Date: Monday, November 23, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (check your time zone)

Presenters: Reuben Ford and Audrey Appiah, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)

Cost: Free


This free webinar offers you the opportunity to further key learnings based on the new research done by SRDC and funded by CERIC on The Role of Career Education on Students’ Education Choices and Postsecondary Outcomes. The webinar will be led by members of the research project team.

While Canada is an international leader on many indicators of K-12 education performance and has among the highest rates of post-secondary education attainment of all OECD countries, it still has a significant proportion of youth who leave the formal education system ill-equipped for their transition to the world of work.

The webinar will share key learnings from research based on 10 years of tracking data on 7,000 high school students’ lives to answer questions about when, where and how youth initiate and craft their career aspirations. We will discuss and reflect on a few important questions, such as: What can we do to ensure students from lower-income families leave high school having engaged with the question of who they want to become? Who influences their career aspirations most over time? And what approaches help youth align post-secondary program choices with their occupational outcomes?

Why You Should Attend

Finding ways for young people to achieve their full potential is a universally shared objective, whether the ultimate goal is economic growth, innovation and competitiveness, or promoting social inclusion and reducing social and health inequalities. By attending this free webinar, career practitioners and educators will learn more of how career aspirations and destinations change from the early years of high school through to post-secondary, and about the role and influence that practitioners play on this path.

Webinar Learnings:

  • Evidence supporting the power of career development to transform high schoolers’ decisions in the 21st century
  • The distinctions between aspirations and realized outcomes
  • The effects of career development interventions for different groups of youth
  • The moderating role of counsellors, parents and positive peers
  • The importance to career decisions of factors such as grades, volunteering, exposure to work, family education and income

Reuben Ford is a Research Director in SRDC’s Vancouver office with extensive experience in the design and analysis of innovations spanning education and employment transitions.  Since 2003, he has worked with educators and thousands of students in four provinces on six large-scale investigations of early interventions to increase access to post-secondary education. He holds a PhD in geography and is a credentialed evaluator with 27 consecutive years in program evaluation.

Audrey Appiah is an SRDC researcher in its Ottawa office. Her strong research, analytical and data management skills support multiple projects. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Ghana, a Master of Arts in Economics from Carleton University, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Ottawa writing her dissertation in health economics; specifically, the effect of health policy on disadvantaged groups and measuring socio-economic inequality in health.

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