“You’re more important than you think.”
That’s what a paid internship at LifeSpeak taught Tahmina Naznen.
Immigrating from Bangladesh, Tahmina arrived in Canada with a master’s in computer science and four years of experience. For six months, she struggled to secure permanent, meaningful work, losing confidence. Read More
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Chidinma, an internationally qualified professional from Nigeria, completed her Career Edge paid internship for the Ontario Public Service as a part of the OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals. Six months and two promotions later, this is her letter of appreciation to her mentor Talha, the OPS team, and everyone else who helped make it happen: Read More
Maxim Sorokin immigrated to Canada with an MBA, four years of work experience, and a self-imposed deadline of finding work within four months. The bilingual candidate said he struggled in his new home, before learning he needed to “introduce himself to the world” to succeed. Read More
“I’ve never even visited the country.”
Shaunelle Valley is quickly learning how to integrate into Canadian life. Her process began before her landing. With roots in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the U.K., the self-described “true newcomer” didn’t make plans to look for a job – she already had one. Read More
Her job is an extension of her identity.
“For me, a job is not just a job, it’s a reflection of who I am.”
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in Nigeria, also learning project management skills and gaining over nine years of experience in information technology. A business intelligence and enterprise resource planning professional “determined to always exceed set goals,” she carried analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Chidinma signed up for Career Edge’s paid internship program through Planning for Canada, a free pre-arrival service dedicated to helping families prepare for their new life in Canada. Planning for Canada advisor Ollie Zaydik said, “We encourage our clients to begin their Career Edge registration ahead of their landing in Canada as permanent residents. This opens up opportunities for them to engage with potential employers very early on and avoid the job search situation of getting lost in the shuffle despite their qualifications.”