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Changing Careers
Career Transitions

Changing careers halfway: How to pivot and succeed

Ever spend the day wishing you could change careers, but don’t know how? Jumping into a new job in another sector is not only possible, it’s something people are embracing more than ever. Many Canadians have used the pandemic as an opportunity to reset and pivot – and, given the right tools, so can you.

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Upskilling

Designing upskilling programs that lead to jobs

Prior to designing our upskilling programs, we needed to know what skills employers look for, and how they evaluate whether a candidate has those skills. This information would also tell us what skills are in demand, and give us data to see if the labour pool does in fact lack these skills. From there, we set out to start to build a program around improving these skills.

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Consider a job in tech sales
Career Transitions

Time to consider a career in tech sales!

Over the last two plus years of the worldwide pandemic, nearly all companies have had to embrace a digital transformation of some kind. That’s good news for those who want a job in the tech sector. If you have the right attitude—and career skills—businesses are looking to hire tech sales positions. Career success in the tech sector often comes down to hard work, and building the skills in demand.

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Learning Environment
Upskilling

How to Create a Learning Environment You Can Thrive In

Being an adult learner can be challenging. No matter whether you’re trying to change industries, or catch up with the modern world, the learning process can make you feel like a fish out of water. But there are advantages to being an adult learner, and one of the most important ones is that you want to learn, and you have a goal that drives you.

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News Release: New pilot tackles AgTech skills gaps in the Prairies

Today, Palette Skills launched an exciting new pilot project aimed at meeting reskilling 50 workers into growing and high-demand careers in Saskatchewan’s burgeoning AgTech space. Funded by Protein Industries Canada, this pilot will engage high-growth companies in the province’s AgTech space to uncover their most pressing talent challenges, and then develop a reskilling program that retrains workers into high-demand jobs within these companies.

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Upskilling

Now Is the Time to Build Skills—and Careers

Two plus years into the global pandemic, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that as far as employment and careers are concerned, it’s all bad news. But the fact is that Canada’s job numbers have surged ahead, and despite the threat of disruption posed by Omicron, it’s clear that Canadian workers are engaged in the job market like never before, and searching for new opportunities. The question is—how do Canadian workers build the right skills for these new opportunities, so they can quickly find the path to a career? 

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Career Transitions

Why Cybersecurity Could Be For You

It has been estimated that there are 4.2 million people working in cybersecurity, but that 2.7 million more people are needed to combat growing threats. That means that those looking for a career change would be wise to consider cybersecurity. But what do cybersecurity jobs entail? In this article, we explain more about what you can expect from a role in cybersecurity and the state of the field more generally.

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Job search

Five Tips for Creating a Great Resume

The first step to finding a good job is creating a good resumé. Unlike in the past, when a resumé would simply list past job experiences, today’s CVs need to show managers that you not only have the skills they need, but that you’re the right person for the position, too. How can you put together a resumé that captures the attention of hiring managers? Here are five tips.

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Demand-Driven Upskilling Leads to Successful Job Placements
Upskilling

Demand-Driven Upskilling Leads to Successful Job Placements

At Palette Skills, we are focused on helping innovative companies find the talent they need by identifying untapped talent pools and upskilling workers into new, high demand jobs across different sectors. We are often asked about our approach to solving this challenge and the program model we engage to develop solutions. The lessons below illustrate some of the insights we’ve gained  over the years as we’ve tested and expanded on our work.

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Upskilling is the Path to Economic Recovery
Upskilling

Upskilling is the Path to Economic Recovery

The most important takeaway from last year is that we are a resilient species. For all the job loss, business closures, loneliness and heartbreak, we also learned that people can do incredible things if they are committed and given the chance. This should be our mantra for 2021 – it is our path to recovery. Canada can recover from the pandemic only when more Canadians can participate in economic expansion. We have the talent, but organizations need to work together to ensure that people have the foundation and skills to succeed in building the economy.

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Upskilling

How Canada can upskill its workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic

Should we prioritize getting people back into their old jobs — jobs whose very existence is increasingly threatened? How do we balance the talent needs in traditional sectors with the growing skills gaps in fast-growing, knowledge-based firms? Canada needs a national approach to upskilling that focuses on technical skills, soft skills and resilience.

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Eligibility for SalesCamp

To be admitted and accepted into the program, you must be:
  • Be actively searching for work and ready to take on employment opportunities tech sales.
  • Be able to legally work in Canada. 
  • Not be a full-time student.
  • Be a highly motivated individual actively seeking out new opportunities.
  • Have least 3 years of formal work experience in Canada or abroad.
  • Have an English language rating of CLB Level 8, or IELTS of 6.5 overall.
  • Be available for Zoom sessions, many of which will be full-time.
  • Be able and committed to attending networking day events as part of regular programming.
  • Be comfortable using technology and learning online.
  • Live or intend to live in the province where the program is being offered.
  • Have a reliable internet connection, device, and a quiet environment for virtual learning.
  • Be committed and able to join the Canadian workforce full-time immediately following the program.
You may not be eligible if:
  • You do not pass our application and/or interview skills assessment. 
  • You are not actively searching or able to start a job in business-to-business tech sales.
  • You are not able to legally work in Canada.
  • You do not reside in the province where the program is operating.
  • You are going to school full-time.
  • You do not have three years of work experience outside of your studies.
  • You are interested in taking SalesCamp solely for learning purposes, but are building your own business and not intending to work in the field.

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