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Blessing Nnachi

By Alumni, Success Story


Career Edge Internship: Senior Account Manager, COMMERX
Now: Engagement Manager, Google

“Moving to Canada was exciting and nerve-wracking both personally and professionally. One of my biggest concerns was that the move could negatively impact the progress of my career.

I had created my Career Edge profile before we arrived in Canada but frankly, I was not thrilled at the concept of taking an internship after 10 years into my professional career. I started applying to roles weeks before we arrived in Canada but weeks post arrival and several interviews later, I still hadn’t landed a job.

I decided to take a second look at Career Edge because it offered internships in my field and in two weeks, I was offered an internship in a similar role to the position I left back home. I started in my new role another two weeks later and I cannot describe how excited I was. I finally felt like we were settling in.

The Career Edge team was so helpful in getting me all set up, the team checked in on me from time to time and I was really impressed by the genuine desire demonstrated to see me succeed as a new migrant in a strange, new country.

All in all, I strongly recommend Career Edge to new migrants, the team is great, and it is an awesome way to get started with your new life in Canada.”


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York Region: Paul Bottomley

By Employer, Success Story


Paul Bottomley, Manager Policy Research and Forecasting, on intern Chhavi Narula

February | Mentor

“I was very impressed with Chhavi’s contribution to our organization. She hit the ground running with a strong, positive and collaborative approach to team projects. She acted on opportunities to improve herself, the team and the organization.

She was very resourceful in offering solutions to complex problems on a continuous improvement initiative looking at efficiencies and improvements for the organization’s data collection, quality control and reporting mechanisms for building permits.

Her productivity far exceeded what I was anticipating. Her success led to the organization offering Chhavi a full-time position when the opportunity arose.”


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Mariam Nessim

By Alumni, Success Story


Career Edge Internship: Loan Servicing Analyst, RBC
Now: Loan Servicing Analyst, RBC

“Being an international student who had no working experience put me in a disadvantage compared to other graduates who did co-ops and internships. After several months of stress and uneasiness searching for jobs I was very excited and relieved when I got the call from RBC to start my new position. I was able to secure a job as an Analyst, Loan Servicing in the Global Loan Administration department. And after a few months from starting the internship I was offered a full-time permanent position. Working at RBC gave me the opportunity to expand my connections, further develop my skills and gain more knowledge in the finance industry.

Career Edge gave the opportunity to showcase my skills and connected me directly to employers who were interested to see what I had to bring to the role. I can proudly say that Career Edge helped launch my career.”


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Bell Canada: Fernando Salas

By Employer, Success Story


Fernando Salas, Senior Manager, Supply Chain, on intern Chetanraj Sangam

January | Mentor

“Raj (Chetanraj) was initially hired to perform the inventory planning role for Bell’s wireless accessories category.

He not only learned at an amazing pace the business and our platforms, but also while executing efficiently using the current process, he devised significant improvements on process and platforms.

He smoothly transitioned from CMO to FMO, elevating the function on data visualization, reporting and forecasting, while keeping the business running. He also developed strong relationships with internal stakeholders and vendors and is recognized by his peers as an exceptional team member.”


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2018 Success Story: Victoria Akpore

By Alumni, Success Story

To celebrate 2018, we’re counting down to the holidays with 12 Days of Success!

Featuring Career Edge’s most wonderful success stories from this year — straight from our interns and mentors! Meet 24 mentors and interns, read their stories, and learn how our paid internship program made a difference for them.

JANUARY – Victoria Akpore

Career Edge Internship: Desktop Deployment Specialist, City of Markham
Now: Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft

Here is what Victoria said about her experience with Career Edge and what made her such a success story.

“I got to know about Career Edge during the second semester of my post-graduate studies at the University of Ottawa. As an international student who just arrived to Canada from Nigeria, I wanted to get into the Canadian labour force to start building some Canadian work experience which I knew would be a crucial factor in my career launch.

After applying to several companies with no results, I finally registered on Career Edge’s website. My profile was quickly evaluated with a follow-up email from an employee who assisted with matching my skills with available opportunities. The job notifications sent directly to my email was also of immense benefit.

I finally secured an opportunity with the City of Markham as a Desktop Deployment Specialist, which would have been a difficult job position to secure without the relevant Canadian work experience but Career Edge looked at my skills and work experience from Nigeria and contacted me to apply for the role.

It was an amazing experience. Working with the City of Markham on their Migration Project Windows 10 gave me the visibility I needed. Close to the end of my internship, I was contacted on LinkedIn to apply for a similar position with Microsoft. I am grateful for the platform Career Edge gave me and the continuous support I received throughout my internship.”


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where are they now

Where Are They Now: Natalie Goldring (Investors Group, 2007)

By Alumni, Success Story

As a trailblazer for her internship employer, we felt it was right for Natalie Goldring’s story to be featured as our first ‘Where Are They Now’ piece, as a teaser for our upcoming Alumni Newsletter. Subscribe to read more of these stories!

Back in 2006, as Investors Group’s first-ever recruiting coordinator, Natalie Goldring developed the position – and her career – from scratch. Read More