The Opening Doors Career Readiness Program, sponsored by Microsoft, will provide new and soon-to-be comm-tech women graduates with the hard and soft skills to enter and succeed in the digital technology sectors. The program includes monthly webinars, as well as professional development training through Amazon Web Services' (AWS) program AWS Educate; a free WCT membership; access to WCT's online networking platform WCTConnect; and virtual coaching and mentorship.
This program will:
- Give young women graduates access to quality employment opportunities that reflect their skills, experience, and education in the new digital workplace
- Enhance and develop career-establishment strategies and skills in young women graduates by offering virtual and in-person networking, coaching and mentorship opportunities, and professional development skills early on in their career
- Provide a virtual library of resources intended to give young women graduates access to expertise/industry knowledge
- Discover the real-world job opportunities of their degree
Professional Development Webinars and Training
- WCT's webinar series will function as professional development for students to gain knowledge and valuable skills and understand how to navigate the professional world in the post-COVID-19 era. These webinars will live online as a library that is easily accessed through WCTConnect.
- General knowledge topics will include topics like Negotiation, Virtual Meeting Etiquette, Training on Applications like Microsoft Teams/Slack/Trello/Mural, Intro to Design Thinking, Early Career Acceleration, Leadership Skills, Self-Promotion/Self-Branding, Projecting Confidence in the Workplace
- Specialized webinars will demystify career opportunities available to post-secondary faculties and departments that may not have a high female alumni success rate.
- AWS Educate is Amazon's global initiative to provide students with comprehensive resources for building skills in the cloud. It offers professional development training for students at no cost.
Virtual Networking Community through WCTConnect Platform
- Young women can create a virtual network of support, ask questions, and connect with working professionals.
- The targeted job board will bring employment opportunities from leading companies in Canada directly to graduating female students who are seeking jobs and set them up to cultivate an enriching career.
- The Q + A board and chat feature gives students the opportunity to access online expertise from female leaders from wherever they are geographically located.
Free WCT Student Membership
- Students can access national professional development webinars that will expand their knowledge of opportunities out there.
- Students can access in-person and online local chapter events either free or at a discounted rate that will provide real-world networking and experience.
Coaching and Mentorship (to be launched in March 2021)
The mentorship component of this program will provide students, recent grads, and those just entering the digital economy with an opportunity to identify career aspirations, overcome challenges and expand their network by connecting with professional men and women.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool. It is an effective way of helping both mentees and mentors progress their careers and realize their full potential. It is a valuable relationship based upon mutual trust and respect, which can last long after the program is complete.
What are the benefits of being a mentee?
- Gain practical advice, encouragement and support
- Increase confidence in your profession and mitigate imposter syndrome
- Develop your communication and interpersonal skills
- Develop problem-solving strategies for dealing with professional issues
- Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
- Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your career
- Make new connections and foster a networking community
What are the benefits of being a mentor?
- Position yourself as a leader
- Demonstrate your leadership skills and utilize interpersonal skills to teach and advise others
- Give back to the community
- Develop professional relationships and friendships built on trust and mutual respect
- Gain fresh perspective and insight from the experiences of employees who are newer to the workforce
- Expand your own professional network
How it works
The program will match three mentees to one mentor to form a mentorship circle. Circles will meet virtually four times for two-hour sessions over a 4-month period beginning in March.
The topics that each mentorship circle will discuss over the course of the mentorship period are:
March: Crafting your personal brand and owning your elevator pitch
April: Confidence and putting yourself out there
May: Mindful living and the workplace
June: A topic of the circle's choice, to be determined in May
If you have any questions about this program, email email@example.com.
AWS Educate is Amazon's global initiative to provide students comprehensive resources for building skills in the cloud at no-cost. Click on the link to sign up: http://awseducate.com/
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