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Jump Start Your Career!


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Jump Start Your Career!


Are You An Internationally-Trained Professional?

This is a one-day conference for job-ready, Internationally-Trained Professionals (ITPs) living in Waterloo Region and the surrounding area. The conference provides ITPs with resources and information on credential recognition, skill development, professional associations, regulatory bodies, and related professions.

Join us on Wednesday March 6, 2019 and jump-start your career


The theme of the Global Skills Conference is Making Connections.

Learn to identify and market your transferable skills and improve your networking game.

The Global Skills Conference will provide a platform for you to:

  • Learn more about your industry in Canada;

  • Connect with employers, professional associations, licensing bodies, and other ITPs; and

  • Explore alternative careers and opportunities through networking.

Exploring these themes will give you the tools needed to think 'outside the box' in the Canadian labour market.

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Prepare for GSC


Prepare for GSC


To get the most out of the conference, we recommend that you to speak with your Employment Counselor and register for a free GSC Preparation Session at the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre.

The GSC Preparation Sessions focus on:

  • Overview of GSC: What to expect

  • Getting ready for the conference (e.g. how to dress, what to bring, research before-hand)

  • Tips so that you get the most out of the day 

  • Small Talk

  • 30 second commercial

  • Networking

  • Social media and LinkedIn 

You can select a Preparation Session when you register for the conference



Transferable skills and related professions from the four sectors represented at the Global Skills Conference include:


Human Services

RELATED PROFESSIONS

Social worker

Counselor

Human resources

Therapist

Nutritionist

Pharmacist

Probation officer

Childcare worker

Customer service representative

Support worker

Volunteer coordinator

Manager

Executive assistant

Sales associate

Nurse

Teacher

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Critical thinking

Problem-solving

Effective oral and written communication

Interpersonal skills

Professionalism

Work well under pressure

Organizational skills

Detail-oriented

Work well independently and as part of a team

Ability to meet deadlines

Interact well with diverse cultures

Quick learner

Energetic

Trustworthy

Efficient

Time management skills

Adaptability

Ability to delegate


Engineering & Tech Professions

RELATED PROFESSIONS

Technical Consultant

Logistician

Technical Sales

Operations Manager

Technical Trainer

Procurement Specialist

Purchasing Manager

Project Manager

Technical Writer

Construction Manager

Urban Planner

Cost Estimator

Health and Safety Inspector

Application Developer

Manufacturing Operator

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Project Planning and Management

Attention to Detail

Written and Verbal Communication

Numeracy

Computer Skills

Data Analysis

Logical Thinking

Time Management

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Teamwork

Interpersonal Skills

Analytical and Investigative Skills

Research Skills

Leadership and Initiative

Negotiation

Active Listening Skills

Presentation Skills

Decision-Making Skills


Finance & Accounting

RELATED PROFESSIONS

Project Analyst

Event Planner

Estate Planner

Realtor

Business Analyst

Payroll Manager

Urban Planner

Insurance Agent/Broker

Market Research Analyst

Credit Analyst

Merchandiser

Researcher

Trainer

Retail Banker

Tax Advisor

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Creativity and Innovation

Team-Oriented

Information Gathering

Management Skills

Written and Verbal Communication

Oral Presentation Skills

Problem-Solving

Interpersonal Communication

Organizational Skills

Numeracy

Analytical Skills

Attention to Detail

Leadership

Time management Skills

Adaptability


Information Technology

RELATED PROFESSIONS

Network engineer

System administrator

Analyst

Security specialist

Project manager

Consultant

Manager

Help Desk

Technician

Professor

Technical support

Controller

Manager

Operator

Digital copywriter

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Customer service

Working well under pressure

Problem-solving skills

Multi-tasking

Effective oral and written communication

Leadership skills

Interpersonal skills

Computer literacy

Data entry

Detail-oriented

Coding

Time management skills

Networking

Effective listening

Numeracy



Past Conferences


Past Conferences


GSC 2016

 

GSC 2017

FAQs


FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I prepare for the Global Skills Conference?

You have a few choices:

  1. Register for a free GSC Preparation Session when you register for the conference.

  2. If you live in Kitchener or Waterloo, check out the Pre-Employment Workshops at the KW Multicultural Centre.

  3. If you live in Guelph, check out the Job Search Workshops at Lutherwood in Guelph.

These free workshops include information on interviews & interview practice, cover letters, targeting resumes, job search strategies, and more. They will help you understand Canadian workplace culture and matching one’s professional qualifications within the Canadian context and will prepare you for the Global Skills Conference.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This Conference is open to all Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) in the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.

How should I dress for the GSC?

Business casual.

What I can and can't bring to the event?

You are welcome to bring whatever you would like but please know that you will need to carry your stuff with you all day as there are no lockers. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions, please bring own lunch and snacks. A self-serve coat check will be available.

The conference concludes with a Networking event with employers where you may connect with an employer looking for your skills and training. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

How do I get there?

The Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo is at the intersection of King and Frederick Street in Kitchener. There is on-site parking and it is accessible by public transit.

I’m having problems with the registration. What should I do?

If you are experiencing any problems registering, please contact us at gsc@kwmc-on.com

During the Conference, who can I talk to if I need help?

There will be volunteers present throughout the day to help with any questions you may have.

During the Networking Event you can reach the 'Networking Coaches Booth' from 3:30 to 4:30. 

The coaches will help you applying all the great information you will learn from the conference. Whether it is refining questions to ask employers, helping you compose your elevator pitch or giving you a bit of extra motivation.

Can I bring my children to the GSC?

No. This is not a child-friendly event.

Is there a prayer room at the Global Skills Conference?

Yes, there will be a designated prayer room at GSC. It will be labelled on the map that you receive at the beginning of the day. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Vanessa Harrison is the Global Skills Conference Coordinator and she can be reached at the K-W Multicultural Centre by email: gsc@kwmc-on.com