Here in British Columbia, we are quite comfortable in multicultural workforces where difference is accepted, celebrated and ideally put to work in an aligned career or occupation. ISSofBC’s IMPACT (Immigrant Pathways to Alternative Careers in Technology) aims to contribute to this.
The wealth of skills and knowledge newcomers bring is impressive and we’re excited to help get internationally-trained newcomers integrated into the B.C. technology labour market.
In order to continue supporting the hiring of newcomers into B.C. organizations, IMPACT Selection Tools for employers were created.
These 11 tools are helpful in preparing newcomers and their interviewers for an evaluation process that results in either hiring or a suggestion about an alternative position or career.
The tools were originally designed to help internationally-trained professionals move from regulated careers in their home countries to unregulated jobs here, if re-licencing was not an option they either wanted or were able to pursue. However, the principles of the tools can apply to anyone who is looking to use skills in a different, but aligned field or occupation.
Our tools are on the IMPACT page here.
We also have some support to help employers select the tool(s) that best fits their interests and needs. Click the video above for an interview with Eva Schausberger, one of the resource authors, to learn more about how the tools help employers to evaluate and hire newcomer professionals, or to assist them by pointing to alternative careers.
If you have questions after watching the video, please make a comment or email Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 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.