Subject: Upcoming Career Events and Programs

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Upcoming Career Events and Programs for Newcomers

Looking for free workshops and programs to help you find employment? Take a look at what's happening in the next two weeks at ISSofBC!

*For more info on all these events & more, visit the ISSofBC Events Calendar*
Employment Programs

Global Talent Loans Program Online Info Session (Vancouver)
Break the barriers of credential recognition. If you’re an internationally trained professional seeking to find work in Canada, you may need to complete the foreign credential recognition process. Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) is the process of verifying an individual’s foreign credentials to ensure they meet the standards established in Canada. You may also need to adjust your career goals to meet the new needs of the market and your own in a related or unrelated career. This requires additional training and employment support to establish in the new career.
Join us for an online information session for the Global Talent Loans Program and find out how we can help.
To register for an info session, click HERE or call 778-372-6609 or email Next info session is happening on Thursday, Nov 21 from 2 pm - 3 pm.

Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Info Session - Are you a Newcomer who lives in Vancouver City trying to return to your pre-arrival occupation in Canada? Join us to learn how Career Paths can help internationally trained newcomers – Permanent Residents or Refugees – go back to work in their field of expertise in Vancouver (must have 1-3 years pre-arrival experience in the field).
This job search program can assist with local labour market information; career planning; funding for credential evaluations, courses & licensing fees, resume feedback, interview coaching, mentoring and much more.
Location: Info sessions are delivered at the Terminal location in room 610 every Tuesday.
Registration: Upcoming Info Sessions on Nov 19 and Nov 26 from 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Registration is required. Please click HERE to register online or call 604-590-4021 or email

If you are a professional immigrant in Construction, Engineering and IT that lives in BC (includes non-residents of the City of Vancouver), there are weekly online info sessions available. Weekly online info sessions happen every Wednesday from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. To register, please click HERE.

TFW Online Learning Project - Are you working in Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program, i.e. caregivers, construction/hospitality and service jobs? Do you feel that there are times when it is hard for you to communicate and convey your concerns? From August 2019 to March 2020, TFW Online Learning Project is coming your way to help you enhance your communication skills and be empowered! Using your smart phones or computers, you can access workshops at the comfort of your home or anywhere you maybe. In addition, you will receive an individualized feedback and interactive discussion with a Case Manager. If needed, referrals to resources and employment services are also available. 
The following workshops are for Temporary Foreign Workers and Caregivers who have:
  • Commitment to engage in an individualized online learning plan
  • Adequate English language skills (preferably CLB 6) to participate actively in the program
  • Access to a computer device and internet
For more information or to register, please call 604-684-3599 or email or click HERE.

TFW Online Learning Project: Canadian Workplace Culture - Workplaces are made up of employees from a variety of cultures with different values. This module will teach you how to be culturally aware in the workplace and at the same time learn what Canadian workplace culture is. The course runs from August 2019 to March 2020 and is offered weekly at no cost to participants.
Upcoming sessions: Nov 21 and Nov 28
To register, please click HERE, or call 604-684-3599 ext. 1272 or email

TFW Online Learning Project: Handling Conflict
- Conflict happens. It is inevitable and can be intimidating or overwhelming. If you are like most of us, you try hard to avoid it. When it happens, most of us are not comfortable dealing with it. This module will help you understand and learn negotiation skills in resolving conflicts. The course runs from August 2019 to March 2020 and is offered weekly at no cost to participants.
Upcoming sessions: Nov 15 and Nov 22
To register, please click HERE, or call 604-684-3599 ext. 1272 or email

TFW Online Learning Project: Assertive Communication - Say what you want clearly but diplomatically. That’s the main skill behind Assertive Communication at Work (Canadian style.) This may be a new personal skill for many workers who come from cultures where being humble and deferential is expected as part of their daily work. This module will talk about why building assertiveness skills is essential for working in Canada. The course runs from August 2019 to March 2020 and is offered weekly at no cost to participants.
Upcoming sessions: Nov 18 and Nov 25
To register, please click HERE or call 604-684-3599 ext. 1272 or email

TFW Online Learning Project: Clear Communication - The ability to communicate clearly is an essential skill in today’s world, both at home and at work. Effective communication involves conveying your thoughts and feelings as clearly as possible. In this module, you will learn tips on improving your communication skills for better relationships, and to avoid hurtful misunderstanding and confusion. The course runs from August 2019 to March 2020 and is offered weekly at no cost to participants.
Upcoming sessions: Nov 19 and Nov 26
To register, please click HERE or call 604-684-3599 ext. 1272 or email:

TFW Online Learning Project: Stress Management - Every person responds to stress differently. A response depends on how we perceive the stress event. Negative stress can seriously affect one’s sense of self worth and can sometimes cause physical and mental illness. This module will help you examine some of the stresses in your life and be aware of how you respond both physically and emotionally, and learn some strategies that will help you cope with stress.The course runs from August 2019 to March 2020 and is offered weekly at no cost to participants.
Upcoming sessions: Nov 20 and Nov 27
To register, please click HERE or call 604-684-3599 ext. 1272 or email

Advanced Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) in the Workplace for IT Professionals - Are you an internationally-trained IT professional with experience such as Database Analyst, Computer Programmer or Computer Network Technician looking to move up in your career? Are you feeling like your communications skills are holding you back? ALES@WORK may be the program for you. Our 10-week soft skills training program will bring you to the next level.
You will:
  • be trained in oral and written communication and critical thinking skills
  • be linked to employers, mentorships and other ISSofBC services
The next cohort runs from January 16 to April 2, 2020, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 pm. Register HERE for our upcoming info sessions. Next info session is on Tuesday December 10 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm For more information. please contact us at, 604-684-2504 or visit our website HERE.

Spark - Are you wondering if self-employment is right for you? Are you interested in being self-employed but aren't sure what kind of business to get into? SPARK is a no-cost part-time program to help you discover if self-employment is right for you and to develop business ideas if you are fit for self-employment. We can help you research and refine ideas before entering a full self-employment training program. Our Spark program offers a 9-week self-exploration program to help you take your first steps. Click HERE to find out if you're eligible and how to join the program.

Employment Event

Career Talk and Networking Event for IT Professionals - Meet and Greet with Employers in the IT Industry. Virtual session available upon request. Info sessions will be provided by Career Paths, ALES & Glbal Talent Loans.
Speaker: Pilar Portela, CEO at i4C Innovation Centre/Astra Systems
Join us on Wednesday November 20 at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. To register, please click HERE or contact us at

Career Talk in Construction and Engineering - Are you interested in a career in construction and engineering? Meet and Greet with Employers in the Construction and Manufacturing industries at this event. Info sessions for Career Paths and Global Talent Loans will be provided. Join us on Monday November 25 from 6 pm - 8 pm at Surrey City Centre Library in room 120. To register online, please click HERE or contact

Technology Together: Professional Networking in the Tech Sector -We’re excited to invite you to our Nov. 27, 2019 conference. This no-cost one-day conference will take place in cooperation with the Vancouver Public Library in their Central Branch meeting rooms (first floor) at 350 West Georgia in downtown Vancouver. This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers who are experienced in or interested in Tech to:
  • hear from employers like Perfect Mind, Thinkific and SAP
  • learn cutting-edge networking techniques
  • discover innovative ways to invest in yourself and build your career potential.
Special workshops and panels for youth (18-29) are provided as part of this dynamic event. Opportunities to participate in our Talent Den activity are also available with info on our landing page HERE. Hurry as deadline to apply is Nov. 17! To register, please click HERE
Registration: November 27 from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: VPL Central Branch – Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye Rooms

Getting Prepared for the BMO Job Fair - An event by women... for women. If you are coming to the November 27 BMO job fair for the Mandarin-Speaking Customer Service Representative position, you should attend this workshop to help you successfully prepare for the job fair and speed interview. Join us on Thursday November 21 from 1 pm - 4 pm at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre. To register, please contact Lisa Kolbuc at 604-684-3599 ext. 1279 or

BMO Hiring Fair - Job fair open to the public. Plus, door prizes!The industry experts will discuss:
  • Introduction about Bank of Montreal
  • Learn about the Customer Service Representative Role
  • Different positions in banking
Positions open: Mandarin speaking customer service representative (Bilingual: English and Mandarin) at South Surrey/White Rock, Central Surrey (Guildford Area), Langley, New Wetminster, Burnaby and Coquitlam
Information session starts at 1 pm and will be followed by an interview. Bring copies of your resume and be prepared to talk with employers. 
Join us on Wednesday November 27 from 1 pm - 3:30 pm at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre. To register, please click HERE.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: What It Is and What to Do About ItAn orientation for Spanish speaking LGBTQ+ clients
Join this orientation workshop to:
  • Understand what is sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Learn what to do when faced with harassment or experienced unwanted attention of a sexual nature in the workplace
  • Determine the legal options in filing a complaint
We welcome refugee claimants, convention refugees, permanent residents, international students, temporary foreign workers, migrant workers, caregivers and naturalized citizens
Come join us on Thursday November 28 from 1 pm - 4 pm at ISSofBC Vancouver Welcome Centre. Please register by contacting Janet Salvador at 604-684-3599 or at

Immigrant Services Society of BC, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4L2, Canada
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