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Internationally Trained Professionals – Should They Abandon Their Profession?

Posted on: July 2, 2014

As an Employment Consultant I work with Internationally Trained Professionals, new Canadians who have immigrated to Canada. They are filled with hope and anticipation of a better life and Canada does deliver socially with loads of government funded programs to help the new Canadian ease into a new life.

Unfortunately the government has not been able to change the employer’s perspective; there still exists the paradox of “Canadian experience”. All too often the new Canadian bumps up against “no Canadian experience” as the reason they are not qualified for a potential role.

As a result, too many new Canadians give up on their profession and take a lower level job because they need the income. Some do persevere, finding out what it will take to have their degree and experience recognized in Canada. Ontario has very strict guidelines for certain professions like teachers, doctors, lawyers, etc. For those new Canadians who have solid work experience in their home country in other professions such as Medical Administrative Assistant – they should invest in some type of training program which offers a Canadian diploma or certification. The following list is key to success:
1. They need to get his/her English assessed, to be considered job ready, an individual needs to be at a level 7-8.
2. They need to get an education evaluation through WES (World Education Services) or ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service of Canada). This can be started while still in their home country.
3. They need to research International Trained Bridging programs to see what it will take to bridge their experience. There is a cost associated, depending on the program.
4. Internationally trained professionals should research and participate in volunteer opportunities to help gain visibility and to become more familiar with the Canadian job market.
5. They need to do the research and put together a strategic plan which will result in their education and experience being recognized in Ontario.
Contrary to popular believe, it is not easy for new Canadians to find a job – especially in the Province of Ontario. As an employment consultant I encourage internationally trained professionals to follow the list above.

A subset of this strategic plan might be a temporary part-time job in sales, customer service or retail to help pay the bills – optimum words being “part-time”. Too many new Canadians get stuck in a full time survival job and as time passes lose the opportunity to capitalize on their international education and expertise.
I have personally witnessed the success of International Trained Professionals who create a strategic plan and follow it step by step until they are offered a professional position which capitalizes on their education and home country experience. It can and will happen with patience and determination.

Lee Koren is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is an expert in selection, recruitment and career transition management.

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2 Responses to "Internationally Trained Professionals – Should They Abandon Their Profession?"

Hi Lee. I’d like to post this article on my site, http://www.diversityintheworkplace.ca. We would credit it however you wish. Please let me know.Thanks Lee

Hi Jill: You are welcome to post my article on your website.

Thanks Lee Koren, PHR

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