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Advantages of SOPA: A Client’s Perspective

Advantages of SOPA: A Client’s Perspective

Q & A with a SOPA Client

The clients the SOPA program  receives are very diverse. We receive clients from all corners of the world; Nigeria, India, China, Egypt, Philippines, Iran, Ukraine, and professions ranging from IT, Mechanical Engineer, HR, Accountant, Nurse, Biomedical Scientist and High School Teacher. However, they all have a common goal: to improve their quality of life (and that of their families) by moving to Canada and finding a fulfilling job. The SOPA courses enable them to work towards achieving their objectives by providing them with necessary information to arrive prepared and find and maintain employment.

Ed Solano is one of the SOPA clients who benefitted from our free online courses. Ed, a Production Engineer originally from Colombia, who moved from the United States to Canada with Ed Solano 1his wife at the end of May took the time to answer some questions we asked him about his experience with SOPA.

Why did you decide to move to Canada?

Canada is one of the world’s most multicultural countries. It's a very welcoming country to new immigrants. Also, Canada has a strong and stable economy and is known for being one of the safest countries on the planet.

Why did you register with SOPA?

First of all, it's free. It's a program created to help newcomers and is sponsored by the Canadian government. In addition, I personally wanted to get information about Canadian culture, how to find a job in Canada, settlement options, etc. After reviewing the SOPA website and the available courses, I found what I was looking for and decided to enroll.

How did you find out about SOPA?

I found out about SOPA when browsing the internet. I recalled, I typed in Google “successful stories of immigrants in Canada” and when reading one of those successful stories SOPA was mentioned. This person talked about the importance of enrolling in pre-arrival services before moving to Canada and the valuable information provided regarding Canadian culture, settlement, employment, etc. Then, I checked out the SOPA website and decided to register.

“Thank you to the Calgary SOPA team for all the support during my pre-arrival journey. I appreciate the feedback and advice I received. The information was very valuable and I learned a lot! I recommend everyone moving to Canada to enroll with SOPA.”

– Ed Solano, SOPA Client

Would you recommend SOPA to newcomer professionals who are moving to Alberta?

Absolutely. Because I personally think the best way to be successful in a new country is to know in advance as much as possible about it. Arriving prepared gives you an advantage compared to other immigrants. For instance, you already know what places to visit for immigration support, how to search for housing, the online employment tools used for job search, etc.

What advice would you give to a new immigrant moving to Canada?

Take advantage of the pre-arrival services funded by the Canadian government. These programs are created for newcomers only. Moving to a new country is like starting a new life and there are so many things to be considered. The more you are aware, the easier the adaptation period is.

How was the overall SOPA experience for you?

Thank you to the Alberta SOPA team for all the support during my pre-arrival journey. I appreciate the feedback and advice I received. The information was very valuable and I learned a lot! I recommend everyone moving to Canada to enroll with SOPA.

Sign up for free pre-arrival courses and resources! Visit www.arriveprepared.ca

 

 

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