Canadian employers look for friendly and assertive professionals with strong communication skills. They also look for people who will fit into their workplace culture and will become leaders over time. In the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) field, they expect employees to develop a good understanding of the business and not just focus on the technical aspects of the job. They encourage employees to upgrade their existing skills or acquire new ones.
Some companies even provide financial support to employees for professional development. Because required skills and technologies in the ICT industries change rapidly, you need to upgrade your skills regularly to stay relevant and competitive in your field.
Colleges and universities offer continuing education courses in many ICT related areas. They are a good way to upgrade your skills, since they are offered during or after business hours and don’t cost much.
To get employed in Canada, you may need training or skills upgrading, especially in regards to your soft skills. Having strong skills in one or both of Canada’s official languages – English or French –is extremely important for your future in Canada. Whether you choose to focus on learning or improving English or French will depend on which of the two languages most people speak in the area where you live.
You may be eligible for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. Otherwise, you can find other free or affordable classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) classes through the school boards or settlement agencies. There are even language courses to teach you professional terminology, such as Job-specific language training and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT) in Ontario. And, if you already speak one of Canada’s two official languages at a high level, learning the other one is a good option, and may offer you better employment options.
Many immigrants further their education after coming to Canada. Some even want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D or MBA.
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Bridging programs are a good way to transition your international experience to the Canadian workplace. Many colleges, universities and immigrant-serving agencies offer I.T. related bridging programs. You may be eligible for one. Do some research to find a suitable program for you.
University of Winnipeg – English for Specific Purposes
The program combines language and workplace culture training, and a bridge-to-work component for participants to improve their language skill set and education. The goal is to help participants obtain employment within IT that matches their skills, knowledge, and experience.
An additional component of the program is the WorkIT program offered by ICTAM (Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba). Participants will complete all six modules and attend workshops throughout the bridging program.
GO Talent connects employers with Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) with an IT background who are still in their country of origin and are in the process of coming to Canada as permanent residents.
York University – Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs)
This program works with small and large local businesses, not-for-profits, professional associations and accreditation bodies to help IEPs transition into a position that matches their education, credentials and experience.
ACCES Employment – Information Technology Connections
This program provides internationally trained information technology professionals with occupation-specific communications training and mentoring opportunities.
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Humber College Bridging Program .NET Developer
This is a tremendously successful program with 98% of graduates securing jobs in their field within six months of graduating. It is a 24-week bridging program for internationally trained computer programmers. This program is designed to provide participants with the advanced concepts, skills and knowledge required to work as .NET Solution Developers.
Humber College – IT Infrastructure Bridging Program
This bridging program is for internationally trained immigrants with education and experience in information technology, computer science or engineering (computer, electronics or electrical). Over 15 weeks, you will learn advanced concepts and gain skills in computer networking, information security, installation and configuration of servers in a virtual environment with an emphasis on operating systems. Graduates from this program are now working as Systems Analysts, IT/Network Administrators, Network Analysts, and more.
Humber College – Occupation-Specific Language Training – Technology
This FREE occupation-specific language training course in technology provides immigrants with the workplace culture and language skills to communicate effectively on the job. OSLT Technology is an intensive program for immigrant professionals who have training and/or experience as Engineers, IT Specialists, or Architects from outside Canada. This program provides you with the technical work-related training which you require to enter, and be successful, in your profession in Canada. All Humber OSLT graduates earn a certificate.
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Navigating the Canadian IT Workplace
This program is for internationally educated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals in the Ottawa area. It offers a technical training and full-time professional work placements in the ICT sector that will expose participants to employment in the ICT sector in the Ottawa area.
Bredin Centre for Learning
Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals
A no cost program that helps internationally trained professionals understand and successfully move through the licensure and credential process in Canada. Those who are not part of a regulated profession will be provided with up-to-date information of thei profession. Bredin staff will support IEPs through the process and assist them with finding employment that is directly related to their education.