Gig Interview

Interviews & Contract Negotiations in the Gig Economy

As career practitioners, how equipped are you to support your clients to navigate interviews, contract negotiations, and terms of employment in the gig economy? When individuals work for more than one organization or juggle multiple overlapping contracts, there will inevitably be times when scheduling conflicts occur, priorities need to be re-set, or back-up plans must […]... Read More
coaching

What is the Difference Between Coaching and Counselling?

I’m often asked this question and, to be honest, my most typical answers are either “it depends” or “not much.” However, that’s not the whole answer. In the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs), we’ve conceptualized the work of career counsellors as situated at the intersection of that of counsellors and career […]... Read More
career

Career: It’s Becoming a Hot Topic

It’s interesting to observe how many folks who are not career counsellors or practitioners are talking, quite definitively, about careers. Many of them have their own unique definitions of “career,” quite separate from the international field of career specialists grappling with definitions, developing theories, and supporting individuals and organizations with career development and career engagement […]... Read More
Help

Being Helpful . . .

It’s very normal to associate “being helpful” with doing something tangible. For example, people help by giving information, offering advice, making connections, or, on a very practical level, providing tangible supports like making a meal, childminding, or giving someone a ride. It can be much harder to recognize that the most helpful “things” aren’t very […]... Read More
puzzel

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
dual relationships

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
learn

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
hockey

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
diverse

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