TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs)
are more likely to successfully integrate into the local workforce if
they focus on becoming "more Canadian." That's the finding of a new
study commissioned by the Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI).
"We're seeing more internationally trained professionals doing well in
their chosen fields," said Silma H Roddau, President of PCPI. "They're
successful because they know how important it is to understand the
Canadian culture to effectively communicate."
While most research studies focus on the experience of Internationally
Educated Professionals entering the Canadian workforce, the study "Winning Strategies for IEPs Success in the Workplace: Employers' and
IEPs' Perspectives" goes beyond this phase by exploring the integration of Internationally
Educated Professionals into the Canadian workforce.
The study, which surveyed 168 Internationally Educated Professionals and
20 Toronto region employers from small, medium and large organizations
within the public, private and non-profit sectors, found that the
following strategies have helped Internationally Educated Professionals
succeed in the workplace:
Learning to become "more Canadian" by investing in improving language
and communication skills
Mentoring and coaching by employers to help IEPs understand the
workplace and Canadian culture
Networking with other professionals within and outside the workforce to
better understand the workplace
The research is based on case studies of Internationally Educated
Professionals including Dr. Nava Israel, a dietician and educator from
Israel who has designed programs for Internationally Educated
Professionals at Ryerson University.
"The Israeli style of communications is very blunt and simply did not
work here," said Isreal. "I had to learn to become 'more Canadian' in
the way I communicated, and it made all the difference." Israel, is one
of several Internationally Educated Professionals who shared their
stories of hard work, perseverance and success during the conference.
The study was released at the 8th Annual Internationally Educated Professionals Conference hosted by
PCPI. The conference is designed to help Internationally Educated
Professionals market themselves to prospective employers. This is the
largest networking event of its kind in Canada - bringing together over
1,000 Internationally Educated Professionals, employers from over 100
countries and employment experts to share their successes and
strategies in integrating Internationally Educated Professionals into
In Toronto, roughly half of the city's residents were born outside
"Toronto is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world,"
said Michael Williams, General Manager, Economic Development, Culture
and Tourism, for the City of Toronto. "That's a huge advantage for
Toronto, allowing local businesses to connect with every part of the
About Progress Career Planning Institute (PCPI): PCPI is a business-focused, not-for-profit organization that offers
career development services for people to realize their full potential.
The Annual Internationally Educated Professionals Conference is a key
component of its work.
SOURCE Progress and Career Planning Institute
For further information:
Amanda Galbraith, Playbook Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell: (416) 710-3211
To learn more about the IEP Conference or for a copy of the study, please visit http://www.iep.ca