New program helps young Canadians choose the right path to a successful work life

    Two-day workshop helps teens sort through career options to find what's
    right for them

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Responding to calls from parents who want to
help their teens make informed education and career planning decisions, vpi
Inc. is today introducing iQuest, a two-day workshop that helps students sort
through career options and find a path that is right for them.
    "Teens and parents have been asking me how to explore career options and
set a direction for their lives," said vpi Inc. president and CEO Gail
Rieschi. "The two-day iQuest workshop will teach teens the vital skills they
need to make career decisions based on identifying their personality traits,
predispositions, preferred lifestyles and career or job interests."
    The iQuest workshops are highly interactive and include personality
testing and exercises designed to explore learning styles, emotional
intelligence and the world of work.
    "Young Canadians have very limited access to career development services
to help them choose paths to a successful working life," says Rieschi. "We're
introducing iQuest to fill that void, which will help reduce school drop-out
rates, change mindsets that restrict career choices, and reduce poverty and
unemployment by improving youths' chances of finding satisfying and
well-paying jobs."
    "High school students simply don't know what career paths are available
to them, and there is little support offered," said Brian Spencer, who
strongly believes in the importance of the training iQuest provides. "Since
taking the iQuest program, my son is more focused about where he wants to go
and understands how to capitalize on his abilities towards a satisfying work
    Brian's son Matt agrees with him. After completing an undergrad degree at
the University of Toronto, he took a year off without knowing what career he
    "iQuest showed me a vast array of career opportunities that I hadn't even
considered or imagined. Now I have a path to follow to help me achieve the
kind of career I really want," said Matt Spencer.
    iQuest is available at any of vpi's 32 offices across Ontario starting in
mid-July. Questions and registration can be directed to (416) 784-9541.

    About vpi Inc.

    Since 1988, vpi has been a leader in employment facilitation services
with a comprehensive range of results-focused solutions to maximize employee
productivity, manage disability claims and assist individuals find employment.
It is one of the fastest expanding companies of its kind with 32 offices, and
more than 180 full-time skilled experienced professionals across Ontario. The
company has a strong record of effectiveness; 95 per cent of outplaced clients
achieve new employment within 12 weeks, while 90 per cent of disabled workers
are successfully reinstated. For more information, visit and

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For further information: Josh Turner, Hugh Black, Trillium Corporate
Communications, (416) 322-3030 ext. 232, 229,,

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