The Start of a New Journey for Yuliia
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.