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Sara Collins

Matt Vissers 

June 12, 2024 at 12 pm

Empowering and Engaging Mature Workers in Today's Labour Market 

In today's ever-evolving job market, mature workers encounter distinct challenges and valuable opportunities. To effectively support the career journeys of older jobseekers, career developers need an up-to-date understanding of this reality to help them navigate these challenges and seize available opportunities. Join us in this interactive presentation as we explore the issues affecting mature job seekers.

Through an interactive and engaging presentation, discover how the shifting employment landscape specifically affects mature jobseekers and unpack outdated myths about members of this growing and diverse demographic. The second half of the session will discuss proven models and strategies you can use to empower older clients. This will include information on overcoming fear and habit to encourage this client group to embrace technology. Informed by up-to-date research and real-world application, our approach reduces barriers while promoting the unique benefits older workers bring to the workforce.

Don't miss this session if you're a career developer looking to better support and understand mature workers' unique experiences. Our research-driven, real-world tested solutions will help encourage resilience and adaptability in your mature clients. 

About the Presenters: 

Sara Collins (BBA) serves as the Business Development & Training Manager at ETHOS. In her role, Sara is responsible for generating and leading webinars, overseeing marketing and outreach activities, and contributing to internal program development. She also collaborates with external clients to assess their needs.

Sara's journey at ETHOS began as a Job Developer within a program dedicated to supporting 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. In this capacity, she aided participants in boosting their self-confidence and securing employment opportunities. She worked closely with employers to understand their requirements and connect them with qualified candidates. Furthermore, Sara manages career support for indigenous learners participating in Royal Roads University's Micro-credential programs and has led the Inclusive Employer's Hiring HUB program.

Sara's primary mission revolves around nurturing a community of employers committed to inclusive hiring practices, thereby creating meaningful and sustainable job opportunities for those seeking employment. 


With a background in business operations and entrepreneurship, Matt Vissers began his journey in the employment services industry as a Business Coach. Here, he was able to combine his experience in business with his passion for creating inclusive opportunities in exclusive spaces. Honing his skills through Self-Employment programming, Matt has helped countless individuals identify and achieve their own version of success.

Today, as Director of Programming and Lead Proposal Writer at ETHOS Career Management Group, Matt oversees, builds, and supports numerous initiatives in BC and Alberta aimed at reducing barriers and empowering individuals in their employment journeys. Through his role at ETHOS, he works to break down barriers and create opportunities for those typically marginalized in the fields of entrepreneurship and leadership. 

Ann Nakaska BA, M. Ed., CDF

July 10, 2024 at 12 pm

Hope in a Robot Workplace: Career Opportunities for the Future 

This session explores how practitioners can educate their clients about new and exciting innovations happening in a wide variety of industries. While labor market information is always important, this session supplements basic LMI and takes an in-depth look at technologies of the fourth industrial revolution and their impact on a finance, mining, government, and tourism as well as other industries. It covers innovations in AI, virtual reality, biotechnology, robotics, 3D-printing/additive manufacturing and by understanding how these technologies will impact various industries create greater opportunities for career success. 

This session also educates practitioners on how the wide variety of career opportunities created by innovation extend beyond the popular STEM careers, providing clients a wide variety of career options. The fear of low skill/low pay versus high skill/high pay jobs associated with the fourth industrial revolution will also be addressed. By studying the innovations of today, we can help our clients find employment and career success in the future. 

About the Presenter: 

Ann Nakaska BA, M. Ed., CDF is a career consultant specializing in career decision making and career planning with a focus on industry trends. She loves reading, writing and presenting on business, innovation, the 4IR, and future trends.