A big smile goes a long way….
At VIRCS we are lucky to meet a number of wonderfully
diverse and highly trained professionals from all over the
world everyday. Every new Canadian faces an extensive set
of challenges while tackling the process of settling in a new
country and finding a new career to support themselves and
their families. What is especially amazing to see is the
number of them who do it with a big smile on their face!
We first had the pleasure of meeting Zachy and his family in
September 2007. Zachy and his wife had just arrived in
Canada the day with their two young children. In Nigeria,
Zachy had a successful career as a Senior IT professional and his wife a career in
law. They had decided to start a new life in Victoria, and had about 10 days to find
a place to live and get settled before Zachy had to return to Nigeria to tidy up a
few loose ends at work. It was a whirlwind trip, and one can only imagine the
pressure the family felt during those 10 days. Zachy faced all these challenges
with a huge smile on his face.
A few months later, Zachy returned to his family in Victoria to find the kids were
settled in daycare, and his wife, after much hard work and persistence, working
again in the field of law. It was time for Zachy to start his next challenge – finding
a position in the IT field in Victoria. Zachy arrived at our office with his usual big
smile, and a very lengthy and impressive resume. Zachy’s background in IT is
extensive, ranging from Network Administration to Systems Analysis, Project
Management and IT governance, among others. It was clear from the beginning
that with the combination of his impressive experience, his endless positive
energy, and his contagious smile, Zachy would quickly be on the right track to
reaching his employment goal in Canada.
With the assistance of his case manager, Sarah, Zachy began to refine his resume
and started attending the job search workshops at VIRCS. There he learned about
our local labour market, hiring prac