Shadi was an international student from Iran who started in the LEAP program before completing the PDD Business Administration program. She is currently working as a Marketing Specialist.
Her journey from a new international student in Canada to a successful professional involved self-growth, continuous learning, and determination. She joined Langara College’s LEAP program and, due to her good performance, she was offered a seat at in the PDD Business Administration program. While she was studying, she developed her communications skills and abilities to work in team. Also, she adapted to the Canadian lifestyle and methods of teaching – a big challenge for an international student.
“I was an international student. So, it was for hard me to adapt to Canadian culture, Canadian lives, and even the Canadian format of studying.”
Besides her classes, Shadi also attended workshops at the library, such as student success workshops and resume workshops, which groomed her for the job market at Canada. Shadi was also an active volunteer and always contributed towards the development of the community. She volunteered in the International Education Volunteer Program (IEVP) where she found multiple opportunities to volunteer on- and off-campus. This gave her plenty of chances to develop collaboration skills and improve her proficiency in English.
“So, besides education, student success workshops and volunteering opportunities happening at Langara helped me build my personality and improve my communication style and my language. Nowadays I feel more comfortable and confident speaking English because it’s not my first language and I’m not a native English speaker.”
Education at Langara focuses on active engagement and Shadi had her fair share of them – she experienced countless group projects, assignments, and essays, and it helped hone her teamwork, communication, leadership, and innovation skills. These transferable skills helped her in landing her a dream job as well.
While she was volunteering for IEVP she experienced cultural festivals, attain culture knowledge which improved her interculture knowledge and awareness and her understanding Canadian culture.
Shadi’s advice to all the international students is to be active in the community, keep searching for opportunities, and to look for information on the College website – every resource is available there for your growth and development.
“Just make yourself comfortable participating at the campus. And don’t forget about the volunteer opportunities because probably you are the same as me and this will assist you in reaching your potential.”