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August 9, 2012

From engineering to environment: How a mentor helped an immigrant’s journey to work

by Gerard Keledjian
Victor Reyes

When Victor Reyes left the Philippines to pursue his Master of Engineering in Australia, he didn’t think he will end up in Canada. And just when the idea of staying in Australia started to tempt him, he fell in love with a Canadian, got married and moved to Toronto in 2006.

Reyes didn’t do any research. When in Toronto, he contacted a credential evaluation service and had his degrees certified.

The next logical step would have been having them recognized by a professional body such as the P.Eng.. However, Reyes didn’t really look into it, because he had already decided not to practice engineering. “Early on, I knew I wanted to work for an environmental non-profit,” he says.

His plan was simple. Identifying the well-known environmental NGOs in Toronto, check their job postings online and send them his resumes.

But with his online applications unanswered, Reyes approached Job Start, a Toronto based community agency connecting people to employment…

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