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 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. However, we usually forget that we already have a set of soft skills in our first culture that helped us to progress there. For this reason, we get frustrated when we come to Canada and find out that our communication and interaction skills that we possess are not working here. So, in order to be successful in Canada we need to learn how to adapt and be flexible in the new work environment. This is what Canadian employers are expecting from us. And this is exactly what the Canadian Workplace Integration course covers in great details.
“In order to be successful in Canada we need to learn how to adapt and be flexible in the new work environment. This is what Canadian employers are expecting from us. And this is exactly what the Canadian Workplace Integration course covers in great details.”Oleksandr Ponomar
This course also teaches that due to cultural differences things are done in Canada not like we used to do it in our home countries and instead of opposing it we should learn to accept the new reality.
Finally, the most important thing that I learned is that Canadian employers expect us to be self-starters, integrate into the new workplace and learn continuously. Even when you have finally found your first job, this does not mean you can take a deep breath, sit down and rest. The Canadian employers have provided you with a chance to become better and they expect that you will continue working on your English, communication and interpersonal skills.”
– Oleksandr Ponomar
SOPA Ontario Client
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