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What You Should Do After Getting Laid-Off

The pandemic has heavily impacted the Canadian economy, many workers are getting laid off due to the circumstance. For most of us, being unemployed has a devastating effect on our financial well-being. There are many articles out there telling us how to set a budget and prioritize spending etc.. But also, getting laid off will affect us on a psychological level and negatively affects us on achieving our personal career goals as well. In this blog, we will focus on the assistance you can receive from your government and what you can do to stay on track in meeting your personal career goal.  

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Apply for Government Assistance 

If you got laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can apply for Employment Insurance; to relieve you from the financial burden before you get another job. In addition, the Canadian government also established the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), where the program will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000/ month for a maximum of 4 months. Please note that for the CERB some conditions will apply. 

Keep on Track With Your Career Goal When Being Laid Off 

Getting laid off might be one of the worst things that could happen to most people. Aside from financial effects, it increases people’s stress levels, negatively affects people’s career path, and more. To help people get back on their feet, the government not only offers financial support but also skill training opportunities as well. Such as the Employment Insurance (EI) and courses or training programs offered by the BC government. People can acquire new skills or further improve their strength. Being laid off can be a great opportunity to refocus and discover new career opportunities. Create Career College offers the most up to date skill training programs that can help you to widen your career choice. If you are laid off, do not fret, find your focus and work towards your goal, because you now have the time and freedom to learn the skills you always wanted. 

How Can Employers Help

Laying off employees might be one of the most difficult decisions employers have to make. However, under certain circumstances, employers have no other choice. For example: due to COVID-19, many businesses are shifting towards digital efforts. Many employers are forced to hire new employees with the skills that can fulfill such shifts, and lay off some employees who can no longer contribute in the new environment.
Therefore, it’s essential that their employees have the necessary skills to support such a transition. As a result, the government is also offering grants to support the employers to help their employees to upgrade their skills to adapt to the new norms. Such grant is available here.

Current or future employees can receive free training at Create Career College under Fundamental or Technical training streams.

Check out: How to Navigate the Hidden Job Market in Vancouver

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