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U.M. - Alberta Client

U.M. arrived in Canada as a Permanent Resident in 2021. She is an internationally trained Pharmacist with four years of international experience. She is pursuing her licensure through a fast-special pathway that requires her to relocate to Ottawa to complete her training and placement hours.

After successfully completing her practicum hours, she was registered under the Emergency Registration and started working as a Pharmacist in the same setting that she did her placement.
She is getting paid $50 an hour compared to her previous role as Pharmacy Assistant, which was at $15 an hour.
Once her registration is completed in Ottawa in August, she will request an interprovincial license transfer to Alberta and will be ready to work as a Licensed Pharmacist there. Her interest is to work as a Pharmacist in Rural Alberta.

F.T.- Alberta Client

Feven has accessed the Career Loans micro-loan program to pay for her Nursing Licensure requirements which have been ongoing since the summer of 2021.

She has successfully fulfilled the practice hours requirement for her Nursing Licensure and is preparing herself for the final stage of her Foreign Credential recognition; she is informed that her Health Care Aide License requirements are fulfilled, and she can start the job searching now.
She is an internationally trained ICU Nurse with nnn years of experience. She has been working as a Warehouse Associate and part-time Sales Staff for the Marshals since she arrived in Canada three years ago.

A.O. - Saskatchewan Client

It was an amazing encounter working with Achev and special thanks to Cheryl Murray, The Information and Financial Counsellor, Career Loans, Saskatchewan, for her encouragement and diligence in the discharge of her duties in respect of my career goals. Her services were helpful for my career development in Canada.

A.G. - Alberta Client

Asmerom landed in Canada in 2018, he is originally from Eritrea. Even though he has over 15 years of experience as a licensed plumber from back home, he found the process of getting re-training and getting his Plumbing license in Canada expensive and long. Also, due to the ongoing political instability, Asmerom does not have his Diploma in his possession now. His wife and son are back home waiting to be reunited with him in Canada.

In order to make ends meet and support his family back home, he was working two survival jobs; 12 hours work day for 7 days a week, as a security guard at $15 an hour.

He considered an alternative career as a Class One Truck Driver, and requested funding assistance through the Career Loans program to pay for his training.

He was able to get full time employment as a Bus Driver through a community connection one month after he completed his training and cleared his required exams as a Class One Truck Driver. He quitted his two jobs as a security guard and is no longer working for 7 days a week. He works Monday through Saturday and is off on Sundays.

His employment condition and his pay has improved significantly; he works for 6 hours per day ,3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon, but he gets payed for 8 hours per day at $ 21 per hour.

He is entitled to vacation pay and extended health benefits after 90 days of his probationary period as a Bus Driver.

He will be transferred to Fort McMurray after the probationary period ends with much better employment condition and pay. He will be working for 14 days and get paid for 8 hours per day at the hourly rate of $30, and will be off for the following 14 days.

He is planning to give his wife and son a visit soon, in one of the neighboring countries of Eritrea.

He is very grateful for connecting with the Career Loans team and the service that he received. He said that I should be the first person to know that he achieved his career goal in Canada.


L.F. - Saskatchewan Client

I was stuck and don’t know what to do when I got my PR here in Canada. All I know was I need a change of career and I don’t know where to start. I sought Cheryl’s help and she immediately open my eyes for all the possibilities if you’re going out of your comfort zone. Cheryl’s encouragement and advice made a big impact for me in choosing a new career path. She’s Awesome!! I would recommend her for anybody who wants to make a career change. KUDOS Cheryl!


K.K. - Alberta Client

Kamal and his family settled in Canada in 2017 after the civil war broke out in Syria. He is a Civil and Geotechnical Engineer with 10 years of international experience. Since his arrival in Canada, he has been working on getting his international credential assessed so that he can apply for and go through his professional licensing process by APEGA. He also has been working on his English language proficiency to meet the requirements for his P. Eng designation.

He has already completed and received his Project Management Professional designation and his Red Seal certificate to be able to get a paid entry level position in Civil Engineering (required APEGA). In fact, he has been volunteering to get the required Canadian Experience, but was advised by APEGA that he needs to be working alongside a fully licensed engineer in a paid position in order to move his application along with APEGA.
When I got in touch with Kamal, his goal was to get a paid entry level engineering position in order to move his credential evaluation application along with APEGA.
After my initial meeting with Kamal, I referred him to a few local employment, networking and mentorship programs and our partner recruiter, which would allow for expanding his network and possibly get introduced/ or referred for employment opportunity.
I also referred him to our partnered Recruiters at My Relo Solutions for a possible job placement.
Through Krisztina Duggal advise, Kamal was able to use LinkedIn power to land on an entry level engineering job that not only is more stable than a survival job and is related to his career, it will support his application process with APEGA. He is closer to achieving his career goals which is getting his professional designation as a Licensed Engineer in Canada.


A.P. - Alberta Client

A.P. is an internationally trained and experienced Pharmacists with a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and 14 of experience in pharmaceutical education and research. Despite his educational level and years of experience, he was not successful in securing an entry level job as a pharmacy assistant or pharmacy clerk in Regina. Faced with downward social mobility after moving to Canada, he was forced to take an unskilled job as a maintenance worker with low pay to sustain his family. That part time unskilled job was not providing sufficient income for him to be able to pay for the supportive program and his exams.

At the time that we are faced with a global public health pandemic that needs higher degree of awareness, speed and diversity of solutions from professionals of all backgrounds; having an internationally trained and experienced Pharmacist work in an unskilled job will have a negative impact on Canada’s strength for developing an appropriate response to the health pandemic.

A.P. was encouraged by this community to pursue a Pharmacy Technician Diploma, only to realize that it is a lengthy path to get him an entry level job after his successful completion of the program. So, he decided to go directly for Pharmacist Licensing process by clearing PEBC qualifying exams thorough an online Pharmacy Exams Preparation Reference program. He required financing to pay for the program and study materials. He reached out to our experienced and resourceful Information and Financial Counsellor, Claudia Valenzuela, for career counselling and eventually was able to secure a loan through our microlending program to pay for these courses.


P.I. - Alberta Client

P.I. is an internationally trained and experienced video journalist with 10 years of experience. Prior to coming to Canada as a permanent resident, he was working for National News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reporting stories of social, political or judicial matter. He has settled down in Regina with his wife hoping to start a new life by getting employment as a Video Production Specialist and contributing to Canada’s economy.

Despite searching and applying for various positions related to video production, he was not successful in launching his career in Canada mainly because of lack of Canadian education and work experience. In order to sustain the family, he had to take on survival jobs and work as a Sales Clerk or Store Stockist with minimum wage. He continued to apply for positions at online Employment websites such as Saskjobs and Ineed.com hoping to get employment in an area that he had training and experience in from back home.

He came across a social media ad that introduced Career Loans program, he did respond to the ad. The same day he was contacted by Venus Shafiei, the Career Counsellor at Career Loans program. She was very encouraging and resourceful, shared all the detailed information about how the program works in a virtual session, and got him started on preparing the documents for the loan application. She was working closely with him to prepare a strong application, and following up with him until the end of the process that the loan was approved by the bank.

The approval of this loan is very beneficial for him, since he was able to enroll and pay for an online diploma program offered by Toronto Film School in Video Production that will allow him to compete with others in the labour market to land a job as a Video Journalist/ Production Specialist. He is a few steps closer to achieving his career goals in Canada with the support of of Career Loans program.

Throughout the process he felt supported by the Information and Career Counsellor, her advice was very informative and her facilitation of the process was smooth.


M.Z. - Saskatchewan Client

M.Z. is a 29-year-old female from Ecuador. She arrived in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada on August 28th, 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering from a public university in Ecuador.

She arrived alone as an international student to attend the 4-year; Master of Science program, minor in Geology at the University of Saskatchewan. While living in Canada, she shared that her only means of income was working several survival jobs at any given time while studying full time. After graduating in 2020, M.Z. shared barriers she faced in obtaining her ideal job as a Geoscientist-in-training. These were; 1. the lack of Canadian experience in her career or being a Canadian citizen, 2. no means of networking or connections within the different companies in the industry and of course, 3. The COVID-19 crisis – limited to no access to connect.

Subsequently, even with these barriers, and working over 40 hours per week as a Banquet Server, M.Z. continues searching for the ideal job that she was trained to do here in Canada.
She connected with Career Loans at the beginning of March 2021. In her one-on-one Career Counselling session, she stated; “I found real motivation, you were the kick I needed in the perfect moment. - you help me to understand that I have worked hard to get my degrees and that I deserve a good job, a job that fits what I want.”

On March 25th, M.Z. was invited for an interview with a mineral exploration company called Transition Metals Corp. A company based in Sudbury, Ontario. The career counsellor was able to coach and guide her through the interview process. On April 8th, 2021, M.Z. shared that she was offered the position of Field Geologist. She is confirmed to start employment on May 10th,2021. Congratulation M.Z.!


K.K. - Alberta Client

K.K is an internationally trained and experienced physician with five years experience practicing in various health care setting and holds a Master’s degree in Public and Global Health from Queen Marry University of London. She has started researching the licensing process for internationally Medical Doctors in Canada prior to her landing and reunion with her husband in Alberta. Upon arrival she connected to her diaspora community for support and in-depth career mapping.

She understood that the process of becoming a licensed physician in Canada is very time-consuming and expensive, she needed to sustain herself while saving to pay for the qualifying exams. She decided to take an entry-level job as a Physician Assistant in order to save money to pay for the exams and have some hands-on experience in how the medical system in Canada works.

With the global health pandemic unfolding, she lost her job due to Covid-19 risks in the medical office, and things did not go according to her initial plans. She was referred to the Career Loans program by her community. Through the guidance and ongoing support of Career loans’ Information and Financial Counsellor, Venus Shafiei, she was able to map her career and apply for funding assistance to pay for a certification program that will bring her closer to her goal of eventually becoming a licensed Dermatologist in Canada.


C.N. - Saskatchewan Client

C.N arrived Canada late March 2021 and began job hunting in April, 2021. After working with our Career Counsellor Cheryl Murray, C.N. was able to find a fantastic government career with the Canada Revenue agency.

I arrived Canada late March 2021 and began job hunting in April, 2021. It was a period of writing resumes and cover letters endlessly without any meaningful feedback. I was becoming discouraged and frustrated until Cheryl Murray from Career Loans reached out to me in May 2021. Firstly, she encouraged me and equipped me with very useful tips for job search.

She enlightened me on recruiting companies and reliable websites to find genuine vacancies. One thing that stuck with me was when she advised that I shouldn’t limit myself just because I was new in Canada. She encouraged me to apply to NGOS and government agencies. Thankfully I applied and got a job with the Canada Revenue Agency this July. I’m so grateful to career loans for this initiative and to Cheryl for being so genuinely interested in my success.

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