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In 2012, I held two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. In the Philippines, I worked for over three years as an Operations Officer at a government-owned financial corporation.
I then became a Registered Nurse in the Philippines and upon arrival in Canada, completed the International Education Health Professional Course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
After arriving here in Canada, there was a honeymoon stage, being new to a developed country where almost everything seemed like a paradise. I love Canada, but it was very difficult for me to find work that matched my skills and experience.
Frustrated with being underemployed, I applied for the 2014 Lilian To Bursary, presented by Ashton College in partnership with Canadian Immigrant magazine. Ashton College is known for quality education, and I saw the bursary as an opportunity to explore a new industry and begin building a career in Canada. After being selected as one of four recipients of the 2014 bursary, I chose to enroll in Ashton’s Diploma in International Trade program. Although it was a completely different industry than my previous education, I have always been very passionate about international business, sales, and marketing.
During the five-month program I studied topics ranging from global supply chain management to international marketing. The program provides a great foundation for individuals looking to break into the trade industry; there was a lot of emphasis on real-world experience and practical knowledge.
After completing the DIT program I began applying for positions with freight and logistics companies, and am now serving as a member of the Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable (IAR), a group of 18 immigrants who review research and community consultation findings and provide our insights to further shape the Strategic Plans of Surrey. Along with the other members of the IAR, I serve as a cultural ambassador, helping community leaders to reach out to ethnic communities. It’s important for me to give back to my community and to this country. I love that Canada welcomes all cultures and religions, and I really feel a sense of belonging.
I would definitely advise newcomers to Canada to consider obtaining Canadian education in order to enhance their skills and increase their chances of securing meaningful employment.
“With the right training, there are better opportunities that await.”