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Joel Persaud

By | Alumni, Success Story

MAY

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.”

 

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Toronto

How Career Edge Impacted an Election

By | Alumni, Success Story

(No, not the American election…)

What do lawn signs, debates, and Career Edge interns have in common?

All played a role in shaping Drake’s presumed vote for ‘the greatest city in the world.’

After accepting candidate cards that travel from volunteer to disposal in seconds, and then growing frustrated with congested platforms (no, not Bloor-Yonge station after a security incident), the residents of the greatest city in the world voted. Read More

Ariel Benjamin

By | Alumni, Success Story

April

Career Edge Internship: Communications Intern, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Now: Communications Coordinator, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

“As a recent graduate, I was so excited to begin my career in marketing. However, although I had a great degree and had been through several interviews, I was struggling to find a job opportunity suited to my skillset and interests. That was until I found Career Edge.

Career Edge allowed me to identify as a post-secondary graduate and provided me with opportunities tailored to my experience. It was through Career Edge that I was able to land a fantastic opportunity – working in communications/marketing just as I’d always hoped.

I was supported throughout my internship and was able to secure a full-time position. The experience I have gained has been invaluable and I can honestly say that Career Edge has helped me to jump-start my career.”

 

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Blessing Nnachi

By | Alumni, Success Story

MARCH

Career Edge Internship: Senior Account Manager, COMMERX
Now: Engagement Manager, Google

“Moving to Canada was exciting and nerve-wracking both personally and professionally. One of my biggest concerns was that the move could negatively impact the progress of my career.

I had created my Career Edge profile before we arrived in Canada but frankly, I was not thrilled at the concept of taking an internship after 10 years into my professional career. I started applying to roles weeks before we arrived in Canada but weeks post arrival and several interviews later, I still hadn’t landed a job.

I decided to take a second look at Career Edge because it offered internships in my field and in two weeks, I was offered an internship in a similar role to the position I left back home. I started in my new role another two weeks later and I cannot describe how excited I was. I finally felt like we were settling in.

The Career Edge team was so helpful in getting me all set up, the team checked in on me from time to time and I was really impressed by the genuine desire demonstrated to see me succeed as a new migrant in a strange, new country.

All in all, I strongly recommend Career Edge to new migrants, the team is great, and it is an awesome way to get started with your new life in Canada.”

 

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Mariam Nessim

By | Alumni, Success Story

FEBRUARY

Career Edge Internship: Loan Servicing Analyst, RBC
Now: Loan Servicing Analyst, RBC

“Being an international student who had no working experience put me in a disadvantage compared to other graduates who did co-ops and internships. After several months of stress and uneasiness searching for jobs I was very excited and relieved when I got the call from RBC to start my new position. I was able to secure a job as an Analyst, Loan Servicing in the Global Loan Administration department. And after a few months from starting the internship I was offered a full-time permanent position. Working at RBC gave me the opportunity to expand my connections, further develop my skills and gain more knowledge in the finance industry.

Career Edge gave the opportunity to showcase my skills and connected me directly to employers who were interested to see what I had to bring to the role. I can proudly say that Career Edge helped launch my career.”

 

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Victoria Akpore

By | Alumni, Success Story

JANUARY

Career Edge Internship: Desktop Deployment Specialist, City of Markham
Now: Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft

“I got to know about Career Edge during the second semester of my post-graduate studies at the University of Ottawa. As an international student who just arrived to Canada from Nigeria, I wanted to get into the Canadian labour force to start building some Canadian work experience which I knew would be a crucial factor in my career launch.

After applying to several companies with no results, I finally registered on Career Edge’s website. My profile was quickly evaluated with a follow-up email from an employee who assisted with matching my skills with available opportunities. The job notifications sent directly to my email was also of immense benefit.

I finally secured an opportunity with the City of Markham as a Desktop Deployment Specialist, which would have been a difficult job position to secure without the relevant Canadian work experience but Career Edge looked at my skills and work experience from Nigeria and contacted me to apply for the role.

It was an amazing experience. Working with the City of Markham on their Migration Project Windows 10 gave me the visibility I needed. Close to the end of my internship, I was contacted on LinkedIn to apply for a similar position with Microsoft. I am grateful for the platform Career Edge gave me and the continuous support I received throughout my internship.”

 

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success story

Success Story: Tahmina Naznen

By | Alumni, Success Story

“You’re more important than you think.”

That’s what a paid internship at LifeSpeak taught Tahmina Naznen.

Immigrating from Bangladesh, Tahmina arrived in Canada with a master’s in computer science and four years of experience. For six months, she struggled to secure permanent, meaningful work, losing confidence. Read More

where are they now

Where Are They Now: Natalie Goldring (Investors Group, 2007)

By | Alumni, Success Story

As a trailblazer for her internship employer, we felt it was right for Natalie Goldring’s story to be featured as our first ‘Where Are They Now’ piece, as a teaser for our upcoming Alumni Newsletter. Subscribe to read more of these stories!

Back in 2006, as Investors Group’s first-ever recruiting coordinator, Natalie Goldring developed the position – and her career – from scratch. Read More

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