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Teachers and Instructors Information Session Recap

June 14th | Career Paths Surrey held an information session, attended by 29 teachers and instructors and two guest speakers.

Our first speaker was Shawn from the Teacher’s Regulation BranchHe has more than 14 years’ experience in the area of teacher regulation, certification and credential assessmentHis experience enabled him to provide in-depth answers to the questions from our clients who wish to teach in Canada.

Our second speaker was VirenderShe is an internationally trained teacher, who taught in Delhi and became a Special Education Assistant when she moved to BCShe shared details of her daily work life, the joys and challenges of her role and thoughts on the direction of her future career. Her journey and motivation was an inspiration to many who listened to her.

We also had a bonus asset in the form of Career Paths client Rajdeep! She is internationally-trained and working as an Elementary School TeacherShe introduced herself and stayed after the event to make herself available as a resource for other instructors seeking to teach at university or college level. After the event, there was a line-up of instructors waiting to talk to her!

A special thank you to Rajdeep, our speakers Shawn and Virender and everyone else who came to listen to their talks!

We are always looking to provide our clients with the most productive events possible, so tell us what you would find interesting! Send us helpful suggestions and thoughts that can inspire our next set of events to the Career Paths team at

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August 23rd – Join us for the hottest event of the summer!

Celebrate the sunny season with the Career Paths community; clients, family & friends, staff, local business representatives and agencies.


At this fun, casual event, you’ll be able to:

– Hear Career Paths clients share the secrets of their success

– Sip on an ice cold drinks to beat the heat

– Enjoy finger food and ice cream

– Get involved with family-friendly party games and networking activities

BONUS: Wear your brightest summer clothes to win a prize!


WHEN: Thursday, August 23rd | 04:00pm-06:00pm

WHERE: Career Paths Surrey, 110-7525 King George Boulevard



*By registering for this event we can ensure we have enough treats for everyone!


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Referral Competition

Do you know an immigrant who is looking for work? 



Refer a friend, family member or someone you know that is new to Canada and one of you could win $100 gift certificate!


To win you and your friend/family member just need to complete the Contest Referral FormBoth people will be entered to win, but the more referrals YOU make, the more chances YOU have to win.


Get your entries in for a chance to win!  


Please refer to the Competition Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry.


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June 16th – Connecting The Dots: Accessing Resources (Richmond)



The CORe Collaboration Table, originally started by Richmond’s Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), is excited to present its 5th Connecting the Dots event. This year’s theme is Accessing Affordable Richmond Resources.

“Connecting the Dots is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the many social services in Richmond.  We have an exciting lineup of speakers and events, all of which are free to attend,” says Lonnie Belfer, chair of the CORe Collaboration Table.

Connecting the Dots: Accessing Affordable Richmond Resources will be held on Saturday, June 16th 2018 from 11am to 3pm at the Brighouse Branch of the Richmond Public Library and Minoru Cultural Centre.  There will be workshops on a variety of topics including financial services, literacy, and employment support; free activities including yoga, face painting, and gardening seminars; and information tables hosted by Richmond’s social services.  It is free to attend.

Continues Mr. Belfer: “We are very excited for the biggest Connecting the Dots event yet.  We hope that people in need of Richmond’s many resources will join us!”

Connecting the Dots is an annual event put on by the CORe Collaboration Table, a multi-agency effort to improve social services in Richmond.



For more information about Connecting the Dots: Affordable Richmond Resources, please contact:

Lonnie Belfer

Chair, CORe Collaboration Table

Phone: 604-374-0639


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Omar’s Story

Meet Omar.


Omar’s story is complex and unusual, but it has aspects that are relatable to so many job seekers in Canada.

While working as a Health and Safety Officer on construction sites in Colombia he discovered some suspicious activities that made him fear for his life. He left Columbia and decided to enter Canada. He is now a refugee claimant hoping he will be allowed to stay as a permanent resident.


“The program has been very helpful in understanding my needs in pursuing my career goals and finding ways to approach that. Thank you so much BiM, thank you Career Paths and most of all thank my career counsellor!” – Omar

In order to survive, Omar quickly found work at a warehouse, but got injured and had to stop working. He approached a WorkBC center for help with his job search and from his Case Manager learned about Career Paths. He found that our program was the most suitable to his job search needs and joined the program.

Following a review with his employer, Omar has been promoted from a Safety Administration Assistant to a Project Manager. Moreover, with continued support and partial funding from Career Paths, Omar is also working towards completing a number of qualifications that will allow him to re-enter his original profession!


If, like Omar, you are an immigrant in Canada and need help attaining work in the profession you are trained, educated or experienced in, then you can contact our team to see how they can help you.

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June 14th | Teachers Information Session (Newton)


View the Teacher Regulation and Certification Process Presentation



Join us in Surrey for a special information session from the Teacher’s Regulation Branch.

Shawn McMullin | Director of Professional Excellence & Outreach, Teacher Regulation Branch

Shawn will be discussing the teaching certification process and participating in a Q&A period. Please bring your inquiries, take time to network and share information with the other teachers/instructors.

Virender Hunjan | Special Education Assistant, Surrey School District

After the Q&A, we will welcome Virender, an internationally trained teacher, who will speak about employment experiences in Canada.




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5 Tips for Perfecting an Informational Interview

What is an informational interview?

Informational interviews are an informal opportunity to collect information about a career that interests you. By talking to someone else who’s already in the know, you have the potential to gain insider information about a company, industry, specific job role and/or career path.  

Switching the tables, and becoming the one asking the questions, is a skill that takes time to master, but it can help you with reducing interview stress and building confidence. Being able to conduct an informational interview can become one of the most efficient tools in your job hunt, so here are some tips to help you master it!  


1. Don’t let fear control you. 

Connecting with strangers can be daunting, but you can take baby steps. If you don’t feel comfortable messaging people on social media and Linked In, ask your family, friends and neighbours if they know anyone in their own network they could refer you to. You know what they say, 70% of success in life is just showing up! So… get out there and try!


2. Keep it short, keep it sweet. 

Ask for 20 minutes of their time. You want to create a professional work connection and gain insight, so 20 minutes should be plenty of time to make a good impression and gather the precious advice you seek.


3. Research and prepare.

Think of 10-15 questions that you want to ask, then have a look at the company’s website or google information about the profession and see if you can find answers that satisfy you. Doing research will help you create and identify the best questions to ask.


4. Dress to impress.

It’s true, you are not interviewing for a job, but you want to be remembered for your smart, professional approach, not for the comfortable hoodie and flashy runners you put on in a rush.


5. Follow-up.

This is potentially the most important! The hardest part is over, now you just need to follow-up to cement the connection for the future. Remember, this person has taken time to talk with you, a thank you note shows that you are grateful and it may even be the difference between recommending you for a job… or not! 


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March 14th – Richmond Client Appreciation Event

We want you and your family to join us for talks, food, games and prizes!




Where: Back In Motion – #110 – 6651 Elmbridge Way, Richmond

When: March 14th, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

We would like to invite clients, their families and the extended community to celebrate and recognize the success and achievements of the Career Paths program and its clients


  • Words of welcome and Introduction from Philippe De Clerck, Vp of Operations at Back in Motion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Success stories from past clients
  • Speakers will be followed by food, time to network and prizes donated by Vancity!

We will also be joined by representatives from the DIVERSEcity, Vancity, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC and Surrey Schools Welcome Centre.

Want to join in? Great! We want to make sure we order enough food, Sign-up here!