The Prince George Chamber of Commerce, the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia are teaming up to organize a Pre-NorthWorks event this Thursday February 28 at UNBC’s Canfor Theatre.
Pre-NorthWorks is a prelude to the annual NorthWorks Career Fair, held the following week on March 6. The chamber listened to local employers’ ideas that would make employees more aware of the recruitment process and job start hurdles. Many employees are unaware of relevant provincial and legislative standards.
The chamber has recruited local professional talent to directly inform local post-secondary students on topics not usually taught in the classroom. Heather Sadler Jenkins, 3 Green Lights, the Northern Health Authority, Taxwerx, UNBC Co-operative Education, and WorksafeBC have volunteered to present on topics such as: occupational health and safety, job interview preparation, networking techniques, resume preparation, employment standards and contracts, and getting along with co-workers.
“Through our partnerships with CNC and UNBC, it is our responsibility to provide businesses in Prince George with the opportunity to speak directly with future entrepreneurs and business leaders – sharing their learnings and ideas in an open and welcoming format,” said Todd Corrigall, CEO, Prince George Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “In seeing the trends of lower and lower unemployment numbers, these connections will prove incredibly valuable to business leaders and students alike.”
Matt Hutcheon, founder of Taxwerx and director of Conterra Financial, will volunteer his talents.
“I know from my own experience how important networking is to growing a business, or building a career,” he said. “I was also fortunate to have had a couple of incredible mentors who provided invaluable guidance to me along the way. I’m keen for this chance to share my experience with students so they can perhaps better make connections that will expedite their careers and businesses.”
“This is a unique partnership for our students as we prepare them for successful careers and leadership roles after they graduate,” said UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks. “It’s another example of how the University is staying connected to the Chamber of Commerce and the business community to support positive learning opportunities in Prince George.”
Diane Bourret, founder of 3 Green Lights, will enlighten the audience with insights on making the first few weeks on the job easier. Jeff Postnikoff, Occupational Safety Office with WorksafeBC, will inform the students on some basic occupational health and safety concepts. Kimberly Pavao, a lawyer with Heather Sadler Jenkins, will discuss some basics from the employment standards act. Megan Noble, Co-operative Education Lead at UNBC, will present insights into resume and cover letter design. Steven Prins, healthcare recruiter from Northern Health, will provide insights into job interviews.
It is anticipated that this workshop on Thursday, February 28 at UNBC will provide better insights for young employees of what is expected and accepted in today’s work force.