Whether you recently finished your first year of university or graduated this past spring, at some point or another you will be getting work experience in your field of choice via an internship program or summer work experience. Internships are the entry-point to your career and give you skills that translate to your future educational and professional endeavors.
Being an intern is all about learning and for some, this means doing things you may never have dreamed of – but remember, nothing is beneath you. Even if that’s not what you went to school for- even menial tasks are learning experiences. In fact, maybe even ask if you can take some time to shadow another department, you will be surprised at what you can relate to your education. When assigned a task or task list, let it absorb before jumping right in. This will let you digest your task and you will start to have questions. Asking questions is fine, your manager will understand – everyone started somewhere and most as interns. And sometimes busy managers forget what they didn’t know as new employees.
It’s no secret that Cape Breton struggles with retaining young professionals for a variety of reasons. Some of the main challenges that youth express are:
· Cape Breton County – 46.6
· Inverness – 47.3
· Victoria - 47.9
· Richmond – 49.6.
Despite this, there is a lot of positive news, room for optimism and professional opportunities to be explored. Compared to the same time period in 2011, in 2012, Cape Breton has shown positive growth in employment. The labour force grew by 600 resulting in a 2.9 percent decrease in the local unemployment rate compared to the first five months of 2011.
The Cape Breton Partnership has been researching and promoting professional job openings in the region, and recently there have been an increasing number of new opportunities. Demand for health care professionals continues to rise, with a number of job vacancies at the Cape Breton District Health Authority. There is a growing awareness of the number and types of jobs will be vacant in the coming years.
NextGen newsletter profiles have highlighted a number of individuals, families and businesses who have relocated or returned to Cape Breton as well as individuals who have continued to do business, work and live in Cape Breton. Recently, the newsletter has also highlighted a variety of potential opportunities for growth and employment in the region that have been announced in the media in recent months.
With all this positive energy in mind, what NextGen wants to know:
If you met someone who was thinking of moving to Cape Breton to work and live, what is the number one attribute of the region you would promote to sell them on relocating to the Island? (Answer by commenting below).
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