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Career Boot Camp: Taking your Career Path Virtual

Career Boot Camp

Across government, virtual work has become a new reality, forcing public servants to adopt the Beyond2020 mindsets and behaviours. As a result, employees are learning to leverage this new landscape, and cultivate their career with more possibilities than ever before.

Join us as we partner with the Federal Youth Network, for this year's Career Boot Camp. Choose from a variety of sessions, which will provide you with the tools you need to take charge of your career in this new virtual environment.


What I Wish I Knew at the Beginning of my Career

Public servants can find it overwhelming to maneuver through Canada's largest employer, with its separate employers, interchanges, secondments, and other agreements. During this session, guests will explain what makes the core public service unique and how moving within, out of and into it, can be as easy as a few signatures.

Date, time and language:
January 26, 2021 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am (ET) | French
January 26, 2021 | 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (ET) | English
Location:
Zoom

Setting the Stage for your Virtual Career in the Public Service

There is no set path for a successful career, as each employee brings their individual strengths and aspirations to every role. This introductory session will explore the vast number of opportunities that exist for public servants, and share some of the various roles that exist across disciplines. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how the current virtual context has opened the door to endless career possibilities for all of us, regardless of geography.

Date and time:
January 26, 2021 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
Location:
This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the live broadcast will be provided to registered participants.

Transferring your Most Valuable Skills to the Public Service

Different hiring processes use different terminology for the skills they are looking for in their candidates. It's possible you have more experience than you think you do, but it's all a matter of translating those experience factors into the appropriate government language. During this workshop, participants will explore which skills from previous private-sector roles, volunteer activities, and even the most seemingly meaningless tasks can translate into valuable traits sought after by the public services' top employers.

Date and time:
January 26, 2021 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual
Location:
Zoom

Skills Needed for Careers of the Future

As technology advances, the skills that Artificial Intelligence cannot replace are the empathy and human connections that we use to design client-centred services, and in our relationship-building with our colleagues. We will all need to sharpen our listening, connecting, and adapting skills as we embrace the digital mindset. Join this panel for a discussion on people skills and how to improve yours to make you a valuable asset to any organization.

Date and time:
January 27, 2021 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
Location:
This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the live broadcast will be provided to registered participants.

Engaging an Audience Through Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell and a message worth hearing, but not everyone has mastered how to engage an audience and transmit passion through words. As the public service starts to place a heavier emphasis on all things digital, top employers are going to seek out candidates with the invaluable skill of engaging others. From sharing a simple interview scenario, to writing a blog on your most recent project, this session will teach participants how to take an idea and transmit its importance to any audience for full engagement.

Date, time and language:
January 27, 2021 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am (ET) | French
January 27, 2021 | 11:30 am to 12:30 am (ET) | English
Location:
Zoom

Intentional Communication in a Virtual World

Communication is more than just the words you use, but rather a combination of your tone and other non-verbal cues that others interpret as part of the message. With many now working remotely, we may forget that others are still reading the body language that is captured on camera, and the tone used in teleconferences. During this session, participants will learn about the nuances to which we attach meaning and how to use that knowledge to your advantage in communication with others.

Date and time:
January 27, 2021 | 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual
Location:
Zoom

Leading with Connections: Get Involved, Create and Maintain a Network, Leverage Connections to Work More Efficiently

Successful public servants know that collaboration is the key to working effectively and efficiently—and thus increasing their career opportunities. The Federal Youth Network supports and encourages networking and understands that for many, the concept is still abstract. This session will provide you with tips and tangible tools to develop your network and maintain it for the remainder of your career.

Date and time:
February 1, 2021 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
Location:
This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the live broadcast will be provided to registered participants.

First Impressions in a Virtual World

First impressions matter, even in a virtual landscape. Whether it's Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, social media is becoming one of the most commonly used tools for employers to seek out new talent. But what does the information on those platforms mean to those who are potentially hiring you? Learn to put your best foot forward in the virtual world to enable you to expand your network with ease and be the kind of colleague others feel comfortable approaching.

Date, time and language:
February 1, 2021 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am (ET) | French
February 1, 2021 | 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (ET) | English
Location:
Zoom

People Helping People

Having a reverse mentor is identified as a key behaviour in the Beyond2020 framework but many of us don't have a mentor, let alone feel confident in mentoring someone else. This session will demystify the complexity of mentoring relationships and provide learners with tangible tips, such as approaching mentors and efficiently managing a mentoring discussion. We will also unveil some new government initiatives that relate to mentoring at all levels.

Date and time:
February 3, 2021 | 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages
Location:
This event will be delivered virtually. A link to the live broadcast will be provided to registered participants.

Ask-a-Mentor Session

Are you looking for advice? Do you have questions but aren't sure who to ask? This is your chance to virtually meet with public servants from various departments informally and get answers to your questions.

Date and time:
February 3, 2021, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)
Language:
Bilingual
Location:
To be confirmed

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