2005年 05月 27日
Getting a friend in high places
Thanks to the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council's new Mentoring Partnership program, Pandya — one of 15 people matched with mentors in a pilot phase — was connected with Poddar, a senior partner with the accounting firm Ernst & Young.
"There is a preconceived view that if you are not from a Canadian school or do not have any Canadian work experience, it doesn't matter how relevant your skills are," said Poddar. "That said, I think what these individuals are lacking are the soft skills. They don't know how to build a network, or dress and present themselves."
"Why we need mentors to tap immigrant skills"
（Globe and Mail ２月９日）
Even full utilization of credential assessment services will not solve the problem for all immigrants. With regard to foreign work experience, mentoring and internship programs can provide a solution to the Catch-22 of needing Canadian experience to get Canadian experience. Widely used in Germany with considerable success, mentoring allows more senior employees to pass on occupation-specific knowledge about local practices. Because mentoring programs impose costs on employers, subsidies may be required to encourage their use.