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Your McMurray Career Advice

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SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE HERE and after all those months of studying and exams, Fort McMurray’s youth are ready to have some fun! The question is, how can we keep our youth busy this summer in ways that are fun yet productive too?

Two months is a long time to be doing nothing, the summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the workforce, to start building your tool kit full of skills, knowledge and experience, to discover your strengths and passion and to reach a better understanding of your future career goals. Temporary summer employment is a great way to start building your resume and setting yourself apart from your future competition while showing potential employers that you are hardworking and eager to learn and develop. And let’s face it, the pay cheque will definitely help out with the fun factor as well as some extra savings for the new school year!

Finding the right summer job is not always easy but there are some great local employers that are looking for young talent to help out during the summer months. Check out Macdonald Island’s One Team summer student job postings on their website: or drop by and ask! For other local employers such as SNC Lavalin or SMS Equipment try searching with the keyword ‘summer jobs’ at and see what you can find.

Discover the world of not-for-profit organizations. The Canada Summer Jobs Initiative, is a Federal Government program that funds various non-profit organizations to hire summer students. Log onto the job bank at or call/drop in to some of the local non-profit agencies within the community and find out what opportunities they may have waiting for you!

Don’t want to work through the summer? Or cannot find the right summer employment for you? Don’t give up! Another way to get some wholesome and rewarding experience this summer whilst having some fun is to participate in some volunteer work within the community. Great communities are built by great volunteers so contact some local community agencies to see what they have planned this summer and how you can support them. You can also contact and find out more about their program Socially Active Youth (SAY), a FREE summer camp sponsored by Suncor Energy for youth aged between 12-17 years. Join the program with your friends and have some fun while helping others and serving your community!

Feel like you have hit a roadblock and can’t decide what it is you want to do? Use the summer months to learn about different occupations and discover your career goals by logging onto the Government of Alberta’s Learning Information Service at You can also drop by our Alberta Works Centre (9915 Franklin Avenue) and speak to a Career and Employment Consultant for some one-on-one help with career planning, advice, resume development, job search and all your other career and employment needs. Come visit us and give yourself a head start for a fun and productive summer!


Samra Ilyas works for Alberta Works/Human Services in Fort McMurray, providing employment and financial supports and services. With expertise in career development and years of experience, she shares some advice and ideas through the YMM Career Advice column.

Samra is also a community leader and dedicated volunteer; participating in various boards/committees such as the RMWB Landlord and Tenants Advisory Board, Collaboration for Religious Inclusion, Northern Lights Sisters Association and a local school council. She is a strong advocate of Fort McMurray and actively encourages and promotes volunteerism as a way to give back to the community.

Got a question or have an idea for a topic? DM and follow Samra on Twitter @ilyasSamra.