Career EQuip is a two-year pilot program aimed at developing the emotional capital of tomorrow’s business leaders. The program is a partnership between the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and RBC Future Launch. Delivered to a subset of 2nd year business students, the program builds upon experiential programs by integrating emotional intelligence and career development into mandatory and optional programming to equip students with the skills and knowledge to be “career ready”. We will share initial findings that demonstrate the value of introducing emotional intelligence and career development early in the student experience to develop stronger self-awareness, to build understanding of critical 21st century skills for career success; and strategies for engaging students in developmental opportunities that more effectively prepare them for the future of work.
While employers are taking greater measures to embrace diversity, women and especially those from Black, Indigenous and racialized (BIWOC) communities continue to face inequities, exacerbated by the pandemic. Employers must consider how women’s identities interact in ways to form unique experiences of inequity and exclusion. An understanding of systemic and institutional barriers through an intersectional lens can help gain a more nuanced understanding of what is needed when it comes to campus and early-talent attraction, recruitment and retention. Join this panel for a discussion on inclusive and equitable approaches to recruitment while creating the conditions for BIWOC to thrive and succeed in their careers and workplaces.
As new technologies replace the more repetitive and tedious workplace tasks, work is evolving to become more human. The standard rules and structures that have dictated how we work since the industrial revolution had already started chipping prior to the pandemic, but the sudden switch to remote work has inspired many to reexamine those structures, and look for a better way forward. In this talk freelance journalist and Future of Work thought leader Jared Lindzon will explain how the workplace is evolving to become more human, why employers must strive to build a human-centric workplace, and what employees will need in order to thrive in one.
Employers suggest that post-secondary institutions are not addressing the “soft skills” gap. While Career Centres have always supported students in identifying and articulating employability skills gained in the classroom and through extra-curricular experiences, we can do more. NorQuest College has taken on this challenge by incorporating actual skill development into their programming that allows students to not only build employability skills, but also apply them. Join Alison Reaves, Manager of the Work-Integrated Learning and Career Education Centre at NorQuest College and Project Manager of the Future Skills Centre innovation project, Career Moves, to identify ways Career Centres can support student skill development with measurable outcomes. Alison will outline the Career Moves model, which includes individualized and asynchronous skill development workshops, skill assessment with industry input, micro-Work-Integrated Learning opportunities, validated skill badging and more. Learn about and share tools and methods to include skill development, application, and assessment into your Career Centre programming.
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