1. INTRODUCTION AND PREVIEW OF UPCOMING 7 WEEKS: 3 hours
In this session, you will begin the process of getting to know your fellow group members. We will review the curriculum and establish the “Rules of the Road” that will smooth out the speed bumps for your upcoming journey. You will discuss and record your expectations regarding the OWL Workshop. The aim for this first morning is to orientate you to your new surroundings for the next 7 weeks and to give you an opportunity to freely interact with the group in an environment of openness and trust.
2. PARADIGM SHIFTS IN THE WORKPLACE/ATTITUDES TOWARDS AGING: 3 hours
This session examines the eight most important paradigm shifts that have evolved within the last 20 years and how these changes impact the new culture of work. It explores the recent change in attitudes and expectations in today’s workplace. This preparation will be very valuable as you transition into the current labour force. This session is designed to help you overcome the barriers associated with aging and employment. The relationship between self-esteem, confidence, self-worth and work are explored. Concepts of the Age Advantage program are introduced to the group to create awareness of the many attributes and advantages mature workers possess.
3. MY REALISTIC OCCUPATIONAL GOALS: 9 hours
One of the most important goals of your participation in the OWL Workshop is to establish your occupational goals. This module gives you an opportunity for self-exploration. You are encouraged to identify and prioritize your strong transferable skills. This will form the foundation for the type of job you will focus on when conducting your job search. This session focuses on many important issues you need to address so you can give clarity to your direction- values, interests, motivation, etc. When you complete this module you will be much better prepared to move forward with realistic expectations.
4. DEALING WITH JOB LOSS/DREAM SHIFT: 3 hours
Confronting and understanding the five stages of job loss is crucial in moving forward in a positive manner. This module will allow you to explore strategies and encourage you to prepare for the changes ahead.
5. SOCIAL NETWORKING: 3 hours
Keeping current with job search trends in today’s workplace is imperative. This workshop focuses on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, three of the most popular networking sites on the internet today. Learn how you can take advantage of these sites to enhance your job search, why these sites can be valuable, and how to make the best of them while looking for work.
6. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS: 3 hours
This session will explore the basic hardware components of a computer as well as the common computer terminology required in today’s world.
7. PERSONALITY DIMENSIONS: 6 hours
This workshop identifies four temperaments and how each influences employment. You will identify your personality traits and values leading to a better understanding of yourself as a worker and a team player.
8. WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEM (WHMIS): 3 hours
This session is designed to examine various health hazards, appropriate symbols and categories of toxic chemicals and learn how to handle and store them properly in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on public and employment related regulations and ordinances, enhancing your awareness of toxic chemicals and what to do in case of emergency. A certificate is provided upon completion.
9. PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT: 36 hours
This module requires reflection and analysis. The very act of portfolio development brings clarity to your career direction. It is a process that will help you identify, organize and describe your past learning accomplishments illustrating the link between home, school and community. This can result in increased self-esteem and can be used as a platform for career change decision making. Keeping track of where you have already been will help you get to where you are going next!
10. JOB SEARCH: 36 hours
This is where all the work of the previous weeks comes together. You are introduced to a full week of intensive job search techniques including résumé and cover letter writing, job card preparation and marketing strategy. You will be introduced to commonly used interview questions including behavioural questions. At the end of this module, you will be a prepared and confident job seeker.
11. ACE THE INTERVIEW: 18 hours
This module is designed to prepare you for a face-to-face interview with employers. Role playing, video interviews and practical feedback are used to enhance your performance for your next “live” interview.
12. CHALLENGES OF THE MULTI GENERATIONAL WORKPLACE: 3 hours
This session is designed to help the mature worker understand the distinct differences between each generation within the work place and the values, expectations and work ethics unique to each one. The purpose is to help you become aware of potential biases towards different work styles experienced by different generations and how to best accept and adapt to those differences.
13. COMPUTER TRAINING: 30 hours
This module will focus on the Microsoft Office Suite including word processing using Word, spreadsheets using Excel and presentations using PowerPoint. The format of the module will be hands-on experiential and will be a combination of theory and practice. Word and Excel will be two days plus practicum and PowerPoint will be one day plus practicum. Establishing an email account using Google’s Gmail, as well as internet usage and search techniques, will also be covered.
14. FIRST AID AND CPR: 8 hours
This workshop, presented by St. John’s Ambulance, is designed to provide CPR and First Aid skills, both of which are beneficial at home and in the workplace. A class “A” First Aid Certificate is given to you upon completion of the course.
15. STRESS MANAGEMENT: 3 hours
Excess stress can have a negative impact on your ability to learn and your ability to move forward. Identifying the stressors in your life is important. Various relaxation techniques will be discussed.
16. ASSERTIVENESS and SELF-CONFIDENCE: 3 hours
Self-confidence and assertiveness are two skills that are crucial for success in life. This session will give you an understanding of what assertiveness and self-confidence mean (in general and to you personally).
17. COMMUNICATION SKILLS: 3 hours
This session is designed to help you become aware of the first impression that you are making. This skill is particularly useful in an interview situation. Written communication techniques will also be explored with emphasis on the content and presentation of documents relating to job search. Identifying and defining your personal transferable skills is an important part of this session.
18. FINANCIAL PLANNING: 3 hours
This session is designed to help you understand the basic concepts of budgeting, taxation, investments, and various government programs, such as CPP and EI. You are also given information on how to manage your personal and professional finances.
19. CREATING YOUR PERSONAL IMAGE: 1.5 hours
We have invited an expert on grooming/hair styling/accessorizing to work with you in preparation for your job search. This is a fun day.
20. JOB FAIR: 6 hours
This day is designed to give you an opportunity to meet and interact with local employers. A brief presentation will be given by each employer. In addition, each individual will have an opportunity for a one-on-one time to meet with and provide their résumé to the representative.
21. EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES- HOW THEY WORK AND HOW WE CAN BEST UTILIZE THEM: 3 hours
Employment agencies are a great resource and a very valuable tool to use in your job search. This session will explain the process of how an employment agency can assist you in finding full-time, part-time or temporary work. The intricacies of how your skills and occupational goals are matched with a perspective employer will be discussed so that you gain a clear understanding of how this important support can help your re-entry into the labour force.
22. PREDICTIVE INDEX- AN INSIGHTFUL TOOL: 3 hours
This module was introduced to give you an additional assessment tool, one that provides an objective analysis of individual strengths, skills and opportunities. The results are presented in a professional manner by a trained PI analyst and will give you a clear and valuable insight that will assist you in establishing your realistic and meaningful occupational goal.
23. WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE? DESIGNING YOUR PLAN: 3 hours
Having a structured plan to implement when your 7 week OWL Workshop is completed is vital to your success. In this module you will develop a plan to chart your post program activities which will be designed to keep you on track. You will design a customized chart (your computer module will teach you how to do this!) and use it to record your activities. Following the completion of the OWL Workshop follow-up sessions (2 hours each) will be held where you can report on all aspects of your job search.
24. TELEPHONE TALENT- COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY WITH EMPLOYERS: 3 hours
This session examines the role of the telephone when looking for employment. Topics include creating and delivering effective voicemail messages, asking good questions, developing excellent listening skills, methods for busy people, working with gatekeepers and all aspects of today’s telephone etiquette.
25. DRESS FOR SUCCESS (by appointment)
The OWL Workshop is pleased to have partnered with Dress for Success. This volunteer organization assists women by providing professional attire suitable for an interview, in addition, a second outfit will be offered upon securing a job. This is a well-received opportunity that is appreciated by all who have had this complimentary experience.