Thank You to the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation

Work Prep is thrilled to announce the receipt of $19,000 from the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.    The G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation is a public foundation serving the people of South Saskatchewan.  The SSCF builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing need and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations and qualified donees in Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education and Scholarships, Environment, Health, Social Services, Spiritual, and sports and Recreation sectors.”

This money will be used to enhance our service delivery to job seekers by adding laptops with access to internet, online e-learning, and assessments as well as Microsoft Office software to support job seekers while attending appointments with their career practitioners.  Each computer will support online learning, skill development and the completion of self-marketing tools to support employment action plans.  In COVID times, this will provide a safe service delivery platform for job seekers to increase their digital skills, engage in services and access virtual employment and educational opportunities.

Introducing VR for Job Seekers in Saskatchewan

Virtual Reality career exploration has finally come to Saskatchewan! Job seekers can use the most advanced technology to try jobs virtually and make informed career choices.

Regina Work Prep Centre is proud to be introducing 10 exciting Saskatchewan careers to experience in VR. With more to come in future releases. These virtual careers provide job seekers the chance to try a job before committing a large amount of time and resources to a particular career path. This is greatly beneficial not only for employees, but employers have the added benefit of higher retention rates and more career orientated employees.

You can learn everything about this exciting new technology and possible career paths it could lead you down right here on our website. We are pleased to be launching the new virtual reality section of our website.

Here’s the current careers you can try in VR at Regina Work Prep.

All of the associated labour market information with our current offerings of job simulations.

To help kick things off we are launching our VR program with a contest! Please see our Facebook post for details and how you can win yourself a $50 Giant Tiger gift card and the chance to be the first client in our VR program! To learn more check out our Facebook Page.

Virtual reality is quickly becoming the new reality in the employment world.

Thank you to the Government of Saskatchewan for their partnership and funding investment in our Virtual Reality Project!

Explore the Possibilities: Career Development Resources in Saskatchewan

Join RWPC’s own Marla Bengert as she is part of a panel to explore the possibilities!!


Career Month 2019
Explore the Possibilities: Career Development Resources in Saskatchewan
12:00 – 1:00 pm, Thurs., Nov. 21, 2019
Regina Public Library, Film Theatre, Regina, SK


Discussion Panel
Derek Williams, Regina Labour Market Services
Bonnie Gorling, Regina Labour Market Services
Marla Bengert, Regina Work Prep Centre
Tatiana Zotova, Regina Open Door Society
Leah, Soveran, Regina Open Door Society
Susan Delorme, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

Colleen Strauch, Manager of Recruitment, Luther College, University of Regina
Saskatchewan Career Development Association Board

We hope you can join us!

What can a Career Development Practitioner do for me?

Kathy’s Blog Nov 2019

The first day of November marked the official start of National Career Development month in Canada. Developed and supported by the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD or 3CD) career month highlights the importance of finding meaningful work and acknowledges the efforts of those who support the journey. This year the focus is on learning what a Career Development Practitioner (CDP) does in hopes that understanding our role will encourage job seekers to reach out to a CDP in their area.

If you are interested in learning more, here is link to their website and a great visual on the many skills and roles of a CDP.

Click on the image to view the Career Month Website! 🙂

For me, I’d like to pick up from a blog my colleague Dallas posted in August 2019. If you haven’t read it you might want to start here:

Dallas talked about the stress and anxiety of being unemployed and the impact of self-doubt on our job search and ability to successfully market ourselves.

Research shows an increase in the number of Canadians who are experiencing mental health issues. As Career Development Practitioners we see this impact every day.  Loosing hope in your ability to find meaningful employment or any employment negatively effects an individual’s mental health. David E Redekopp wrote in his Aug 2019 Blog- Why Connect Career Development and Mental Health – “whether intended or not, career development intervention is also an intervention for positive mental health.”   If your current situation is affecting your mental health you are not alone and we can help. Understanding mental health issues and building tools and skill development into the job seekers journey can help individuals to focus on what is working and build confidence and hope.

What else can else can we do?

The world of work is changing at a rapid pace and CDP’s have knowledge, skills and experience in several areas that may be of significant benefit to you if you unemployed, underemployed or looking for a career change.  Consider the questions below:

  • Are your marketing tools, resume, cover letter, LinkedIn Profile and interview responses, a list of your past jobs and tasks or a demonstration of your skills, competencies, attitudes and current/future value to an employer?
  • Have you thought about self-employment or contract work as an option?
  • Are you effectively using a variety of Social Media platforms to look for work?
  • Do you understand the local and national Labour Market needs and opportunities and are you using this information to drive your job search activities?
  • What about Future trends and needs? Are you following a career path that will be around in the years ahead? Are you building skills and competencies that are transferable to future needs?
  • Do you know about and access the learning and networking opportunities in your community (workshops, local events, volunteering) and what about online learning opportunities (webinars, public library, LinkedIn E-learning)?

If any of this sounds interesting or helpful and yet you are hesitant to access services to help with your job search, ask yourself why?  Do you lack information on how to access services, have you had a bad experience in the past, do you believe asking for help is a weakness, have you lost hope or do you attach shame to your current employment situation?



 Brené Brown talks about shame as the fear that we’re not good enough. In her book I Thought It Was Me (but is isn’t): Make the Journey from “What will People Think?”  to “I Am Enough”.

Stepping back to Dallas’s Blog, he talked about the power of re-framing the interview process as a “POSITIVE” and I would like to apply that same concept to address the feelings of shame  and hopelessness and the hesitancy to reach out for help with your job search.


As CDP’s we learn that offering a new interpretation of a negative belief or feeling increases an individual’s sense of choice and control. We also know that being unemployed increases an individual’s vulnerability so at Work Prep reframing is combined with empathy; acknowledging the validity of your current feelings while offering a different perspective.  We honour and applaud job seekers as courageous and worthy individuals.  We are in awe of your ability to put yourself out there and not have any control of the outcome and see this as a strength and value to market to employers and our community.  We offer you our respect and our support in your journey.

So, in November I invite you to call or even better walk into our office at 2020 Halifax and have a conversation with myself or one of our staff members about how we can help YOU to really feel supported  as you strive to reach your career goals and find the key to your success.


Brown B. (2007) I Thought It Was Me (but is isn’t): Make the Journey from “What will People Think?”  to “I Am Enough”  New York, USA. Penguin


Clothing and the Interview

By Tracy Tomlinson, CM

Common Tips – What not to wear to an interview

  • Flip flops
  • Tank tops
  • Short shorts
  • Underwear that sticks out from your clothing (this includes bra straps)
  • Skirts or dresses that are too short
  • Shirts that are too low or that expose your stomach
  • Too much cologne or perfume
  • Hats

Seems like common sense, but is it?  Clothing styles, fashion, appropriateness in a workplace, and workplace culture are all relative and unique.  However, there are a few tried and steady tips.  Your objective is to make a good impression.  Looking your best in how you dress is an important part of how others perceive you.  Ask yourself – what message do you want to send to a potential employer; what does this outfit say about you? Presenting yourself as the best candidate for the job and the right fit for the company can start with your clothing choice at your interview.

What is the Dress Code?

You’ve made it this far – you got the call for the interview.  Your next step should be to do your research.  Research the company’s website for hints on workplace culture.  If the company doesn’t have a website or you aren’t able to get the information you’re looking for, do a run through before the interview.  Take a visit to the business.  Find out what employees are wearing on a regular day.  

The smart choice is always business casual.  This is professional attire that isn’t formal, but it is a step up from jeans and a T-shirt. Keep jewellery simple, wear neutral colours, choose dress pants or a skirt, a fitted sweater or cardigan.  Remember not to wear anything that looks loose and sloppy.  A blouse or button down shirt that is ironed and pressed is the best bet.  Ensure your clothing isn’t wrinkled or missing buttons.  Wear comfortable closed toe shoes, even sticking with black shoes as a rule.  Make sure your shoes are not scuffed.  Pay attention to details.  You want to look polished.  This includes nail polish – if you decide to wear nail polish, make sure it’s fresh and not chipped.  Brush your hair.  Also, make sure you look organized.  If you take a purse, chose one that’s simple and classic. Try your clothing on a day or two before the interview.  Do a dress rehearsal.  This way you can make sure there are no holes, no stains, and no pet hair on your clothing.  Simple and clean is your best choice.

Workplace Culture?
Do your research! 🙂

The industry and the job you are interviewing for (your role within the company) is a consideration at times.  For example, some would say stay away from athletic clothing and running shoes.  Perhaps, this is not the case when interviewing for a position at a gym or a athletic retail store such as SportChek and Foot locker. 

Recap: Tips for Interview success

  1. Do your homework
  2. Err on the side of overdressing
  3. Pay attention to details
  4. Keep it simple
  5. Have a dress rehearsal

Recap: Decoding dress codes

Business professional:  In a business professional environment, suits are the norm, for men and women.  Women might also wear skirts or dresses and low heels, while men could wear a blazer or suit jacket, button down shirts, dress pants and dress shoes.

Business casual: Suits aren’t necessary with business casual.  Simple and conservative in these cases.

Casual: It is still important to look polished and professional. You never want to appear too casual.