Manju Mathew

Manju was a psychologist who originally came from India, and she arrived in Edmonton in May 2013.

“Like most of the immigrants, I came to Canada with many dreams.  However, during the first couple of months in Canada, I felt that I landed in the middle of a rough sea.  I have applied to so many jobs but I didn’t hear anything back even though I have a PhD and 10 years of work experience in my field.” I have approached many agencies for learning Canadian ways to get a job.  Though they all helped me, I realized that only somebody who knows my profession could guide me to excel in my profession.

Fortunately, I came to know about ERIEC and their Career Mentorship Program.  I was matched with an excellent mentor from my professional background – Laura Kennedy.  As the course structure I studied back home is different than here, Laura introduced me to the regulatory body of my profession, and I had a conversation with them.  She helped me to convey the skills and knowledge I have.

Finally, I have obtained provisional registration to work in my field.  Laura provided me so many different resources to prepare for the exam, clarified my doubts and conducted a few mock interviews.  This helped me a lot with my exam and my job interviews.  She also associated me with many professional groups, and I have learned Canadian ways of professional practices in my profession.  Meanwhile, I was called for an interview by Alberta Health Service (AHS), and I got the job.  Now I am a Therapist in AHS and almost near to the final stage of full registration as a psychologist in Alberta.

The moral of my story is simple – approach the right place for help and follow the guidance from your mentor.  My big thanks to ERIEC and my mentor Laura; I started experiencing a smooth sea again because of all of you.