Priya came to the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) with hopes of gaining more work experience in the Canadian labour market. As a visible minority and newcomer with a lack of Canadian work experience, she felt that they will become obstacles in finding suitable employment.
Nonetheless, she was excited to begin the 3 weeks of group based employability workshops, as she was optimistic about the new skills she would be learning. The YOP team saw Priya’s commitment throughout the 3 weeks. She was coached on employers’ expectations, job retention, diplomacy at work, and more. She felt discouraged after three interviews with no job offers. The YOP team continued to work with Priya one-on-one to support her in building her interview skills.
Priya along with 2 other candidates was invited for an interview with a reputable company. Out of the 3 candidates, she was the only successful applicant and was able to complete her 16 week work placement with this company. Priya not only gained knowledge about the Canadian labour market and job expectations, she also gained the Canadian work experience which she felt she needed.