The Importance of Understanding Cultural and Familial Influences on Career Development: Through a Chinese-Canadian’s Experience

By Danni Lei Canada is well known throughout the world as a country of multiculturalism with a diverse population. Within the counselling context, it is important to explore and understand an individual’s unique cultural influences. A cultural lens is important for understanding people’s career development, including career planning and decision-making. Within an economically and status…

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The Power of Mentorship – A Personal Reflection

By Angela Katsamakis Four years of all-consuming post-secondary study, student debt, a baccalaureate degree in hand, and unemployment staring you in the face. Three years related experience needed to apply for work in ones field of study is a daunting reality for most new graduates. Having dedicated ones former years to earning good grades and…

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The Intersection Between Mental Health and Career Counselling: An Ongoing Discussion

By Barbara Smith The relationships between unemployment and mental health are well documented (Herr, 1989). Okasha (2005) notes that the rate of mental health disorders has been closely related to economic, social and cultural conditions. The World Health Organization (2004) states that “economic instability [has] been linked to increased levels of psychiatric symptomatology and psychiatric morbidity”…

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New Programs and Initiatives: Professional Skills Development for International Students

By Lynn Walsh and Jennifer White International students often have culturally different approaches to job search, and combined with language barriers, job search can be frustrating and cause anxiety. Providing adequate support to this population and fostering relationships for students with industry representatives and the employer community resulted in the creation of the Professional Skills…

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One Stride Closer: Psychological Considerations of the Immigrant Career Transition

By Basak Yanar Each year Canada welcomes some 200,000 immigrants – over half of which are “skilled” – eager to develop successful careers in their new country.1 Government initiatives and settlement agencies provide a wide array of programs designed to facilitate their entrance into the Canadian labour market. Although 80% of Canada’s immigrants succeed in…

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