Career management skills is required by all
Career development matters, and everyone has a role to play.
That’s the message from the Canadian Council for Career Development, an umbrella group for career development associations and related partner groups across the country. They are promoting a variety of activities to be held during Canada Career Month in November.
Career development professionals on PEI and across Canada are encouraged to plan events that will help those looking for work or trying to decide on a career direction. Locally, the Career Development Association of PEI Inc. (CDA of PEI) is organizing and encouraging these events for November.
Carron McCabe is the newly hired Consultant for CDA of PEI. “PEI employment-related services, employers, human resources managers, and post-secondary institutions are encouraged to plan events across PEI with the guidance and support of CDA of PEI,” says Carron.
Ideas for Canada Career Month can be created around the following weekly themes:
Week 1: Individuals and their community: What are individuals in your community doing to help Canadians find meaningful work?
Week 2: Employers of all sizes: How can you engage employers to get involved and be part of this national discussion?
Week 3: Education from K-12 to post-secondary: What are your schools, communities and employers doing to help youth with career planning?
Week 4: Government and agencies: What can governments at all levels do to ensure meaningful work for all Canadians?
Carron’s main role on behalf of CDA of PEI is to promote connections among the Island’s career development professionals. She listed possible local activities and events for Canada Career Month:
- A symposium or panel for career development professionals
- Promote positive narratives through success stories
- A video series about PEI-based jobs
- TED talk-style events
- Professional development event focusing on proposal writing
- Workshop for career professionals about breaking down clients’ employment barriers
- More to come . . .
“My role is to help career development professionals network more with each other, so they can make more connections and share resources,” says Carron. “They are role models to their clients (job seekers) in showing what healthy career planning looks like.”
Carron is presently reaching out to open the discussion about career development and what events and activities can be planned during Canada Career Month.
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by Stacy Dunn
Getting a handle on the hiring trends across Canada and much more job news
Reports & Trends
The links below lead to reports, briefs and other types of trends documents of interest to those in career development. The content is divided into 25 thematic categories. A description of the type of material included in each category appears at the top of each directory page. Please note that, as some materials may touch upon several topics, content may appear in more than one category.
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Canada's best jobs and employers 2017
Modest Growth predicted for 2016
Lower for longer, and slower for longer.
That’s what David Chaundy, Senior Economist, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) predicts for the growth of the Atlantic Canada economy.
“Atlantic Canada can expect continued modest economic growth in 2016,” says David.
“As we look forward, HR will be a big challenge. The shrinking labour supply will affect consumer spending, and companies will have to pay higher wages to deal with the pressure of a reduced labour force.”
The Canadian economy shrank in 2015 due to lower oil prices. “TD Economists believe that from 2017 to 2038, growth of .4 percent per year is projected for the Atlantic region as a whole, and slightly higher on PEI. That is a very low growth rate compared to what we saw in the 1980s and 1990s.”
David says that the private and public sectors need to innovate to keep our economy growing when there are fewer people working. “They need to try to find larger and faster growing markets beyond the Island and beyond Canada.
“Charlottetown is one of the fastest-growing cities in Atlantic Canada, and employment has grown by 4,000 in the last decade, compared with only 1,100 elsewhere in the province.”
“We think there will be some pick-up in 2016-2017. Major project investment should be 13 percent higher. Oil prices will continue to be lower for the next few years. This will also keep the Canadian dollar low. Interest rates will also stay lower for longer. By 2017, the Canadian economy is expected to get back to its full potential and output.
“Through to October, export revenues for 2015 were up 15.5 percent. PEI exports to the US rose 20 percent due primarily to frozen French fries, aerospace, and paper container manufacturing.
“Tariff reductions with the European Union will benefit the seafood sector, and growth potential may benefit aerospace, bioscience, and blueberry sectors in the future.”
Some information on PEI sector growth
The Bioscience industry currently employs over 1,350 people in the province. PEI is home to more than 40 bioscience companies with annual sales in excess of $150 million, and annual investments in research and development of $74 million.
The PEI BioAlliance leads the development and expansion of bioscience and biotechnology on the Island. The PEI BioAlliance is currently working on a multi-year strategy for growth, and predicts that the industry could expand to 2,000 jobs with annual sales of $400 million by 2020.
“We have not received the hard numbers for 2015, but we can say that the performance of the industry in 2015 is pretty consistent with the year before, with moderate growth experienced,” says Lennie Kelly, Executive Director, PEI Aerospace and Defence Association.
“Most of our member companies continue to follow through with their business plans and most, if not all are projecting some level of growth.
“For example, Vector Aerospace Engines Atlantic has renewed its lease and added a new test facility. It provides added capacity to the company, which in turn allows them to develop new future business.
“In summary, I think it is fair to expect growth to occur in 2016, the extent of which is uncertain at this time.”
Advanced Marine technology
PEI’s exports of $45 million to South Korea are largely due to the products and services developed by Aspin Kemp and Associates.
A new provincial program aimed at expanding the marine sector has attracted two new companies: Nautican Research and Development Limited and Breakwater Management Services.
“In 2013, tourism in Canada saw direct revenues of $86 billion and 618,000 people employed in tourism-related operations,” says Kevin Mouflier, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of PEI.
“On PEI, there are 7,741 full-time equivalent (approximately 16,000) positions in tourism businesses, and we lead the country at 6.4 percent of GDP. Simply put, tourism on PEI provides both employment for Islanders and a major contribution to the economy.
“On PEI we have seen two very successful years in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 Celebration year resulted in $401.1 million in direct revenues, and 1.33 million visitors. However, 2015 turned into the most successful tourism season in several years. An estimated 1.39 million visitors generated a projected $405 million in direct spending.
“Optimism for the future is high in our industry and we are committed to offering quality product and first-class service to everyone choosing to make PEI their destination of choice.”
The following information was provided by Wayne MacKinnon, PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Low interest rates have enabled producers and agri-businesses to take advantage of expansion opportunities and invest in long-term growth.
The lower Canadian dollar helped to support exports and boosted profit margins in both crops and livestock.
In 2015, soybean prices fell 13 percent, but cattle and calf prices increased 20 percent in Canada.
On PEI, most crops showed good yield and quality.
Potato acreage was down slightly to 89,500 acres. There were 89,000 acres of wheat, oats, barley and mixed grains, and 58,000 acres of soybeans.
In comparison to 2014, farm cash receipts for the first three-quarters of 2015 were up by 1.5 percent.
Looking ahead to 2016, Farm Credit Canada is predicting another good year for Canadian agriculture, based on low interest rates and a low Canadian dollar.
PEI economic updates are available at www.gov.pe.ca/finance.
What Canadian employers are looking for
Nine high paying jobs for career changers
by Elizabeth Bromstein, February 8, 2016
So, you’re 45, and you’re thinking “What am I going to do with my life?” It happens. The first career didn’t work out, or you just never got around to getting serious.
Second, and even third careers are going to become more common as the employment landscape continues to shift. Careers no longer follow the same linear trajectory they once did, so where we will all find ourselves in our 50s and 60s is anyone’s guess. Back in school or starting over? Why not.
If you’re thinking of making a midlife career shift, here are some good options. I chose jobs that do not require advanced degrees, most of which are projected to show a lot of growth* – so the jobs will be available. And they all pay, in the upper salary range, more than $90,000**. I hope you find your dream job here.
Salary: $35,360 – $106,995
Job prospects for accountants are good. Millions of people out there don’t want to do their own taxes. Depending on the job, you may need a membership in a professional association. You will also need a bachelor’s degree in accounting, accounting science or business administration, a university certificate in accounting or administration, or a diploma of collegial studies (DEC) in accounting and management technology.[Accounting and Finance jobs on Workopolis]
Market research analyst
Salary: $35,360 – $109,990
This job is showing big projected growth but it’s not an easier one to break into. You would have to work your way up to this position through other jobs in the market research sector but if you have a keen analytical mind this could be a great goal for you. You’ll need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business, mathematics, or the sciences.[Market research jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $39,998 – $100,006
Software developer was named the best job in America for 2014 by News & World Report on its annual list of greatest jobs. According to that report, software developers made a median salary of $90,060 in 2012, and the highest-paid 10% made $138,880. They say you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in something like computer science, but the rare programming whiz out there won’t have to get one. The projected growth is much better than average.[Software developer jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $30,617 – $85,800 – but I know writers who make six figures.
It’s not the easiest way to make money but demand for writers grows as demand for web content grows, and if you’re good, you will get paid and you will find an audience. Writers are no longer at the mercy of magazines and book publishers anymore. You can create your own platform and do your own marketing. You can become an expert in a field, or you can write for websites and, yes, magazines. It’s a hustle and it’s hard. But some people do very well.[Writing jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $44,803 – $150,009
You need one of those mathematical minds for this one but if you’ve missed your calling, actuarial jobs pay very well and are seeing big growth. You’ll also need a bachelor’s degree in an area such as actuarial science, computer science, economics, or statistics, though beanactuary.com says, it is also “not unusual for candidates with degrees in liberal arts, education, or other disciplines to land a position provided they have proven ability to pass exams and good computer skills.”[Actuary jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: Listed at $38,903 – $82,286 – though chefs can reportedly make over $100,000
This one isn’t growing as fast as some of the others but the food world is so exciting right now. How can a devoted foodie resist? High school may be required, along with trade certification – required in every province – management training and lots of experience. I hear there is lots of yelling in kitchens and that chef is a surprisingly high-stress job that not everyone is cut out for.[Executive chef jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $30,732 – $94,228
Job prospects for court reporters are good in Canada. You will need to attend a court reporting program, which takes approximately two years. Court reporters must be able to type at a speed of at least 225 words per minute with near 100% accuracy on a steno machine. There are only two court reporting schools in Canada that have been registered by the National Court Reporters Association: the CCVS, in Toronto, Ontario, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, in Edmonton, Alberta.
Salary: $24,626 – $105,100 (but some good realtors make a lot more than that)
Realtor is such a common second career it’s a bit of a cliché, but you can do really well selling houses (thought the projected growth is only so so). According to the Economic Research Institute, realtors make an estimated average of $55,000 a year in Toronto, and $52,000 in Vancouver. “That seems low,” says the Globe and Mail, “but it’s because many agents are part-time.” Commercial agents may earn six figures selling one office tower a year. “Licensing requirements vary across Canada, but all provinces and territories require prospective salespeople and brokers to pass a written exam.”[Real estate jobs on Workopolis]
Salary: $45,718 – $90,667
Growth projections for this profession are very good. “Occupational therapists are university educated and complete a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork experience (on-the-job training). The accreditation standards set by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) accepts the baccalaureate degree in occupational therapy as the minimal educational requirement for entry-level education in Canada.”[Occupational therapist jobs on Workopolis]
*Growth projections are from Service Canada and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
**Salary information is from both Service Canada and Payscale
Workopolis compiled a list of 12 part-time jobs that pay well.
Some examples include dog walker, fitness instructor and social media strategist.
Read more at www.careers.workopolis.com.
Career trends over the next five, 10 years
When it comes to landing a job, digital literacy is the new literacy, and eight jobs will always be in demand. These points come from a recent Thinkopolis report.
Read more at www.careers.workopolis.com.
As a career planner/job seeker you need to track Labour Market Information – see why…
Understanding Labour Market Information – Careers.nova scotia.ca has done a wonderful job of explaining the value of understanding what LMI is and how to track it and make it work for you.
LMI helps to make good decisions about your education, your career, your workplace, your community, and your life.
What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?
Labour Market Information includes facts about employers and people working or looking for work.
This information could be about jobs, occupations, trades, job skills required for various trades or occupations, industries, education and training programs, or apprenticeships. It could also include data from surveys conducted by various organizations, or research about trends in the job market.
Labour Market Information can tell you:
- Where the jobs are now;
- Where the jobs are likely going to be in the future;
- What skills are in demand; and
- Which occupations may present more, or fewer, opportunities for work in the future.
Employers create a demand for labour based on economic activity, consumer demand for their products, and other factors. The labour market also evolves over time. LMI can tell us what has happened in the past, what is happening now, and what is likely to happen in the years ahead.
For the complete guide, visit http://careers.novascotia.ca/sites/all/files/14-42520%20LMI%20Career%20Guides%20Eng%20FINAL-s.pdf.
Labour Market Monthly Updates
Labour Market Bulletin September 2016 http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/content_pieces-eng.do?cid=11590&lang=eng&wbdisable=true
The most in-demand tech skills in Canada job postings
by Peter Harris | November 12, 2015 12:08 pm
For our recent Thinkopolis report on the most sought-after skills by Canadian employers, the team here analyzed millions of job postings. You can read the full report here. One of the trends we noticed over the past year was a rapid increase in software and tech skills being requested in job ads.
This is true for opportunities across sectors, and not just in technology and digital media roles. Keeping up with the trends and technologies of how people communicate and share information is also essential for career success. Once upon a time, reading and writing were considered the basic skills for most jobs. Digital literacy has become the new literacy.
We can see a high level of demand for digital literacy and computer skills in Canadian job postings right now. This is particularly true in the areas of document production, filing and sharing. Among the top skills sought after in job postings are the following collection:
- Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- Microsoft Works
- Computer use
Digital literacy is evolving to include more advanced computer skills as well, as among the hottest of the up-and-coming skill requirements appearing in job postings are coding and social media savvy.
Social media skills are becoming essential for an increasingly wide range of roles beyond community managers, including Human Resources, Sales, Designers and Developers, and of course Marketing.
Other hot tech skills for rapidly rising demand:
- Social media platforms
- Big data
- Google Analytics
Specifically for jobs in the technology and digital media field, these are the ten most requested skills in current job descriptions.
- Shell scripting
- Operating systems
- HTML / CSS
- Extensible markup language (XML)
Acquiring some of the most sought-after tech skills can greatly increase the number of jobs you qualify for. But remember that while these credentials are important, employers across the board also say they’re looking for signs of soft skills— abilities that are more interpersonal than technical—for the stand-out candidates they need to hire. “Communications” is the single most sought-after skill in Canadian job postings.
On-The-Job Training: The solution to the skills shortage
Published September 28, 2015
As the economy begins to slowly bounces back, employers are struggling to fill open positions. But it isn’t because there are fewer workers looking for employment – it’s because those workers seeking jobs don’t necessarily have the right skills.
According to a new CareerBuilder.ca survey, half of employers feel there is a shortage of skilled workers in Canada. Due to this skills gap between what employers want and job seekers possess, positions are staying open for extended periods of time: 3 in 10 employers currently have positions in their organization that, on average, stay open for 12 weeks or longer.
With a 7 per cent unemployment rate in Canada, there are plenty of workers available – and willing – to fill open positions. Yet, employers believe that the jobseekers applying for their open vacancies don’t have the right mix of skills. Why? Fifty-two per cent don’t think there are enough workers graduating in in-demand fields, while 48 per cent believe there’s a lack of interest in required fields.
Other reasons employers offered as to what’s causing the skills shortage include: employers and candidates have different expectations (41 per cent), entry-level jobs are becoming more complex (37 per cent), a lack of funding in necessary training (36 per cent), and rapid changes in technology (34 per cent). Thirty-three per cent of employers do cite increased competition for candidates as the cause, showing that the improving economy may be to blame for some of the shortage.
According to the study, of those employers with extended job vacancies, 75 per cent say the openings have adversely affected their organization. Not only does it cost employers money when a position sits open for a long period of time, it can negatively impact the morale and productivity of their staff – and ultimately their bottom line. The top way employers say extended vacancies negatively affect their firm is that work does not get done (31 per cent). Twenty-six per cent cite lower morale due to employees bearing heavier workloads, while 24 per cent say it causes delays in delivery times.
In order to combat the skills shortage, employers have had to take matters into their own hands. Instead of waiting for the worker with the perfect combination of education, background and skills, they are seeing the potential in job seekers who may not be the right fit on paper, but with a little training, could be successful at their organization.
Forty-six per cent of employers say they have hired a low-skilled worker and trained him or her for a higher-skill job within their organizations in the last two years. And employers have reaped benefits from doing so. Some of the positive outcomes of on-the-job training include: increased employee motivation (50 per cent), improved employee loyalty (47 per cent), ability to be more competitive (46 per cent) and ability to meet department goals (41 per cent).
“Companies nationwide are feeling the effect of a skills gap, from lower morale to higher retention rates to a loss of revenue,” says Ryan Lazar, managing director of CareerBuilder Canada. “Our findings indicate, however, that taking proactive efforts to train and reskill workers can go a long way in overcoming these challenges. While we still have a long way to go, the more we can identify the root of these challenges, the more opportunities we will find to bridge this gap.”
Debra Auerbach researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder.
Salary guide for 2017
Read the full salary guides for 2017 from Robert Half with details on over 500 positions at www.roberthalf.ca/salary-guides.
Transferable Skills in the workplace
When searching for work consider your transferable skills
by Stella Shepard
General skills are learned through previous employment, volunteering, community involvement, hobbies, interests, sports, and family life, and can be transferable to the workplace.
Job seekers can apply their skills in new jobs or when considering a career change. Employers value transferable skills.
Older workers transferable skills
“Having been in the workforce for many years, mature workers bring many transferable skills to new positions,” says Michael Gaudet, who works in program delivery of the Passport to Employment program.
“Most importantly, mature workers, because they have been in the workforce for a long time, are most aware of the importance of the essential skills necessary for employment. They have a better understanding of the importance of customer service, and are less prone to excuses.”
Michael says each and every job undertaken is an opportunity for learning, and many of these skills are transferable to other jobs. “For example, patience, listening, cooperation, and team work are transferable skills developed when learning a highly technical skill.”
For more information about the Passport to Employment program, contact Michael Gaudet at 902-620-3436 or email [email protected].
Youth transferable skills
“The first transferable skill that comes to mind in regard to youth is technical literacy,” says Scott Wilson, Program Coordinator at East Prince Youth Development Centre (EPYDC). “Most youth are comfortable with technology of various types, and they are also quick to catch on to new types of hardware and software.Youth should list this skill on their resumé.
“I also see time management and prioritizing skills in youth today. Many youth are juggling quite a load. In addition to school, they are involved in sports, part-time work, and have an active social life. Some do very well managing all their various activities.
Transferable skills employers look for
The following employers have listed the transferable skills that are important to their place of work:
Morely Annear Ltd., Scott Annear, General Manager
- Good verbal communication skills
- Good customer service skills
- Good literacy skills
Myers Industries Inc., Clinton Myers: Co-owner and Operational Manager
- Dependability and flexibility
- Previous employment in a physically demanding environment
- Having a good attitude within the workplace
- Being a team player. Don’t say it’s not my job
- Good verbal, written, comprehension and communication skills.
Dianne Taylor, Co-owner of Island Taylored Meats Corp.
“Last year, we hired a mature worker and it worked out great because of transferable skills they brought from their previous work experience,” says Dianne.
“Last year, we also hired a young man who had transferable skills from working in the blueberry industry that enabled him to meet the physical demands of working in production.”
Boomerswork.com expands to PEI
by Gloria Welton
Boomerswork.com specializes in matching retired professionals who are interested in part-time or short-term work with employers looking for top talent.
The company is based in Halifax and has now has expanded the service to PEI.“I am the poster child for this service on PEI, because I recently retired,” says Heather Tedford.
“While not looking to return to work full-time, I was interested in working part-time and willing to help a business expand to PEI by providing my years of experience.”
Heather has an extensive background in Sales and Marketing. “Over the years, my career included General Sales Manager for a radio group. Most recently, I was Director of Sales and Marketing for Transcontinental Media PEI and publisher of G Magazine.
“I had a great career and enjoyed it immensely. Now I am retired and enjoying that immensely, but I am very willing to participate in meaningful part-time projects with flexible schedules.
“With Boomerswork.com, not only am I involved in meaningful work, I am here to help companies fill their employment gaps by matching them with a person with the experience they need. We make sure that the right talent finds the right opportunity.”
For the job seeker
Work choices range from a few weeks to several months. The company matches experienced professionals with opportunities in the following fields:
- Accounting and Finance
- Human Resources
- Sales and Marketing
- Construction Management
- General Management
- Information Technology Management
The first step for the job seeker is to create a free Boomerswork account and profile. “We use the information to match the job seeker to relevant job opportunities that employers are looking to fill,” says Heather.
For the employer
“Our clients are employers who turn to us when they have a unique business challenge that would benefit from the experience of a seasoned professional, but does not require a full-time hire,” says Heather. “We find employees who have the experience to hit the ground running.”
Using this service means businesses can avoid the traditional approaches that often attract a number of applicants without the required skill sets. “We turn to our database and select candidates who match the criteria. The company then interviews and selects the candidate who best suits their needs.
“Businesses on PEI are already saying they are interested, so this is very encouraging. As a person who formally interviewed people to fill many positions over the years, I quickly recognized how valuable this service would be to businesses.”
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