Job Ready Before Coming to Canada

The best thing about SOPA is that it offers its courses before arrival. It is, indeed, a great opportunity that newcomers can arrive prepared. It helps smooth their settlement, and fasten their job search by having Canadian resume and other job search tools ready in hand. So they will get no surprises once they arrive and can integrate earlier to the economy and to the area they settle in.

Welcome to Canada: Nimisha & Anirudhya

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 Across The World

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.

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. 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 team, let us introduce the key players who can help you arrive prepared in Canada.

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.