Category Archives: Testimonials

Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial; Oscar from Spain

Oscar from Spain during his Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Oscar from Spain during his Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Oscar is from Spain and is enrolled in our Study & Work Program.

After achieving his Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and working in several toy stores in Madrid, he decided to come to Canada because of its multi-cultural aspect and he wanted to go further than Europe to improve his English level.

He started his experience with three months of intensive English study at one of our school partners located in Downtown Vancouver. Six weeks before starting his work, he met one of our STEPWEST placement coordinator to have a chat about his job expectations. After reviewing his Canadian-style resume and going to a couple of job interview preparation seminars, he was ready for real job interviews. He did a great job and was hired as a Sales Assistant in a toy store company located near Downtown Vancouver.

As part of our monitoring, we went to see Oscar at his work a few weeks ago (see pic above). He is really enjoying his experience and his tasks at the store because he has a lot of responsibilities. His main tasks are to do the cash registry, greet customers who enter the shop and assist shoppers to find the goods they are looking for. Even though he likes everything in his job, the most challenging part is to deal with customers in English and understand their needs.

Throughout this experience, he has learned a lot, most of all to be more independent. He has improved his skills for this job, his English level has increased and all of these attributes will help him for sure once he returns to Spain.

If you would like to take part in a similar adventure, where you can improve your English while earning money, take a look at our Study & Work Program. If you would like to apply or require more information please send us an email at inquiry@stepwest.ca

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Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Isabel from Spain

Isabel from Spain during her Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Isabel from Spain during her Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Isabel is from Spain and was enrolled in our Study & Work Program.

After obtaining her diploma in marketing and trade, and working for 6 years through different business positions in Barcelona, she decided to come to Canada (Vancouver) because she always dreamed about having such an experience. More importantly, she wanted to improve her English level.

She started her experience with three months of intensive English study at one of our school partners located in Downtown Vancouver. Six weeks before starting her job, she met one of our STEPWEST placement coordinators to have a chat about her job expectations. After reviewing her Canadian-style resume, and going to a couple job interview preparation seminars, she was ready for real job interviews. She did well during her second one, and was hired as a hostess at a bar in the biggest park in Vancouver, Stanley Park.

As a part of our thorough monitoring, we went to see Isabel at her work two weeks ago (see pic above). She is really enjoying the experience and her responsibilities at the restaurant. Her main duties are to greet the guests and place them at available tables. Further more, she also has to help other servers by picking up the dishes when they need some help and tidying up everything at the end of the day. The most enjoying but also challenging part of her job is to be in contact with customers because she loves it, but at the same time she needs to fully understand their requests and be able to communicate with them efficiently.

Thanks to this adventure, she improved her English level rapidly but she states that she always wants to learn more and train as much as she can. Without any doubt this experience will help her once she is back in Spain.

If you would like to take part in a similar adventure, where you can improve your English while earning money, take a look at our Study & Work Program. If you would like to apply or require more information please send us an email at inquiry@stepwest.ca

Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Inna from Russia

Inna from Russia during her Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Inna from Russia during her Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Inna is from Russia and was enrolled in our Study & Work Program.

After obtaining her Master degree in Commerce and working for almost two years in a travel agency in Russia, she decided to come to Vancouver because after being to the USA already, she wanted to discover Canada.

She started her adventure with one and half months of intensive English study at one of our school partners located downtown Vancouver. Six weeks before starting her job, she met one of our STEPWEST placement coordinators to have a chat about her job expectations. After reviewing her Canadian-style resume, and going to a couple job interview preparation seminars, she was ready for real job interviews. She did a great job on her first one and was hired as a cashier in a restaurant in front of Kitsilano beach.

As a part of our thorough monitoring, we went to see Inna at her work two weeks ago (see pic above). She really liked her experience and her responsibilities at the restaurant. Her main tasks were to take orders, prepare food and to help her colleagues in the restaurant when they needed. Learning how to use the machines and utilities was what she preferred the most.  However, this, along with understanding a range of customer orders were the most challenging part of her job.

Throughout this experience, she improved her English level and communication skills immensely. It also gave her a chance to meet new people from all over the world. This adventure will definitely help her in the future when she will travel back to Russia.

If you would like to take part in a similar adventure, where you can improve your English while earning money, take a look at our Study & Work Program. If you would like to apply or require more information please send us an email at inquiry@stepwest.ca

Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Veronica from Spain

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Veronica at work during her Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Veronica is from Spain and was enrolled in our Study & Work Program.

After obtaining her bachelor degree, and working for 2 years through various sales assistant positions in Madrid, Veronica decided to come to Canada (Vancouver) to gain North American customer service experience. Additionally, she also wanted to improve her English skills.

She started her adventure with three months of intensive English study at one of our school partner located in downtown Vancouver. Six weeks before starting her job, she met one of our STEPWEST placement coordinator to discuss her job expectations. After reviewing her Canadian-style resume, and going to a couple job interview preparation seminars, she was ready for real job interviews. She did well during her first one, and was hired as a Sales Assistant at a signature swimsuit shop, located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.

As a part of our thorough monitoring, we went to see Veronica at her work a month ago (see picture above). She really liked her experience and the duties she had at the store.  She was responsible for the cash register, but also greeting customers and assisting them in finding the swimsuit(s) they are looking for. What she appreciated the most during her work experience was the customers’ patience and indulgence towards her English level, even helping her with vocabulary at times. Consequently, the most challenging part of her job was to interact with customers in an English environment and to try to advice them.

Thanks to this experience, Veronica improved her English level a lot, learnt new vocabulary and she met a lot of new friends coming from all around the world. Without a doubt this experience will help her once she is back to Spain.

If you would like to take part of a similar adventure, where you can improve your English while earning money, take a look at our Working Holiday Program. If you would like to apply or require more information please send us an email at inquiry [@] stepwest.ca.

Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Felipe from Brazil

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Felipe at work during his Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Felipe is from Brazil and was enrolled in our Study & Work Program.

After obtaining his bachelor degree and working in various job positions for two years in Sao Paulo, Felipe decided to come to Vancouver (Canada) because he thought it was the best place to improve his English and to discover a lot of different cultures in the same city.

His adventure began with an intensive period of English study at one of our school partner located in downtown Vancouver. Six weeks prior to his job start date, he met with a STEPWEST placement coordinator to discuss his job expectations. After reviewing his Canadian-style resume, and going to a couple job interview preparation seminars, he was ready for real job interviews. He did a great job during his job interview, and was hired as a food counter attendant at Canada’s most iconic coffee chain; Tim Hortons.

As a part of our thorough monitoring, we went to see Felipe at his work two weeks ago (see pic above).  He really enjoyed his experience and the responsibilities he had there. His main duties were to take orders from the customers, handle cash register, and supervise the quality of the orders. Even though he was happy to interact with the clients, the most challenging part of his job was to understand customer’s orders in a fast paced environment.

Throughout this experience, he improved his English a lot, including his pronunciation skills  as well as learning how to interact with customers in an English environment. Without a doubt this experience will help him for his career once he is back in Brazil.

If you would like to take part of a similar adventure, where you can improve your English while earning money, take a look at our Working Holiday Program. If you have questions, please contact us at inquiry [@] stepwest.ca.

Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Giovanna from Switzerland

Giovanna at work during her Study & Work Program in Vancouver

Giovanna is a student coming from Switzerland currently participating  in a Study & Work Program for 12 months.

She came to Canada because she wanted to discover its “beautiful landscape” and “wilderness“, so the choice of Vancouver became obvious. Besides the cultural experience, she was also looking to improve her English level.

Her adventure began with an intensive period of English study at one of our school partner located in downtown Vancouver. About 6 weeks prior to her job start date, she met with a STEPWEST placement coordinator to discuss her job expectations. After reviewing her Canadian-style resume, and a couple job interview preparation seminars, she was ready for real job interviews. She did a great job during her first job interview, and was hired as a hostess/waitress at a top restaurant located in Stanley Park.

Giovanna is super happy as this position allows her to speak English with customers as well as her colleagues, and the tips are not so bad either 😉

If you would like to take part of a similar adventure, where you can improve your english while earning money – we offer a Study & Work Program or a Working Holiday Program. For more information, contact us at inquiry [@] stepwest.ca.

Vancouver Study & Work Testimonial: Inna from Ukraine

Inna is a student coming from Ukraine currently involved in our Study & Work Program.

As all of our participants in the Study & Work Program, Inna wanted to improve her English level; both speaking and written skills. Being employed as a sales manager in Ukraine, her employer informed her that if she did, she will be promoted at her return. 

Her adventure in Vancouver began by attending a Top ESL school located in the downtown neighbourhood. She needed to focus on her customer service related vocabulary in order to be able to pass the job interviews that would allow her to get the experience she was looking for.

Consequently, during her first consultation with a STEPWEST placement coordinator, it was agreed that a waitress or hostess position would be a perfect fit for her. After revising her english resume, and attending interview preparation seminars, Inna was ready and thus sent to interviews at restaurants and cafes. She managed to obtain a waitress position in a restaurant right in the middle of the financial district on Burrard Street.

Besides her co-op part time job position, Inna is still studying in the morning so she keeps improving her English on a daily basis! Even if sometimes, she finds it hard to combine studies and work as it does not give her much time for social activities.

If you are interested in improving your English, join our Study & Work Program, which combines intensive in-class study at a top Vancouver ESL school with a   job or an internship experience.