CERIC has a strategic priority to: Champion and enable inclusive, multi-sectoral communication and collaboration with career development stakeholders.
- Develop online platforms that leverage technology to deliver content and engage career professionals
- Create publications that educate, inform and are inclusive of diverse perspectives from the field
- Establish relationships nationally across Canada and internationally beyond our borders to enrich research and practice
Through its online communities, enewsletters and social media, CERIC has used technology to bring career development professionals across Canada and around the world together to provide resources, learning and support.
ContactPoint/OrientAction Online Communities
The ContactPoint (English) and OrientAction (French) websites are virtual communities dedicated to the professional development needs of career practitioners. Redesigned in 2013, the sites harness the power of social media.
Registered members of the sites can post content, comment and make connections. Anyone can search the site for the information they need. Popular sections of contactpoint.ca and orientaction.ca include: the job board, events listings and publications.
A web pioneer, ContactPoint was first launched in 1997 with OrientAction appearing in 2002. Combined, the sites average more than 14,000 users each month. ContactPoint is a program of CERIC. OrientAction is a partnership between CERIC and la Société GRICS. Both sites are funded through grants from The Counselling Foundation of Canada.
CareerWise and En Bref
CERIC’s regular content curation newsletters have become cemented as essential and much-anticipated resources by Canada’s career development professionals.
The English-language CareerWise is published weekly and the French En bref is sent bi-weekly.
Available for free, each newsletter brings together the most interesting news and views on career counselling and career development. They aim to keep readers current, enrich their work – and save them time.
Whether through a newsletter, magazine or journal, CERIC strives to not only advance the body of knowledge in the field of career development but to mobilize that knowledge by bringing it to those who can benefit from it and apply it their practice.
CERIC launched the first issue of Careering, a professionally designed magazine that reflects the growing maturity of the career development field, in January 2013. Produced in partnership with MarketZone publications, Careering is distributed in both a glossy print and a modern digital format three times a year and includes select content in French.
Each issue of Careering explores an emerging theme in career development, such as “Global Careers” or “Barriers to Employment,” as well as includes a book review, a theory corner and 10 questions with a leader in career development.
Careering represents a timely evolution and replaces the ContactPoint and OrientAction Bulletin newsletters from CERIC.
The Canadian Journal of Career Development
The Canadian Journal of Career Development (CJCD) is Canada’s only peer-reviewed academic journal of career development. It has a mandate to present articles in areas of career research and practice that are of interest to career development practitioners.
The Journal is now producing two issues a year, one print and online, as well as one online only. Current as well as past issues of CJCD can be accessed for free online. CJCD celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012 with the publication, A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Career Development: A Decade of Canadian Research, which continues to be downloaded as a valuable resource.
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.
With such a multi-faceted field as career development, CERIC has sought to build links nationally across sectors, between researchers and practitioners, and among English and French communities in Canada, as well as internationally.
National and International Networks
Across its programs and projects, CERIC reaches across and beyond boundaries. Some examples include expanding the types of supporting organization for our Cannexus conference to include groups such as the Skills/Compétences Canada and the Canada Company Military Employment Transition (MET) Program.
CERIC has developed relationships with new markets through our roadshows and other outreach, including economic development agencies, municipal social services and labour organizations – each with a uniquely different point of intersection with the field of career development.
Through providing our content to organizations like the Career Development Association of New Zealand, we have shared the best of career development in Canada. Likewise, CERIC has brought new ideas back home by inviting articles from career leaders in countries such as Finland and Korea and by participating in the International Association for Education and Vocational Guidance conference.