The 2015 CERIC Survey of Career Service Professionals – recently completed by more than 1,000 respondents across Canada – paints a picture of a female-dominated field that is highly educated but only modestly compensated. These career professionals report that the top issue “keeping them up at night” is the public’s lack of understanding of career service interventions although close to 60% state that the perceived value of career professionals has improved in recent years.
CERIC is pleased to publish a free French-language version of its popular Career Services Guide Supporting People Affected by Mental Health Issues. The English guide has already been downloaded more than 3,500 times since being released in May 2015. While taking a national perspective, the guide does not necessarily reflect specific provincial regulations, such as those in Quebec. Readers from Quebec should note that some interventions are legally reserved.
CERIC has partnered with Canada Company, the leader in military employment transition, to provide the over 100,000 Canadian career service professionals with the tools they need to help veterans transitioning into civilian careers. In 2016, there will be approximately 5,000 new, highly skilled veterans entering the competitive job market, and one in four will have difficulty transitioning to civilian life despite bringing unique skills and experiences to potential employers. Veterans are facing various challenges including, employers not understanding military culture and systems, the career development needs of veterans, or how to determine civilian equivalencies.
For the first time CERIC is partnering with the British Columbia Career Development Association (BCCDA) on a new webinar series – Strengthening the Skills of Career Development Leaders, starting March 1.
The University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg are working with Career Trek to undertake a CERIC-funded research study that will extend our knowledge of children’s career development theory, and allow us to better understand how youth make career-related decisions and how to best support the process.
Cannexus is Canada’s largest bilingual National Career Development Conference and will take place January 25-27, 2016 in Ottawa. The conference will celebrate its 10th anniversary and bring together more than 800 professionals from education, community, government and private sectors to exchange information and explore innovative approaches in career development.
CERIC’s new bilingual guides for Canadian career professionals working with veterans will launch at the Cannexus16 National Career Development Conference on Monday, January 25 in Ottawa. Military to Civilian Employment: A Career Practitioner’s Guide focuses on the unique needs of transitioning veterans into civilian careers.