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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: 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.