How SOPA Is Preparing Me For Canada

Nopporn Chanmekha is moving to Canada from Thailand. When he got his approval to immigrate, he signed up for the SOPA program right away. I’ve met Nopporn while he was taking SOPA’s two self-guided courses. SOPA is an online program and most of our communication is virtual. And thanks to our modern technologies that allow us to connect with people while they are on the other side of the world! Isn’t that great? Nopporn is in Thailand and we’re doing this interview post while he is still going through our program. I invite you to read about his immigration story to help you find answers about the SOPA program.

Welcome to Canada: The BCCA Integrating Newcomers Team

The British Columbia Construction Association’s Integrating Newcomers (BCCA-IN) is a program that helps newcomers to Canada enter the construction workforce in British Columbia. With a variety of services, the team works to assess skills, support integration into a Canadian community and connect with job opportunities in Canada. Speaking of the …

My Dream Job in Canada

Murshed Nizam is one of our former SOPA Clients. Before landing in Ontario in December, 2016 Murshed participated in SOPA program. His career in Canada took off soon after his arrival and ever since has been progressing. Today, Murshed is working for a group of companies managing several hotels in Canada and the USA. Almost a year after going through SOPA program, Murshed is sharing his story of his path to a dream job.

Takeaways: Job Search Strategies

When my Intake Counselor, Milagros Dacwag with the SOPA Manitoba team, introduced me to SOPA’s Job Search Strategies course, I thought to myself that the job search is technically not new to me. I had created resumes before and successfully landed jobs for the past 13 years or so. How different can the job search in Canada be?

What Is Canadian Workplace Integration?

I think that the Canadian Workplace Integration course is one of the best courses offered by SOPA. This is because the course focuses on closing the gap between what new immigrants know and expect from a workplace in Canada, to how employers and colleagues actually view the newcomers. As newcomers we usually think that we should improve our technical and hard skills, rather than soft skills, in order to get a job and to progress in a certain career. Because this is how things worked for us in our home countries.

Tips For Workplace Cultural Adaptation

Over two decades ago, I boarded a plane for a teaching job in Japan. I had very little workplace cultural information about my new host country, but I did find one small book and read it from cover to cover. I memorized facts about this new culture and held onto them like the life rings they were. I knew that this information was going to help me navigate the choppy waters of cultural adaptation.

8 questions with the SOPA Graduate

Fahim Al Faruqui is an Information and Technology Services Professional from Bangladesh. He has extensive experience working in IT field and arriving soon in Halifax. Fahim has just finished SOPA’s Soft Skills: Professional Communication course and is sharing his experience with our Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program. We hope Fahim’s answers will help you learn a little bit more about SOPA program.

Arrive Prepared and Find Success

In January 2017 a few months before coming to Canada Omotola Owoeye registered with the SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) program and successfully completed the Job Search Strategies course. Within a few weeks of arrival Omotola has already had several interviews and by the end of June Omotola had two job offers to choose from.

PASS – Pre-Arrival Program for Nurses

The Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, supports pre-arrival Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) in their countries of residence who are planning immigration to Canada. PASS offers supports and services designed to shorten the time that IENs spend from arrival in Canada to professional registration and employment.

SOPA: First step to job success in Canada

What I found especially valuable and useful in the Job Search Strategies Course was the information and resources about the stages and formats of an interview, types of interview questions and how to predict questions you might be asked. Thanks to that, I became prepared to answer each format questions during my interviews in Canada.