Finding new pathways to rewarding careers

1014312_10153755010723241_5755849607307523648_nFinding the right career can be challenging at the best of times. The B.C. government’s new Career Guide for Aboriginal People is designed to help make searching for the in-demand jobs just a little bit easier.

Released this month, the guide contains a wealth of information and resources for aboriginal job seekers, especially youth. It offers a range of tips and advice such as how to make successful school-to-work transitions and on the importance of building job-finding support networks.

“This new career guide will help put more aboriginal people on a path to rewarding careers here in British Columbia. It’s a terrific how-to compilation of tips and advice that provides the kind of information needed to help job-seekers pursue the careers they want,” said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation John Rustad.

The guide is a toolkit that also provides sample resumes, cover letters, and interview questions to help job seekers positively present their skills and qualifications. It lists awards, scholarships, and bursaries available for aboriginal learners and how to apply for them, as well as providing guidance on budgeting for education and training.

Copies of B.C.’s Career Guide for Aboriginal People will be available at WorkBC centres throughout British Columbia. It will also be available through First Nations band offices, Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Aboriginal organizations, public and Aboriginal-controlled post-secondary institutions and online.

“B.C. is projected to be one of Canada’s economic leaders in the next two years. With half of First Nations people in our province under the age of 25, they are a critical part of the workforce we will require. This new career guide is a valuable tool designed to support First Nations successful entry into the labour market,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

SOURCE: Province of B.C.

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