Yes, yes there is. Although this may be the first time you’ve heard of it.
Canada Career Month is spearheaded by the Outreach and Advocacy Working Group of the Canadian Council for Career Development (affectionately known as the 3CD). It is a band of volunteers trying to pump up the volume on the value of career development and the impact of our professionals.
As this year’s ‘gig’ nears its end, we’ve outlined our top five takeaways. Read on for how you can join the band!
Ring the alarm
Robots will steal your jobs. We are moving to a jobless age. You’ll never get a career if you don’t go to post-secondary education. Hello gig economy, goodbye full-time work.
There are many popular misconceptions about the ever-changing world of work. The alarm is sounding and Canadians are fearful. As career development professionals (CDPs), we have an important part to play in myth-busting. When we empower people with the latest labour market trends and career management strategies, they can become more aware of labour market dynamics, more purposeful and more self-sufficient.
Takeaway #1 is about continuing to promote the myth-busting value of the work we do. CDPs help individuals see that the most important part of their career is knowing themselves and how to connect that with a world of opportunities.
Kick up the tempo
Volunteers on 3CD’s Outreach and Advocacy Group spend months planning CCM. And yet, each year, we wish that we could do more to rock it throughout the month.
We can all get caught up in our day-to-day service delivery. We tend to forget that we are part of a bigger picture, and that this picture is one Canadians need to see more clearly.
Takeaway #2 is simple to explain, but challenging to put into action. If you want to kick up your involvement in Canada Career Month, start planning well in advance, partner with like organizations and make the time to make it work. Increasing awareness about the impact of career development raises the profile of our field throughout Canada. The more known we are, the more we all win.
Hit it big
We’re going mainstream. On the demand side, employers are starting to put their resources and marketing dollars behind the vital questions facing our workforce, and to translate them into easy listening for the average person.
Reports such as Humans Wanted from RBC, infographics from NBJobs.ca and CCM sponsors like AutoStart are helping us have more career conversations with more people. They are helping us talk to Canadians about being proactive in their careers and lives.
These initiatives are easy for us to share with others. Instead of having to distill a 147-page report about the Future of Work, we can lean on industry to add to our toolbox of client resources.
Takeaway # 3 is about taking advantage of that. Let’s promote these initiatives. Let’s curate and share excellent, well-researched content that’s being produced by employers, governments and associations.
Play a golden oldie
CCM has been around for years. It started out as Canada Career Week in the late 1980s. Since then, CDPs have wanted a way to engage Canadians in seeing that career development really does matter. It’s an important golden oldie.
Canada Career Week was originally funded by the federal government. Canada Career Month is increasingly collecting private sponsors to help us spread the word. But to reach more Canadians we need more of a groundswell.
Takeaway #4 is to look back to see where we want to go. We need to continue to seek partnerships to advance the profile of Canada Career Month. How can we collaborate with governments and employers to make sure that the importance of career development is not forgotten?
Beat the Drum
Why do we do what we do? Why is it important? How can we sing it from the rooftops?
Each of us – and yes, that means you – has a duty to beat the drum about the importance of our field. We need to stand together. We need to advocate for accessible services and policies that are informed by the front lines.
The last takeaway invites you to talk to your neighbours, your friends and your networks about why career development is vital to help create a harmonious future for our country. CCM is just one way that we can do that together.
What other magical music can we make together? Leave your own greatest hits and ideas in the comments below.