PowerSkills was born in 2020 as a response to the career needs and challenges resulting from the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the global economy. In an effort to provide students of McGill’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) and the larger community with relevant and timely motivation and guidance during this unprecedented era, SCS’ Career Advising and Transition Services (CATS) developed an online career summit.
Founding Principles of PowerSkills
Democratization of information
Offer all events for free to ensure that finances do not act as barriers to access to information and education.
Open access to the community at large in an effort to thus enabling SCS students to network with a wide diversity of peers and professionals, unencumbered by geography or other issues of access.
Be as representative as possible and engage subject matter experts from diverse backgrounds, where diverse refers to all aspects of demographics, education, professional backgrounds, lived experiences, industries, professional roles and topics of interest.
Focused on soft skills*
Equips participants with essential skills that can immediately be applied to the job search process or in the workplace.
Spark inspired action
Provide much-needed motivation and inspiration.
*Over the last several years, soft skills have become increasingly important in the work force and are routinely cited by employers as lacking in professionals at all levels. With this is mind, the inaugural virtual career summit was named PowerSkills. The title emphasizes that the word “soft” is a misnomer with negative connotations that is often misperceived. In fact, upskilling in these areas empower professionals by increasing their self-awareness and self-confidence and in turn, allow them to take important steps in their careers.