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7 reports that caught our eye the week of July 21, 2019

Each week, CERIC is on the lookout for the latest reports related to career development. Here are seven reports that we found interesting this week:

Data Science in the New Economy: A new race for talent in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (World Economic Forum)

This report sheds light on how data science talent is being developed and deployed across today’s labour market. It finds the rapid rise in the demand for workers with skills in data science has led to a shortfall in data science skills supply and intense competition between industry, academia and the public sector for such talent.

Professionals in Post-Secondary Education: Conceptions of Career Influence (Candy Ho dissertation, Simon Fraser University)

This qualitative study explores the conceptions of post-secondary education professionals working outside of career centres and asks, “How do post-secondary education professionals conceive their influence in student career development?” The study reveals that professionals’ conceptions of career, informed by their experiences and beliefs, influence the career advice they provide to students.

Facing the Future: U.S., U.K. and Canadian citizens call for a unified skills strategy for the AI age (Northeastern University and Gallup)

This study measures perceptions of the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs, as well as the education choices respondents would make in response and their confidence in higher education, government and business to plan for widespread AI adoption.

Modernizing Maternity and Parental Employment Insurance Benefits: A Policy Brief (Ontario Nonprofit Network)

This policy brief makes the case that employment insurance maternity and parental benefits must be reformed so they can better meet the needs of Canada’s changing labour market and especially the needs of women, who rely on and access these benefits the most.

Scoring Tech Talent 2019 (CBRE)

This report finds there are more than six million highly skilled workers in the tech sector across the U.S. and Canada. Shrinking availability of tech talent in leading markets has spurred a spillover of hiring momentum in smaller and upstart markets in the US and Canada as expanding tech employers seek additional labour pools. Toronto sits in the number-three spot in its ranking of top markets for tech talent.

Technology, Automation and Employment Will this Time be Different? (Fraser Institute)

This essay series argues that despite dire predictions, history and demographics suggest that burgeoning technologies (including automation, artificial intelligence and robotization) will not lead to substantial job losses.

Stability, transparency, flexibility and employer ownership: Employer recommendations for improving the apprenticeship system (Institute of Student Employers)

This paper sets out how employers in the UK would like to see the apprenticeship system and the apprenticeship levy evolve. It amplifies the voices of employers and is based on extensive research with members of the Institute of Student Employers (ISE), an employer association focused on bringing entry-level talent into the labour market


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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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