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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 Digital Marketing Internship Testimonial: Delphine from France

Delphine during her marketing internship in Vancouver

Delphine during her marketing internship in Vancouver

Delphine is from France and is enrolled in our Professional Internship Program.

After finishing her Master Degree in Intelligence Marketing in Paris, she decided to come to Canada because she already knew the French part and wanted to discover the other side, and in particular, Vancouver because of its amazing scenery with beaches, mountains and lakes. She wanted to register to this program that includes a guaranteed internship placement in order to gain international work experience in Marketing and practice her English.

After review her Canadian-style resume and going through an interview-preparation seminar with one of our STEPWEST coordinators, an interview was scheduled with an E-Commerce startup company, located in Richmond, close to Vancouver. She did well during this interview and got the internship position as a Marketing Coordinator. After preparing her trip, she arrived in Vancouver and was welcomed by our team at our office for an orientation seminar.

As part of our monitoring, we went to see Delphine two weeks ago at her office (see pic above).  She is really happy with her duties and her experience. Her main responsibilities include increasing the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) of the website and promoting the products and work on the website. The fact that she has a lot of different tasks in her job, she is constantly learning new things. The reason she loves her internship so much is due to the fact that she has the ability to leave her own mark and bring new ideas to the company, which they take onboard. The hardest part of her role is finding solutions for new ways of communication.

She still has few months before the end of her internship, but she has definitely gained professional experience, her English level has improved immensely and she is always learning new things.

This internship in Vancouver will give her a competitive edge over other applicants for sure and help her in her future career in Digital Marketing once she returns to France.

If you are also interested in coming to Canada in order to take part in an internship, gain international work experience, improve your English and enlarge your network, check out our Professional Internship Program.

Vancouver Logistics Internship Testimonial: Georgelyne from France

Georgelyne during her logistics internship in Vancouver

Georgelyne during her logistics internship in Vancouver

Georgelyne is from France and is enrolled in our Professional Internship Program.

As part of her Bachelor degree in Business Administration, she wanted to come to Canada because she thinks that Vancouver is an awesome place to work, and it was also recommended by some of her friends. She decided to register to our program that includes a guaranteed internship placement in order to gain international work experience and improve her English level at the same time.

After reviewing her Canadian-style resume and going through an interview-preparation seminar with one of the STEPWEST Coordinators, an interview was scheduled with a Canadian owned and operated business serving retailers in Western Canada, located in Burnaby, near to Vancouver. She did a great job during her interview and got the internship position as a Logistics Coordinator Intern. After preparing her journey, she arrived in Vancouver and was welcomed by our team at our office for an orientation seminar.

As part of our monitoring, we went to see Georgelyne at her office this week (see pic above). She is very happy with her duties and her job position. Her main responsibility is to take orders from the customers and manage clients. Interaction with the customers is what she likes the most in this job even though the most challenging part is to understand and learn the technical vocabulary related to this industry.

Although she has only one month left, thanks to this experience, she has gained independence and developed a lot of technical vocabulary and skills related to the logistics industry.

This internship experience in Vancouver will give her a competitive edge over other applicants and help her with her future career in the Business Administration field once she travels back to France.

If you are also interested in coming to Canada in order to do an internship, gain international work experience, improve your English, and expand your network, have a look on our Professional Internship Program.

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.

Canada France Working Holiday 2014

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France and Canada signed a new Working Holiday Agreement for 2014

During the visit of French Prime Minister in Canada two weeks ago, Canada and France took the opportunity to sign a new Youth Mobility Agreement.

With the new Agreement, Canadian and French youth under the Working Holiday category will now be able to travel and work in the other country for a total period of up to 24 months (12 months before).

Participants under the co-op internship category, may benefit from an additional period of up to 12 months.

The new Youth Mobility Agreement between Canada and France will enter into force once both countries have completed their respective ratification processes. This is expected to occur in 2013.

This is a great news for participants in our 2014 Working Holiday Program. Starting next year, you can now come to Canada and work at a top resort or in one of Canada’s most dynamic city for up to two years. However this program has limited seats, and subject to a quota so make sure to register in advance for a chance to experience this beautiful country!

Canada and Greece signs Youth Mobility Agreement

Canada and Greece have signed a Youth Mobility Agreement

Canada and Greece have signed a Youth Mobility Agreement

Canada and Greece have signed a Youth Mobility Agreement also called International Experience Canada, which allows Greeks to travel and work in Canada for a period of up to 12 months. There are 3 categories available:

Working Holiday Canada – Greece / Quota: 180

This Working Holiday category is for Greek citizens between the age of 18 and 35 (inclusive) who wishes to come to Canada and work for up to a year. This is the best way to discover a culture, and improve your English language skills. Thanks to the job, you can earn money to pay off your living expenses in Canada.

If you would like to have the security of a job before you leave Greece, and the support of an Agency in Canada, check out our Working Holiday Program which guarantees your casual work placement in Canada, either in the city or at a top resort.

Young Professionals Canada – Greece / Quota: 10

The Young Professionals category is for Greek citizens, between the age of 18 and 35 (inclusive) who wishes to come to Canada and work for up to 18 months in a Canadian company. This allows Greek graduates to further their career by gaining international work experience in Canada under a pre-arranged contract of employment.

If you have an advanced English level, a related degree and one year of related work experience, we can find you a paid internship in a Canadian company in the following 3 categories; Hospitality, Business/Office Administration, Information Technology. Check out our Career Internship Program for more info.

Internship Canada – Greece / Quota: 10

The International Co-op (Internship) category is for Greek citizens who are registered students at a post-secondary institution in Greece and who intend to complete an internship in Canada of maximum 12 months to fulfill part of their academic curriculum.

To participate in this program and apply for the visa, you will need to be a student in Greece and also have an internship offer from a Canadian company. If you have an intermediate English level, and you are available from 1 to 6 months, we have a Professional Internship Program which guarantees your internship placement before you leave Greece.

Source: http://www.international.gc.ca/experience/destinations/Greece-Grece.aspx?view=d