Ivana's Story - An ELT Experience
I am Ivana Corce, an Environmental Engineer, who moved to Canada a year ago. Since then, the most common question I have been asked is, “Why did you move to Canada?” I moved to Canada because of a job opportunity my husband had. When we decided to move from Venezuela, where I come from, I didn’t know anything about winter and that was the first challenge to overcome in Regina. The second challenge was to find a job and start a career in the engineering field.
In 2009, I graduated from the University of Tachiras with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. I worked at the Venezuela City Hall in the public services department, and I had almost three years of experience as an engineer.
I applied at RODS ELT program because it was designed for professional newcomers. After 15 weeks of classes, ELT helped me improve my language, interview skills, my knowledge about cover letters and resumes, and provided me with a good understanding of the Saskatchewan Labour Market and the specific skills of an environmental engineer here in Canada. All that knowledge helped me to perform better as a professional in my work placement with SaskPower. At SaskPower, I had a great opportunity to work for the Transmission Line Asset Department as a volunteer. After the work placement was done, I became a new Canadian professional and a SaskPower contractor. Now I am providing my department with environmental consulting services and performing as an environmental project manager.
RODS gave me the opportunity to see Regina as my home. I thank RODS ELT team for giving me the opportunity to enhance my professional skills and thank my manager at SaskPower, David Reineke, for allowing me to become part of his team and work hard to keep Saskatchewan powered up.
David Reineke & Ivana Corce