Lisa Stays the Course during the Job Hunt

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Hi, I am Lisa. I was born and raised in Canada. Before coming to Newton WorkBC, I was working in the telecommunications industry for 17 years. However, they did a mass layoff due to reorganization internally and laid off 30% of the staff.

It was a really hard time for me. I was so used to working and having a job that now it seemed like a dead end with no hope. I searched for jobs and asked friends and family to look for any openings in their companies. But all my efforts were in vain. Before long, my sister-in-law told me about WorkBC and their services and that they can help me with my job search process at no cost!

My experience with Newton WorkBC has been wonderful.  I really did not know what to expect and was guided to classes and information that was so helpful in my job search. I had worked in just one industry for so long that I had no information on the labour market.  Thankfully, I was at the right place at the right time and was steered in the right direction.

I took a variety of workshops including resume writing and interviewing skills where I got a chance to meet new people and chat with them. It really helped me in my confidence in communicating with other people from different industries. I highly recommend the courses offered as you not only get to learn new things but also apply the knowledge right away, giving you self-confidence and faith in yourself.

I also took the personality dimension class which was really informative. I got to know about myself in a deeper more thoughtful manner.

I was gainfully employed with the help of my facilitator and employment counsellor who was a wealth of knowledge and huge support in helping me find my current employment. I love this job and the people here at the office.  It truly feels like a family.  So much support and co-operation.  A real team!

I would highly recommend people out there seeking employment to inquire about the services provided at Surrey-Newton WorkBC. Find out what is offered. There are so many classes and courses available and all that FREE OF CHARGE!


WorkBC is the provincial government's access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal — to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.'s labour market.