DR. Vandana Khetarpal’s story is unusual. With a doctorate in management and 10 years of teaching experience in business schools in India she landed in Vancouver in February 2014 with husband and two kids.
She said: “The thought of doing anything other than teaching was undoubtedly hard for me. After applying for a number of jobs online, with a few replies here and there, I did think ‘oh its easier said than done.’ Whatever knowledge and positive thoughts you have seem very beautiful when all is well around you, but not when the whole world seems to be only shades of grey. I did not let any negative thoughts creep up my mind and embraced the reasons that had made me decide to come to Canada.”
Thanks to her positive attitude, Vandana and her husband both got jobs in less than two months of being in Canada. Her positive attitude also contributed to Vandana being chosen as the second winner in the Prepare for Canada’s “What’s Your Secret” contest supported by Scotiabank and Western Union.
Prepare for Canada launched this contest last month asking immigrants to share their stories and win $1000 by entering the “What’s Your Secret” contest. The contest runs from April to December of this year and is open to all Canadian residents who were born outside of Canada.
“For the past ten years, I have been delivering motivation and inspiration through the 7 Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants seminars and videos. This year we turn the spotlight on immigrants and ask – What’s your secret? We hope these secrets will inspire immigrants across the country.” says Nick Noorani, Managing Partner of Prepare for Canada.
“Prepare for Canada” (www.prepareforcanada.com) helps skilled immigrant professionals to prepare for success in Canada by delivering seminars, webinars and information on job preparedness and settlement first steps, operating overseas and in Canada through online and in-person activities.
(PHOTO:Vandana Khetarpal with Peggy Chiu, Senior Manager, Multicultural Banking, and Hardeep Bains, Branch Manager, Surrey, Scotiabank, and Nick Noorani.)