SOPA Graduate: Get to know Ella Oteze

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SOPA Graduate: Get to know Ella Oteze

It didn’t take long for Ella Oteze to gain employment shortly after landing here in Regina, from Nigeria.   Ella is an industrious and outgoing Career Mathematician with over ten years of experience in the finance and banking field. This experience, paired with SOPA’s pre-arrival courses, provided her with new skills and confidence that lead to her new career at CIBC as a Financial Services Representative.  She describes the Job Search Strategies course as “...all encompassing and greatly recommended course for all immigrants,” as it gave her knowledge on integrating into the Canadian workplace.  She remained in contact with her Intake Counsellor and Course Facilitators in Saskatchewan, who referred her to the Regina Open Door Society in order to build on the momentum from the SOPA courses.  Her Employment Counsellor there gave Ella valuable insight into the banking industry in Canada which differs greatly from Nigeria.  They worked together on her cover letters, and after her job offer, she praised the counsellor of truly going “above and beyond” to assist in the career transition.

Some final thoughts on her experience in the SOPA program:

“I have discovered new ways to search for a job. I have learnt how to target my resume and cover letter, before the SOPA JSS course it was copy and paste to apply for every job opening, now I know better.

It has raised my confidence level in myself, I now believe in myself more than ever before and have the CAN DO spirit.”

She says her ability to make people laugh and intelligence in mathematics is a surprising combination, however we think it’s a great formula for success in Canada!