ERS Special Speaker Series:
Jobs of the 21st Century and how do we prepare for them?

Presented by: Karim Virjee

Anecdotes, insights and experiences from the world of technology blended into utility and entertainment answering the question:


Internet of Things(IoT), 5th gen. Cellular Network (5G), Cloud Computing, Distributed Ledger (Block Chain), Big Data, machine Learning and AI
impact "Jobs of the 21st Century" and How to Prepare for it.

Karim Virjee is a senior executive with 25+ years of extensive experience in leading companies in digital transformation and managing their IT technology and teams. He has been a technical advisor to start-ups and large corporations on digital transformation. Karim has engaged hundreds of audiences in North America and Europe to demystify complex technologies in simple to understand language. His field of expertise covers cloud computing, streaming systems, software as a service, Internet of Things, data security, block chain technology, big data and other technologies that have ushered in data driven decision making at scale era. Karim volunteers his time at elementary schools teaching robotics and computational thinking to students.
Karim is a Computer Science graduate from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

July 22, 2021:
2:00 PM EST
Limited Spots Available


The Employment Readiness Scale™

This is what we do at ERS:

Leverage the power of the The Employment Readiness Scale™, an on line assessment, action plan and tracking tool by communicating
clear objectives that helps clients get ready for employment.

Let ERS’s easy-to-use planning tool and tracking keep clients on track so you don’t have to.



Staff Benefits

  • Identifying clients status on key soft skills that are difficult to determine in an initial interview.
  • Documenting types of assistance needed and recommending appropriate program intervention.
  • Coaching clients about components of employment readiness.
  • Strengthening clients commitment to action.
  • Verifying clients progress towards employment readiness.

Clients' Benefits

  • The ERS gives them a chance to say what is going on for them.
  • They learn what it takes to succeed.
  • Action planning is based on their input.
  • They get a road map for work life success.
  • They can see how much progress they are making, which helps them stay motivated.

Related Articles

Below are links to articles on the Employment Readiness Scale presented at Workforce and Career Development Conferences or published in research papers. The topics range from the background and research behind the ERS assessment model to addressing client needs and making a business case for funding. The story of 2020 is the Covid crisis and its devastating affect on employment – particularly in the low paying economic sectors. We will be adding articles and research papers on how to work with clients as they come to terms with and regain their footing in the post-Covid economy.

To read any of the articles, click on the topic and the article will open in a new page.

If you require additional information on the ERS please feel free to contact ERS or one of our affiliates by clicking on one of the links below.

AgenciesWe Serve

ERS serves a wide range of organizations (Agencies) in different market segments ranging from youth at risk, peoples with disabilities, women, indigenous communities, institutions of higher learning, new immigrants, people in incarceration, mature clients. The Agencies are funded primarily by State or Provincial governments, Federal governments, and NGOs who in turn are funded by charities and Foundations. Agencies use the ERS to test the impact of specific programs or as part of their client intake process. The ERS is being used in Australia, the UK, the USA, and Canada. It is available in French, Spanish, and English. Over 300,000 clients have used and benefited from the ERS.

Click on the link below for a list of some of the agencies that use the ERS and the type of clients they serve.

Sample Assessment

The Scale itself is composed of 45 questions to be rated on a 5-point scale and 30 questions to be answered True/False. The actual Scale is taken in temporary memory and only the factor scores are saved in order to preserve client confidentiality.

The following are sample questions. They are provided to give you a feel for the content and functionality of the ERS.
Click here to get started by answering the sample questions.


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ERS Articles


  1. A Moving Target
  2. Addressing Client Needs
  3. Addressing Soft Skills
  4. Building Employment Readiness
  5. Coaching Clients, Working Smarter
  6. Coaching Learners for Work Transitions
  7. Defining and Measuring Employment Readiness
  8. Ensuring Effective Employment Services
  9. ERS and At-Risk Youth
  10. ERS and Employment Service Providers
  11. ERS Background
  12. ERS Business Case-agencies
  13. ERS Business Case-Sponsors
  14. ERS Case Managers
  15. ERS Definitions and Factors
  16. ERS_Research Results_cdn
  17. ERS Strategic Planning-Evaluation
  18. ERS Support for Education-to-Work Transitions
  19. ERS Types of Sponsor Licenses
  20. First Do No Harm
  21. Helping Youth Achieve Employment Readiness Measuring Our Success
  22. Maximizing Employment Readiness
  23. Measuring and Evaluating Performance
  24. Measuring Employment Readiness- English
  25. Measuring Employment Readiness
  26. Ongoing Career Management
  27. Resilience and Work-Life Success
  28. Strategies & Tips for Leading Excellent Team Meetings
  29. Targeting Employment Services USA
  30. Weaving Soft Skills-bc-2014
  31. Weaving Soft Skills-Canada-2014
  32. Weaving Soft Skills-USA-2014