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Enriching student’s lives through conversation

By Yi-Wen Liao Mental health is a big issue for first-year undergraduate students adapting to university life in recent years. Although my role is as a career coach, I have found the purely coaching approach may not be sufficient because students face many more challenges nowadays. Therefore, they need far more supports and experiences sharing.…

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Career Pathways After a Crisis for Youth

By Aryan Esgandanian In the month of March, COVID-19 disrupted the well-being of Canadians and people around the world. There have been different takeaways and learning outcomes unravelling from this pandemic. Different sectors are overwhelmed and in the future, the direction of policies will need to change to support those gaps. What has been uncovered…

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Does Ontario set up persons living with bipolar disorder for career success?

By Margaret Janse van Rensburg The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th edition (DSM-5) classifies bipolar and related disorders as disorders that cause mood fluctuations between a range of depressive states and manic states (Severus & Bauer, 2013). Persons living with bipolar disorder (BD) can have impaired occupational functioning, health-related quality of life and are at…

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Disability in the Academy and the Academic Library Profession

By Anna Wilson The United Nations (UN) guiding principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) includes non-discrimination, full participation and inclusion in society (UNCRPD, 2014, para. 9). Unfortunately, many scholars with disabilities are not represented in the academic and library staff in universities. Ableism conceptualizes the superior human condition, connecting…

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Employment agencies’ roles in mitigating the impact of layoffs

By Naomi Abrahams In Canada, the second-largest population of residents are those between the ages of 45 and 64 years old, totalling approximately 10.16 million Canadians (Statistics Canada, 2020). We have seen an increased number of individuals above the age of 55 participating in the workforce, from 15.5% in 2006 to 18.7 %  in 2011…

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Academic supervision and the global knowledge economy

By Nadine Bekkouche For many years now, higher education policy has noted the importance of training students for the competitive global knowledge economy. Enrolments in graduate programs have increased, and are projected to continue increasing. But the success of graduate training in producing high-value workers is debatable. Many graduates of competitive research programs struggle to…

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Career Counselling, Gen Z and Their Sometimes Very Involved Parents

By Janet Payne Since beginning my counselling career in 2006, I have noticed some fairly significant changes in the relationships between young adults and their parents, with the most obvious change being the increased frequency in the number of parents, often mothers, who accompany their young adult children to career counselling sessions. For some young…

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Career development crucial for employers and employees

By Fauzia Farzana Infatuation for work and determination are key elements in accomplishing one’s goals. My passion for managing people has driven me to pursue higher studies in human resources management. Career development is directly linked to the goals and objectives set by an individual. It starts with self-actualization and self-assessment of one’s interests and…

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