submitted by Sareena Hopkins, Executive Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) in Ottawa
Career Development Professionals on PEI provide support, guidance, leadership, and training to students, job seekers, career changers, and all those who are planning and managing their career path.
CCDF provides support and leadership to the local Career Development Association of PEI to strengthen career development programs and initiatives on PEI.
The staff of CCDF are nationally and internationally recognized for their career development expertise and leadership. Staff are specialized in areas such as education, social services, mental health, psychology, social sciences, diversity and inclusion, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and labour market analysis.
Career development helps people through complex, challenging transitions. Even pandemics:
Career development theories, tools and approaches help us detangle messy and unpredictable realities, find personal meaning and hope, and create the future we want. Our sector is uniquely positioned to help people cope with the current uncertainty and move toward recovery.
Seven ways that career development has helped me survive and sometimes even thrive through this pandemic:
- Positive uncertainty: we don’t need to have certainty in order to move forward positively.
- Self awareness: Whether it’s navigating the landmines of co-habiting 24/7 with others, figuring out what I need to stay sane while working remotely, or understanding the importance of filling the void left by isolation, knowing myself lies at the core of finding happiness and success.
- Opportunity awareness: Career development gives us the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable us to look at the world through clearer, more focused lenses. I see local, relevant labour market information on my own main street, in casual conversations, and social media. Career development helps me to see opportunity.
- Circle of allies: Career development reminds me of the importance of people who can help me in practical ways (such as making sense of government programs, managing on a diminished income or parenting through a pandemic) and less concrete ways (such as loving me unconditionally).
- Dependable strengths: It’s easy to be painfully aware of your shortcomings and skill gaps right now. Career development helps me remember my foundation of skills and strengths and become aware of new ones being built as I navigate today’s new normal.
- Nimbleness: Career development has taught me that my strengths can be combined to meet the needs of different employers, gigs or contracts. This awareness makes us nimble, and able to adjust to current needs without losing the essence of who we are. We’re all being called upon to adjust and experiment right now while holding fast to what’s most important.
- Grounded hope: Last but not least, career development gives me strategies to nurture and build hope. It’s not that I don’t have my share of bad days, but career development has helped me to build a foundation of hope that is steadying when the skies seem darkest.
CCDF works with organizations and governments to articulate core priorities and develop strategic solutions. We develop practical training, tools and strategies that support the delivery of quality career services, promote evidence-based policy and practice, and build quality service systems for Canadians of all ages.
For more information, visit www.ccdf.ca.
For a list of all the career development professionals that work on PEI and the services that are provided to assist the job seeker and employers, visit www.employmentjourney.com/resources-services-for-job-seekers/.