Samira's Story

Samira came to Canada from Nigeria in June 2016. She was alone with two children. Like many immigrants before her, Samira made the brave decision to leave her home country and her job as a manager at a leading banking institution and come to Canada so that her children could experience the best life possible.

“When I first arrived, I felt out of place, I wasn’t sure where to go or what my next step should be,” says Samira. “I was a single parent with two children, and determined to be self-reliant and demonstrate to my children and others that with determination and hard work, you can stand on your own two feet as an immigrant and not rely on government financial support.”

Samira had heard about COSTI’s Mississauga Employment Services and decided to register for a Résumé Writing Workshop when she moved to the city in 2017. Employment Consultant Boguslawa (Slava) Gutkowska, provided Samira with an overview of employment options available to her and also introduced Samira to the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentoring Partnership, a program that matches newcomers with mentors who have the same professional background.

“My mentor encouraged me to further my education and with my work experience, strive for employment in my field rather than accept a survival job. I did just that! I quickly found a job at an insurance company and registered at George Brown College (GBC) in the Information System Business Analysis Post Graduate program. For a year, I would work during the day and go to school at night. But I didn’t stop there! In my third semester at GBC, I applied to Queen’s University Management Analytics program for my Masters Degree and I was accepted! Never one to shy away from a challenge, I successfully completed both programs and graduated in the spring of 2019.”

Today, Samira is proud to say she is a Business System Analyst at one of Canada’s leading banking institutions. “The best choice I made was going to COSTI for help.”

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