Julio's Journey in Canada with WorkBC

Posted at: 23 Feb 2023
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My name is Julio. I was laid off in November 2022 due to lack of work and was looking for a full-time job since then.  I have over 6 years of experience in Police and Armed Forces.  I have a criminal Justice Studies Certificate issued in 2016 from Mexico. I worked for 5 yrs (2017-2021) as a part time instructor and marketing in University Investigacion Seguridad y Servicios Forences, while working as a Police Officer.

I don’t speak English, and my experience in Mexico is not valid in Canada. Also, I did not have a resume, and did not have connections here. I was struggling to pay rent and groceries, and couldn’t even afford bus tickets to start a job.

Temoc (Employment Specialist) sent me from the OCS Newcomer Employment Program.

EC Giuliana help me to write my first resume, and helped me to reply to an employer that was offering me a job. She helped me first to start a temporary job (1 week) and then to get ready for a full-time job next week, with bus tickets, clothing and boots and explained me how to complete TD1 Forms for my new job.

Even though I am longing to return to police or security occupation, and plan to work in construction while improving ESL, I am grateful to WorkBC Centre Newton to help me find an employment opportunity and help me with all my requirements to start this job. The staff has been very supportive and I look forward to start my new life here.


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