バンクーバーでの仕事探し体験や教わった就活・職探しのコツ等、スキルワーカー移民のカナダ移住準備に役立つ情報を書き留めてます。


by workincanada

トロントの移民のお話+ブリッジプログラムについて

"Out of the fry pan and into a career" (Toronto Star 3月2日)

フィリピンからカナダはトロントに移住してきた男性エンジニアが、バーガーキングでのバイト生活からどのようにして希望のエンジニアリングの職に就くに至ったのか、この記事ではその過程について紹介。



この人も多聞にもれず、外国の資格(Foreign credential)が評価されずカナダの経験(Canadian experience)も得られず、生活のためやむなくファーストフードの仕事をつかんだらしい。
その状況から抜け出すきっかけになったのはブリッジプログラム(bridging program)という移民就職支援のしくみ。
このプログラムは、「カナダの経験が無いために仕事に就けない⇒その間にスキルが錆び付いていく⇒さらに就職が難しくなる」という、移民によくある負のスパイラルを断ち切って、外国経験とカナダ経験の橋渡しをする支援をするためのもの。
要はイメージとしては、移住者に対してインターンシップの斡旋をしてくれるような感じです。

この記事では、トロントにあるブリッジプログラムとしてSkills for Change(http://www.skillsforchange.org/)という団体を紹介してる。

この人の場合は喜びも束の間、カナダで最初のエンジニア職の仕事が見つかってからも苦労が続いてるみたい。ちなみにこの人の例の場合、移住時の年齢がやや高めだったことも就職で苦労した要因の一つだったのではないかと思われます。

個人的にはブリッジプログラムにお世話になったことがないので、実際のところどうなのかは知りません(体験した人がもしいたら感想などコメントお願いします)。

Mar. 2, 2005. 01:00 AM

Out of the fry pan and into a career

NICHOLAS KEUNG
IMMIGRATION/DIVERSITY REPORTER

This is the first of six profiles on the 2005 New Pioneers Award winners. Presented by Skills for Change, a non-profit agency that helps newcomers improve their employment and job-hunting skills, the awards recognize achievements of immigrants and refugees who have enriched our communities. The Star is a sponsor of the awards, to be presented at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel on March 9.

When Eric Acuna moved to Canada from the Philippines in 1997, the quality-control engineer gave himself 100 days to find a job.

He found one on Day 86 — at a Burger King restaurant near Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E., mopping floors, flipping burgers and taking orders from managers half his age.

"I just grabbed the opportunity to make a living, to pay my bills," recalled 41-year-old Acuna, a graduate of Skills for Change's career-bridging program for foreign-trained professionals.

"My wife kept telling me to quit because she was embarrassed to tell people back home what I was doing. I found the job challenging. It wasn't degrading. I was only making my living with dignity."

But Acuna also had a longer-term goal.

By working evenings and weekends, Acuna managed to spend 40 hours a week at the restaurant while enrolled in the agency's full-time program, which helped him polish his resumé and improve his interview skills, and explained the ins and outs of returning to his profession in Canada.

In May 1998, he attended a job fair and dropped off his improved resumé at a Ford Motor Co. booth for a position he thought he would never get because of his foreign credentials and experience.

But luck struck. Acuna, who has an engineering degree from Manila's Mapua Institute of Technology, landed his first "real" job in Canada: a year-long contract at the auto giant's Oakville plant.

Without a car or a driver's licence, Acuna left his midtown home every day at 4 a.m. and boarded a TTC bus to Union Station. There, he would catch the first GO Transit bus to Port Credit and then a train to Oakville. From the train station, he took a cab to the plant.

"It was three to four hours of commuting each day. It cost me $25 a day, but it was worth it," said Acuna, a 2005 New Pioneers Award winner for his achievements since graduating from Skills for Change. "It's an investment you have to pay to acquire the elusive Canadian work experience."

From there, he never looked back, moving from job to job before settling down as a quality-control manager at Mississauga's Newark Paperboard Products two years ago.

"To succeed, you really need to have a good attitude over your work and your life. Even working at a lower-level job, one has to give your best and seize every opportunity to learn," he said.

And Acuna is still grateful to the Burger King manager who gave him his first job in this country.

"I was very lucky that I got the job, so I could improve my skills and learn to work in a Canadian environment," he said. "I had my struggle. I had my challenge. No pain, no gain. Now I'm tasting my success."
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by workincanada | 2005-03-03 18:34 | カナダ就職・転職