I light up when I talk about SOPA

Astrid Ene arrived in Canada with her husband in January 2017. After spending some time in Montreal, they are now settled in their original province of destination, Ontario. Astrid currently is working as an Audit Director for the Office of the Auditor General in Ottawa. She sent us her testimonial about how SOPA helped her…

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How Are Your Power Skills?

Interpersonal skills, communication skills, social skills, power skills. Soft skills may be called many different names, but the importance of good soft skills to find and keep work in Canada is undeniable. Making yourself aware of the different aspects of workplace culture should be a part of your immigration preparation. SOPA is offering four different…

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Virtual Interviews

We are living in new times when the social distancing and masks are becoming our new normal. We are learning to talk less face to face and are moving conversations to the virtual world. However, we still need jobs which are still out there. So the employers are now turning more and more to virtual…

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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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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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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 this program!  Because our settling in Saskatoon wasn’t difficult, as…

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5 Things I Took Away From SOPA

I am a graduate of accounting with Master of Business Administration (MBA) and I chose internal auditing as my career path.  I have been working as an internal auditor for the past 9 years in various roles. I also worked with one of the biggest banks in Nigeria as an internal auditor. I’m immigrating soon…

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