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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 important to me? By Purvi Patel

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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.

Purvi Patel

C# Programmer Analyst, IT

I immigrated to Canada in June 2016. Since I did not have a Canadian education or work experience, I struggled a lot to start my career in Canada. The first job I got was as a data entry clerk, which was only to fulfill financial needs, so I decided to go back to school the next year, in 2017, where I attended the .Net Developer Bridging Program at Humber College. After graduating in 2018, I started job searching in my field of education; I created and submitted so many applications for employment agencies and roles, but unfortunately, I never got any affirmative responses.

Fortunately for me though, my Employment Advisor from Humber College recommended that I register with Career Edge, which I did promptly.

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Kyle Gray

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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.

Kyle Gray

Vice President, Finance and Operations

“The vision of a champion is someone bent over drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” – Anson Dorrance, former USA Women’s Soccer Coach.

Many years ago at the height of my soccer (or football as we call it) journey in Trinidad and Tobago, this quote was given to our team by one of our coaches; with the appendage of “When was the last time you felt that way?” Ever since that day, this quote has been a consistent mantra for everything I do.

This resonated with me for many reasons including its vivid yet simple illustration; its call for excellence, commitment to and development of a winning mindset.

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Aziz Smailagić

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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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Aziz Smailagić

Director, Client Services

My relationship and connection to Career Edge extends far beyond employee-employer. The organization was once the guiding light that led my own career search as a recent graduate, and now I have the opportunity to help others find their light as well.

Before you are truly in the job search (whether in school, in another country, or still exploring your interests) the search seems like something that cannot be too hard, right?

“There are job postings all over the internet, surely someone will hire me, right?”

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Jeff Lazenby

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Over the next 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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Jeff Lazenby

Executive Director

What makes Career Edge special? In wanting to tell the story of what makes Career Edge special, the only place I could start is with the staff at Career Edge and the work that they do every day. Since I joined Career Edge, the one constant is the dedication of the staff who, day in and day out, all strive to make a difference in someone else’s life. Seeing their efforts every day to help someone overcome a barrier to finding meaningful employment is nothing short of heroic. Every moment of their day is singularly focused on making a difference to someone they barely know.  To have a front row seat to witness it makes it more special.

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Virtual Trade Show Event for Diversifying Supply Chains & Celebrating Inclusivity

By Employer

This year, the OCC is using its convening power to address the equity gap in business with the Business Diversity Economic Expo, a business to business virtual trade show and networking event, putting a spotlight on businesses which are Black-owned, Indigenous-owned, People of Colour-owned, Women-owned, LGBTQ2+-owned, and businesses owned by People with Disabilities.  The OCC is inviting procurement officers and supply chain leaders from large private sector, public sector and academic institutions to attend and meet with business owners – and we’re excited to share that Career Edge will be exhibiting at the Business Diversity Economic Expo 2020 on October 22, October 28 and November 17! Read More

It’s Time to Stop Celebrating Diversity

By Employer

We need to stop celebrating diversity in the workplace. Yes, you read that right – we need to stop celebrating diversity. Here is why – diversity in the workplace is powerful, influential, engaging…but only if it is being tapped and utilized. If we do not use the skills and perspectives and experiences our diverse teams offer to create better products and services, then our diversity becomes a vanity statistic; a data point that makes us feel better and has no real impact.

So, how can we tap into diversity? Read More

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