Theresa Spingle of Fortune Bridge retired in 2016 from a 35-year career in education, most of which was in Quebec. Within a year, she realized she wasn’t ready to leave the workforce. She sought out a program for people needing direction with a career change, and now she is a Facilitator for that program.
“I had worked in a field I really enjoyed, especially at the high school level, ” says Theresa. “I wanted to continue in the education field, but I was not sure what other opportunities were available.”
Her previous teaching experience was helpful in navigating her own career journey. She taught a Personal Orientation project in Quebec for several years. Students learned about researching careers, resumé writing, transferable skills, essential skills, learning styles, and interviewing styles.
“Being in the teaching field helps one become very versatile in using transferable skills, ” says Theresa.
“Teaching is not only about developing and encouraging students’ learning but also about finding ways to facilitate one’s own personal development as you put into practice what you teach.”
Her pathway to a new career
Theresa enrolled in the Career Bridges program in Montague in February 2019. The program offers vocational assessment and guidance for people considering a career change or further training. It is designed to assist individuals in career exploration, planning, and decision making.
She completed the work placement component of the program at the Career Bridges office in Charlottetown, where Patrick Campbell and Mary Conway were facilitating the program.
Less than a year after she finished her work placement at the Charlottetown location, she was hired as the Facilitator of the Career Bridges program in Montague.
“Theresa brings a wealth of education and work experience to this position, “says Bruce Cluney, Coordinator of Career Bridges.
“But more importantly, she has the passion and caring attitude so necessary in working with our clients.
“Theresa is a former graduate of our Career Bridges program in Montague, and we are excited to have her as part of the Career Bridges Team.”
Advice to mature workers wanting to re-enter the workforce
“My advice is to take some time to think about what you really want to do, and then find ways to accomplish your goals,” says Theresa.
“Talk to friends, counsellors, local businesses, and employment centres to find the information you need to help you make a decision, which might involve taking a program or taking additional training. Also, a well written updated resumé is a very good first step.”
Career Bridges and Passport to Employment to begin in fall 2020
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, in-person group-based training activities have been suspended until the fall of 2020. This includes both Career Bridges and Passport to Employment programming.
If you have specific questions regarding recent Career Bridges program deliveries or would like further information, email [email protected] or call 902-566-2811. To check the website, click here. Staff will still be checking both emails and phone messages.
“We look forward to resuming our relationship with all of you when some sense of normalcy permits the resumption of our programming,” says Bruce.