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How Diana Found Her Career in Canada
WHTO Storyteller Diana came to Canada from Colombia and, like many, faced several challenges in finding the right job for her. Here’s her story about how she managed to find and thrive in her dream career:
In Colombia, I studied at the University and graduated in Languages. I learned English, French, and Italian, and took the Executive Administrative Assistant program at the college.
I also had the opportunity to work for two big companies back in Colombia.
However, when I arrived to Canada, I realized that my English was not as strong as I thought it was and I had to study it all over again. I felt frustrated in that moment, but that did not discourage me. I kept an open mind and a positive attitude!
I took the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, and obtained my Ontario Secondary School Diploma. I graduated from Sheridan College and completed the French Proficiency Certificate program. It took me two years to complete this program, and I wanted to continue studying, because I love to study!
I wanted to work for the Spanish-speaking community and I said to myself, “What can I do?”. Then I had this brilliant idea of taking the interpretation and translation program, which I did!
I always tried to keep in mind that doing what I love to do and having a passion for my job and my career, is very important to my happiness and success.
This led me to my current job. I work as a Spanish interpreter and translator for MCIS Language Solutions. I love my job very much!
I feel very honoured and privileged to be able to help the Spanish-speaking community to communicate. There is no second language in Colombia, only Spanish. So, when we arrive in Canada, it is very difficult for Spanish-speaking people. They need to access critical services and community resources to successfully integrate into the culture and the Canadian society.
It is very rewarding as an interpreter, to be able to help them communicate and access those services that they need so much. I also do volunteer translations for another government agency, through MCIS. It is very rewarding for me to be able to give back to the community, be of service to society, and meet fantastic people in the process.
I believe that life is always changing. We are always evolving and we are always learning, and that is fine! But for now, I feel very satisfied with where I am right now. I am very proud of myself and very happy with my personal and professional life and all my accomplishments here in Canada. I feel that I am good enough and perfect the way I am today!