Success Stories

  • Success through Skills Training – November 2016

    Kerry came to the Port Moody WorkBC Employment Services Centre, while in receipt of EI Benefits and seeking assistance to help her find sustainable work after her temporary position as a junior associate in the accounting field ended. Through recruitment and temporary employment agencies, she had an employment history of unsustainable administrative, technical and operational bookkeeping roles at production facilities.

    Kerry was referred to Work Targeting workshops and completed labour market and training research. In working with her Case Manager it was assessed that her difficulty obtaining full time employment in the accounting field was due to lack of formal training and certification in the industry, specifically; bookkeeping, accounting fundamentals, and computerized accounting, in spite of her administrative and book keeping experience. Kerry applied for Skills Training support for financial assistance to complete the Accounting Studies Post-Degree Diploma Program at Douglas College and was approved.

    Just prior to graduation, Kerry returned to meet with her Case Manager, to formalize a plan and assist her in returning to work as soon as possible. Kerry was then referred to attend job search focused workshops on resume development and interview skills to prepare for the job search process.

    Kerry obtained part-time employment as an Accountant with the International Union of Operating Engineers, a position which became full time the day after she finished her school program! Kerry remains employed and is still in contact with the Port Moody WorkBC office after 24 weeks of confirmed employment.

    She offered the following feedback in regards to Port Moody WorkBC Employment Services:

    “I owe a lot of this success to the Work BC program and all the great people at the Port Moody office. This program really made a difference in my life; I don’t know if I would have been able to continue in accounting without it. It is so important to receive support after being laid off from a job. You and your team did an excellent job at this, and gave me a much-needed boost in confidence during a difficult time.

    The training I received at Douglas College has given me much more confidence in my new position. I also wanted to thank you for providing excellent feedback on my resume and cover letter. When applying for jobs, I’ve never had so many replies, and for the jobs I really wanted. I had to turn down a number of interviews after I accepted my job. This would not have been possible without the Work BC program.

    I’d also like to mention that the Port Moody office runs this program very well, and offers valuable support at a much-needed time. You were always professional, knowledgeable, kind, and helpful. Thank you again for making this possible! I hope this exceptional program is available for others to enjoy in the future. I also hope that your office continues to be a place for people to come when they need support in looking for work.”

  • Making a Career Change – November 2013

    Bill* has extensive experience as a Distribution Coordinator in the film and video technology rental industry. Although he had been laid off before, he enjoyed steady employment for the last 20 years. However, with the technology rental industry in decline and the film industry facing a downturn, Bill found himself struggling to find work. When he first visited the WorkBC Centre, he had been unemployed for almost a year.

    Bill met with a Case Manager and together they agreed that career planning was a logical first step. Bill started exploring areas where he could use his existing skills, such as warehouse and distribution management in the retail sector, heavy equipment and construction, as well as logistics. He also worked on updating his resume, improving his computer skills and learning about social networking through LinkedIn.

    Bill participated in three workshops: Winning Resumes, Self-Marketing, and Interview Skills, and found them really helpful in moving his job search forward. He started attending interviews and connected with recruiters. In November he accepted a job offer as a Distribution Associate with a local Equipment Sales and Rental company.

    We wish you the best of luck in your new position!

    *The client’s name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.

  • An Early Christmas Gift – December 2013

    John* is a long-term psychiatric patient (diagnosed with schizophrenia) who was keen to supplement his income with a part-time job. John’s previous work history included jobs in welding, metal fabrication and warehouse work.

    John met with a Case Manager at the WorkBC Centre and agreed to participate in a series of job search workshops. The topics included Transferable Skills, Winning Resumes, Using Internet and Email for Job Search, and Interview Skills. He also worked 1-1 with staff in the Self-Serve Resource Area. Thought his efforts, John secured a part-time position as a Warehouse Clerk at a local company.

    We followed up with John in December. He shared that he has not missed a day of work and that he has been recognized for his punctuality and work ethic. He told his Case Manager that as a result of the job and the additional income, he no longer visits the Food Bank. He also reported that he is making plans to celebrate Christmas for the first time in years.

    Congratulations John on your success!

    *The client’s name has been changed to maintain confidentiality.

  • Taking the First Step – January 2014

    In my work, I take time to appreciate the small successes – especially when disabilities are involved.  I was working with a client who was experiencing frustration in trying to find / enrol in group therapy, and needed some support. I was able to refer her to Tri Cities Mental Health and completed the referral form to attend group sessions. Within a week, the client had completed intake and was registered. She came to our next meeting expressing such gratitude – it was the first step she needed to take before she could move forward with looking for work.

    Shared by Lauren Mitchell – one of our Specialized Case Managers.

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