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 firstname.lastname@example.org