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Why Career Edge is so important to me? By Fauziyyah Randera

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

 

Fauziyyah Randera

Payroll & Accounting Intern

I was born in India and moved to South Africa when I was about ten years old. I completed high school in South Africa. I was in 10th grade when I got engaged and got married in 12th grade. At 19, I was the only married female in my class. In June 2018, I moved to Canada.

I always dreamed of becoming an accountant and wanted to continue my studies. However, this is not common for women in my culture and background… although my husband didn’t mind. He supported me and made sure my dream came true. I attended Centennial College for Business Administration Accounting Program for 3 years and completed the Advanced Diploma. It took me 4 years to finish my degree because I got pregnant with a boy while in college during COVID pandemic.

I have worked in the restaurant since I moved to Canada, but after finishing my maternity leave and completing my studies, I was determined to follow my passion and work in accounting.

I submitted about 100 (if not 1000) of job applications with no response. I was looking for a remote job opportunity where I can take care of my child. I did not want to miss my son’s first word and wanted to keep him safe, but it was not a piece of cake to find such an opportunity.

Finally, Career Edge came into my life. I met them at a career event at Centennial College. It was the first and only event I attended. Only the Word “Career Edge” caught my attention. I started accepting and applying for internship opportunities. Shortly after, I received a call from a talent expert saying that I had been selected to interview for a payroll and accounting internship at Career Edge. I was nervous at first because it was my first professional interview.

I was interviewed by a talent expert and an IT expert. I have to say that the impression I got was amazing. I had a second interview with an accountant and a payroll specialist and it went excellent. I got accepted for the opportunity which I always dreamed of.

When I joined the team, I didn’t feel like a new member of the organization. I was sincerely warmly welcomed. I am happy to say that if anyone in the world wants to see a great team, the Career Edge team is the perfect example of the most successful, hardworking, and friendliest team. It’s everyone’s dream team.

Whenever someone asks me what Career Edge does, I always say, it changes lives. As a woman, working from home with a child, I can attest to that.

I thank all the team members for supporting me and being patient with me throughout my learning process. I am grateful to Career Edge for changing my life through this incredible opportunity. If it was not for you, I would have been a housewife with no career goals, putting my studies down the drain. I appreciate the positive environment and the attitude of the team, which gives me a sense of belonging. My goal now is to be an alumnus at Career Edge. I am proud to say that I am part of Career Edge and help change the lives of others.

Why Career Edge is so important to me? By Marwa ElMorsy

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Marwa ElMorsy

Marketing Specialist

I came to Canada with my husband in 2019 with many hopes and dreams – like many newcomers. Before arriving, we heard so many stories about how difficult things are for newcomers. We were prepared to start from scratch and were determined to make it work as our new home. 

We initially landed in New Brunswick, one small province in Atlantic Canada, where the government realized how important it is to bring immigrants in because of the aging population. While New Brunswick was so rich in nature – it had us breathe a sigh of fresh air after coming from the hustle and bustle of Cairo – it didn’t exactly welcome us as newcomers.

In my trials to pursue a career, I was treated like I didn’t exist. I faced many rejections and even explicit discrimination. I started to notice the pattern and see the lack of diversity in the workforce of people of colour (and especially veiled women like myself).

When I talked to locals, no one believed I had ambition or passion for what I do; they were even shocked that “I could speak English that well.” It wasn’t just for the lack of “Canadian Experience.” It was also about the colour of my skin and the way I dress. Many people decided I wasn’t an equal just by looking at me. That assumption hurt!

I started to get furious, so I pointed my passion toward volunteering, networking, and even joining political caucuses to speak up about immigrants’ problems and ways to solve them. At one point, I wished I had the power to change something instead of just talking about it.

But then, a couple of years later, my husband and I decided to end this, restart our lives all over again and move to Ontario in the hopes of finding a better life for ourselves.

I started my job search journey again, but this time I remembered a friend mentioning Career Edge and how they helped her start her career with RBC. And even though I was frustrated, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to apply for jobs on Career Edge’s job board.

I promptly got a call from one of the Talent team members (hello there Saradha) telling me that she thinks I’m a good fit for one of the jobs. Long story short, the employer didn’t end up hiring me. I was disappointed, but it wasn’t something I didn’t see before, so I moved on.

But then, when I least expected it, I got a few messages from Career Edge again. They said they were looking to hire a marketing person internally this time. I was so excited, but I didn’t want to get disappointed one more time.

This time I hit the jackpot. Someone took me seriously for the first time in 3 years since I moved to Canada. They respected my experience and believed I could add value (eyes on you, Jeff and Jumana).

After I got the job, it started to sit in. Nothing would have worked better for me. Haven’t gone through that experience, I wouldn’t have been so passionate about helping others who face the same challenges.

Today, I’m so grateful for where I am, where I have to see and interact with people like me – I get to do something I’m genuinely passionate about (I could be a bit annoying sometimes). I get to help people of colour and newcomers to Canada and witness their lives change for the better.

I’m truly thankful every day for being where I am today as Career Edge grows to be part of who I am as a person.

Why is Career Edge so important to me? By Jasveen Kaur

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Jasveen Kaur

Talent Specialist

I moved to Canada in 2019 as a stay-at-home mom of 2 lovely boys aged 5 and 2. The move came about in a short period of time as my husband was presented an international opportunity to relocate. I had been on a parenting break since 2014 after a successful professional career spanning 10 years in HR and Talent Acquisition leading IT, banking, and financial services recruitments.

The plan was to restart my career after spending initial few months to settle in the family, but soon the world was hit by a pandemic and as anyone could be, I was lost, unsettled and clueless on how to restart my career. The career plans went on a backburner as I ended being the CEO of our home during 2020, navigating the family through the worst part of the pandemic with a lot of hope for the future.

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Why Career Edge is so important to me? By Lola Pitan

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Lola Pitan

Talent Specialist

Before moving to Canada, I had heard lots of stories about challenges and difficulties often faced by skilled newcomers when it comes to securing jobs due to their lack of a Canadian work experience. That’s why I decided to take a different approach.

I set out to obtain Canadian education through a college diploma course in Honors Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources to help smoothen my transition from Law (which was my original professional background) to Human Resources. As my program gradually came to an end, the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic era job market started setting in and it was at this point that I heard about Career Edge.

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Why is Career Edge so important to me? By Suji Satkunarajah

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Suji Satkunarajah

C# Programmer Analyst

Getting the first job as a new graduate is hard; almost every job requires some experience. If you’re a newcomer, you also need “Canadian experience”. You can try networking, but your connections might say the same thing: you need some experience, or even some “Canadian experience”. This is where Career Edge plays a big role.

The program provides paid internships to new graduates, newcomers, and people with disabilities so they can get their first work experience or “Canadian experience”.

And that’s what the program did for me.

Following graduation, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After spending a year on a failed startup, I knew I had to get some real-world experience. I started applying to postings, but like many graduates have gone through, I didn’t hear back from anyone.

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Why is Career Edge so important to me? By Tamara Stone

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Tamara

Tamara Stone

Payroll & Human Resources Coordinator

After giving a company 11 years of service, I was permanently laid off.

I knew I wanted to go back to school to learn a new set of skills but was scared for the change ahead of me. As a single mom, you want to devote as much of your time as possible to your children and I knew that returning to school would take away from that. Not only did I feel like I would be neglecting my familial responsibilities, but I also felt like once I was done school, I would have a difficult time reentering the work force as I would have no work experience in this new field.

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Why is Career Edge is so important to me? By Jumana Baker

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Jumana

Jumana Baker

Marketing Design Specialist

My story with Career Edge started when I graduated from school. I had just finished four grueling years of studying, assignments, tests, projects and now I had to go out into the real world and find real employment. Only problem was, I had no idea how.

Everyone kept talking about networking and leveraging your family’s and your parents’ networks, making connections that way. Well, I’m an immigrant and so are my parents. We had moved to Canada when I first started university, so we were still rebuilding our lives and setting down roots. And at that point, my parents’ network that I could have leveraged was currently residing on the other side of the planet, so the family network was out.

So, I just started applying to positions. And, as many, many, many people have experienced, I didn’t hear back – that was fun…

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Purvi Patel

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Purvi Patel

C# Programmer Analyst, IT

I immigrated to Canada in June 2016. Since I did not have a Canadian education or work experience, I struggled a lot to start my career in Canada. The first job I got was as a data entry clerk, which was only to fulfill financial needs, so I decided to go back to school the next year, in 2017, where I attended the .Net Developer Bridging Program at Humber College. After graduating in 2018, I started job searching in my field of education; I created and submitted so many applications for employment agencies and roles, but unfortunately, I never got any affirmative responses.

Fortunately for me though, my Employment Advisor from Humber College recommended that I register with Career Edge, which I did promptly.

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Candice Leung

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Candice Leung

Talent Specialist

When I first came across Career Edge, I was trying to find a job myself. I had just graduated and after giving myself a 6 month to enjoy responsibility-free time, I decided it was time to give myself some real adult-life stress: find a job that could potentially be my career for the rest of my life.

Albeit, I actually had no idea what it is I wanted to do with my life, let alone my career. To be honest, I’m still not sure (and trust me, it’s okay not to know).  However, what I did know, was that with my minimal work experience and fluctuating anxiety, Career Edge’s recent graduates with a self declared disability program was perfect for me.

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Why is Career Edge important to me? By Kyle Gray

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Over the coming months, hear stories right from our very own staff about why Career Edge and the work that they do is so important to them.

Kyle Gray

Vice President, Finance and Operations

“The vision of a champion is someone bent over drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” – Anson Dorrance, former USA Women’s Soccer Coach.

Many years ago at the height of my soccer (or football as we call it) journey in Trinidad and Tobago, this quote was given to our team by one of our coaches; with the appendage of “When was the last time you felt that way?” Ever since that day, this quote has been a consistent mantra for everything I do.

This resonated with me for many reasons including its vivid yet simple illustration; its call for excellence, commitment to and development of a winning mindset.

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