The Start of a New Journey for Yuliia

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New life, New dreams

My name is Yuliia. I am a 25-year-old Ukrainian Refugee and I arrived in Canada 6 weeks ago. It took me some time to get settled- find a place to live and gradually adjust to a new place. I came to WorkBC Centre Guildford and my case managed file was opened on Dec 23, 2022.

I was getting support from IA. I was looking for a junior accountant position. The biggest barriers towards my employment was no Canadian work experience, no Canadian certification/foreign degree in accounting and I lacked job search skills.  My past traumatic experiences made me so fearful about my future. I looked for job postings online and kept applying for all the office positions. I, however, had no success and I started getting discouraged, doubtful about my skills and my chances to find a job.

My Job Coach May at WorkBC Centre Guildford worked very hard with me to rebuild my confidence and the skills needed for interview in the Canadian market. May also made a connection with employers and expressed my eagerness and willingness to work. I got all the support and encouragement from her to stay and overcome all my fears. I finally found an office job with the support of wage subsidy with a company as Admin/junior accountant job. I am so grateful for the experience I have had with WorkBC as it has not only provided me with my dream job, but also strengthened my self-esteem, made me feel confident about my skills and believe in myself. WorkBC Centre Guildford supported me financially even for my transportation until I got my first paycheck along with essential work clothing which was commendable.



WorkBC is the provincial government's access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal — to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.'s labour market.