I did it!

Posted at: 10 Sep 2021
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Hi my name is Janice and I came to WorkBC Surrey Newton after I got laid off from my last two jobs due to the pandemic. It was a tough year for me since I was supporting myself and wanted to be back on my feet as soon as possible. Thanks to WorkBC for making it all happen!


After being laid off, I researched schools to do some form of training and gain skills in accounting, a career I am passionate about. I was heart broken to get a call from a college and find out that I could not afford the cost due to my financial hardship. This encouraged me to register at WorkBC Surrey Newton; where I met an amazing counsellor, who helped me throughout my training and guided me to the utmost accuracy.


I attended some workshops at WorkBC and found Career Search Workshop to be of great assistance. By this time, I was on Service Canada Employment Insurance and was still unsure about going back to school. With the help of my counsellor, I applied for the skills training program and got the approval for my grant! This was exciting news as I was not only going to study FULLY FUNDED by the help of WorkBC, but the cost of transportation and books were also covered!


The only challenging part was the paper work I had to do, but in the end, it was all worth it. I was able to focus on my studies and not worry about fees, expenses or student loans. I graduated with honors and during my practicum, my supervisor opened a new position for me to fill in and I was hired right after my practicum was over.


Throughout my time at WorkBC, my counsellor remained in contact, encouraging me to never give up. I got the training, I got the job, and I got my confidence back. I did my best and WorkBC did the rest!



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.