We know that Career Edge candidates are dedicated and motivated individuals who are always looking to add great value to their employers and host organizations. For this issue, we are thrilled to showcase the success stories of two such candidates.
Ontario Die International Inc. first connected with Career Edge in the fall of 2015 through the RBC Associate Host Program; a program that helps RBC’s small and medium-sized business clients connect with exceptional internationally qualified talent, while leveraging RBC’s contribution towards the cost of facilitating a 6-month internship. An organization located in the industrial area of Kitchener, Ontario Die International was facing challenges in finding qualified IT talent to fill their key technology role. In comes Anila Pathak. Anila, who registered for the Career Edge program earlier in September 2015, applied to the organization’s IT role. Due to her advanced technical background and skill-set, as well as her willingness and dedication to commute to Kitchener, she successfully secured the 6-month internship. During her internship, Anila became such a strong asset to the organization, where not only was her placement extended an additional 6 months, but she was hired permanently at Ontario Die International!
Another employer who experienced our candidates’ drive first-hand is North Bay-based Ontario Northland. Karen Chamberlain, HR Business Partner at Ontario Northland, was looking to backfill a year-long HR role. With a limited budget, tight timelines, and a non-metropolitan location, finding the right talent proved challenging — until Karen, who also proctors for the HRPA Comprehensive Knowledge Exams, connected with Maureen Alexander following a recent exam writing session. Maureen expressed how difficult it was to find employment opportunities with her limited HR experience. She also shared her involvement with the HRPA Edge program, which allows employers to connect with and recruit quality HR graduates cost-effectively, without adding to their organization’s headcount. Enticed by HRPA Edge’s flexible, low-risk internship model, Karen connected with us to learn more about the program. We are delighted to share that Karen not only signed-up for our program, but also posted the role on our board, interviewed Maureen, and hired her for the role in only 3 days. Maureen starts her internship today.
If you want to share your success story with a Career Edge intern or employer partner, or you wish to connect with exceptional, dedicated, and motivated talent like Anila and Maureen, contact us or your Career Edge representative today!
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September was a busy month for Career Edge. We had the privilege of attending many events hosted by our partners in the business community, and explored new ways to achieve our shared mandate of putting diverse, qualified talent to work.
We showed our support at ACCES Employment’s Annual General Meeting, as they celebrated 30 years of helping newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian job market.
||The Career Edge team out and about in September.
We joined RBC as they hosted a recruiting/ networking event where over 80 candidates with disabilities met with RBC recruiters and hiring managers, learned about RBC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, accommodations and the Pursue your Potential (PyP)program, as well as explored the opportunities available through Career Edge.
At Planning for Canada‘s Consultative Conference, we discussed ways to advance the effectiveness of pre-arrival services for prospective immigrants, with Career Edge internships playing an important role in enabling internationally qualified professionals to secure jobs before, or shortly after arriving in Canada.
Our partnership with Planning for Canada (formerly the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program and Canadian Orientation Abroad) has enabled us to build a solid pipeline to amazing global talent, and support their settlement in various locations across Canada.
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If you are looking for newcomers – or candidates from our other talent groups – to join your organization, or if you are interested in discussing a strategic partnership, contact us today
Since launching the Canadian Armed Forces Reservists Paid Internship Program, we have had the opportunity to visit Reservists at the companies where they are completing their internships, and have heard nothing but good things, from the Reservists and their employers alike.
Some of the reservists who have secured sustainable internship opportunities through Career Edge’s CAF Reservists’ Paid Internship Program. From left: Roy L., Craig S., Andres L.
Our employer partners have shared with us how impressed they are with their interns’ performance, and are looking for other opportunities to have more Reservists join their teams. The good news is, September is one of the best months to start hiring Reservists.
Many Primary reservists attend training courses through the summer months, and after spending a few weeks away at Canadian Forces training centres, Reservists return in September, ready to work in corporate civilian occupations that allow them to leverage the portable skills they have augmented through their training, such as leadership, communications, teamwork, and time management.
If you’re looking for Reservists to join your team, contact us.
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For Episode 2, we were inspired to look at Generation Y from a few different angles after reading a 24 Hours Toronto article that upheld the perception that new grads have a weak work ethic, poor attendance, and are just not ready for the workforce.
For recent grads, these stereotypes can thwart their attempts to secure employment, as some employers – like those mentioned in the article – are less inclined to bring GenY/Millennial employees on board.
But this issue is not new. In fact, it’s the reason Career Edge exists. So we invited a few subject matter experts to join us for this episode to talk about the skills and benefits that GenY DOES bring to the workforce, and the ways employers can unlock talents that are often overshadowed by stereotypes:
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- Lisa Leitch: Sales Strategist, Trainer & Coach with Teneo Results helps us understand Millennials’ working style, and how new grads can be groomed for a career in sales
- R. Brian Robson: Project Manager for Ryerson University’s ADaPT program speaks to the type of education and training that new grads are bringing to the digital economy
- Our Intern of the Year Sunny Vykunthan – joined by his mentor Liz Carreiro – shares his experience as a new grad working at RBC, while outlining the aspects of his internship that contributed to his success
Tune in now…
Our partner, ACCES Employment recently announced the launch of a new Online Job Search Centre that will provide job seekers with self-serve resources including webinars, articles, interactive games, and videos. The resources draw from ACCES Employment’s experience helping jobseekers and newcomers to Canada to successfully find work in the current Canadian job market. The Centre is organized into six topic areas including: Resumes, Interview Preparation, Networking, The Canadian Job Market, Career Self-Assessment, and Workplace Success. The Centre is generously supported through a (CAD) $1.4 million grant from Accenture (2016) and contributes to the project’s larger goal which is to create an end-to-end online services platform at ACCES Employment that will provide job search services and programs to more than 56,000 new Canadians seeking employment over the next two years.
Click here to visit the Online Job Search Centre now!
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Career Edge’s Achievement Awards recognize the success of accomplished individuals and leading organizations that partner with us to provide meaningful employment opportunities, helping us to launch more careers in Canada. We also salute our interns and the people behind them – the mentors who help enhance the internship experience.
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This year, we took a personalized approach and celebrated the Achievement Awards through various events held over the months of May and June, in partnership with the winners and finalists. We also recognized the organizations and individuals who have demonstrated leadership and cultivated innovative employment solutions, allowing more people to make an investment in their career.
Video-based talent screening has revolutionized how we review and assess candidates seeking access to paid internship opportunities. Many of our employer partners have also taken advantage of these pre-recorded video interviews, as a compliment to their existing recruitment best practices.
We’re happy to share that we have now made these videos on-demand. Previously, links to selected candidate videos would be sent via e-mail upon request, but now they are accessible directly from the list of applications, for every candidate.
We have also made it easier for you to meet candidates from our newest internship program for Canadian Armed Forces Reservists by launching the Career Edge Video Gallery Portal. Log in using the same account details that you use to access careeredge.ca and you can browse through our video gallery of Reservists seeking civilian employment opportunities within the community of their reserve unit. Don’t have an account yet? Register here.
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By guest contributor and former Career Edge intern Sujit Das, CPA, CGA, ACA
In every stage of our life, we embrace with some torch bearers who show the path. They may either be parents, teachers, leaders, senior peer groups, colleagues, friends or others. Parents embed the norms of behavior and code of conduct in our blood which can simply be said as ‘Charity begins at home’. Afterwards, our ‘SHIKKHAGURU’ that is, ‘teachers’ in educational institutions shape our lives to materialize our aims and to be a good human being. Peer groups, colleagues, friends and others also help to reconcile the up and down sides of practical and career life, advise how we can rectify our norms or behavior to achieve a desired result. We are facing many bumps from starting education in primary school to a work life in work culture that are well known to all of us.
Could all of us imagine what will be the flip side if we start an immigrant life in a completely new and challenging culture? I believe, more or less, every one of us faced the same sorts of challenges when we touched the land of immigrants, Canada. As a new immigrant, we face uncountable challenges either in workplace, at home, to adapt [to] socio-economic changes or cultural barriers. To face new challenges in a new environment, to grow and to make a place in a competitive market, to embrace with a new culture, we need to take a ray of hope, ray of inspiration, ray of right direction at right time from the lodestar. One of such torch bearers is ‘Mentor’.
“It’s very hard to be successful without having a good mentor, it is essential to have someone you can look up to and emulate. Also, a mentor will show you the tricks and pitfalls of the game because they have likely already been around the block.”- Varun Gulati (San Francisco, California – Co-founder at UClass; Product Owner at Renaissance Learning – Renaissance Learning).
Mentoring means teaching and/or advising. It also involves what we call “uplifting behaviors”- namely inspiring, motivating, and encouraging. Its core purpose is to enable the mentee’s growth. Mentoring is a very special relationship that you have with somebody that could share their industry insights, their expertise; share stories about how they got to where they have got in and provide encouragement that you need to be successful in your job search here in Canada.
How mentorship helps the new immigrant?
The generic purpose of mentorship is to help the “mentee” in developing professional relationships with accomplished mentors for:
- Professional Development – beyond industry, the focus is on intrinsic challenges as well as discovering and leveraging expertise
- Personal Development – the focus, here, is on the mentee and how mentees manage work/life decisions
We have to always keep in mind that this is not a job placement program and does not guarantee industry-specific insights.
How the mentor benefits:
- Enhances leadership and coaching skills
- Develops cross-cultural communication skills
- Gains a better understanding of the skills and experience of immigrants
- Becomes more aware of the job market and industry trends
- Participates in professional development sessions customized to address mentor needs
[Original source: Become a Mentor, The Mentoring Partnership]
I started my Canadian life with the hand of Career Edge through a paid internship at Scotiabank. Career Edge is a self-sustaining social enterprise that has remained passionate about connecting highly motivated, well-qualified interns with leading organizations since 1996. […] I was enough fortunate, I must say, to have mentor like Scott McAthey, Director, Decision Support Services Governance at Scotiabank. I did my internship for one year under his prudent guidance. I believe he helped me in the following ways:
- Dedicated to my professional development throughout the internship period, proactively setting up regular meetings with me to provide orientation, support, feedback, and mentoring.
- Proactively provided me with organizational resources that provided practical job-related knowledge that helped me not only excel in my role as an intern, but also contributed to my long-term professional development.
- Proactively exposed me to several networking opportunities that allowed me to meet other professionals and colleagues – cross-functionally – in both formal and informal settings, which helped me to excel in my role as an intern, and contributed to the growth of my professional network.
- Provided regular formal and informal feedback on my work as an intern, helping me to achieve my work deliverables, career-related goals and enhancing my professional development.
- Proactively encouraged me to pursue professional growth opportunities like working on significant projects/presentations, exposure to other parts of the organization, and participation in company events.
- Contributed to my career launch in a significant way by ensuring my internship provided me with meaningful work experience.
- Promoted and highlighted my skills and experience to others in the organization, and offered knowledge and networking opportunities within and/or outside the organization.
Some of the advice that we should seek from our mentor is just to learn about their experiences. We really want to learn about the workplace culture, so asking questions about the culture, like how are things different here in Canada than back home, we are going to hear some amazing insights about how it is to deal with our manager, our colleagues. The mentor will be able to give us a lot of those insights, so ask a lot of questions and structure your sessions to really focus on different things at different times. Maybe one session is just about our resume, where we talk about our resume and how we could tweak our resume and then we could move into talking about the workplace.
Vijay Chander came to Canada from the Philippines as a student, which afforded him both the opportunity to learn what Canadian employers were looking for and also understand the cultural dynamics necessary for successful integration into Canadian diaspora. It is this background that has served him well through his ten mentoring relationships with new immigrants in Canada. “I realized that a lot of new immigrants were coming who were very well qualified but had no idea how to integrate into the society and how to find jobs,” says Vijay, a Senior Program Manager at Rogers Communications. Vijay firmly believes that mentoring plays a critical role for a new immigrant in Canada. “A mentor is the bridge for the new immigrant,” says Vijay. “A mentor can help guide the mentee with real world experience – we can immediately say what works and what does not work anymore. We provide our mentees guidance in adapting to a new culture and surroundings, and if necessary, on how to present oneself.” [Vijay Chander is a mentor with The Mentoring Partnership; original source: Vijay Chander – Mentor to 10 or more skilled immigrants, The Mentoring Partnership]
Fabian Marks sees the value that a mentor brings to a newcomer’s career search process. “As a mentee, I totally appreciated the advice and guidance I received from my mentor. This helped me secure a position in my field, and I hope to be able to return the favour to newcomers.” Having arrived in Canada in 2008, Fabian works as Director, Marketing, Global Wealth & Insurance, Scotiabank International. He became a mentor because he knew there was a need for mentorship, especially for newcomers to Canada. “Having been there myself 6 years ago, I know how challenging it can be -when you have a family to take care of, this is life changing stuff.” [Fabian Marks is a mentor with The Mentoring Partnership; original source: Fabian Marks – I wanted to return the favor to newcomers, The Mentoring Partnership]
Following his internship, Sujit secured a permanent role and has continued to take on new challenges and opportunities at Scotiabank. We wish him great success in his new Canadian life and look forward to having him switch from being a mentee to a mentor as we work together to launch more careers for newcomers in Canada!
To learn more about Career Edge’s paid internship program for internationally qualified professionals, visit www.careeredge.ca.
- Rothwell, W. J., & Chee, P (2013). Becoming an effective mentoring leader: proven strategies for building excellence in your organization.
Special thanks to TRIEC for allowing us to share the stories and guidance originally published by The Mentoring Partnership.
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It is an exciting day for Career Edge, as we are proud to reveal the brand new design of careeredge.ca!
Our website is at the heart of all we do – it is a virtual space that connects Canada’s top employers with amazing talent. It is our goal to ensure our website remains innovative and fully accessible – for first-time visitors and frequent users alike – as we celebrate our 20th year of launching careers through paid internships.
The new design has streamlined navigation and an improved user experience, while better reflecting the needs of our stakeholders and the ways we work together.
So come on in, make yourself at home, and join us as we launch more careers via the new and improved careeredge.ca!
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