Youth discover key ‘Skills for Work’ at KPMG

July 31, 2015

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By: Sarah Resendes

Initiative: KPMG’s Skills for Work Discovery Day

Target group: Youth ages 16-29

Target Neighbourhood: North Etobicoke/Rexdale

Community Collaborator: Community MicroSkills Development Centre

KPMG opened their doors to 38 enthusiastic young people over the March Break and Summer Holiday by hosting two ‘Skills for Work Discovery Day’ at their head office.

Youth taking part in MicroSkills’ Homework Club and United Way’s Career Navigator program had the opportunity to join KPMG staff in a boardroom as they participated in four employability workshops. Youth heard from business leaders about the importance of honing key soft and transferrable skills in addition to work experience. Topics that were covered included First Impressions, Your Personal Brand, Social Media Management, and Identifying Personality Skills and Traits.

Youth gained further insight when they were paired with KPMG mentors who helped them identify their personal strengths and experiences. Youth had the chance to practice articulating how their personal strengths and experience translate into essential work skills.

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 12.21.41 AMAfter the workshops, youth went on an office tour where they met KPMG staff and heard about the range of jobs offered at the company. The youth were impressed by KPMG’s 51-story building and surprised by the range of career options available. Some asked the KPMG staff questions about the key skills needed to succeed in their position and the career pathways that they took to get there.

Over 20 KPMG staff were involved in the planning and delivery of the two Skills for Work Discovery Days. KPMG designed and delivered all the employability workshop materials, which were provided to both the youth and MicroSkills’ youth workers after the event.

Some of the key ‘Skills for Work’ that the youth identified in a feedback survey included: analytical, team player, detail-oriented, and communication skills. Most youth indicated that they had not been downtown before the trip and none had been inside KPMG. All youth expressed interest in attending more Discovery Days in the future.