we consider ethics from…

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Editor’s Note

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months thinking about ethics – partly in service of this issue of Careering and partly because I’ve been watching a lot of The Good Place, an NBC comedy centred around moral philosophy (it’s funnier than it sounds!). The show poses essential questions such as, what…

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Career successes and challenges of immigrant professionals in Canada

Interviews with well-educated economic immigrants reveal work-search struggles and unmet expectations Charles Chen and Jen Davies Note: This article is a short summary of the dissertation Learning experiences and career successes of immigrant professionals in Canada by Jennifer L. Davies (OISE/University of Toronto, 2019). In the late 1990s, Canada began seeking out highly skilled immigrants…

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How technology can support career professionals in addressing social justice issues

Virtual tools such as gamification can help bring personalized career development to underserved populations Ronda Ansted Providing ethical career services requires that practitioners be inclusive in their approaches and understand the challenges facing all of their students and clients. By integrating social justice concerns into the career development process, practitioners can uphold the values that…
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Why career practitioners should also be critical adult educators

Career practitioners need to help clients situate their careers within social realities, while also recognizing their own biases Taylor Witiw Career development is a learning activity. In government, post-secondary and private career offices, clients seek guidance and support to learn how to actively create “the life one wants to live and the work one wants…

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