Sijo's Keys to Success: Hard Work and Discipline

Posted at: 15 Jan 2021
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Hi, my name is Sijo Chammanur, I would like to thank WorkBC Newton for their support and help in finding me a job as Formulation Scientist-II with a reputable employer in BC.

I immigrated to Surrey from Philadelphia a few months back and I have been actively looking for a job since then. I have a Ph.D. in Biotechnology and more than six years of postdoctoral experience, which qualifies me as an eligible candidate for a Scientist position in the Biotech industry. My chances to get a suitable position in academia (UBC) dwindled due to COVID, as there were hiring freezes. At that stage, I contacted WorkBC for help in finding a job.

When I first approached WorkBC, the frontline staff assisted me to create my required logins and complete the initial requirements. I met with an employment counsellor who helped in modifying my resume and referred me to an employer liaison/job coach. I had frequent phone conversations with staff regarding my chances in academia, teaching positions, and the Biotech industry. While supporting me in my job search they connected me with the IECBC Mentorship program at Options Community Services where I was able to network with a mentor who works as a Scientist. I was able to gather industry-specific information from my mentor and develop a strategy to enter my field.

At WorkBC, the staff continued to encourage and motivate me to pursue my career reminding me not to give up. They referred me to the ACCEP program, which confirmed my eligibility for wage subsidy through a letter of support for employers; this immensely increased my chances of getting a job.

The staff at the ACCEP program was very accommodating and considered my case with a welcome heart. With the ACCEP supporting letter, I applied to many companies, and finally, I received an offer from a leading Biotech company.

I sincerely extend my thanks to all the members of WorkBC Newton who acted like a hub for support, contacts, ideas, and referrals. I really appreciate your efforts to provide encouragement and hope to new immigrants who come to BC.


WorkBC is the provincial government's access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal — to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.'s labour market.