Earning an income can help you be independent. But if you're a youth on your own, finding a job can be tough. Check out these resources if you need help.
Working and earning an income can be an important step on your way to independence.
Having a job will
- provide you with money to live on
- help you practise workplace skills and attitudes, like teamwork, communication skills, and flexibility
- help you figure out what you like to do and what you’re good at
If you’re living on your own, getting a job is a positive way to make money that doesn’t put you at risk.
Before you start your work search, it’s a good idea to look after the following items:
- Get a SIN or Social Insurance Number. Employers and banks need you to have to have your SIN number. To get a SIN you need a Canadian birth certificate or proof that you’re entitled to be in Canada. Find out how to apply
- Open a bank account. You will need a bank account so you or your employer can deposit your paycheque. Visit Managing Money and More for more information.
- Decide what kind of work to look for. If you don’t know, start with the career planning process.
- Identify your skills, experience and accomplishments. Check out the Abilities exercises at CAREERinsite.
If you’re unsure about how to handle any of the items on the First Things list, enrol in one of the job and employment readiness program listed below.
Job and Employment Programs
How Do I Look for a Job? (2:57)Get tips on how and where to look for work including networking, job fairs, business directories, job search websites and job search engines.
The programs on this page will show you how and where to look for work, and how to succeed once you’re hired.
- Alberta Works/Alberta Supports Centres: work search and job skills counselling, workshops, job fairs, employer connections and other job search training and events.
- Alberta Job Corps: paid program of support, training and work experience; over age 18, with some exceptions—1-800-661-3753 provincewide or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton
- Aboriginal Youth—links to job and employment information and other resources
- BSG Enterprises: employment and work search training—403-234-9119
- Calgary Achievement Centre for Youth: employment readiness training—403-268-3666
- Youth Employment Centre: employment readiness, job search training and safety tickets— 403-268-2490
- Youth Unlimited: employment training with a focus on auto repair—403-291-3179
- Bissell Centre Employment Services: employment readiness and safety tickets—780-423-2285 ext. 304
- BSG Enterprises: employment and work search training—780-425-6655
- Kids in the Hall: E4C: employment training with wages and drop-in school—780-619-5502
- REE*START Program: John Howard Society: employment preparation, support and advocacy—780 428-7590
- YOUCAN Youth Services: pre-employment life skills —780-444-3348
- Vantage Community Services: Some employment and life-skills programs and youth counsellors to age 21—403-340-8995