Submitted by Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator
ICA’s Employment Services staff have been busy over the summer months, continuing to support newcomer clients to find a foothold in the Greater Victoria labour market.
Since the beginning of May, over 200 participants have attended the Job Search for Newcomers workshop series, and a life skills program, Soft Skills in the Canadian Workplace, which provided newcomers with knowledge about how to succeed in the Canadian labour market. Newcomers participated in workshops on writing and tailoring resumes and cover letters, Canadian workplace culture, networking with other professionals either through conducting career research interviews and/or social media, interview preparation, exploring career opportunities, identifying transferable skills, labour market information and enhancing ones’ computer skills.
Clients were also able to learn more about possible career opportunities with Beacon Community Services, and speak with the representatives in person. The employer visit was a success as clients gained greater insights, and further networking opportunities.
Job Search for Newcomers Workshop Series
With September around the corner, ICA’s Employment Services team are gearing up for the Autumn. In the anticipation of new Job Fairs being hosted around the city, bringing together different employers in the coming months, ICA’s workshops will focus on writing and tailoring effective resumes, networking, soft skills, and interview skills, preparing our clients to obtain and maintain employment. Please see here for the latest workshops.
This Autumn will also see the introduction of a new and exciting Job Search for Newcomers workshop, “Personalizing Your Job Search.” The workshop is designed to provide newcomers with the information they need to connect with potential employers in person, and will provide specific examples about how to connect in person in various industries, including the BC Public Service.
Life Skills Programs
We are pleased to announce the return of the Employment in the Financial Fields career information program in mid-October, and the Essential Skills for the Workplace program, in the second half of November. The six session Employment in the Financial Fields program offers insights into various financial professions including Accounting, Banking, Financial Planning, and Insurance. Eligible participants will also have an opportunity to network with professionals in various financial professions.
The Essential Skills for the Workplace program will introduce participants to the nine essential skills that will enable them to create a foundation for acquiring new/additional skills, and how to be successful in the workplace and their careers.
Career Mentorship Program
The program has ongoing volunteer opportunities for career mentors who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of newcomers, and the community. Participating as a career mentor, you will:
• Help to improve participants leadership, coaching, and communication skills
• Help participants keep current on labour market and industry trends
• Get to learn about other countries and cultures, as well as different thinking styles and ideas
• Understand the difficulties that new immigrants face and provide support
• Feel a sense of community
At the moment, ICA’s career Mentorship Program is seeking career Mentors in:
- Self-Employment (Import/Export)
- Event Planning
- Mechanical Engineers
- Aerospace Engineering
- Supply Chain Management
- Software Development
- Financial Analysis
- Clinical Psychologist
If you would like to learn more about the Mentorship Program, please contact Mirko Kovacev, Employment Facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 250.388.4728 ext. 122