Looking Towards Next Steps Into My Career

Submitted 5 years ago by Dan Trepanier 

My mentor, along with all of the YMCA staff that were part of this program, were amazing in helping me figure out what I wanted to do with my life and in which direction I was headed to gain success in the future. I learned more about myself in this program than I have ever learned in school. 

I heard about the Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program (FPSYIP) through the YMCA website. I had just left high school and was looking for a job. I wasn’t sure as to what I was able to find, and came across the FPSYIP post on the YMCA website. I immediately called and got signed up for the first information session about a month later.

A few responsibilities in my placement were logging and creating “Privacy Requests,” as well as retrieving personal information from local Service Canada offices, contacting lawyers and other requesters for clarification regarding requests, scanning files into Privasoft software to be processed, and mailing out responses to requesters.

One of the most important things I learned in my placement was that an Education will always be a priority. Regardless of what career I end up choosing for myself, having a good education is always a great asset. To be able to have a degree or diploma to fall back on is such an important factor as one starts to get older and starts to figure out where they want to end up.

Within the next few years I would definitely be looking into finishing school, getting my degree, and looking towards the next steps into my career. I’ve decided to take a course in College where more options are available in figuring out what I want to do with my life; which I like very much as an option for those of us who are still unsure of what we’d like to be later in life, but have an idea.

I am saddened that this Internship program has ended, not only for me, but for those like me who are still out there not knowing what is available to them or knowing what they are really capable of doing. This internship program has helped me so much and I wish it would continue on to help others, but good things always come to an end. C’est la vie.

Thank you for everything.

SM -- Intern