The past year has brought new challenges to many of us in our professional lives. Careers have shifted, adapted, and in some cases, completely changed. We understand that it’s not easy to forge a new path for yourself, and we are here to help you along the way. Read on for an outline of our digital business resources and several upcoming virtual programs which will help you develop professionally and even start building a new career or business entirely. 

Are you looking for a job?

 Brampton Library is teaming up with Job Skills to offer a two-week Virtual Hiring Event, “Launch Your Future”,  from May 3rd to May 14th! With nineteen employers offering several full-time and part-time positions, there will be opportunities available for anyone looking for a job. Click here to sign up now through May 14th! Be sure to also register for How to Succeed in a Virtual Hiring Event happening on the day of the event’s launch, May 3rd (recorded video). In this workshop, learn how to prepare, what to bring, and gain some interview tips and tricks to help you stand out during these exciting two weeks.

Perhaps you’d like to develop your skills!

Your Brampton Library card gives you a free all-access pass to LinkedIn Learning, an online collection of over 16,000 instructional videos on the latest business, technology and creative skills. Whether you’re looking to upskill and enhance competencies in your profession, or plan on switching careers, the Career Development and Professional Development sections (in Business Skills) offer a place to start. Some great courses are available to provide guidance on Switching Your Career, Defining and Achieving Professional Goals, and Increasing Visibility to Advance Your Career. You can also find more industry-specific content aligned with your career, including interview tips and strategies for getting ahead. We also highly recommend trying out a learning path. Regardless of where you’re at in your career, there is always room to refine your communication skills: learn to clearly articulate your ideas, build trust and approachability, and connect with your audience in the Develop Your Communication Skills and Interpersonal Influence learning path. If you’re looking for ways to challenge your own bias, spark constructive dialog about anti-racism, and champion diversity and inclusion in your workplace, consider the How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism learning path.

If you’d like to become an entrepreneur:

Don’t miss the upcoming edition of our Business Series on May 6th and May 19th in partnership with Brampton Entrepreneur Centre! Chat with local entrepreneurs to hear their stories and learn about their struggles and successes. Speakers will highlight important resources to help participants that are looking to start a business of their own. Click on the dates above to register.

But don’t stop there! We have many digital resources for those building a business, such as Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship. Designed to support learning for business owners and entrepreneurs at every stage, Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship is updated daily with content from reliable providers, which means that you get current industry insights and strategies for success from the experts.

A major benefit is unlimited access to current, full-text articles from today’s leading publications, like Canadian Manager, Design: Retail, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Industry Week, MIT Technology Review, and more. If you’re looking for industry-specific content relevant to your business sector, you may be surprised to find there’s a trade journal or magazine out there just for you. You can easily keep track of your favourite publications by setting up ‘Journal Alerts’ to be sent to your email or RSS feed, and you can also download or send articles directly to your Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

Finally, click here for a playlist of past career-related virtual programs on Brampton Library’s YouTube channel.

We hope these programs and resources create meaningful opportunities for you to advance your career and encourage you to continue making learning an important part of your professional and personal growth.

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