After realizing that I needed to learn how to enter the job market in Canada, I enrolled in the ELT program at Mohawk College. ELT stands for Enhanced Language Training. This is a little confusing because the course is not just an English course. It is a course to prepare internationally trained professionals with high English language skills to find employment in their respective fields. One of the goals of ELT is to find every student a work placement where they will acquire Canadian experience.

At ELT I was coached on how to write a winning resume and cover letter. I also got to practice my interview skills. I had to do a project in which I had to prepare a presentation on a topic that is hot in my field; however, the best part of the program is that they make you go out there to network. One of the requirements to graduate from the class is to find a professional in your field to be your guest speaker for the class. It was through this exercise that I met the people who would later offer me a job.

I will always be thankful to my ELT instructors Jayne Evans and Joe Santi, and to our Job Development Specialist, Mandira Raha. They were great all along, always encouraging us, making us feel confident that we would find a job in our field. I still keep in touch with them and they have been supporting me every step of the way. I think it would have taken a lot longer to reach my goal of finding a job in Marketing if it hadn’t been for all the hours spent in my ELT class! I would recommend it to everyone who is a newcomer trying to get into the workforce.

ELT Class Summer 2010


About Diana Massimi

As a newcomer in Canada, I've had some really great experiences. Every day, I continue to learn and adapt to my new country. As I've just passed the three year mark as a permanent resident, I'll soon be applying for citizenship. It's an exciting step to take and I'm looking forward to being "officially" Canadian. This blog is to share what I've learned so far and my everyday experiences and feelings being a newcomer to this country. More than anything I'll be looking forward to hearing from other newcomers and exchanging impressions and anecdotes about our new life in Canada. Feel free to share and ask questions, I'm also always happy to help a fellow newcomer!
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