Have you ever wondered what it's like to leave your life behind, only to start over again? Needless to say, you will never be the same!
The Voices of Calgary Campaign features personal accounts from individuals about their journey to build a new life in Calgary. Hear about the challenges and struggles they faced and overcame, and where they are today.
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Vanessa had always heard that the field of teaching in Canada was very challenging to enter into as a foreign-trained teacher. Not giving up on her passion, Vanessa eventually took the risk and learned that it takes small steps to keep moving towards the goal.
Dr. Ahadzadeh came to Calgary from Iran with over 8 years of orthopedic surgical experience, but never would have imagined that it would be his volunteering, networks and local references, that would give him the boost needed to get back into the medical field.
Dr. Castro came to Canada with a background in teaching dentistry and leading a dental clinic, yet started out in Canada as a mailroom clerk alongside 17-year-old teenagers. Watch how Dr. Castro overcame his doubts and frustrations, to refocus on chasing his dreams once again.
Recertification may be a long process, but the journey always begins with the first step! Sajjad was looking for opportunities to re-enter into his field of Counseling, and would have never guessed that his first networking opportunity would appear while taking his kids to school.
When Val first moved to Canada, he was discouraged by comparing his new life in Canada with his old life back home, where he worked as an Engineer. When he began accepting his new life and new home, opportunities began to open up in unexpected ways!
Salem found himself travelling back and forth for years between Canada and Oman, as he awaited his Canadian engineering designation to be approved. Until one day, he attended a local engineering hiring fair, where doors began opening for him to enter back into his profession.
Rafi, an investment specialist from India, came to Calgary during a period of oil price crash and was discouraged with the seemingly bleak market outlook. That was until he found a whole world of work opportunities through his new growing network.
When Dr. Qi came to Canada, the reaccreditation for veterinarian licensing was very difficult to navigate. He was placed on a two year long waiting list to complete all the requirements. Despite all these early setbacks, he never lost sight of his dream.
Neha was a designated Chartered Accountant back in India, but was unsure how to navigate the Canadian marketplace, until she found a professional mentor. Through this new connection, she learned the keys to success that would boost her job prospects in Calgary.
Although Isabel came to Canada with over 10 years’ experience back home as a Civil Engineer, it wasn’t until she started building her soft skills that doors began to open up for her in Calgary. This included spending over 100 hours simply working on her resume alone.
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