SOURCE: Emotional Quotient Trainers

March 09, 2016 09:05 ET

Non-Profit Delivers Employment Skills Workshop to Post-Secondary Students

Industry Professionals Come Together to Improve Employment Outcomes for Youth in Canada

OSHAWA, ON--(Marketwired - March 09, 2016) - Instructors from EQ Trainers delivered another successful session of their employment skills workshop. This session was organized at Trent University Durham and was convened in partnership with the Trent Durham Student Association.

The training session covered employment-related topics such as professional communication, organizational success, and workplace leadership. Its content was designed in consultation with recruiters and hiring managers from reputable organizations in Canada.

Students learned about job-related skills such as public speaking, interviewing, and value messaging directly from industry professionals. A blend of content and activities related to job-seeking helped students to understand main concepts as well as their application in organizational settings.

"This workshop exceeded my expectations because it explained the recruitment process clearly and taught me how to differentiate myself from other candidates," said Carl DeAbreu, an undergraduate at Trent. Tevon Kitt, also an undergraduate at Trent, stated, "this workshop was a lot more interactive and covered many more subjects than the guest lectures that we usually attend in our classes."

Industry practitioners from prestigious organizations including American Express, Canadian National Exhibition, Ontario Power Generation, and the Town Of Ajax met with students. They discussed a range of topics about the Canadian job market and also reviewed opportunities and requirements of entry-level positions in their organizations.

"Our platform enables youth to develop their leadership capabilities while simultaneously expanding their professional networks," said Vik Pant, Founder of EQ Trainers. "Connections with industry professionals are useful for landing a job while the acquisition of leadership skills is essential for launching a career."

EQ Trainers offers employment skills training that is designed to increase the employability of university and college graduates in Canada. Its participatory content is designed to enhance the emotional quotient of attendees through engaging activities.

Emotional intelligence plays an important role in the recruitment decisions of many hiring managers and recruiters because industry professionals apply it frequently in the workplace. As a result, many human resources professionals scan their candidate pools to screen out applications that suggest inadequate emotional intelligence with respect to vacancies in their organizations.

"In order to get good jobs it is critical for students to pursue additional personal and professional development opportunities in advance of entering a competitive market," said Tracey Vaughan, Director of Recreation and Culture at the Town of Ajax (where she leads a staff of over seven hundred municipal administrators). "I highly recommend the EQ Trainers program because their comprehensive materials, combined with the hands on experiential learning approach ensures that actionable information is understood, applied, and retained by the participants."

About EQ Trainers

EQ Trainers is a non-profit social venture that offers employment skills training to university and college students in Canada. Its training modules are designed to increase the employment opportunities that are available to graduates of Canadian universities and colleges. EQ Trainers offers inter-personal skills training via on-campus seminars, lectures, and workshops that help participants to improve their emotional intelligence. Its name reflects its team's focus on Emotional Quotient -- which is the cornerstone of entrepreneurial and professional success in today's knowledge-driven global economy.

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