Employment Programs and Workshops for Newcomers
The Employment Assistance Service (EAS) organizes workshops for newcomers seeking employment. All newcomers who are registered PEIANC clients and are eligible to work in Canada can attend. Workshops are free for all participants unless otherwise stated.
- Working in PEI (Basic and Advanced)
- Canadian Workplace Culture
- Professional Mentorship
- Refugee Employment Orientation
- Alternate Careers Day
- Networking for Success
- Newcomer Entrepreneur Program
- Job Fair Preparation
- Connecting Cultures Through Culture
- Social Media and Your Career
- Interview Skills Practice
- International Students Information Sessions
Working in PEI (WIPEI)
Newcomers will have the opportunity to develop job search skills and engage in interactive activities at either of these workshops. You will learn about Canadian workplace culture, employer expectations, and your rights and responsibilities. Participating in an effective job search and interview preparation process are essential steps on your road to employment.
Workshop topics include:
- Occupational requirements
- Methods of job searching in Canada
- Resources for finding advertised jobs and potential employers
- Value of a professional resume and cover letter
- Marketing yourself to prospective employers
- What to expect at an interview and the questions you may be asked
- Other topics
Working in PEI - Basic Workshop
The Basic Employment Workshop is for newcomers seeking employment who have English language levels 2, 3 or 4. This is a one-day session.
Working in PEI - Advanced Workshop
The Advanced Employment Workshop is for newcomers seeking employment who have English language level 5 or higher. This is a two-day session.
Canadian Workplace Culture
What is it like to work in a Canadian Workplace? In this workshop, PEIANC Employment Counsellors will help you navigate what Canadian employers and co-workers expect from you at work, and what you can expect when you start your first job in Canada. This three-hour course will also cover your rights in the workplace.
Cultural Inclusion Trainers at PEIANC will present an interactive component on the benefits of a diverse workplace and how to be respectful of other cultures in the workplace. This workshop will address essential workplace norms.
Workshop topics include:
- Appropriate interaction with co-workers
- The importance of punctuality
- How to support and/or give feedback to co-workers
- How and when to ask questions
- Approaches to handling conflict at the workplace
- Dress code, scents at work, maintaining a positive attitude
Do you have international experience in the field of law or accounting? PEIANC has a partnership with the law firm McInnes Cooper, and with the accounting firm Fitzpatrick and Company, that matches established professionals in these companies with a newcomer who has international experience in either of these industries.
A professional mentor can help you by:
- Attending networking events with you, and discussing trends and opportunities in the field on PEI
- Teaching the profession-specific language used in your industry on PEI and in Canada
- Showing you around their work environment so you can get a feel for how a Canadian workplace, in your profession, operates
- Helping you to build a professional network on PEI through introductions and connections
If you have a background in law or accounting and are interested in being matched with a Canadian professional in these fields, please let your Employment Counsellor know. If you are interested in being matched with a mentor from another industry, please let your EAS Counsellor know.
Refugee Employment Orientation
If you are a newly arrived refugee to Prince Edward Island, employment information will be provided one-to-one by an Employment Counsellor, to orient you to the Canadian job market. Employment Counsellors will ask you questions to identify your transferable skills and previous work experience to help you find employment or education and determine a career path on PEI.
Working through interpreters where necessary, EAS Counsellors provide refugees with:
- An introduction to the geography of PEI as it relates to employment
- An overview of the PEI labour market
- The employment services available at PEIANC
- An overview of other workshops available through EAS
- Other services and programs at PEIANC such as the EAL Volunteer Tutor Program
- Programs, funding, training and other opportunities
- A brief overview of The Coopérative d’intégration francophone (CIF) de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard for any Francophone refugees
Alternate Careers Day
This full-day event is held each year for newcomer professionals who are considering an alternate career in Canada. Employment Assistance Service brings together newcomers, employers, sector representatives, post-secondary institutions, and government officials to participate in round-table discussions. Alternate Careers Day provides opportunities to learn how your skills can be transferred to a new career on PEI.
- Information on how to transfer your skills and abilities to a new career
- Opportunities to meet face-to-face with Island employers
- Training about the labour market needs on PEI
- Presentations about post-secondary education opportunities
- Success stories from other newcomers who have chosen new career paths
Networking for Success
Building and expanding a network of established Islanders, especially business owners, is crucial for newcomers who are job searching on PEI. In this three-hour workshop you will learn about networking opportunities in your field, how to introduce yourself, and tips for successful networking.
Topics covered include:
- Networking: helping others, sharing, asking the right questions
- Reasons for networking
- Introverts versus extroverts and networking styles
- Speaking, volunteering, and participating in events
- Engaging in online communities
- How to communicate at events
- Making it easy for someone you have met to find you again
Newcomer Entrepreneur Program
Owning a business could be an attractive option for you in Canada. However, a lack of knowledge in business start-up and post-start-up, limited knowledge of Canadian workplace culture and having different cultural expectations of human resources can be barriers for newcomers’ success as entrepreneurs.
Employment Assistance Service, in partnership with the PEI Connectors Program, offers a Newcomer Entrepreneur Program to help overcome barriers to your success as an entrepreneur in Canada. Experts will guide participants through the components of a successful business plan. Each year the program is offered to twelve newcomers.
- In-depth nine-week program, with eighteen sessions that build your knowledge
- Subject matter experts presenting on topics such as market research, law, insurance, marketing, business financial projections, and accounting and bookkeeping
- Learning about the components of a successful business plan
- Working through your business idea in a comfortable group setting
- Feedback and support for your business idea
Job Fair Preparation
Job fairs are an excellent way to meet a large number of potential employers at one time. Attending them is useful because it gives you an opportunity to network, pass out your resume, and improve your communication and interview skills.
This three-hour workshop prepares you to become successful in marketing your qualifications and skills at a job fair. Learn what to take with you, how to target potential employers, how to prepare a winning 30-second introduction, and how to follow up with employers.
Topics covered include:
- Effective introductions and asking great questions
- Resume, portfolio, and cover letter assistance
- Interview and job fair meeting techniques
- Researching an employer ahead of time
- Understanding your labour market
- How to present a professional appearance
- Creating an "A" list and "B" list of employers to meet
- Avoiding long lines and collecting useful information
- Following up with employers after the job fair
Connecting Cultures Through Culture
This innovative, yearly partnership, Connecting Cultures Through Culture (CCTC), between Creative PEI, and several teams at the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, has assisted newcomers who have training, skills, or an interest in either practicing as an artist or artisan, to enter the Cultural Sector on PEI. The CCTC program has evolved and has offered a range of programming, including:
- Networking events
- Trade shows
- Art exhibits
- Performance showcases
- Matching programs: matching newcomer artists with existing cultural organizations or mentors
- Workshop series (including topics such as Telling Your Story, Using Facebook and Pinterest, Using Etsy, etc.)
If you have past experience in the cultural sector and are interested in a career in culture in Canada, please let your Employment Counsellor know.
Social Media and Your Career
This workshop looks at various aspects of social media in the context of employment. From effective job searches to conducting yourself professionally online, to using social media as a marketing tool—there are many topics covered. Expert subject presenters discuss appropriate content, tone, and online time-management within the context of the evolving Canadian workplace culture. Learn how to use social media for your job search and career advancement. This is a three-hour workshop.
Platforms discussed include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, and others.
- Canadian standards in the social media context
- How to use social networking tools in your job search
- Presenting yourself professionally online
- Social media use in the workplace and what is appropriate
- Marketing your creative product or company online
- Best practices in social media and tools for success
- How to set up a LinkedIn account and avoid scams
Interview Skills Practice
Learning about job interviews in Canada and practicing interview skills can greatly increase a newcomer’s chance of success in obtaining employment. If you are a newcomer to Canada, you can book an appointment through your Employment Counsellor with a scheduled member of the EAS team. Staff will alternate to deliver this service and will be available by appointment for clients to come in and practice job interviews in person.
During a practice interview, types of questions that may be asked during a particular industry or job will be identified. The Employment Counsellor will run through a sample interview with you so that you can practice answering the questions. Participants will learn what employers expect and how to present themselves confidently and professionally. Your practice interview can be videotaped or recorded so you can watch the practice interview and receive feedback from the Employment Counsellor.
Topics discussed include:
- Insight into what recruiters are looking for on a resume
- Different types of interviews such as in-person or pre-screening on the phone
- How to prepare for an interview and common interview questions
- Practice interviews
- What to bring to an interview
- Common interview mistakes
- Questions to ask at the end of an interview
All information is confidential. Call or email your Employment Counsellor to book your practice interview appointment today.
International Students Information Sessions
PEIANC Employment Counsellors, working collaboratively with the Settlement Worker for International Students, will organize a UPEI or Holland College information session that provides:
- Introduction to the services available to international students at PEIANC
- Job search and resume writing tips and techniques
- Pathways to employment and employment programs for international students
- Individual follow-up with an Employment Counsellor
By appointment, EAS staff will meet international students to provide in-depth, one-to-one Employment Counselling. Contact any member of the Employment team for more information.