Career, Education and Settlement Fair

Canadian Immigrant Magazine will be hosting a Career, Education and Settlement Fair at the Vancouver Public Library on December 16, 2013. This fair is free and open to all recent Canadian immigrants in Metro Vancouver.

After hosting three successful fairs in Toronto, Canadian Immigrant Magazine chose Vancouver as their next destination. The fair runs from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and features dozens of exhibitors booths. In addition, several interactive speakers’ workshops will be offered led by experts in various fields of interest to new Canadians, from careers to immigration law. Other highlights will include an onsite résumé clinic and speed mentoring sessions.

Ashton College will be one of the exhibitor’s attending the fair. We will have program advisers available to discuss career opportunities, the labour market, and to answer any questions you may have. Select visitors to our booth will also have the opportunity to receive $500 tuition discount vouchers – so be sure to drop by.

The goal of this fair is to help and motivate new Canadians as they continue on their journey of settlement. By providing information about education, finding a home, upgrading & certification, and job hunting this fair hopes to ease the transition process for all Metro Vancouver immigrants.

Key Note Topics Include:

Gobinder Gill: 8 Key Steps to Getting Hired – 2:30 p.m.

Are you new to the country or encountering difficult times getting a well-paid job? To compete successfully in today’s extremely tough competitive job market, you need to know what human resources personnel are seeking in a potential candidate (hint: soft skills are important). Indian-born author and diversity expert Gobinder Gill shares his “8 Key Steps” to set you apart and in-crease your chances of getting hired.

Lorina Serafico: Financial Literacy for Newcomers – 3:30 p.m.

Managing your finances correctly after immigrating is important. Scotiabank’s Lorina Serafico will discuss banking basics for newcomers and financial tips, including information on opening chequing and savings accounts, building a credit history, managing a budget, filing a tax return and mortgages.

Afshan Basaria: Making the Most of Foreign Credentials – 4:20 p.m.

Internationally trained professionals come to Canada with education, experience and certification in their fields of experience, but face countless barriers in re-establishing their careers here, particularly in licensed professions. Back in Motion’s Afshan Basaria shares six ways to achieve career success in B.C. with (despite!) your foreign credentials.

Silvia Di Blasio: Strategic Volunteering Can Help You Gain Canadian Ex-perience & the Job You Want – 5:15 p.m.

Newcomers are often told to volunteer to gain Canadian work experi-ence, but not all volunteering opportunities are created equally. ISS of BC’s Silvia Di Blasio will help newcomers understand how the right volunteering opportunities can help you gain experience, practise your language and other skills, earn local references, and better understand Canadian workplace culture.

Andy Krieger Accent Reduction Workshop: 5-step Method – 6:10 p.m.

Is your accent a barrier in the work-place and in your life overall? Accent reduction coach Andy Krieger will give you a preview of how to speak without your foreign accent. You will be introduced to the same method that Andy has used to teach Jackie Chan and thousands of students. He uses a five-step method that uses tongue and lip positions to speak beautiful English.

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