Looking for an Alternative Career? ICT May Offer the Solution


Expect to see a lot more job postings in the field of Information and Communications Technology.

That’s the word from a national non-profit organization that reviews trends in the sector. The ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council) is working on initiatives to link more internationally-trained professionals to jobs in the industry. The organization says there will be 182,000 positions in ICT that open by 2019 and not enough skilled people to fill them.

Almost 21,000 of those positions are in British Columbia.

Meanwhile, consider preparing for the job fair or for an alternative career in ICT by joining our ISSofBC IMPACT webinar. IMPACT (Immigrant Pathways to Alternative Careers in Technology) has been investigating and sharing pathways of newcomers who have left jobs in regulated occupations (like doctors or engineers) and moved into unregulated positions, either for the short or long term.

You can register for and join our webinar scheduled March 17 at 7:00 a.m. PST. Our guests include Manny Masongsong, the CEO and President of Basilica Software, which has offices both in B.C. and in the Philippines. Coach Rod’s Rodrigo Porto will also be joining us to share his insights on project coordination as an alternative career path for technical newcomers.

To register and watch, click this link:


This link also gets you to two other webinars on Alternative Careers: one on Engineering and one on Life/Environmental Sciences. You’ll hear about the alternative career paths that other newcomers have taken, as well as resources to help you find work that uses your skills and knowledge.

The webinar is interactive. If you have a question to ask one of our guests, email it to We look forward to hearing from you either before or during the discussion.

Also, if you can’t attend the 7 a.m. broadcast, you can always watch it later. The webinar will be recorded and available on the website link above.

The first step in any alternative career path is getting fresh ideas.

Gwen PawlikowskiAbout the Author:
Gwen Pawlikowski is a freelance writer and entrepreneur who has also worked as an ISSofBC employment counsellor with newcomers. She lives in New Westminster and loves the diversity of the Lower Mainland. Please click here for information on ISSofBC’s career services.


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