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RBC: Vivian Li

By Employer, Success Story


Vivian Li, Senior Manager, Inclusive Recruitment, on intern Alelie Ocampo

Vivian Li (left) & Alelie Ocampo

“When initially onboarding the role, Alelie received limited training due to the sudden departure of the previous program manager and at the same time there was a big volume increase from RBC hiring managers. Under great pressure, Alelie not only took the initiative to learn the process, but also identified opportunities to streamline the existing process and created easy-to-follow job aids / FAQs for hiring managers, which received great feedback from the businesses we support.

In Spring 2017, RBC Procurement implemented new invoicing process for programs like Career Edge. It is a huge change management for both our vendor Career Edge Organization and our hiring managers. In order to create a seamless experience for hiring managers, Alelie took it on herself to partner with RBC’s procurement colleagues and learned about the new invoicing process so that she can direct hiring managers to the right steps when they have questions. This huge undertaking on Alelie’s part saved the hiring managers a lot of time navigating the non-user-friendly system and moved the payment steps forward.

Due to our successful promotion of program to internal hiring managers, our hiring volume increased 60% in 2017 ( 68 new interns in 2016 and 110 new interns in 2017). Alelie took the full accountability and delivered great quality services to our hiring managers.  She also took every opportunity to promote the program to both internal hiring managers and external candidates who could potentially benefit the program.

RBC helped 110 interns who traditionally face employment barriers (new grads, grads with disabilities, newcomer professionals and reservists) gain valuable work experience, which is 60% more than last year. We are the first organization that exceeded 100 intern hires in Career Edge’s history in the last 15 years!

Alelie’s great work directly contributed to the great social impact RBC is able to create through this internship program.”


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Joel Persaud

By Alumni, Success Story


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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The Canadian Press: Esther Bye

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April | Mentor

Esther Bye, HR Advisor, on intern Brendan McGeagh

“Brendan is exceptionally smart and genuinely kind. He helped us with a great deal of new initiatives, policy writing and cleaning up our files and creating consistent templates. We were able to train him on our payroll system and gave him many opportunities to learn in as many areas as he could.

His competence and quiet communication style put people at ease and helped to calm some heated debates.

He was working for us on a contract but has since moved on to something new. He is much missed, and I hope to be able to work with him again in the future.”


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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


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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TTC: Joanna Raimondo

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March | Mentor

Joanna Raimondo, Project Coordinator, on intern Lisa Chang

“Lisa not only learned quickly her role within our Section, but she has offered suggestions for process improvements and continues to contribute ideas for improvements.

When assigned tasks Lisa works very well independently and asks for assistance if needed but is able to solve problems independently.

In addition, Lisa works well with others and provides excellent customer service to not only our internal staff but external customers.”


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Blessing Nnachi

By Alumni, Success Story


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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York Region: Paul Bottomley

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Paul Bottomley, Manager Policy Research and Forecasting, on intern Chhavi Narula

February | Mentor

“I was very impressed with Chhavi’s contribution to our organization. She hit the ground running with a strong, positive and collaborative approach to team projects. She acted on opportunities to improve herself, the team and the organization.

She was very resourceful in offering solutions to complex problems on a continuous improvement initiative looking at efficiencies and improvements for the organization’s data collection, quality control and reporting mechanisms for building permits.

Her productivity far exceeded what I was anticipating. Her success led to the organization offering Chhavi a full-time position when the opportunity arose.”


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Mariam Nessim

By Alumni, Success Story


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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Bell Canada: Fernando Salas

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Fernando Salas, Senior Manager, Supply Chain, on intern Chetanraj Sangam

January | Mentor

“Raj (Chetanraj) was initially hired to perform the inventory planning role for Bell’s wireless accessories category.

He not only learned at an amazing pace the business and our platforms, but also while executing efficiently using the current process, he devised significant improvements on process and platforms.

He smoothly transitioned from CMO to FMO, elevating the function on data visualization, reporting and forecasting, while keeping the business running. He also developed strong relationships with internal stakeholders and vendors and is recognized by his peers as an exceptional team member.”


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