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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 technical or hard skills, you can apply your soft skills broadly.

If you plan to have a private practice, you need to have good business administration skills, such as hiring staff and record-keeping and have significant knowledge of medico-legal issues and risk management.

Midwifery is relatively a new profession in Canada, and you must be willing to educate the public about it and deal with the challenges of integrating a new profession into the health care system.

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

As we mentioned earlier, 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.

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) 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.

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 more 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.

Canadian universities offer midwifery programs; each program administers exams recognized by their respective provincial regulatory bodies.

  • Laurentian University
    935 Ramsey Lake Road,
    Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
    Tel: (705) 675-4822
    * This program is offered in both English and French.
  • McMaster University
    Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery
    (MDCL) Third Fl.,
    3103-1200 Main Street West
    Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5
    Tel: 905-525-9140, Ext. 26654
    * This program is offered in English only
  • Ryerson University
    350 Victoria Street,
    Toronto, ON. M5B 2L4
    Tel: (416) 979-5104 or (416) 979-5271
    * This program offers part-time studies in English only.

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 for newcomers. You may be eligible for one.

There are two bridging programs that are offered in Canada:

Internationally Educated Midwives Program – University of British Columbia
The internationally educated midwives program at UBC will accept eight first-year students per year starting in January 2016. Applicants will be individually assessed, and the program will be tailored for each student, recognizing midwifery qualifications and experience gained abroad. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination in order to apply for licensure by the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) – Ryerson University
The International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) is a 9-month part-time bridging program for qualified midwives educated outside of Canada and who wish to practice in Ontario. The program is intended for experienced international midwives, fluent in English, who have practiced midwifery within the past five years. It is not a re-education or re-training program.