#IAEVG2019 Interview with Roberta Neault

#IAEVG2019 Interview with Roberta Neault


my name is Roberta an all-time from Canada and I’m based on the west coast of Canada in the Vancouver area that the role of guidance professionals or in Canada we’d call them career development professionals has shifted and I think that that our new role is less involved with planning a specific career paths and equipping people to follow it and more in helping people to have the competencies to continue to build their career and make changes lifelong so so I think that our rule is still to understand the labor market understand the world of work to help our clients and students understand themselves and how they might fit within the world of work but also to help them understand that the world of work itself is changing and so it’s impossible to plan long term exactly what someone will do or exactly what education they’ll need or exactly what tools and resources they might need and and more to be able to plan one of my colleagues in Canada um has a model Dave read a cop has a model that he talks about now next future and to be putting most of your effort into now you have to be able to do your work or your studies now well but then be looking a little bit ahead to what’s coming next so that you’re prepared for whatever is next on your list and then a small amount of time looking ahead to the future I think that again that’s where the role of Career Development people are Career Guidance people may have shifted because you know part part of building a more inclusive society is for sure still equipping individuals to be you know ready for for a world of work so we want to be working with vulnerable people we want to be working with diverse individuals and helping to prepare them so that they’re not left behind in school or in the workplace so that’s still very true but a lot of my work now is focused on the workplace itself or on employers or on schools and what do we need to do to prepare the other workers or the other students to embrace diversity so some of my work in organisations I worked on a project called supporting employers embracing diversity and it’s not enough to have the CEO or the head of an organization say yes we’re all for that it needs to be the frontline supervisors and the colleagues that say we’re ready to work with someone who’s different from us who maybe has a physical disability or an emotional disability or is from a different culture and so I think we need more of a wraparound approach then then just focusing on the individual client to prepare them to go somewhere we need to prepare somewhere to welcome them when they arrive [Music]

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