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Credentials for Immigrants Through Support Role Jobs

14 MAY 2013
Career Path : Accounting

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Making a career for yourself as an immigrant can mean a slow time getting your credentials recognized properly.  True, in your country of origin, you may have put in years of experience, but the transfer may not be smooth. For a lawyer, you might have mastered the laws of your country, but the laws of the new place are going to be different. Doctors and nurses, as well as other healthcare professionals, may have worked under different medical standards in their place of origin than their new location. One trick for getting the experience you need, without starting over from scratch, can be things like paralegal or payroll training. It also can lead to employment in your field while you study for your re-certification exams.


For example, nurses are extensively tested. Working as a nursing assistant, or in another support role exposes you to the standards of the work place. For an administrative role, with medical office assistant courses, a nurse has the edge over someone with no background in healthcare.  Of course, you may not wish to stay in that role forever, but a foot in the door gives you something to build on.


Another advantage is the fast completion time of these sorts of support role courses. For example if you take on payroll courses you can be done in less than a year, depending on your choice in school. Since more advanced credentials can have taken years to accumulate, this is in your interests to get working in the field you specialized in fast. Many schools are very used to the needs of immigrants and mature students, and even structure their material delivery methods for self-directed and flexible study.


Things like payroll courses can also help prove your competence in the work place. Employers may be nervous to hire someone to whom English is a second language. Being able to show that you have the skills to complete a training program can reassure companies that you’re more than ready to tackle the job. It also can have a hidden advantage. Many schools have an alumni support office and career centre. If you’re having trouble finding a job, especially if you studied at a career college or other vocational program, they are particularly interested in getting you working. They can help you figure out the tips and tricks to get your application noticed by employers that may be unique to the local culture you’re living in now.


In fact, this can be such a great boost to your employment prospects, you should consider integrating them into your immigration process. Taking the time when you’re making the jump to a new country  to look at schools doesn’t have to be daunting either. As mentioned, most schools are used to international students and you can find resources on all sorts of programs from payroll courses to paralegal courses.

Visit Algonquin Careers Academy for more information on medical office assistant courses.