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This morning I participated in an announcement from the Government of Canada that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and solidified Challenge Factory’s dedication to career development and the Future of Work.

Our national call-to-action has been cemented into three key deliverables.

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In January 2012, Challenge Factory was just a few months old. As a new entrepreneur, I was learning a lot about myself and this new business I had created. I had heard that there was a career-focused conference held in Ottawa that brought together career-focused academics, practitioners, non-profits and private companies. Called Cannexus, this conference would prove to be instrumental in Challenge Factory’s success – and in my own development as an entrepreneur.

 

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If you are like me, your social media feed has been filling up with the latest resolution-replacing trend, annual key words. These words are supposed to provide focus and purpose for the year ahead. To remind us of why we do what we do, what we hope to share with the world and what we will look to receive in return.

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Everyone knows that the world of work is changing. We feel it when we talk with friends and neighbours about our own careers and we hear it on the news, in podcasts and in the media.

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Managers know that career conversations can be powerful. You know that helping staff connect their day-to-day work with longer-term career aspirations enhances productivity, employee engagement and loyalty.  

While the importance and benefits of career conversations are evident, they are not always easy.

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Since January, I’ve been part of more than 25 conferences, corporate programs and community-based initiatives, all focused on how...

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Hiring summer students is not easy for small businesses. It takes time for students to learn about what we do and how we do it

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I spend my days working with organizations that are thinking about how the world of work will change between now and 2030. Let’s take 2 minutes to explore what exactly this entails – and there is an invitation for you at the end of the article.

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Sometimes it takes all of us working together to realize the impact each of us, individually, can have. The work of career practitioners is unusual. We work in areas that have dramatic impact to our clients’ well-being that, in turn, shapes our country’s wellbeing. We know that a resume is not just a document. It is a license to independence, self-actualization and stability.

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Each January, career and employment professionals from across the country convene in Ottawa for 3 days of professional development, networking and community building. We meet at Cannexus – Canada’s largest career development conference powered by CERIC.

 

Every year, I am struck at the diversity of sessions offered (more than 400) and by the wide range of thinking that is reflected in the topics chosen for the program, which includes not only workshops but also interactive zones, Ted-Style presentations and social events and challenges to keep us talking and striving to do more together.

 

It is our industry’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Super Bowl and We Day all rolled into one.

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