Tuesday, April 16, 2013

5 Reasons To Learn More About Self-Employment

Most Career Development Practitioners (CDPs) know that the percentage of both the unemployed and self-employed rises during a recession. It seems that when people are unable to find work, self-employment is viewed as a viable alternative. Consequently, it would make sense that CDPs supporting unemployed Canadians would also consider self-employment as a viable alternative for their clients. This, however, doesn’t appear to be the case.

As part of the research conducted to support the Look Before You Leap project, the Life Strategies team discovered that CDPs are less likely to discuss self-employment with clients if they themselves don’t feel knowledgeable enough about self-employment to have those conversations. This is perplexing: CDPs can’t possibly be knowledgeable about every career, yet most feel confident supporting clients considering a wide range of options.

Why is self-employment treated differently? Is a separate level of expertise required to support clients exploring self-employment?

Here are five reasons why CDPs may want to learn more about self-employment... Read More