Interactive online learning helps skilled immigrants and employers understand the role of culture at work, so that everyone benefits.
By The Wave
Qualified but can’t fit in: the dilemma of internationally educated professionals (IEP) in Canada.
Fact: Less than half of qualified foreign trained professionals find work in their field in Canada. Even less are able to keep their jobs.
Employers say poor “cultural fit” is a key reason why IEPs are either not hired or not kept. But we desperately need immigrant professionals and hiring does happen. Even so, employers have difficulty integrating newcomers, and newcomers complain that they don’t understand what Canadians want from them at work. Everyone feels so uncomfortable and frustrated that they frequently don’t stay together for long.
Understanding Canadian workplace cultural norms is KEY to improving this situation for both employers and international professionals. Unfortunately cultural competency training, if you find some that is appropriate for your industry, is time consuming and costly. Global Leadership Associates Inc, funded by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education created Work and Culture Online to respond to this issue.
A practical solution: Work and Culture Online
WCO consists of 10 interactive online learning modules. The goal is to help both internationally trained professionals and their managers understand the role of culture at work, and to improve integration of newcomers into the Canadian workplace so that everyone benefits. It is available 24/7 as a go-to resource for employers, managers and internationally trained workers. You can access it for free or take the entire sequence as a professional development course complete with final exam and certificate. Although just recently launched, WCO already boasts over 1,200 users and is attracting attention from around the world.
Increased cultural responsiveness means more productive workplaces
Work and Culture Online responds to the needs of both internationally trained professionals and their employers by providing an accessible resource that can be used as a reference, job aid and a professional advancement tool, anytime, anywhere. Links to existing resources and organizations providing support can be found throughout the modules.
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