Dhaval completed his Bachelor of Architecture in India. He came to Canada with extensive experience in Architecture and is a licensed architect through the Council of Architecture India, chartered architect through Royal Institute of British Architects, and LEED Green associate through US Green Building Council. He was seeking architectural work, but found he needed a license for this field.
Dhaval joined the Career Paths program to gain assistance in understanding licensing requirements and navigating the certification process with CACB and AIBC. Career Paths helped Dhaval with funding for some of these certificates.
Dhaval was eager to learn about cultural values, networking rules and workplace etiquette. With the help of his career counsellor, he was able to identify his strongest transferrable skills, improve his networking skills, practice a series of mock interview and use social media for job search, resume writing and interview skills. His hard work and following through with his action plan paid off, as he is now employed as Job Captain for A&W! He continues to work through the requirements needed to get certified as an architect in Canada.
“All my one-on-one interactions with Michaela (Career Paths Career Counsellor), regarding interview techniques & tips, regarding my resume review and updates and all my discussions right from the first meeting that I had with my employer till the negotiations, were very, very helpful. I would have surely stumbled multiple times had I not received her honest and productive feedback, which I took very positively and tried to improve upon my skills to perform better and grab the opportunity. Overall, she was an amazing support and someone to rely upon whenever in doubt. I had that level of comfort to call her for any small thing, which might look silly and people might judge you if you asked it to someone, but Michaela was always open to any questions and took it all with most sincerity even in the worst of her personal time. I think she was the most helpful part of the entire process. I am happy to have known someone like her.” – Dhaval