Monthly Archives: December 2013

Cadillacs and Co-ops

The new CEO of General Motors secured her first position with GM as a co-op student.

Now I can’t say that everyone who does a co-op work term will become CEO of a multinational corporation, but it is encouraging to see the value of experiential education on a person’s career path.

Experiential education, “puts an education to work” and practically informs the learner about a career that a classroom environment can’t accurately or faithfully simulate.

Experiential education can affirm career goals, or alter career paths through revealing unexamined expectations, perceptions and labour market realities.

Experiential education provides the learner the pragmatic experience that employers desire from new hires, while providing tangible examples of acquired skills and providing a forum to demonstrate learning, critical thinking, team work, communication, numeracy, innovation, creativity, emotional intelligence, and character.

Experiential education affords an organization an opportunity to recruit potential candidates, and allows potential candidates to critically evaluate the merits of an organization/career through a mutually beneficial and agreed upon work term format.

Experiential education connects and engages the academic and non-academic communities; creating a bridge of learning, shared goals, best practices and collaboration.

Experiential education connects people, builds networks and facilitates synergies that influence change.
Rev up your future through experiential education!!!

Canadian Employment Change October 2012 to October 2013

Canadian Employment Change October 2012 to October 2013 saw the Canadian economy create 213,800 jobs between October 2012 and 2013 raising the overall number of workers in Canada to 17,793,900. The job creation trend has remained relatively positive with +1,050,110 jobs created in Canada since a low of 16,743,800 in July 2009.

Although the overall employment trend remains positive, five (5) sectors have seen a net loss of workers this past year, Manufacturing (-82,500) contributed over 50% of the job losses between 2012 and 2013. Educational Services (-30,200), Public Administration (-22,700), Other Services (-20,100) and Information, Culture and Recreation (-7,800) contribute to the remainder of the job losses.

Despite the positive national trend, BC has lost 12,300 jobs (-10,000 part-time, -2,300 full-time) between October 2012 to October 2013. The next post will explore the provincial trends since 2003.