UofT course gives newcomers a business edge

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Nischal Singh got just the boost he needed

Thousands of professionals move to Canada each year, many of them end up languishing at dead-end jobs or jobs that utilize few if any of their job skills and experience. The Rotman School of Management – Canada’s #1 business school – the Business Edge program has designed a course that helps develop the skills and network newcomers need in order to take their careers to the next level.

This course is open to anyone who has had a year of work experience in Canada and are looking to advance their career in the right direction. Business Edge, combines classroom sessions, one-to-one coaching, and online simulations as well as gives you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your professional goals.

Canindia reached out to to Nischal Singh, an intrepid go-getter who went to the Business Edge course and has profited from it immensely.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I immigrated with my wife Shuchi to Canada in July 2012 as a PR. I am an MBA from International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi and an MA (Public Administration) from Panjab University, India. I have also completed a full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Leadership and International Relations from East-West Center, University of Hawaii, US.

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What was your professional background in India and what did you do here in Canada when you arrived?
Like any new immigrant to Canada, I had set for myself short-term and long-term goals. One of my short-term goals was to get a job within the first 3 months of landing, preferably in my field of telecommunications. I had worked with Airtel and Reliance in India in regional and national level roles. I applied online, sought advice and acted upon the suggestions offered by people, all this information helped me land a part-time opportunity in Public Mobile in sales, I was also doing my Business Edge bridge program. I then joined Winners Merchants International for a managerial role which gave me an opportunity to lead a team of 30 people from that role I then joined Wind Mobile which brought me back into telecommunications industry. After two years I moved to a global sales role with my current employer SOTI Inc. in a role which is commensurate with my experience and skill sets.

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How did you hear about the Rotman school’s program and how did it help you?
I heard about this program from a friend who encouraged me to attend the information session to know more about the program.
The program helped me to connect with my peers from more than 20 different nationalities; supported me in getting career coaching from some of the leading coaches who had extensive experience of working with internationally educated professionals (IEP’s) like me; access to networking opportunities with the Business Edge alumni network not to mention the fact that it helped me to use the tools provided during the program like informational interviews, career management plan, etc to chart a future course of action for myself – a path that I might not have followed if I did not attend BE.

Did that work help get you back in your field?
In September 2015 that I received an exciting offer from my present employer, SOTI Inc.,a leading mobile device management service provider headquartered in Mississauga to join them in a global role for a newly-created vertical which I decided to take up. Needless to say that this would not have happened if I did not implement what I learnt in the BE program.

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How can new immigrants like yourself benefit from this bridge program?
Coaching, Resume writing guidance, Attitude change, effective and powerful network across Canada especially in GTA and a course of action to take control of your career – I believe a new immigrant who is armed with all of these is destined to achieve success in his/her chosen path here in Canada no matter what.
The next information session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 at 6 PM at the St. George campus downtown where the BE classes are held. There is another information session which will be held in Brampton on Wednesday, July 27 at 6 PM. – CINEWS

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