Career Development

The Law of the Rubber Band

 By Art Alexander, Certified John Maxwell, Speaker, Trainer and Coach The Law of the Rubber Band states that your personal and professional growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be. If you were asked, “Do you want to grow in your personal and professional life?” I’m sure you would answer with a resounding “yes!” It’s been said, true life begins at the end of our comfort ... Read More »

UA Canada Spotlight: Carley Rabbit

As a first year UA Steamfitter apprentice with UA Canada, Carley Rabbit  is the first Pipefitter in her family. She is also the first person in her family to work on a major project at the new school in her community of Paul First Nation (Alberta, Canada) where she will be installing piping. There is so much pride that comes along with the contribution to a project that will benefit ... Read More »

UA Canada Spotlight: Daniel White

Daniel White  realized how rewarding a career in the unionized construction trades could be when he started out as a first-year apprentice plumber at 34 years old. From the in-depth training, attention to safety, pension, benefits and paid education, the UA has supported him every step of the way. The craftsmanship and pride that goes into this type of work has shown White that a career in the construction trades ... Read More »

ACCESS – Student Stories

Amber Abou Kwadacha First Nation Growing up, Amber Abou, a member of the Kwadacha First Nation (British Columbia, Canada), was often told, ‘Believe that you can succeed’. This phrase inspired her to enroll in the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) funded Office Administration Certificate program. “I knew that with the Office Administration Certificate program I’d be able to ... Read More »

Building a Skilled Nêhiyawak Workforce

I remember the first time I heard an elder speak of the term Nêhiyawak. We were meeting with our youth who were embarking on their journey in secondary education. Like many young people, they were having difficulty realizing their full potential – their gifts – and were challenged with staying in school. The elder explained that we were Nêhiyawak people – a deep ... Read More »

City of Brandon: Welcoming Indigenous Pride in the Workplace

by Jason Gobeil   Communities across Canada are starting to see the boom in the growth of an Indigenous nation. Here in Brandon, Manitoba we are hoping to attract these motivated job seekers to a career with the City of Brandon. How do we prepare to invite these job seekers to consider the City of Brandon as their employer? We ... Read More »

Do you consider it “nerdy” to visit your Career Counsellor?

‘Building a personal relationship with the client first, rather than focusing on the creation of a productive professional relationship, may be a useful approach. Since each individual and each situation is unique, it is up to counselors to select and tailor the strategies by taking into account the local realities, the particular needs of each client, and their own strengths ... Read More »

UCN Readies for a Skilled Northern Workforce

2017 has already witnessed impressive changes at University College of the North (UCN). The post-secondary institution is reorienting its approach to the delivery of trades training. The current Faculty of Trades and Technology has been renamed the “College of Trades and Technology” (CTT). Mirroring the successful model used with the Northern Manitoba Mining Academy, UCN will appoint a strategic council ... Read More »

Career Development

By L.C. Stanley So you are working for your community and have some specific skills – but now your kids want to go to a higher-learning institution situate in a non-native community. You would like to move your family and are pretty sure you have the experience required to obtain a job ‘off the res’. Great – but do you ... Read More »

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