Each week, CERIC is on the lookout for the latest reports related to career development. Here are four that we found interesting this week:
Minding the Gap? Ontario Postsecondary Students’ Perceptions on the State of Their Skills (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario)
Post-secondary students perceive a gap between the skills they think they will need in their future careers and those they are developing while in university or college, according to a survey conducted by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) and eCampusOntario. The largest gaps were in creative/innovative thinking skills, business etiquette, leadership and teamwork.
Measuring Up: Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Organizations (Conference Board of Canada)
Many Canadian organizations have good intentions, but their diversity and inclusion strategies, investments, and actions are not always aligned, according to this Conference Board of Canada report. The report reveals that while Canadian organizations indicated an intent to focus on inclusion efforts, the behaviours that go along with these intentions, such as providing development opportunities for members of diverse groups, were viewed as low priorities.
While this guide is directed toward recruiting experts, the information it provides on compensation, benefits, recruitment and retention trends hold value for jobseekers and career professionals. Among the key findings:
- Despite a strong year for the economy, employers are still hesitant to spend on salaries
- A majority of employers will introduce artificial intelligence and machine learning into hiring in the next one to three years, but many don’t know what the impact will be
In the third quarter, both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate rose in every province on a year-over-year basis, a first since the beginning of this report series in 2015. Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia reported the largest increases in the number of job vacancies.
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