Career Edge Internship: Project Management Intern, Ontario Public Service
Now: I&IT Performance Measures and Reporting Specialist, Ontario Public Service
“Career Edge opened for me the door to Ontario Public Service.
I arrived to Canada in 2018, being completely sure that the job market would embrace me with my successful track record and advanced skills. But the reality appeared to be different, and I struggled in finding my first full-time job. I learned about Career Edge far before I came here, from my pre-arrival career coaches, but I postponed registration until I’ve heard a success story from a friend of mine, a recent immigrant who entered commercial banking through a paid internship.
When I saw an internship posting by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, I thought this job was designed for me. When I was invited for an interview, Career Edge consultants helped me prepare, so I had my mind set on victory. Fortunately, I was selected and joined the Ministry in June 2018 as a Project Management Intern in Business Improvement. I will never forget my emotions on the first day, when I entered the Ministry’s office with excitement and anticipation.
“Meaningful work that is never boring”, “environment that emphasizes learning”, “internal management consultancy” – these simple words cannot fully describe the amazing things we’ve done with my Ministry colleagues. Under their guidance, we juggled project management and LEAN methodologies, we held brainstorming and process modelling sessions to dive into the program areas’ business and to support them in finding new ways for improvement. During these intense months of my internship, I helped my team complete several successful projects.
I’ve learned a lot, I grew professionally, I discovered my potential and I’ve made new amazing work friends. My Career Edge mentors in concert with their Ontario Public Service (OPS) partners supported and advised me throughout my inspiring journey. Despite the hiring freeze in the government, closer to the end of the program, I’ve received three job offers from different Ministries and selected the contract with the Treasury Board Secretariat as my next career step.
I feel a lot of gratitude to my OPS managers, leads and peers as well as to all members of the Career Edge team for the unique opportunity to join the Ontario Public Service, to strengthen my professional network and to find a job I really love. I highly recommend Career Edge experience to all newcomers. It’s a great way for internationally trained professionals to start their career in Canada with top employers.”