Dalhousie University and NSCDA Supporting Career Practitioners

Posted on August 01, 2022 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments

Maria Viniegra is a Workshop Facilitator for the Employment Solutions Society, a Nova Scotia Works Centre in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. (Photo by Brian Limoyo Photography)

 

In 2021, the Dalhousie University Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development, together with the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA), introduced a bursary program for people from African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, or new-to-Canada communities. Ten bursaries were awarded, giving recipients the opportunity to complete the Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners.

The professional certificate includes six 12-week courses offered online and designed for anyone employed in the career services field. Learners will gain a better understanding of how to support people through career transitions, job loss, and grief, and explore the concepts of diversity and inclusion by reflecting on their own unique experiences.

Maria Viniegra was one of those awarded a bursary. Arriving in Canada 20 years ago from Mexico, Maria has a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Tourism Management and has completed a teacher assistant program. She works as a Workshop Facilitator for the Employment Solutions Society, a Nova Scotia Works Centre in Lunenburg County.

 

“For those who currently hold the CCDP designation from the NSCDA, the Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners can be used towards professional development hours required for re-certification.”

Tara Deveau, Certification Program Assessor, NSCDA

 

As a facilitator, Marie provides instruction and guidance to job seekers through workshops and webinars. With her help, people gain a better understanding of the skills they need to find employment. “I like people to tell me about themselves. I like assisting them in finding the best ways to reach their goals,” she says.

Maria believes Dalhousie’s career practitioner training could benefit any career development professional working directly with clients by enhancing their understanding of the role, helping them improve their decision-making skills, and increasing their resources.

The convenience of online classes is especially appealing to Maria, as it is with many students. “I wouldn’t be able to drive to Halifax because of my schedule and household,” she says.

One of Maria’s goals is to become a Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) through the NSCDA’s certification program. The Dalhousie certificate cannot be used towards NSCDA certification, but “for those who currently hold the CCDP designation from the NSCDA, the Dalhousie Certificate can be used towards professional development hours required for re-certification,” says Tara Deveau, NSCDA Certification Program Assessor.

 

“The Certificate for Career Practitioners from Dalhousie University provides those working in the field important industry insights that address potential knowledge gaps and also explores new innovative trends that are emerging in the field of Career Development.”

Marcus Jamieson, Executive Director, TEAM Work Cooperative

 

Marcus Jamieson, Executive Director at TEAM Work Cooperative, a Nova Scotia Works Centre in Halifax, says, “the Certificate for Career Practitioners from Dalhousie University provides those working in the field important industry insights that address potential knowledge gaps and also explores new innovative trends that are emerging in the field of career development. For those exploring career development as a profession, the certificate provides foundational skills with practical exercises based on real-life job seeker scenarios that help practitioners develop the proficiencies, knowledge and confidence needed to work in this field and can easily be put into practice in the workplace.”

If you currently work in career development, your goal is to build a career in the field, or you want to expand your expertise in this area, contact Dalhousie University’s Student Services team at [email protected] or visit Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners.

Dalhousie University’s online courses can be taken anywhere you can connect with a computer. NSCDA Training Developer Mitchell Tempro uses an office workstation pod to show how convenient it is to connect. (Photo by Jive Photographic)

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