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For our first post, we are sharing an amazing story about CanPrep participant, Ravikesh, who landed a job just four days after arriving in Canada. Through our blog, we will share celebratory stories like Ravikesh’s success story and much more to keep you motivated through your pre-arrival job preparation process.
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CanPrep graduate, Ravikesh, an Automotive Design Engineer, joined the program in January 2016 diligently working through the program modules, guided by his Employment Counsellor, Farah. Ravikesh arrived in Mississauga, Ontario and within four days of arriving has secured a job as an Automotive Design Engineer as a result of his pre-arrival job search preparation!
Ravikesh shares his success story with us in a recent interview:
How has pre-arrival program helped ease your transition into Canada?
I got to know detailed information about Canadian job market from Pre-arrival programs like CanPrep & Planning for Canada*. CanPrep helped me to modify my resume to suit the Canadian job market. Also, I received many resources to build my strategy to search for jobs in my field.
*Note: Planning for Canada is the referral partner of CanPrep
What aspects of the program did you find particularly helpful?
The entire program was very helpful! What I liked most are the resume building and employment counselling aspects.
What did you think would be your biggest challenges before arriving in Canada?
(Ravikesh laughed) Landing in an unknown country itself is the biggest challenge all immigrants face. To survive in a new country anyone needs to have a job, and especially in their own field. This was my biggest challenge to find a job in my field that matches my qualifications and experience.
What do you feel about the challenges post-arrival?
Since I was prepared for the job market here – from information I had received from pre-arrival programs (including CanPrep) – it was not a big surprise for me! Everything was smooth since I was already aware about what to do and what not to do.
What are the various strategies you used that helped you find your job?
- Making a Canadian-style Resume
- Networking on LinkedIn
- Job search on (online) job boards like Indeed.ca and Workopolis.com
Any pre-arrival job search tips that you would like to share with other CanPrep participants who are looking to immigrate soon to Canada?
Yes! (Employment) Counsellors in the pre-arrival programs are knowledgeable and experienced – so take advice or information shared in the program seriously. I would suggest that you also focus on resume (creation) and LinkedIn networking.
Would you recommend CanPrep to others? Why?
Definitely! This is very helpful for any newcomer like me!