On April 17 we held a focus group with 15 young professionals from across the Quinte Region. We represented all types of young professionals. Some of us were starting out our new career and had even relocated to this area for work. Some of us were at a crossroads and looking to build skills for new opportunities. Others were established, but facing some of the same challenges. A few of us were parents and/or homeowners. Some of us were entrepreneurs. A truly great mix of people ages 39 and younger embarking on the challenges and opportunities presented as a young professional in today’s world.
Together we discussed a strategy to engage young professionals through events and opportunities. We talked about the benefits of our region, how to promote youth retention, where we want to go, and what resources we feel should be available. Overall, the general theme was that we wanted to feel like we belong to the professional world sometimes monopolized by those “good old boys” or “senior management” to name a few.
We asked what benefits we have in Quinte. The most popular answers were that we are from a broad geographical area and could reach many people. Together we could have a louder voice and create more learning opportunities. We do have a challenge of facing some of the virtual borders placed from regions and municipalities, but if we work together, great things can happen.
We decided that while achieving our goals, it was important to have fun. We talked about the type of events that would get young professionals involved. We want to network, relax and socialize, learn from others, and become more active in the community. We want to develop our skills so that we can create opportunities in the future and live in Quinte.
Part of having fun means looking for opportunities to socialize through community events and activities. Maybe we decide to enter an event for charity or join a sports league and represent our group. Maybe we have a potluck picnic and enjoy a sunny day with peers. Maybe we take a regional trip to enjoy what Quinte has to offer. Maybe we attend local political debates and talk about the issues that affect us.
In any case, we have decided to come together. To work towards common goals and get involved in our community. We hope to see you there!