Providing women with exposure to different career possibilities, helping them enroll and succeed in training programs, as well as assisting in job search and career advancement activities are essential to increasing women’s participation in trades and technology.
WRDC’s highly trained and experienced Career Development Coordinators (CDCs) conduct outreach and provide customized employment counselling services and support including information sessions and presentations, participation in local career fairs and industry events, as well as one-on-one career counselling sessions with women. They are located throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, in St. John’s, Clarenville, Corner Brook, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Career Development Services include:
- employment counseling;
- labour market information;
- career decision making;
- job search & interview skill development;
- resume/portfolio preparation;
- personal/social counseling;
- life skills development; and
- employment matching.
Our programs and services for women are adaptable and flexible so that we are responsive to regional and social contexts. When working with Aboriginal women who face multiple unique barriers, as well as women who were displaced workers in their communities, we have customized our programs and services to ensure success.
In 2015, an external evaluation of WRDC’s career development services was conducted to assess overall client satisfaction with the services received. Results revealed that almost all clients (96%) were satisfied (either “very” or “somewhat”) with the help received from a CDC in applying for school. More than 80% were satisfied with WRDC’s: career counselling services (89%), assistance provided when applying for funding to attend school or training (89%), job market information (88%), resume preparation services (87%), job interview preparation services (86%) and job search services (83%). These results indicate that clients are satisfied with the various employment assistance services offered by WRDC.