Career Hero Academy
A new, self-paced and online version of ‘The Implicit Career Search’ - the internationally renowned program developed upon the results of research conducted over a 4 year period with 768 unemployed clients in British Columbia, Canada.
The Online CAREER HERO Program Includes:
6 Career Planning Modules and a 'Vault' full of additional resources
An "Ace Your Interview' module
An 'Emotional Fitness' module
An active, moderated forum
Bi-weekly coaching calls for clients
Bi-weekly information calls for Career Advisors
*At this point this program is available only to residents of Alberta.
Working On Purpose
A live, and lively, online, condensed version designed to compliment the Career Hero Program. Participants may delve further into each of the workshop explorations, or may simply move onto Modules 6 and 7 of Career Hero. Or they may return to further explore each module at anytime they wish.
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Dec. 18-22 Jan. 15-19 (2024)
For Career Advisors:
Is your employment agency looking for:
The missing piece?
The main motivator?
Are your clients facing these challenges?
Want more than a survival job but still want to survive?
Want to do work that is meaningful, pays well, contributes to their community but…
Have no idea what type of resume, cover letter, Linkedin profile, etc. is effective?
All ICS aligned programs are based on the modules described below.
Once you download the map, click on each of the icons to learn how to apply the world’s most powerful motivator to developing and delivering an attainable, sustainable and fulfilling career.
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#1 Results from independent studies
Check the results these programs have been delivering over the last 35 years. Click each tab to discover the results from the independent studies conducted on ICS.
Results 4 months after the program
|Standard Job Services||ICS|
|Total employed or doing productive work||31%||78%|
|Off Income Assistance due to employment||4%||13%|
This is the first study of the Implicit Career Search program, commissioned by the Federal Government and conducted by Cambie Group International.
Full study results available here.
|Increase in likelihood of sustaining employment||7.5%||15%|
|Increase in Self-Esteem||7.5%||15%|
Working Links, an employment agency in the UK, set up a comparative study where ICS was delivered to a group while their Standard Job Services were delivered to another.
Full study results available here.
|ADAM'S LAKE FIRST NATIONS||Pre-ICS||Post-ICS|
|Longest term of employment||2 months||1 year +|
|Business plans developed||21|
|Started a small business at end of program||8|
|Working in a job||12|
|Perfect attendance record for 6 months of employment||10/12|
#2 Results from government clients
#3 Results from diverse groups of participants
CLIENTS IN ALBERTA
"Near the beginning of Module 5, work mentality was brought up, and this is something that really resonated with me. The notion of "TGIF", or living for the weekend, work seen as a "chore" that you must "get through", working to live vs. living to work... etc. This has definitely been a mindset that I had grown up with and something that I've been working on changing as I've gone through the course. I think a major person "win" up until now was realizing that if your work is in line with your greater purpose, it can be fun, rewarding and fulfilling."
Ksenia, Career Hero Participant 2021
"I have completed Module 3, written what I think is my Mission Statement, and shared it with the group even though that makes me a little uncomfortable. I feel like this course is something every person should take."
"The career beliefs that resonated with me more are 'There are no jobs out there' and 'I must follow the steps in the correct order'.
Alex Chang, Career Hero Participant 2021
Shannon Carphin, RRP Director of Programs PACIFIC JUSTICE SERVICES ASSOCIATION
“I have been facilitating a three-day version of the Implicit Career Search workshop at a WorkBC Employment services agency in BC for the past three years. Employment consultants in the agency refer their clients to the workshop. Some of the most profound feedback I have received is from them. They have told me that their clients come back to them with greater clarity and focus. They find it particularly useful for clients that are pursuing training because they come out of the workshop with more confidence in their choice of career and a solid plan. ICS helped me define my very rewarding career and every time I deliver the workshop I feel like it is doing the same for others.”
Heidi Abbott, Career Counsellor Parksville Career Centre, BC
“I am currently delivering ICS to
groups of tier 3 and 4’s under the EPBC mandate and am achieving greater
results than I had hoped for! Clients actively participate in each module, attendance
is almost perfect and they are moving on from ICS to enthusiastically
participate in the other services we have to offer.”
“In a 3-day, 6-module workshop,
ICS can accomplish what might ordinarily take weeks of Case Management sessions
and separate individual or group workshops.”
Bill Brown, Community Partnership Coordinator/Facilitator, Alberni Valley Employment Centre, Port Alberni, BC
“I have seen ICS turn around a group of long-term unemployed jobseekers from low energy and despondent to energized and focused. This career- based solution is profoundly ground breaking.”
Bill Davies, Senior Consultant, JCA (Occupational Psychologists) Ltd, Cheltenham, UK.
“…At the end of the course the participants each completed a course evaluation. My experience with these types of evaluations is that either the course is generally accepted and appreciated or written off by the group. In this instance I was pleased to see that the participants unanimously found this to be a helpful and intuitive course. Some comments were:
“This course helped me identify my essence and gave me the guidance and tools to become a more respectful, focused, confident and aware person.”
“The course was awesome and the facilitators were great”
“I really feel this program will change my life, in a better way and I feel wonderful.”
“...it revealed a lot about myself that I did not know.”
“It was very inspirational... instructors were very professional... I give it 10/10”
“Taught me how to make better choices”
“This course gave me tools that I can use in my everyday life.”
“I really believe this course will change my life in a better way and I feel wonderful.”
“Wow! I’m learning.”
“I would like this course to be offered to other inmates.”
Overall these were the type of comments we received from all participants. There were a lot of comments about finding essence and motivation. Next were the references to improved planning skills and overall were the comments about thoroughly enjoying the course. My follow up with the participants showed a retained improvement in their outlook for inmates that were still in this centre, after several weeks. Only a follow up in subsequent years will be able to show a long term effect but the fact that I had a number of other people ask for the course shows the word of mouth was good from participants to their friends. My experience with Steve and Tedd left me comfortable with their style of delivery for both inmates and staff. There was a solid connection within the group.”
- Terry Deakin, CEO, INEO Employment Services, Work BC Port Alberni, BC
'WE WORK’ is a short read describing the philosophy and approach behind ICS.
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The following articles (some short, some too long) describe how the Career Hero philosophy and approach applies to different aspects of career planning. Caution - these editorials contain dangerous levels of satirical content!