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Man pointing at skills signCanadian employers put a high emphasis on soft skills, which are personal attributes that enhance your interactions, job performance, and career prospects. Unlike your hard skills, you can apply your soft skills broadly.

As a medical laboratory technologist, you are expected to have expert knowledge in your field, know how to use documents, and have good hand-to-eye coordination. Soft skills, such as critical thinking, excellent oral communication, problem-solving, working with others, good memory, and the ability to pay close attention to detail are important for medical laboratory technologists.

If your hard skills will get you an interview, most probably it is your soft skills that will get you the job and enable you to keep it afterward.

Though not a must, upgrading your education and skills through a bridging program or other education may be an important part of your journey to becoming a successful architect in Canada.

 

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Skills upgrading

You may have strong technical skills, but often that is not enough to get a job or maintain it afterward. You may need more training or skills upgrading, especially with regards to your communication skills and team dynamics.

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 intend to 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, as it may offer you better employment opportunities.

Education

Many immigrants take further education after coming to Canada. Some even want to change careers or enhance their careers with a Ph.D. or MBA.

Click here for links to Canadian Universities and Colleges.

Bridging programs

Bridging programs are a good way to transition from your international experience and training to the Canadian workplace. Many colleges, universities and immigrant-serving agencies offer bridging programs or workshops. You may be eligible for one. Do some research to find a program that’s suitable for you.

Ontario:

Mohawk College
Bridging Program for Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma
This program is intended for internationally educated Medical Laboratory Technologists who wish to work in this role in Ontario. It is 9 months in length, divided into 3 semesters, and consists of theory and laboratory sessions at the College, along with clinical placement. The program also includes sector-specific language courses and preparation for the CSMLS competency-based exam.

The Michener Institute
The Michener Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (Medical Laboratory Science)
This program is an intensive and comprehensive, 16-week course, in which participants will gain valuable simulated laboratory experience, intensive theory review, and thorough preparation to write the CSMLS certification exam. The simulated laboratory courses will assist them in obtaining Canadian work experience. This comprehensive course also fulfills all comprehensive refresher course requirements from your Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).