Aracelli Abramov was born and raised in Brazil. Ever since she was a little girl, her dream was to become an Engineer. She stayed true to her dream and eventually began working as an Electronics Engineer in her home country. It’s funny how life turns out sometimes however. In 2006, Aracelli decided to improve her English skills so she left for Canada temporarily. Little did she know that she would meet her future husband in that very same English language course! Lo and behold, the two of them got married shortly after the completion of their course. Aracelli’s whole life changed now that she was married. In order to be with her husband, she decided to immigrate and permanently settle down in Canada.
Her Canadian dream was to continue working as an Engineer, just as she always wanted since her childhood but obtaining her professional license was going to be a long and tedious process. Getting a job within her field was even harder. Her cold-calling efforts to secure an interview seemed to be in vain. “Language was my biggest difficulty when I landed in Canada. I could communicate better in person, but made a lot of mistakes over the phone.” says Aracelli. She believed her resume wasn’t up to the mark either, and this only made her job search even more difficult.
That’s when Aracelli decided to enroll in Humber’s Engineering Software Skills Enhancement Bridging Program. She gained expertise in engineering software like AutoCAD, and more importantly, gained knowledge of Canadian code. “The course on Canadian Electrical Code was the most important because this is knowledge specific to this country. I would be lost without it,” she says.
As she settled into the program, her job search efforts intensified. She found several interesting job openings through Humber’s job portal. She focused on these job opportunities and began to apply. “The moment Lynda (the program’s Employment Advisor) fixed my resume and my strategy, I got four calls for interviews after sending out my first resume since joining the program!” exclaims Aracelli.
She focused on the job opening at DPM Energy. However, this was just the first step. The interview itself was yet to come. She keenly remembers the preparation and training she received for that interview from Lynda. By the end of her consultations, Aracelli was confident that she could market herself well to the employer.
And that was exactly what happened. Aracelli aced the interview and received the offer to join the company. She presently works at DPM Energy as an EIT Designer and is currently undertaking a significant project with Toronto Hydro.
“I am just one step away from my Professional Engineering License so I am so close to realizing my dream of working as an Engineer in Canada. Thanks to Lynda and to Humber College,” says Aracelli.
The Engineering Software Skills Enhancement bridging program is made available through funding from the Governments of Ontario and Canada. For more information, visit http://newtocanada.humber.ca/bridging-programs/engineering-software-skills.html