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Alternative Careers Presentation Metrop olis March 13 th , 2014 Presenter: Magdalene Cooman-Maxwell Director of Employer Engagement World Skills. Objective.
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Alternative Careers Presentation Metropolis March 13th, 2014 Presenter: Magdalene Cooman-Maxwell Director of Employer Engagement World Skills
Objective To share strategies, stories, experiences which support internationally trained individuals and employers to navigate through alternative career opportunities
The bridge to transitioning successfully to Alternative Careers • Names of Alternative Careers • (entry level, mid-management, sector specific, entrepreneurship, technical) • Understanding the role of licensure • Recruitment, identification of skill gaps, onboarding, promotion, training, retention • Differentiation between needs and wants • Values; personal and company growth; Cultural adaptability; long term vision • Top 10 transferrable skills • Mentorship • Internship • Professional links • Tools and Resources (assessments, continuous learning) Internationally Trained Individuals Employers
Stories of ITI’s in Alternative Careers • Job Titles • Incorporated consultant • Alternative job titles he has held since coming to Canada: • Project Scheduler • Accounting Assistant • Project Coordinator • Project Office Specialist • His strategies • Engaging people • Volunteered with a non for profit to refurbish computers • Secured an internship with Career Bridge • Support from World Skills and OCISO for job search preparation • Tips for Newcomers: • Access FREE online courses • Get training in using SharePoint, Microsoft Project • Utilize social networks • Research and pick 2 – 3 fields you can work in • Refine writing skills FuburaOkujagu MBA, with an Accounting specialization
Stories of ITI’s in Alternative Careers Greatest “AHA” moment “I believe it was when I discovered that networking actually can lead to employment. I was volunteering at a non-profit and when their annual general meeting came along, the president of the non-profit introduced me to one of his board members who invited me to her office the next day to meet with her colleague. Her colleague hired me on the spot and I was able to breathe again.” FuburaOkujagu MBA, with an Accounting specialization
Stories of ITI’s in Alternative Careers • I contacted people through LinkedIn who had my same experience and my same language. It was a good idea because they understood my situation and what was the help I needed. Another idea is trying to find someone with your same profession and language into the companies. I got many good resources from this way. • The best idea was to show the potential employer my technical skills so that they knew what I was talking about. Before any interview, I searched the company and I prepared a glossary of possible works to use or some projects developed for the company. This experience put me forward to the skills and networking that I needed to develop my career in Canada • I found out I can work as a Daft Person, Project Coordinator, Architectural Technician, Project Manager, Drafter, BIM drawing, 3d drawing technician, CAD technician. • I am currently a Rebar Detailer (project coordinator). David Avella Architect Master’s Degree in Heritage Conservation Building
Stories of Employer Engagement Activities TD Canada and World Skills Mentorship Program • Vision • Champion • Plan • Strategy • Willingness • Investment of money, time and human resources
Stories of Employer Engagement Activities Alternative Career Event HIO, FCRO and World Skills Samples of booklets developed to help ITI’s and Employers navigate through various alternative career options