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    By granrey

    Let me summarize everything in the following words:

    I have worked as a janitor, security guard and my latest job " Home Estimator". I started as $8.00/ hr and now I do more than $21.00/hr. In edmonton/ Alberta that's not bad.

    b) Economic situation:
    I came with couple bucks and now I have a brand new house (townhouse) and Brand new car (suzuki swift). Of course I took loans for both.

    C) Family:
    my wife and I now have two daughters.

    D) Time:
    All has happened in less than 4 years.

    You may ask how I did it?

    First: the Lord helped us.

    Second: I never gave up in trying to work in my career (even thought I don't work as an civil engineer I work at least as a technologist and I like what I do).

    Third: I researched as much as I could by myself and I did not follow losers advice.

    fourth: Living in Edmonton/Alberta was important. Because I entered in a program for foreign trained engineers. At the end of the program (6 months) I was recognized as a Technologist from ASET (Alberta Society of Engineering Technologist) and I had Canadian studies from NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology).

    The program is free (including tuition, books and living expenses) even though is available only in Edmonton and only accepts 1 of every 5 applicants.

    I found my job 2 weeks before finishing the program as Estimator for a Custom Home Builder Company. My classmates were not that lucky but a year after all had jobs had found jobs in technical positions.

    If you are a foreign trained engineer you could be in the program too. Please contact the Edmonton mennonite Centre to newcomers


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