Success Stories from Alberta

What is a success story? Finding job in your field soon after immigrating to Canada? Certainly, finding job after arriving in Canada is a huge success. However, at SOPA, we think that finding job, retaining your job and integrating into your new workplace are parts of your bigger success story in Canada. This is why, the SOPA program is focusing not only on job searching, but also on improving your soft skills, providing you with information about working in Canada and helping you learn about specifics of the Canadian workplace.

Read on about our SOPA Alberta clients, who have arrived, found jobs and successfully integrated into their workplace. Peter, Roanna, Ildar and Ademola are sharing how SOPA program, pre-arrival preparation and referrals to post-arrival programs helped them arrive better prepared. Ildar is also sharing his success story in the video below.

“I liked the culture and small talk topics of the Soft Skills course, since I was able to apply what I learned right away! Peter Ogboh

Peter arrived in Alberta in February 2016. Before coming to Canada he participated in several SOPA courses, among which he took SOPA’s Soft Skills: Working with Others course. Peter says about Soft Skills course: “I liked the Culture and Small Talk topics of the Soft Skills course, since I was able to apply what I learned right away!

After arriving in Canada he also took part in the ‘Power Engineering’ program and soon after began to work as a Building Operator.

Roanna Aguirre, Philippines

Roanna (on the right of the picture) came to Calgary last June and 5 months after arrival she was already working. Roanna shares how SOPA’s Job Search Strategies course helped her: “Job Search Strategies helped me a lot in job searching and cultural workplace integration. I learned to properly research for more information on how to apply for jobs. Where and how to find jobs.  I am now more confident in applying for work and I feel that I have more chances in landing the job closely related to my field.”

She is now working as an Analyst, Facilities Management for an oil and gas pipeline company.

Ildar Idrisov, Russia  

Ildar (on the left of the picture) arrived from Russia last September and just 2 weeks after arrival he was already called for a job interview. Before arriving in Alberta Ildar signed up for SOPA program and participated in our free online courses. Ildar says: “All of the SOPA courses were helpful for me. For example, Job Search Strategies really helped me a lot to prepare a good resume and how to write cover letters.”

Ildar now works as a SharePoint Developer.

Watch the video on how SOPA helped Ildar in his preparation for Canada.

Ademola Taiwo, Nigeria

Ademola (center of the picture) arrived at the end of 2016.  Ademola thanks SOPA Alberta team for helping him arrived better prepared in Canada and his success: “A big Thank You to SOPA for its value-filled courses and warm hospitality, which will no doubt greatly assist newly landed immigrants integrate seamlessly into their new homes right here in Canada.”

Ademola got a job in his field as a Recruitment Coordinator soon after his arrival.

We thank Peter, Roanna, Ildar and Ademola, and wish them all of the best in their new jobs in Canada.


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