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Why is Career Edge so important to me? By Jasveen Kaur

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Jasveen Kaur

Talent Specialist

I moved to Canada in 2019 as a stay-at-home mom of 2 lovely boys aged 5 and 2. The move came about in a short period of time as my husband was presented an international opportunity to relocate. I had been on a parenting break since 2014 after a successful professional career spanning 10 years in HR and Talent Acquisition leading IT, banking, and financial services recruitments.

The plan was to restart my career after spending initial few months to settle in the family, but soon the world was hit by a pandemic and as anyone could be, I was lost, unsettled and clueless on how to restart my career. The career plans went on a backburner as I ended being the CEO of our home during 2020, navigating the family through the worst part of the pandemic with a lot of hope for the future.

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Why Career Edge is so important to me? By Lola Pitan

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Lola Pitan

Talent Specialist

Before moving to Canada, I had heard lots of stories about challenges and difficulties often faced by skilled newcomers when it comes to securing jobs due to their lack of a Canadian work experience. That’s why I decided to take a different approach.

I set out to obtain Canadian education through a college diploma course in Honors Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources to help smoothen my transition from Law (which was my original professional background) to Human Resources. As my program gradually came to an end, the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic era job market started setting in and it was at this point that I heard about Career Edge.

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Why is Career Edge so important to me? By Suji Satkunarajah

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Suji Satkunarajah

C# Programmer Analyst

Getting the first job as a new graduate is hard; almost every job requires some experience. If you’re a newcomer, you also need “Canadian experience”. You can try networking, but your connections might say the same thing: you need some experience, or even some “Canadian experience”. This is where Career Edge plays a big role.

The program provides paid internships to new graduates, newcomers, and people with disabilities so they can get their first work experience or “Canadian experience”.

And that’s what the program did for me.

Following graduation, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After spending a year on a failed startup, I knew I had to get some real-world experience. I started applying to postings, but like many graduates have gone through, I didn’t hear back from anyone.

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Why is Career Edge so important to me? By Tamara Stone

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

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Tamara Stone

Payroll & Human Resources Coordinator

After giving a company 11 years of service, I was permanently laid off.

I knew I wanted to go back to school to learn a new set of skills but was scared for the change ahead of me. As a single mom, you want to devote as much of your time as possible to your children and I knew that returning to school would take away from that. Not only did I feel like I would be neglecting my familial responsibilities, but I also felt like once I was done school, I would have a difficult time reentering the work force as I would have no work experience in this new field.

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Why is Career Edge is so important to me? By Jumana Baker

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Jumana

Jumana Baker

Marketing Design Specialist

My story with Career Edge started when I graduated from school. I had just finished four grueling years of studying, assignments, tests, projects and now I had to go out into the real world and find real employment. Only problem was, I had no idea how.

Everyone kept talking about networking and leveraging your family’s and your parents’ networks, making connections that way. Well, I’m an immigrant and so are my parents. We had moved to Canada when I first started university, so we were still rebuilding our lives and setting down roots. And at that point, my parents’ network that I could have leveraged was currently residing on the other side of the planet, so the family network was out.

So, I just started applying to positions. And, as many, many, many people have experienced, I didn’t hear back – that was fun…

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