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Why Does Theory Matter?

  Career development practitioners are, as their title implies, “practitioners.” They do things with and for people, to help their clients set and achieve career and employment-related goals. They are not primarily engaged as researchers, theorists, scientists, or philosophers. Past surveys have revealed that many don’t understand the relevance of studying about career theories and/or […]... Read More
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An Interview with Dr. Diana Abath, CMPP Instructor

This year, Diana Abath, a long-time CMPP instructor, completed her doctoral studies. We wanted to share a bit more about Diana’s own education path has influenced her instructional approach within our program. Q1: What drew you to instructing online within the Career Management Professional Program (CMPP)? Drs. Roberta Neault and Deirdre Pickerell of Life Strategies were my instructors […]... Read More
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Ethical Considerations: Dual Relationships

I build in discussions about ethics into most of the courses I design. Within our Career Management Professional Program and also the various Master of Counselling programs that I teach in, there are whole courses devoted to the topic. Each professional association that I belong to has a Code of Ethics; however, outside of those […]... Read More
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Calling All Career Practitioners!

Contributed by CMPP Course Instructor, Herky Cutler.   Do you sometimes feel that you’re working all alone? Have you second-guessed decisions you’ve made with clients? Do you feel you’re the best practitioner you can be?   In this online coaching program, you’ll be able to share information, resources and techniques with other practitioners, and an […]... Read More
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Theoretical Musings . . .

According to Oxford Dictionaries, theories serve multiple purposes: “to explain something,” to offer “principles on which . . . practice . . . is based,” and “to account for a situation or justify a course of action.” For Career Development Practitioners (CDPs), as well as for other helping professionals, theory is essential to our practice. […]... Read More
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Setting Priorities in a Hectic Holiday Season

For some, the holiday season is met with excitement and joy; for others, the stress of navigating family commitments, increased financial burdens, and hectic schedules is just overwhelming. No matter what you’re celebrating, the holiday season is a great time to reflect on what really matters in your life . . . and that means […]... Read More
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Beyond “Career” Engagement: A Model for Other Life Roles?

Hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky, is known for saying that he “skated to where the puck was going to be.” I’m feeling a bit like that right now with the Career Engagement model that Deirdre Pickerell and I co-developed in 2011. Although the model immediately resonated with people back then, and we’ve since conducted research and […]... Read More
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When “What’s Next?” Becomes “What Happened?”

~ Contributed by Dr. Deirdre Pickerell In 2017, Canada Career Month asked the question “What’s Next?” for careers in Canada. As I reflected on this question, I found myself focused much more on the individual career journey and how, at times, the “what’s next” doesn’t always work out that well. I’ve been working in the […]... Read More
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Community over Competition

A friend of my works as a part-time photographer and I really love the concept of “community over competition” that she and peers operate by. It’s the idea that professionals don’t need to get caught up in competing over clients; there is enough space in the market for everyone to thrive. Further, they can help […]... Read More
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Embracing Diversity: Do You Have to Be One to Help One?

I have had the privilege of working onsite on 6 continents and, through e-teaching from my home office in Canada, engaging with students from all over the world. Over 15 years ago, in a philosophy course in my PhD program, a professor encouraged me to examine whether it was necessary to match counsellors and clients […]... Read More