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Heather Huffman

Employment Counsellor

Agilec

Job Description

I help people find jobs. I can help with all the big ticket items you think of when it comes to job searching like resumes, cover letter, interviews skills and so on, but I also provide emotional support to those looking for work because there can be a lot of other things going on in their lives they need help with. Some of these things can include mental health, childcare, housing etc. I can also assist people with figuring out "what they want to be when they grow up" and can assist with career and education planning.

Relevant School Subjects

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Areas of Expertise

  • Government
  • Not for Profit
  • Social Work/Counselling

Career Story

At the end of high school I wanted to help people so knew social work was the avenue I wanted to get into for school. When I first started I wanted to work with high risk youth and teens, but after getting some experience through placements I realized I wasn't a great fit, and I kept taking my "work home with me."

I first went to college to be a social service worker, then university right after taking social development studies. I struggled to find work after graduation. I ended up getting my first job in my field with my high school coop employer, which happened to be in employment services.

I worked for a few organizations over the first few years as all my jobs were contracts until I got my current position and have now been with the company for almost 8 years. I started as just an employment counsellor helping lots of different people but then changed into a different role which included facilitating workshops, and working specifically with persons with disabilities returning to the workforce after a workplace injury.

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