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What are Alternatives Jobs?

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: February 7, 2020 Category: Blog

An aspiring doctor doesn’t have the time to pursue medical school. A trades student is concerned about how she can pay the tuition fees. A Brazilian Professional Engineer needs to register with the provincial regulatory bodies. While there are many barriers which may prevent people from pursuing their desired careers, prospective workers should not be discouraged. Join the Career Loans blog throughout February as we discuss alternative jobs and how your skills and abilities can be used in many different jobs.

Internationally Trained Individuals (ITIs) who are new to Canada may face difficulties when trying to return to their desired careers. However, it is not always feasible for these professionals to jump right back into their career fields. Often times, a lack of foreign credential recognition prevents these doctors, electricians, or engineers from working in their trained fields. This is where alternative jobs can prove useful.

What are Alternative Jobs?

Alternative jobs are positions which may be in the same or similar field of your desired job. In Canada, many regulated jobs require the appropriate licensing. Unfortunately, receiving the desired licensing can take a long time. An ITI who doesn't have the time or funds to pursue licensing in their regulated field can explore other regulated jobs or non-regulated jobs. This way, the ITI can gain Canadian work experience while putting their skills and expertise to good use. If you are concerned about the licensing process for your desired career, an alternative job may be beneficial for you. 

For instance, an internationally trained accountant may need Canadian designation (CMA, CPA, CGA) to work in Canada. Getting these designations require the accountant to go back to school, this may be difficult because of the expensive training fees. As an alternative, the accountant can explore alternative jobs which use transferable skills from accounting. For example, accountant clerks, bank clerks, or bookkeepers are alternative jobs which are related to accounting. Working in these non-regulated jobs will provide the accountant with work experience and a great entry point into the Canadian workplace.

The foreign credential recognition process may be lengthy and expensive. On the other hand, alternative jobs provide a wide variety of options for ITIs who want to return to their career fields. Determining alternative jobs allows individuals with the proper skills to contribute to the Canadian workplace in a meaningful manner.

Check back on the Career Loans blog throughout February as we will be exploring alternative jobs in various sectors.

About Career Loans

Career Loans is a Foreign Credentials Recognition program funded by the Government of Canada (ESDC). Our purpose is to help ITIs in Alberta and Saskatchewan return to their career fields or a related career. Career Loans services include free one-on-one career support counselling and a micro loan of up to $15,000 to help with the foreign credential recognition process. Our professional counsellors are waiting, so apply now on

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