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From First Job to Building a Career - VIRTUAL Youth Focus Group

  • 21 May 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Virtual
  • 0


  • Youth located in Ontario between the ages of 15 and 29.

Registration is closed

From First Job to Building a Career During COVID-19

The First Work Youth Council is currently researching the barriers faced by fellow young people seeking employment in Ontario.   

These Focus Group Discussions are in the second stage of work in this project, so our researchers (First Work’s Youth Council!) can hear directly from young people.   

Topic Overview: From First Job to Building a Career: Navigating Career Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

When it comes to finding a first job, many young people face the same fundamental challenge: you can’t get a job without experience; and you can’t get experience without a job. 

Youth today are entering the workforce at a time of greater inequality. Across Canada and the rest of the province, new technology is changing the types of jobs that are available and the skills that are required. Employers are organizing work in new ways to hire young people, like choosing to hire for short term contract and part time positions rather than permanent full-time roles. These challenges are likely to be amplified by COVID 19 pandemic. 

And so, we want to hear from YOU! Your challenges going from a first job (whether it was part-time in school or a job to make ends meet) to a career (something you might see yourself doing for a longer period). 

We invite young people between the ages of 15 and 29 to participate in this upcoming focus group led by First Work’s Youth Council.  

ALL youth participants will receive a $50.00 honorarium for their full participation!    

We encourage you to keep your cameras and mics on throughout the session. Your Full participation is required in order to receive your gift card! 

Register in the link below to book your spot by May 18, 2021! 

Dates and Time:  

Date: Friday May 21st, 2021 

Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm 


Zoom links will be sent out the day of the focus group. 

Please note this focus group has a limited capacity of up to 10 youth and it is based on a first come, first serve basis.  

Once maximum capacity has been reached, registrants will be put on a waitlist and notified if a spot has opened.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Kristen at 


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