• Focus at Work


We can help you find work that matches your goals, values and strengths.

Are you a woman looking for employment? Do you need structure and guidance in your job hunt? FOCUS@Work is a free job search program for you.

The YWCA FOCUS@Work program helps women assess their skills and strengths, set personal and work goals, and develop skills to obtain meaningful employment. FOCUS@Work is also a place to boost your confidence, build connections and network.

FOCUS@Work includes three weeks of workshops and nine or more weeks of full-time job search support.

"Something beautiful happens when women come together to be there for one another. Although all my peers came from different backgrounds, I had never felt more supported and encouraged in my life.

—Sindhu, FOCUS program graduate


  • No fee to participate
  • A confidence-building, supportive environment
  • Networking opportunities
  • Interview practice
  • Employment coaching (one-to-one and in groups) until employed
  • Financial assistance for transit and child care top-up based on eligibility

I was stressed after being unemployed for more than five months. FOCUS helped me to be relaxed, full of hope and power. 

—Maryam, program graduate

Workshops include:

  • Full-time directed programming from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Assessments (career, personality, skills, interests and values)
  • Personal development (self-esteem and self-assertion, effective communication, conflict resolution and coping with change and stress)
  • Job search skills (resumé, cover letter, portfolio, interviews, networking, hidden job market access and labour market information)

When I was lost in my job search (or life in general), FOCUS staff guided me, step by step, and opened my mind to a million of possibilities that I could not see before.

—Yurie, program graduate

Job search support includes: 

  • Daily guidance, support and encouragement
  • Weekly goal setting and action planning
  • Job leads and networking opportunities
  • Ongoing resumé, cover letter and interview coaching
  • Resource library
  • Computer and Internet access

Our next start date is soon! To register for an information session, click here. To learn more please contact focus@ywcavan.org | 604 699 1788