By guest contributor, Anne Lamont, President & CEO at Career Edge Organization
It is truly a privilege to be part of an organization that has had such a positive impact on the Canadian business community as well as on individuals and families across the nation. Leading a passionate and dedicated team further enhances this experience.
While it is a pleasure, however, it is often a challenge as well – this is especially true in challenging economic times. So when the opportunity to celebrate arises, we embrace it.
As you might already be aware from our press release, our special edition e-newsletter or other announcements, we recently reached a significant milestone in our organization’s history and it is with pride that we can now proclaim that through our Career Edge, Ability Edge and Career Bridge paid internship programs, our internship numbers have surpassed 10,000.
Our small team recently gathered and celebrated with cupcakes – each one with an individual staff member’s name – a testament to the importance of each team member’s contributions.
Our internship programs have not only launched 10,000 careers, they have also provided employers with over 10,000 talented interns. Additionally, thousands of individuals have had the opportunity to be a mentor or a coach to an intern, which for many was an invaluable experience that contributed significantly to their own professional growth and development.
Our former interns or alumni, as we refer to them, represent individuals who came to Career Edge Organization, frustrated by their inability to secure meaningful work opportunities in their professional fields. Through the commitment and support of our valued host employers, who opened up their minds and doors to quality, diverse talent, we have launched the careers of engineering, marketing, human resources, operations, IT and business professionals across the country in a variety of industries such as financial services, technology, health care and telecommunications to public service, pharmaceuticals and the environment.
Career Edge Organization is proud to have uncovered such a wealth of talent by looking beyond mainstream candidates and tapping into under-utilized sources of talent, in order to help employers connect with the right talent who have the right skills and fit with their unique environments. It is our quality talent, our ability to adapt to change, our openness to new ideas and technology, and many other factors that have allowed us to stand where we are today.
We hope you will join us in celebrating this incredible feat as we celebrate 10,000 successful internships and look forward to achieving the next 10,000!