Saher Tariq - Employment Services Success Story
From Zero Job Offers, to a Bounty of Choices!
Saher is originally from Pakistan, but she lived in Dubai for many years, where she received her professional certification through the Association of Certified Chartered accountants (ACCA) and worked in the accounting field for many years.
Once Saher was ready to go back to work, she realized that while she had many years of experience both in practice and as an instructor, she had to learn the profession in the Canadian context. To prepare for the job market here, Saher started the accreditation process for the Chartered Accountant Professionals (CPA) as well prepared for the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) exams. She was determined to elevate her skills and find a job in her field.
After applying for many jobs and not hearing anything back, Saher also realized that “my approach did not fit the job market here, and I was preparing myself for interviews in a different scenario because the way they do interviews here is very different from what to expect in places like Pakistan or Dubai”.
In December of 2015, she came to Employment Services and too an interview and resume writing workshop. Coincidentally, that same month, we hosted a “Careers in the Financial Services Field” Job Fair. At the job fair Saher networked with all the attending employers. She made a great first impression and was asked to come in for interviews with employers such as CIBC, Deloitte, MNP, Sun Life Financial, and Solvera.
Saher used the interview skills she learned in class and came out of her interviews with job offers from CIBC, Deloitte, and MNP. In the end, Saher accepted the offer from Deloitte and is now working as Enterprise Risk Consultant.
She shares that “the Job Fair helped me make connections with the employers I wanted to work with, and the workshops I took helped me be confident in the interviews.” Her advice to others is “to always improve yourself, even if you came with a degree keep yourself updated and learn – Canada is a new different place so learn about Canadian culture and prepare yourself. Don’t be frustrated and learn from your barriers.”