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10 notable career development reports from 2022

In our weekly CareerWise roundups of the reports that “caught our eye,” we’ve shared dozens of publications over the past year to help keep career professionals informed on the latest research affecting their work. Topics vary widely, from unemployment rates, to skills development, to career services and much more.

The reports below are among those that stood out this year – but they’re only a small snapshot of what has been produced. What research was most informative for your work in 2022? What surprised you? Share in the comments below!

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Canada faces record retirements from an aging labour force (Statistics Canada)

The working-age population, persons aged 15 to 64 who produce the bulk of goods and services in the Canadian economy, has reached a turning point, this report finds. Never before has the number of people nearing retirement been so high. More than one in five (21.8%) persons of working age are aged 55 to 64.

Career Development in the Canadian Workplace: National Business Survey (CERIC)

This survey reveals keen insights into Canadian organizations’ current views on skills and talent gaps in the labour market; hiring underrepresented groups as part of equity, diversity and inclusion strategies; the importance of investing in career development; and how employers perceive the services of career development professionals.

Career Guidance for Adults in Canada (OECD)

New survey data show that Canada performs well in an OECD comparison with respect to the quality of career guidance, but there is room to strengthen the provision and accessibility of services.

Challenges and Opportunities in Canada’s LMI Landscape (LMIC)

This report identifies eight challenges relating to LMI in Canada, including a lack of local and granular LMI data; the lack of a commonly agreed methodology for projecting future skills; and the fact that LMI data is often inaccessible, unreliable or not relevant to stakeholder needs.

COVID 19 Recovery & The Canadian Career Development Sector: Impact and Recommendations for Professional Development (CCDF)

This literature review looks at sources that examined the pandemic’s current and emerging socio-economic impacts and those that focused on what career development professionals can do to support clients through the recovery period. Across this literature, five core concerns emerge.

Finding the Right Job: A Skills-Based Approach to Career Planning (IRPP)

This study proposes a two-pronged approach to career guidance. The method consists of first determining suitable employment opportunities based on overlaps between the competencies, work activities and interests in a person’s current or most recent occupation and those in alternative occupations, then identifying the skills gaps that must be addressed to make these job transitions possible.

Race Alongside the Machines: Occupational digitalization trends in Canada, 2006-2021 (Brookfield Institute)

This report offers a comprehensive look into how technology has affected jobs and workers in the past 15 years. This information is designed to serve as a tool to understand the projected impact of technology on worker outcomes in Canada to ensure that we get the best and avoid the worst of technology-driven innovation.

Readiness and resilience: Mapping the contours of the Indigenous skills and employment ecosystem in Canada (Diversity Institute, Future Skills Centre, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business)

Indigenous-led organizations and entrepreneurs are increasing and creating new employment opportunities in communities across the country. This research helps uncover the current state of programs available to Indigenous jobseekers, and enables the assessment of whether programming includes intersectional and Indigenous-specific approaches to skills development.

Refocusing the Urban Lens for Rural and Remote Employment Services (ASPECT BC)

This report explores the unique challenges faced by rural and remote employment service providers, including funding inequities, recruitment and retention issues, and digital connectivity. The report also offers detailed recommendations.

Under Pressure: Tight Labour Markets Are Driving Major Change (The Conference Board of Canada)

Labour markets in Canada are the tightest they have been in decades. Employers are responding by changing hiring requirements, with fewer asking for formal educational credentials and experience, and more asking for specific skills and abilities.

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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 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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