SOPA Newcomer Network Ambassador Program | Recruiting Now!

SOPA is recruiting past clients to volunteer their time with us! We are looking to for SOPA clients to help support and engage our LinkedIn Newcomer Networking community. Thus, we are looking for SOPA Community Ambassadors to post regularly and encourage discussion. SOPA Community Ambassadors are those who have gone through our SOPA program, used…

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Nigar’s New Home

I am an administrative professional with over 15 years of experience. I worked for a private engineering company in the oil and gas industry. I moved with my son to Nova Scotia in August 2018 from Baku, Azerbaijan. I am a single mother and didn’t have friends or family in Canada; I didn’t know anyone,…

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Take it like a pro – Tips on how to receive feedback

There is no way around it. No matter how successful you are, you will eventually face feedback. After all, nobody’s perfect! It may be from customers, colleagues, employees, management, family, or friends. This could be in the form of a casual conversation about a project you are working on together or a scheduled performance evaluation. So…

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The Value of Preparedness

Moving to a new country is never an easy decision and that too with family. I hold a Master’s degree in Computer Science and over 9 years of industry experience. With no relatives or friends in Canada, I was a bit tense and wanted to prepare myself as much as I could before even getting…

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You Can Network Your Way to Success in Canada

Prior to moving to Alberta, Canada, Chinwendu Okereke- Azike had built a successful career as a banker in Nigeria. She had eight years’ experience under her belt – developing innovative and ground-breaking customer service solutions for her employers. Even though she was confident in her skills and extensive experience, Chinwendu knew that approaching and navigating…

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How to Manage your Job Search Stress

Job searching can be a long and stressful activity. I have often heard it referred to as a full-time job in itself. This really is true! With the amount of time you take to search out opportunities, do research and target your resumes and cover letters, you’re already looking at a significant time investment. That’s…

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Interview with Olushola Oleyemi, SOPA Client

Olushola Oleyemi arrived in Manitoba on June 20th of this year with his wife, who was also a SOPA client. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a professional certification in Project Management. He was a Project Coordinator in a steam power station in Nigeria and is now a Document Controller in the…

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How SOPA helped me get started in my Canadian journey

If you’re looking into starting a new life in Canada, SOPA is, in my honest opinion, the best organization to reach out to. I started my Canadian journey about three years ago when I began researching the country, its culture and even spoke to people who had immigrated long before. I soon came to understand…

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Small Talk 101

It’s a Monday morning and the office is full of employees arriving for a new work week. All across the office, small groups of people gather to take part in a very common Canadian custom- the weekend de-brief. If you took the time to listen in, you would hear things like, “What did you do…

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An Evening of Fun and Inspiration at the SOPA Alberta Social Café

The SOPA Alberta team was excited to host past SOPA clients living in Alberta for a lively evening of fun, networking and inspiration at the SOPA Social Café last July. The event took place at the main office of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) and provided our program participants with an opportunity to meet…

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