Last month Service Canada for Youth held a Job Fair at Canada Place. Job seekers were encouraged to wear job interview appropriate clothing and bring resumes. Despite the rain outside, Canada Place was full of life and energy as enthusiastic youth and adults circulated several booths including UPS and Fairmont Hotel in hopes of acquiring a position. With re-application and recruitment for the City of Edmonton Youth Council (CEYC) imminent, the opportunity to be apart of the Job Fair was very much welcome and appreciated.
A group of motivated individuals, CEYC can offer youth aged 13-23 with a chance to provide feedback and input to City Council, municipal government and various civic committees on issues affecting youth as well as work on their own youth related projects. Once a year CEYC forms a working group known as ‘recruitment’ and new members are sought out through mediums like word of mouth, media advertising and opportunities such as the Job Fair. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the CEYC website for more information on Youth Council and to apply online by September 26:
While a volunteer opportunity such as being apart of CEYC allows you to help the public, meet new people and hone new skills, the same can be said for a summer job. Unfortunately most employers view a summer job as spending time and effort training somebody, keeping this employee on for a short time and being forced to find a new individual and training them for the long-term. Fortunately, for post-secondary students and individuals a like who have long standing commitments such as school that a year-round job interferes with, a summer job is still an option!
Canadian Job Bank, another initiative set forward by Service Canada, is an excellent job search site that puts scam-infested sites like Kijiji and Craigslist to shame. What especially sets apart this site from the rest is the Student / Youth Job Search section that allows students and youth to browse through a compilation of legitimate jobs that last only the course of the summer. Jobs range from working for companies like Nintendo Canada or as a sales associate for a clothing store.
The City of Edmonton is also active in providing students and youth with public job opportunities through student recruitment. Programs like the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) allow students to gain valuable work experience.
Both a volunteer opportunity and a summer job can provide youth with boundless opportunity and a chance to make a difference in the community.