In my life, I remember defining moments when various people had a significant impact on my perceptions of myself. They spoke to me in a way that built my confidence and no idea the affect their words were having on me… small moments make a world of difference. I began to seek a career that would allow me to positively influence others, the way I had been.
While studying at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I took advantage of the career counselling services at my university. The Employment Counsellors there were incredibly patient, helpful and passionate about helping others… I realized I had stumbled upon my passion and my love for employment counselling was born.
I previously worked in the hospitality industry, in customer service and management positions and enjoy working with people. In addition to my B.A. in Psychology I have completed a variety of certificates to enhance my employment counselling skills, including the Career/Employment Coach Certificate and the Practical Facilitation Skills Certificate through the Winnipeg Transition Centre. I secured my first Employment Counselling position at The Work Readiness program and worked there for nearly two years before transitioning to my current position here.
As an Employment Counsellor I assist people in the practical skills necessary to secure employment, but I also consider myself to be a self-confidence coach in disguise. Being unemployed is difficult and I feel blessed to be able to help people feel worthy and valuable during a time when they may feel the opposite. A quote from Ellie Burrows resonates with me about the work we do says: “There is no greater honour than supporting someone’s growth and evolution as a human being.” I am lucky to be at the Winnipeg Transition Centre supporting individuals who find themselves in transition.