An ongoing series of sessions facilitated by the Grande Prairie Public Library focuses on several aspects of research and retention. Career coaching sessions are facilitated by vocational training providers from R. Work Group, an employment service based in Grande Prairie.
GPPL Outreach and Learning Librarian Jill Kergan says classes range from email and IT basics, job searches during COVID-19 and conflict management in the workplace .
“Sometimes people make transitions and need help navigating their career path, and that kind of helps people know where to go, to communicate their strengths,” she says.
“They’re pretty in-depth, and the resume writing and interview skills are in two parts, so that’s six hours in total, there’s a lot of ground to cover,” she adds.
Kergan says the criteria for the sessions are set for residents who are said to be unemployed, underemployed, or at risk of being. She says that while classes are not a possibility, they also offer alternative arrangements.
“On a daily basis, we see a lot of people going into public computers, and they don’t want to take a class, they just need help with a really specific thing,” she says.
“There’s just a sense of urgency sometimes, so we try to meet people where they’re at, and we book one-on-one sessions where you can book a session and go out with a resume, and we do that in a way. quite fast.
You can find a complete class schedule, including links to register on the Grande Prairie Public Library website.