Sidra Mobin: Learning Opportunity

Sidra Mobin is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. She landed in British Columbia on June 28th, 2020- during the pandemic. Sidra was all alone and did not know anyone in BC as opposed to back in Pakistan, where she has family and friends who were always there for her. With her positive attitude, Sidra wanted to…

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How to decide when to update your education in Canada?

The big day is coming closer! You are getting ready to move to Canada. And you might have started your job search already.   While looking through different job postings, you will notice the educational requirements. You could start to have questions about how your education transfers to Canada and how employers might value it.…

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How to Promote Yourself to Employers

A piece of advice you will hear often when you job searching in Canada is to learn how to “sell” yourself, market yourself or promote yourself to employers. In the beginning, this could be an uncomfortable thing to do, as many people have the instinct to be modest and not stand out. However, the opposite…

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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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Beat the odds: Cruising through COVID-19 in Calgary (Part 1)

While the entire world was (is) panicking about COVID-19, we were preparing for our travel to Canada. A lengthy travel, with overnight stays at empty airports and multiple transits. Yet our hearts were full of hope and positivity. Till this day, I believe that our journey was a miracle, orchestrated by the almighty. In spite…

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Soft Skills in the Canadian Workplace

Are you are planning to move to Canada? Are you are looking for work? Do you have an up-to-date resume and have you practiced answering interview questions in front of your mirror? Great start! However, keep in mind that Canada is a very multicultural country. Because of that, you will also need to be aware…

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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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You Can Network Your Way to Success in Canada

Prior to moving to Alberta, Canada, Chinwendu Okereke- Azike had built a successful career as a banker in Nigeria. She had eight years’ experience under her belt – developing innovative and ground-breaking customer service solutions for her employers. Even though she was confident in her skills and extensive experience, Chinwendu knew that approaching and navigating…

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