For many Internationally Trained Individuals (ITIs) in Canada, continuing a career in their trained field is an ideal situation. This is true for many professionals; whether in healthcare, finance, or the trades. While professional newcomers have the skills to make a positive impact on the Canadian workforce, the reality is that some Canadian employers may not recognize foreign credentials and experience. Therefore, in order to return to their career, ITIs need to get their foreign credentials recognized through credential assessment services or pursue further training in Canada.
In this blog, Career Loans will discuss three things any internationally trained professional should consider before they return to their career.
Maintaining the proper self-care and believing in yourself will make the transition back to your original career a lot easier. Getting your foreign credentials recognized may be a long and expensive process; however the reward will be well worth the effort. Some ITIs may even need to enroll in an educational institution and upgrade their skills in order to return to their career.
Self-care refers to taking proper care of both your health and finances. A person with poor health may not be able to completely focus on training or class work. On the other hand, having finances in place will allow you to study without worry of financial burdens. Consider your personal situation and realities. Ask yourself if you will be able to dedicate yourself to the foreign credential recognition process - you are the only one who can make the decision.
It’s understandable that ITIs would want to rush back into their trained careers. At the same time, self-care is an important factor to consider. Feeling 100 per cent ready will make the foreign credential recognition process a lot smoother. If you need time to recover because your health is poor; considering focusing on getting healthy first. If your finances are an issue, consider working temporary or survival jobs to build up savings. Other realities such as taking care of dependents or raising children may also come into consideration.
Set Steps and Goals
Returning to your career is a process which involves a lot of planning. It is recommended that ITIs create a career action plan to help navigate the process of returning to work. A career action plan is a series of short- and long-term goals. Setting goals provides you with tangible stepping stones which can help guide you along the right path. Career Loans has previously published a blog about the benefits of goal setting and how you can set SMART goals. Read this blog post by clicking here.
Help is available for professional newcomers who are trying to continue their career. Newcomers in Alberta and Saskatchewan are eligible for the free services provided by Career Loans. Career Loans is a virtual service which provides free career and financial counselling to ITIs. The expert counsellors at Career Loans will work with you to develop realistic goals so that you can return to your career. Clients of Career Loans may also be eligible for a microloan of up to $15,000 to help pay for costs associated with the foreign credential recognition process. Newcomers in Canada are not alone - counsellors are ready and waiting to hear from you.
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