Why should you volunteer? Volunteering has many benefits. You can make connections that will help you in your job search. Through volunteering you can; gain Canadian experience and Canadian references that can vouch for your work. You can expand your community, create an employment network, attain references etc. It will help develop your network of people who can point you or recommend you to jobs. You can have references who can vouch for your work in a Canadian workplace. Not only suitable for employment it can also be a way to meet people and create friendships in a new community.
Summer is here! It’s a time to spend with family, enjoy the outdoors and have fun. One way to enjoy the summer is the Annual Dragon Boat Festival. This sporting event has been taking place for 25 years, continually growing the whole time. It is … Read more
It’s an immense pleasure to share my experience with the course on Soft Skills: Professional Communication. This course has offered me a deep insight into the Canadian workplace culture. Although all the participants come from different cultural and professional backgrounds but the overall structure, content and organization of the course is such that it is easy to understand and correlate for one and all.
Would you recommend SOPA? If so, why? I would absolutely recommend SOPA to my colleagues and friends. I am pretty sure that everyone who attends the SOPA program will learn a lot and they will really find the answers to most, if not all, of their questions and concerns. Attending the SOPA program is a definite learning experience.
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.
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.
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.
Natalya was amazed by the unique combination of fresh air, abundance of colours and the small wild animals in the city; as well as the convenient urban facilities and impressive high-rise downtown buildings with the roofs disappearing in the thick fog on overcast mornings. It all felt like some kind of movie to Natalya at first.