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.
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!
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
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!
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. https://careermonth.ca/
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