More and more people are choosing to immigrate to Canada. It feels like a blessing that people with such diverse skills and backgrounds are coming to Canada from so many different countries. But many newcomers struggle with everything from learning how to get around the … Read more
Before arriving, Mussarat and her husband Javed found the SOPA program online. They felt that it would help them enhance their job search preparations. They both took several classes, but found Job Search Strategies to be the most beneficial. Job Search Strategies course showed them the Canadian styles of resumes, and enhanced their knowledge of interview tactics.
Four of our clients Madhavan, Hanzel, Maylyn and Nelson immigrated to Canada and soon after arrival found job in the field related to their work in their home country. Before coming to Canada they went through the SOPA program and today they are talking about how they started preparing for their move and what steps they took to ensure their successful employment. And at the end they are sharing some inspiring tips to help new immigrants prepare for their move.
After registration with SOPA I received a personal plan of action with plenty of links for newcomers. While studying with SOPA you may plan your own schedule and time and that was important for me. Courses contain theoretical parts and tasks for homework, which were very useful and practical. I learned about the Canadian job market, workplace culture, soft skills, importance of the targeted resume and the cover letter.
We always look for ways to support newcomers to Canada, so we teamed up with the SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-arrival) program to deliver complementary pre-arrival services. SOPA program provides free tools, resources and courses. It helps immigrants develop skills for the job search in Canada and improve communication skills for the Canadian workplace. The teamwork between BCCA-IN and SOPA proved to be successful. Success, first and foremost, for the clients.
An adventure on the other side of the world – this is what Winnie Law and her family are calling their move to Canada. They moved from Auckland, New Zealand to Calgary, Alberta this summer. She found out about the SOPA program while looking online for a job and registered right away. In just four weeks after arriving in Canada, Winnie was invited for a job interview that landed her a job in her field.
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.
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?
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.
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.