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Our resident Gen Y expert rocks NATCON

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Yesterday, Janice Rudkowski of Career Edge Organization was at the Conference Board of Canada’s “National Consultation on Career Development and Workforce Learning” (better known as NATCON) educating over 50 employers and workplace education program developers on Millennials, the tech-savvy cohort of twenty-somethings that are entering and changing the Canadian workforce.

Working with hundreds employers on grad hiring strategies since 1996, Career Edge Organization has a comprehensive understanding of Gen Y and has been a driving force behind new Canadian Gen Y research in recent years. Like many of us, Janice is well aware of the stereotypes and myths about Gen Y in the workplace. Rather than rehash the same old rhetoric, Janice brought a fresh perspective using research-based stats and information to shed new light on a dynamic issue.

Drawing upon research from our recent Gen Y study, as well as real life case studies from over 10,000
successfully launched careers, this workshop aims to identify what workplace culture actually means,
the impact it has on grads‘ career planning, as well as the kinds of research they do and the opinions
they seek to select their employers of choice. Participants will leave this session with practical, up-todate tools and insights to immediately influence their organization‘s Gen Y and to improve diversity
recruitment strategies.

Drawing upon research from our recent Gen Y study, as well as real life case studies from over 10,000 successfully launched careers, our workshop helped to identify what workplace culture actually means, the impact it has on grads’ career planning, as well as the kinds of research they do and the opinions they seek to select their employers of choice. Participants were given practical, up-todate tools and insights to immediately influence their organization‘s Gen Y and to improve diversity recruitment strategies.

Hoping for an intimate and engaged audience of 25 people, we were delighted to see room fill, so much that 20 extra chairs were needed! Without a doubt, Janice’s session was the most popular and well-attended workshop at NATCON, a strong reflection of the appetite that exists for fresh information on this topic.

Many thanks to all who attended, as well as the Conference Board of Canada for planning and executing a great event. So you guys at NATCON next year!

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