Getting your foot in the door of your first job in tech isn’t always easy. You’ll probably get out of school with cutting-edge skills and eager to put them to use. But how can you get the experience you’ll need to convince employers to take a chance on you?
Thanks to governments across the country, there are programs that can help. From subsidies available to employers to hire new grads, coop and placement programs, and other bridge-to-work programs, getting the right experience with great employers is a lot easier. Here are just a few. We’ll keep adding more as we discover them.
CareerConnect is one program that helps young, skilled post-secondary graduates find work in their tech field. Employers receive a subsidy from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, administered through the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), to employ qualified graduates. In return, they hire unemployed graduates to help the grads get great experience. Often, the participants are hired at the end of their program. If you’re an employer or recent graduate and would like more information about the Career Focus program, contact Alison Aquilina: firstname.lastname@example.org
The video below contains testimonials from Ottawa’s Fuel Industries and shows how both employers and graduates benefit from this great program.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CAREERCONNECT
Career Edge is a non-for-profit organization that is connecting youth to paid-internships right across Canada. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates seeking work experience but cannot afford to participate in a program without monetary compensation. Internships are available in non-regulated fields like Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Business, Information Technology, Engineering, Operations and Sales.
Eligible candidates must have the following:
1) Recently graduated from an accredited Canadian college or university and have insignificant work experience in their field of study;
2) Graduated from an accredited Canadian college or university and have insignificant work experience in their field of study and are a person with a self-declared disability;
3) An internationally qualified professional who has resided in Canada for less than three years and is eligible to legally work in Canada; holds a bachelor’s degree and has undergone a Canadian equivalency assessment; must have no previous Canadian work experience in their field.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAREER EDGE PROGRAM
Young Canada Works (YCW) is a government program that offers Canadian youth work experience through internship placements and summer work opportunities – nationally and abroad. Eligible participants must register online and create a profile for employer hiring consideration. Successful students and recent graduates are financially compensated for their work. To find out more about the YCW program and how you can apply, visit the Canadian Heritage YCW website.
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