Nimita is a BTech graduate with extensive IT experience. She came to Canada on September 2021 with her family. “Traveling during a pandemic with our 4 year-old daughter was not easy. We had to go through strict COVID tests”.
They left their home many thousand miles away in India, and landed in Toronto in the middle of lockdowns and restrictions. “Being a newcomer and having to stay away from people due to COVID was very hard. Getting acclimated to the newfound weather and environment was altogether a struggle at the beginning, and it became worse once I started searching for jobs”.
The job search proved to be the most difficult part of their settlement process. She was trying to find a suitable job in her field and getting barely any responses.
Nimita came to know about CultureLink’s Cybersecurity Training Program through a Linkedin post. “I immediately registered after going through the course details”. She attended the information session and decided to enroll. The first thing on her to-do list was to complete the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) test to fulfill the eligibility criteria. “The 8-week training program that started on December 6, 2021 gave me a sense of hope and optimism. It gave me direction to bring about a positive change to achieve my goals”. Learning about her new country, its various cultures and specially its job market helped light a new path in her career, which was lacking until then.
The first part of the training was about building a well-structured and professional resume. She learnt how to best portray her skills and abilities and was able to update her resume and Linkedin profile to Canadian standards. The result? It took almost no time to get shortlisted for the jobs she wanted. “I was called for an interview soon after and got a job offer in a renowned financial institute”. She started working the first week of January 2022, which didn’t get in the way of her completing the program.
She was able to attend all the remaining evening classes and found the training helpful in more than one way. “Though I have around five years of experience in Identity & Access Management, which is an integral part of Cybersecurity, the foundation course gave me exposure to other aspects of Cybersecurity and helped to identify myself with new interests in this field. It is also a great opportunity to talk to people of similar interests, attend group discussions and share views/opinions; a wonderful medium to network and collaborate. The major highlight of the program is that we got training from senior professionals/experts in this field who are always ready to help and support us whenever needed.”
Moving to a new country is never easy, but with a little help things start happening sooner rather than later. For Nimita, this help came in the shape of a training program, which led to her and her family feeling more at home in their new home. “Thank you CultureLink for your immense support and encouragement, which is helping me in great ways to adapt to new ways of living here in Canada.”