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Wednesday, January 27 • 14:00 - 14:30
(On-demand session released) Recognizing Purposeful Career Development with Gap Year Certifications – 45 minutes

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With disruptions in education and an increasingly competitive and globalized labour market, gap years are becoming an important option for youth to gain cultural awareness, get experience and develop skills that are sought after by today's employers. Presenters will discuss how micro-credentialing through a new Gap Year Certification can benefit young Canadians to purposefully navigate their personal and career development.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn how structured certification programs can aid in career development
  • Learn what options are available for gap years
  • Understand how international gap years support competency development

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Colin Lalonde

Analyst, International Experience Canada
Colin Lalonde is an Analyst with International Experience Canada. His work focuses on spreading awareness of the benefits of gap years and work abroad experiences and improving engagement with LGBTQ2 youth.
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Michelle Ditmer

President, Canadian Gap Year Association
Michelle Ditmer knows students are feeling stressed, rushed, directionless and unprepared for adult life. She founded the Canadian Gap Year Association to encourage gap years as part of career pathways.


Wednesday January 27, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 EST