Matt Hauer

Sometimes we need a push in life to get us to where we want to go. Every experience helps us understand more about the world and also ourselves. I can honestly say that the S.I.Y.E.P. program has given me insight on my path to becoming everything I want to be. Years later from now I will reflect on this experience, and I will know that it enhanced my knowledge of the “ins and outs” of the employment process.

Prior to the S.I.Y.E.P. program, I knew little about what employers are truly looking for in a worker. I learned the difference between hard and soft skills; also I started to understand more of my strengths and weaknesses in these areas. I found that I have more behavioral skills than I ever really realized. Another huge bonus to this course was getting some of my expired tickets renewed, like WHMIS and Occupational First Aid. I feel much more confident in myself moving forward towards graduation. I feel as if I have been blessed with the “magic formula” to being the best I can be and a desirable employee. The skills I have acquired are going to separate me from the average person in any industry.

I have been taught a lot of skills in a short period of time here at PICS. Networking would have to be one of the most important. Oddly enough we found that word of mouth is the most common contributor to employment. After all, you are the people you surround yourself with. On top of that, I learned how to make a “bullet proof” resume and cover letter. The contrast between my old resume and the new one is astonishing. They are not even close in comparison. It is important to “awe” an employer when seeking a new job. That’s why my new found assets of an elevator pitch and “S.T.A.R. stories” are so crucial to me now. These are great tools to have in your back pocket, and they definitely set you apart from the competition. I can’t wait to see how far I am able to go with all these new techniques.

Moving forward, I have set some goals and milestones for future achievements. My main initiative is to acquire my Red Seal certification as a carpenter. This will give me the ability to work as a fully certified carpenter, anywhere in Canada. In order to accomplish this task, I want to become sponsored by an employer that will set me up with the apprenticeship program so that I can start my first year degree of trade school (Carpentry). I would like to carry out my education at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Cloverdale Campus. Another long term goal I have after completion of my Red Seal is to become a foreman on a job site. Foremen manage resources and their staff of lead hands and labourers as they oversee daily operations. This is something I would love to do, after I’ve gained enough hands on experience in the field.

All in all, I am miles ahead of where I used to be in the understanding of pre-employment preparation. As soon as I walk into that next interview, or apply for that next job, I will leave the employer impressed and give them no reason to doubt me as a valid candidate in joining their team. I have the S.I.Y.E.P. program to thank for all of this.