Networking opportunities can happen anywhere in Durham Region. You never know when you're going to meet someone who can help you. Sometimes, these can be new friendships. Other times, these can lead to internship or mentorship opportunities and jobs. 

Networking

Networking is the act of connecting with people. It is a long-term strategy to help you advance your career. It can connect you with people so you can build lasting, beneficial relationships. It also means keeping in regular contact with people in your professional circle.

Many people share contact information through business cards or online. LinkedIn is a popular social networking site for professionals.

Networking tips:

  • Be ready to tell people who you are and what your goals are.
  • Research who will be at an event before you go. Newspapers and employment resource centres can help with this. There may be someone there in your field you've been wanting to meet.
  • Keep in touch with contacts you make. This helps build your relationship and can lead to opportunities.

Be sure to deliver on any promises you make. If you say you will do something, make sure  you can do it.

Mentoring

A mentorship occurs when an experienced worker helps you by providing work-related advice and assistance.

The Mentoring Partnership is an organization that helps skilled immigrants find jobs. The program has created more than 10,000 mentoring relationships of this kind. 

Contact the Pickering Welcome Centre at 905-420-3008 or the Ajax Welcome Centre at 289-482-1037 for more information.

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Internships

An internship occurs when a schooling organization places a student into a work placement opportunity. The job may or may not pay the student, depending on the arrangement between the employer and the school.

These positions may also be open to young employees looking to learn a job skill or enter a new industry. Internships are a great way to earn Canadian work experience before you start your career.

The Durham College field placement program lets students apply what they've learned in the classroom to real job experience. These placements happen while the student is still in school. 

Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs)

Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) can connect you with others looking for or offering employment or similar opportunities. 

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