Teaching the teachers

chalk.jpgTeaching in BC is one of those regulated professions that requires membership in a governing body. In this case the BC College of Teachers is responsible for reviewing applications from foreign-trained teachers.

This article examines the issues and describes a Simon Fraser University professional qualification program which helps immigrant teachers to make the transition to BC classrooms. 

Is a foreign credential a barrier to employment ?

Sadly for some employers it appears to be. An article in the Montreal Gazette touches on this issue.

The foreign credential issue, to be sure, is one part of the problem. Employers have trouble assigning value to a degree obtained from a foreign academic program with which they are not familiar.

Forty-four per cent of companies in a Conference Board of Canada survey said this was a potential barrier in their hiring practices.

Employers have a difficulty in assigning value to a foreign credential because often they may not have the time or ability to do the required research. Immigrants may miss out on opportunities simply because the employer does not understand that in many cases a foreign diploma is equivalent to a Canadian one.
To help our clients with this issue Career Solutions use a service that specializes in the evaluation of a foreign credentials. If required, we have diplomas and transcripts translated and then send them to the International Credential Evaluation Service to be evaluated.

A foreign credential is not a barrier to employment but it can be seen as one. Having credentials evaluated is an important step in finding suitable employment.

Personal Stories

As we’ve examined earlier in this blog, foreign-trained engineers have an involved and lengthy process to go through in Canada in order to receive their professional designation. The Potential to Prosperity website provides 17 video profiles of engineers who went through the process. There are videos for Civil, Electrical, Environmental and other engineers from many different countries. Watching these stories can help foreign-trained immigrants to better understand and prepare for the process of getting their credentials recognized.

Camosun College Trades & Technology Recruitment Expo

Some of our clients will be interested in attending the Camosun College Trades & Technology Recruitment Expo on Tuesday April 3rd. Some of the employers exhibiting include 3D Geomatics Inc, Flynn Canada Ltd., Department of National Defence and the Victoria Shipyards Co. Ltd. Check out the events page on the Camosun website for more information on this event.

The “stickyness” of email addresses

email.gifRemember when we had to choose our email address many years ago ? Few people might have been aware that our email address would “stick” to us like glue as we moved through our careers.

An address that might have made sense to us as a teenager or young adult may now send the wrong message to employers as we carry out our job search. Addresses that are overly descriptive, informal or just plain odd may confuse an employer or send the wrong message. An article in today’s Times-Colonist gives a few examples of addresses that could be viewed as being unprofessional.

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Top 10 interview mistakes

People make all kinds of mistakes during job interviews. Some of them are minor but others are too big for employers to overlook. An article from Reuters looks at some of the worst mistakes that have been reported. A couple of examples are excerpted below. Check out the link for the full list.

  • Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a “private” conversation.
  • Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.

Some of these types of mistakes can be attributed to poor people skills or not having an understanding of what appropriate interview behaviour is. In many cases though I think these kind of slip-ups can be the result of being nervous. Being overly anxious or nervous can result in someone saying or doing something they wouldn’t normally do.

Properly preparing for an interview can help to alleviate nerves and minimize the risk of making mistakes.

In the driver’s seat

truck.jpgThe transportation sector is one of many that is facing a shortage of skilled workers. The workforce is aging and fewer young people are interested in this career which means that many of the projected job openings will go unfilled. 

 Employers in this sector are looking abroad in the hopes that immigration can provide a supply of skilled drivers. Recruiting and training new drivers is just half the battle however. This article looks at struggle that companies face in retaining their skilled immigrant drivers once they are hired.