Public libraries are valuable spaces to engage in job search and career support. They offer a range of employment services as well as flexible hours; computer and internet access; workshops; and helpful, friendly staff assistance. A new program offered by Toronto Public Library (TPL) provides insight into how libraries can help job seekers and play an important role in the workforce development landscape.

The TPL Career Coaches in Residence (CCIR) program, launched in fall, 2020, provides free job and career support and employment guidance to help individuals on their career journey. The program is targeted to youth 18-29.

CCIR participants value the customized, one-on-one support provided through consultations. The most popular topics are career exploration and career clarity and job search strategies. Many newcomers join the program, seeking guidance on building Canadian experience and learning about Canadian work culture. The program is also popular among recent graduates looking to start their career journey and younger adults contemplating switching jobs or careers.

Published By: Careerwise by CERIC; author Sarah Atkinson, Toronto Public Library
Publication Date: August, 2023

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