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Success Story: Shaunelle Valley

By Alumni, Success Story

“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

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Success Story: Chidinma Unigwe

By Success Story

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.”

Still searching for an identity, she applied to three openings through Career Edge – one working for the Ontario Public Service. Read More

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Tell us your story!

By Alumni, Success Story

Are you a proud alumni of the Career Edge program? We invite you to share your unique journey and empower fellow job seekers by illustrating the transformative impact that Career Edge had on your professional life. Your narrative can serve as a beacon of hope for those grappling with the challenges of entering the workforce or seeking a career change.

Reflect on your job search before encountering Career Edge. What were the hurdles you faced? Was the ‘no job, no experience’ cycle a daunting reality for you? Many individuals find themselves caught in this loop, feeling disheartened and unsure of how to break free. By sharing your pre-Career Edge experiences, you provide context and relatability to those currently navigating similar situations.

Highlight the pivotal role that Career Edge played in your journey. How did the program assist you in overcoming obstacles and securing meaningful employment? Whether it was through mentorship, skill development, or job placement initiatives, delve into the specific ways Career Edge became a catalyst for your professional growth. By articulating the tangible benefits you derived from the program, you paint a vivid picture of the positive changes it brought to your career trajectory.

Most importantly, elaborate on how Career Edge impacted your life. Beyond securing a job, did the program contribute to your personal development, confidence, or sense of purpose? Share anecdotes that showcase the holistic transformation you experienced, emphasizing how Career Edge wasn’t just a stepping stone to employment but a comprehensive support system that shaped your professional identity.

Your story has the power to inspire others facing similar challenges. By shedding light on your journey from job seeker to successful professional, you offer a roadmap for those in need of guidance and motivation. Let your narrative be a testament to the possibilities that unfold when one embraces the opportunities provided by programs like Career Edge. Together, we can break the cycle and empower aspiring individuals to embark on their own journeys of success.

Here are some stories of our recent alumni!

Celebrating Success

By Success Story

We know that Career Edge candidates are dedicated and motivated individuals who are always looking to add great value to their employers and host organizations. For this issue, we are thrilled to showcase the success stories of two such candidates. Read More

Farhana Naznin

Hands-on experience through internships can be the best of teachers

By Success Story

For Bangladeshi-born Farhana Naznin, it was a bit of a shock to be asked if she had Canadian experience, especially since she had worked in Australia as a software developer. “Everywhere I applied, I was asked for Canadian experience. Just about when it was getting to the point that it was getting frustrated, I heard of the internship program at Career Edge Organization,” says Naznin, who, along with her husband, had studied in Japan and worked in Australia for three years before immigrating to Canada.

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