Nicola Henry, a skilled newcomer to Canada from Kingston, Jamaica, completed her Career Edge paid internship at RBC as a loan servicing analyst. After only two months into her six-month internship, RBC converted Nicola to a full-time, permanent employee. This is her letter of appreciation to her mentor Monica Downer, the RBC team, and everyone else who helped make it happen: Read More
Responsible for launching more than 3,000 careers, Rob Bhatia recalled the euphoria after closing his first. As a staffing advisor with a passion for aircraft, he began his career by placing an aircraft maintenance inspector at Transport Canada. For 20 years now, he’s been chasing – and cashing in on – that euphoria. Read More
Career Edge Internship: Global Talent Coordinator, Manulife
“Submitting my profile on Career Edge was the best decision I had taken when I was struggling with my job search in Canada. Despite holding a Masters degree along with a Global certification in my stream, it was extremely challenging to receive even a phone call from a recruiter.
The internship that I got through Career Edge was with Manulife, and it was not just a job but was a meaningful HR role where I was able to use my skills and grow them. This also provided me with networking opportunities within the organization that helped me build my network.
I recommend Career Edge program to every new immigrant I come across. Thank you Career Edge for being the biggest stepping stone of my career in Canada.”
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Career Edge Internship: Recruitment Consultant, Rogers
“For a new immigrant like me, finding a job related to my field of study was always a task which not all are able to achieve easily. It was a difficult one for me as well as before I found Career Edge I had managed to find a contract job in a bank which had nothing to do with my experience or my area of education and was more like something to get my foot in the door.
Career Edge gave me an opportunity to showcase my talent and I was able to grab the first opportunity that came my way for an internship at Rogers Communications as a Recruitment Consultant and there has been no looking back ever since. I had a chance to visit ACCES Employment for a workshop and found out about Career Edge from one of the counsellors there and appeared for the video interview first thing after coming home.
After registration and looking for a job for another three months, I got a call from a Career Edge associate offering me an internship and a one liner I would tell everyone about my emotions when I got to know that I got it “I am on top of the world”. As a person who was scheduled to start an eight-week bridging program with one of the organizations, I got a job on the same day of the start date for the program, I could not have asked for more. Career Edge was god sent for me.
The chance to get a first-hand feel of the Canadian corporate culture is the best part I liked about this internship. The fact that I performed well and was able to get my contract extended within three months of joining, much before the scheduled end date and with a pay increase which had not even been asked for was the highest point of my career. Apart from that, Rogers gave me a platform to not only do well in recruitment but also be a part of a lot of networking and open house events, adding value to my resume and skills.
The impact of this internship was not only felt professionally but also impacted my financial and personal life. I was able to stabilize my finances and also was able to plan things better in my personal life.
I would encourage more and more applicants to go for this internship and would also encourage organizations to partner with Career Edge as it is a win-win situation for all the parties involved. As a recruiter myself, I can vouch for the talent that we have managed to attract from such partnerships.”
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.”
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Career Edge: Customer Experience Agent, Slack
“When I first heard of Career Edge it was through my sister, who had also used the program. I had just moved across the country to Toronto from Vancouver and wasn’t sure where to begin in my professional job search, but I was eager to find something that was perfect for me.
I had stumbled upon a posting from Slack, which was a tech company that I was familiar with through some of my smaller courses in university. The second I saw the posting, I sent in my resume and worked with Career Edge to understand how I could make my application stand out.
To my surprise, the job at Slack wasn’t actually an internship but a full-time position. This proved even more valuable to me, as Career Edge really helped me break right into the right industry for me and it has allowed me to start building my career and life in a city I love. I was first hired a year ago, and the skills I’ve developed at Slack have led to my promotion within the company, and pushed me to continue to learn new things every day about how to be successful in this industry.
I thank my lucky stars that I stumbled upon this program when I did — it’s made all the difference in getting started, and it opened the door to what really was the perfect fit.”
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Career Edge Internship: Customer Service Representative, Apotex
Now: International Sample Coordinator, Apotex
“Landing a job to kick-start my career was truly very challenging. As a new grad with a disability, my lack of experience coupled with physical limitations did not prove too favorable for the job hunt. Gratefully, I discovered Career Edge through a local employment centre. Turns out, this was the chance I have long been waiting for.
I was relieved, excited and highly motivated when I landed an internship with Apotex Inc. through the help of Career Edge. This role as Customer Service Representative intern allowed me to apply my knowledge and skills, as well as pushed me to continually learn and improve. To top it all off, I was also surrounded by an excellent mentor, a supportive team, and a company culture that nurtured professional growth and career development.
I have now transitioned to a full-time position with Apotex Inc. as International Sample Coordinator. Now, I am able to enjoy a job that not only provides compensation and benefits, but also supports affordable healthcare for patients worldwide. What a great opportunity and learning experience Career Edge has opened for me! I encourage alike new graduates with a disability to keep pursuing their goals and to seek support and available resources such as Career Edge.”
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Career Edge Internship: Research Analyst, Russell Reynolds Associates
Now: Research Associate, Russell Reynolds Associates
“I moved permanently to Canada in 2017 after having worked approximately 10 years in market research and strategy consulting roles in India. Finding a job in my field (without having Canadian experience) was a herculean task. I applied for hundreds of jobs, had several dozen informational interviews, networked at various events and attended numerous career fairs in my endeavor to fetch the ideal job for myself. While this resulted in approximately 15 to 20 job interviews over a period of four to six months, I consistently struggled to clear the final round of interviews. When I asked for feedback from my interviewer(s), the usual response was, “We really liked you and we feel that you could be a strong asset to our team. However, we have opted for somebody who has the local experience.”
After several months of disappointment of not being able to land a promising opportunity for myself, I was lucky to be introduced to Career Edge. A former neighbor of mine from India, who is currently a senior director at a prominent government institution in British Columbia, suggested to me Career Edge.
He had started his professional journey in Canada through an internship that he fetched through Career Edge and went on to build a successful career for himself. He advised me to apply for internship opportunities on Career Edge. He felt that an internship could possibly open the door for me to showcase my knowledge, work ethic and experience to the employers.
I immediately created an account on Career Edge and gave my video interview. I kept an eye on the internship opportunities catering to my profile and periodically applied for the right opportunities. Within a couple of weeks, I got a call from Career Edge regarding an interview with executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. I cleared the interview(s) and since the internship matched my profile, I agreed to join it. The six-month internship was well-structured and gave me adequate time to contribute and showcase the skills that I possess. I was offered a full-time role in the organization upon the completion of the internship and I joined full-time as a Research Associate.
Career Edge has played an instrumental role in helping me kick-start my career in Canada. It opens doors for not only fresh graduates but also for professionals who have non-Canadian experience in building a strong foundation for themselves in Canada.”
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Career Edge Internship: HR Project Manager, Bell
Now: HR Consultant (Graduate Leadership Program), Bell
“The team at Bell was welcoming and supportive from day one, allowing me to build my confidence as I transitioned from the academic world to the working world. The team treated me with all of the same respect as a permanent employee; offering mentorship, research projects that I could own from end-to-end, and exposure to directors and VPs within the company.
I was fortunate to be part of a team with a broad mandate that worked closely with multiple HR functions. This allowed me to continue learning about the different areas of HR and explore the many opportunities offered by a career in HR.
My Career Edge internship was the perfect transition from my degree in management and organizational studies to a job in human resources. I am pleased to share that I now work full-time at Bell as an HR Consultant.”Go back to the 12 Days of Success
Career Edge Internship: Corporate Intelligence Consultant, KPMG
“Before Career Edge, I felt that I was really having a hard time getting my foot in the door in the private sector, as I did not previously have any meaningful corporate employment. Career Edge changed this by providing a platform for young military reservists to get direct exposure to top tier companies (like KPMG).
In my four years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, I have not seen a better program to assist young members with their non-military careers and aspirations than the Career Edge-CAF collaboration.
When I got the call back with an internship offer from KPMG, I was nothing less than ecstatic. I had finally been given a high-growth opportunity at one of the top consulting firms in the world, and I was ready to make the most of it. Fast-forward through the first six months of internship and my contract has been extended with the intention to become permanent upon completion.
At KPMG, I really enjoy working with some of the most talented and intellectual young people in the country. KPMG is one of the “Big 4″ and I can say that it definitely lives up to its reputation, as everyone carries out a high-degree of excellency and professionalism with their work. My favourite work event thus far has been our group trip to Mont Tremblant, Quebec. The entire KPMG Forensic national practice congregated in Mont Tremblant for our bi-annual conference with all of our expenses covered. We spent two days learning from other groups across the country, while networking with them and participating in team trade shows.
The highlight of my internship has been getting the chance to participate in organizing the annual United Way KPMG Risk Consulting charity event. This was my first time in years that I had the opportunity to volunteer, and it was incredibly rewarding being part of an event that gave back and supported the local community. At the end of it, I also gained a new appreciation for frequent organizer volunteers for charitable causes because I did not realize the immense amount of work that they are involved in to make it successful.”