Takeaways: Job Search Strategies

Guest post by Maria Agnes Castillo from the Philippines. Maria is SOPA Manitoba client. 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 … Read more

What Is Canadian Workplace Integration?

After taking ‘Canadian Workplace Integration’ course, our client Oleksandr wrote us a wonderful testimonial that we would like to share. Oleksandr is settling in Ontario and we wish him good luck with his job search and integration into a new workplace. “I think that the … Read more

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 … Read more

8 questions with the SOPA Graduate

Update: In December 2017 Fahim found a job. We are very happy for Fahim and wish him all the very best in his first job in Canada. Fahim Al Faruqui is an Information and Technology Services Professional from Bangladesh. He has extensive experience working in … Read more

Arrive Prepared and Find Success

Every day the SOPA program helps professionals approved to come to Canada prepare for their job search and help them learn about Canadian workplace culture. In January 2017 a few months before coming to Canada Omotola Owoeye registered with the SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) program … Read more

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 … Read more

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.

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.

What to Expect When You Move to Canada

My family and I were very excited when we received the news that our immigrant visa to Canada had been approved. My husband and I were excited, and at the same time very anxious about our new life once we move to Canada. We did … Read more

Before Boarding a Plane to Canada

“Before arriving in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 1st, 2016, my wife and I went through the SOPA program. We heard of the SOPA program through a SOPA client, who had recently arrived in Canada. I am so grateful to have listened to her recommendations about … Read more