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Coronavirus: how the pandemic has changed our perception of time

July 8, 2020 |

Feel like time has come to a standstill? The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives. Take something as fundamental as our experiences of space: our mobility has become severely restricted – reduced to jogs or walks a few kilometres around our homes. Perhaps less obviously, the lockdown has also affected our experiences of time. As an anthropologist of time, I investigate how human beings relate to time, particularly during crises. The current crisis, like many others, could be seen to deprive us of our “temporal agency” – the ability…

Virtual Makeover: Go From Drab to Fab in 3 Easy Steps

July 3, 2020 |
Gail Kastning in her virtual home studio

Do you observe that some of your clients could benefit from a makeover of their virtual presence? Over the past year, transforming my clients’ online presence has been one of my missions. Prior to COVID-19, virtual interviews were on the rise, which pivoted regular interview coaching to include virtual training. The pandemic has only accelerated the growth of video interviews, remote work, and virtual meetings, adding the need for our clients to have a professional image when interacting on camera. As career practitioners, we not only want to be role…

We Are All Essential

June 26, 2020 |
I am essential

Has your job been classified as a “non-essential service?” Do you have clients who have been classified as a “non-essential workers?” Labels. Although often needed and helpful, they can also do harm. In order to control the spread of COVID-19, some jobs were categorized as “non-essential services.” The categories of “essential” and “non-essential” determined which businesses would continue to operate during the pandemic and which would temporarily shut down. As a result of this categorization, I have come across several clients, friends, and family and community members who have been…

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action for Career Development

June 12, 2020 |
Truth and reconciliation, hand-crafted bead work

For six years the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada documented Canada’s 120+ year-long history of Indian Residential Schools (IRS), exposing a legacy of physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse, the destruction of Indigenous families and communities, and the cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples. Truth can be difficult to hear, and learning about Canada’s history of residential schools can be unsettling. A statement taken from the preface of the summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada acknowledges this: “The stories of that experience are sometimes…

Careerpros: The Future of Career Services is Here!

June 3, 2020 |
browsing CPC member marketplace

As outlined in Lynda Gratton’s book, The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here, the job market and workplace have undergone significant shifts through globalization, virtual platforms, workspaces, and communities in which employees and/or contractors can all contribute regardless of geographic location. And, in 2020, world events have necessitated an acceleration of the trend to embrace innovative ways of working. For careerpros to continue delivering the much-needed and important services we provide, I believe that we must become active and enthusiastic participants in the virtual workplace, no matter what time zone…

Raise Your PAW — Submit a Nomination for a CPC Award of Excellence!

June 2, 2020 |
Reminder to submit Award of Excellence nominations

Are you struggling with the decision of whether or not to submit a CPC Award of Excellence nomination? As a new career professional starting out in mid-2013, I felt unprepared to submit a nomination for an Award of Excellence. However, I wanted to challenge myself and tackle seemingly impossible goals while improving my résumé writing skills. In my journey as a career professional, I have discovered the importance of the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) concept of “PAW”: Possibility, Ability, and Worthiness — three keys to achievement. I learned that in order…