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YEC Update - Happy Holidays
The staff at The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre wishes you a happy holiday season. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and for assisting Calgary's youth reach their career and employment goals in 2014. Some highlights from this past year include:
Youth Hiring Fair - Save the Date!
The 17th Annual Hiring Fair will be taking place on Tuesday, April 21st from 1:30 - 6:00pm at the Big Four Building, Stampede Park. Invitations and registration packages will be sent out in January.
Workshops at YEC
Attention youth groups ages 15-24! Interested in having your youth group attend an employment workshop?
Each workshop will cover:
Three sessions will be offered:
Location: 2nd Floor, 315 10 Ave S.E. T2G 0W2
Client Success Story
Ayesha K, 22, was new to Canada from Pakistan. She had lived in this country for a few months and her main source of income was her partner. Ayesha graduated High School in Pakistan and was attending a full-time, post-secondary program that focused on improving her English skills as well as making the cultural transition to Canada. She was fluent in Urdu and spoke English as a second language.
Ayesha was looking for part-time employment as a Retail Salesperson and presented with limited previous experience. As she had never applied for paid work in Canada, we discussed her job search strategy, resume and interview skills in detail. Although Ayesha said her English skills were basic, she preferred cold calling to find work as she identified her confidence as a strength that could help her connect with employers. We discussed effective cold calling and role-played situations with employers. Ayesha and I also worked together to create a targeted resume and talk about basic interview skills. We practiced answering frequently asked interview questions as well as behavioural interview questions.
Ayesha stopped by the Youth Employment Centre to let me know she had found employment as a part-time Retail Salesperson. She took her resume to cold call at a local mall. She said she asked to speak to the Manager and let him know her strengths as an employee. She told him she enjoyed providing excellent customer service and was a hard worker. She also told him she was working diligently to improve her English skills. The Manager interviewed Ayesha on-the-spot and offered her the position immediately after this interview.
Employer Spotlight - Futurpreneur Canada
Ever thought about becoming your own boss? Futurpreneur Canada could be your ticket to success as an entrepreneur! Formerly known as Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Futurpreneur has been providing many supports and services to assist aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39 to get their business started on the right track. They are a non-profit agency that has been in operation for nearly 20 years and provides assistance with many challenges new entrepreneurs face such as financing and business decisions. Futurpreneur Canada also wants to help young Canadians create their own positions as they are aware of the high unemployment rate of the age group they serve and they are trying to make a difference. They have supported approximately 6,570 emerging entrepreneurs to get started and assisted to launch around 5,480 start-ups. They can access a network of over 2,800 volunteers who can assist new entrepreneurs by mentoring them through many of those tough decisions that come with taking the risk to starting a new business!
Futurpreneur Canada offers new entrepreneurs assistance in four main areas, designed to mimic the typical lifecycle of a business. First, Futurpreneur can connect young people with Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, staff members that can provide pre-launch coaching and give a crash course on business finances. Secondly, you will have access to their Business Resource Centre that includes tools, articles and their interactive Business Plan Writer to ensure that you are making informed decisions regarding your new business. Next, they can assist you with financing by providing business loans through a partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada that have many benefits such as low interest rates and no penalty early repayment plans. Depending on your circumstances, entrepreneurs can receive up to $45,000 to help them start their new business! Finally, Futurpreneur Canada will set you up with two years of business mentoring and access to their Entrepeer Program where you can share your experiences with other budding entrepreneurs and learn from their experiences as well.
Receiving support from Futurpreneur Canada greatly increases your changes of owning a successful business. Futurpreneur Canada employs 93 staff nation-wide who are dedicated to supporting new entrepreneurs. Their website, www.futurpreneur.ca has more information about the services they offer. You can apply online for either a combined financing and mentoring program or to just receive mentoring support. Make sure to check www.futurpreneur.ca before you apply as it is a valuable resource that can help you build yourself your own career!