My good friend Miguel has a Masters in Computer Science and was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Mexico City yet he can’t have his qualifications recognized in Canada. Future Shop must be really satisfied with all the professionals they happily employ.

A client who owns a business teaching ESL to Chinese kids in Richmond was the Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Beijing for a number of years.

Another client works in a golf course as grounds keeper. He’s very happy to be working and has a loving family who is grateful he brought them to Canada from their native China. His 2 children in their teens are well adjusted children who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and English flawlessly. He’s happy; I guess in a way, that he doesn’t have the constant pressure he had as a PhD, nuclear physicist at China’s largest reactor. It’s hard for him to complain, he’s not that kind of man. As long as he has time for his family, they have shelter and are well fed he feels like the world is his oyster.

Janna is a sincere well adjusted perfectionist who is a graphic designer working in Vancouver. She won’t dwell on her past. After all why should she tell the world she is a Naval Architect trained in Russia as well as a certified Civil Engineer?  Life changes and people make decisions that change their lives.

Looking back, I’ve had many careers too but I’ve always left them of my own choice to pursue other opportunities. I’ve never been forced to leave a profession, I wonder how that feels?

Only happens to immigrants you say? My wife was a Register Nurse in Ontario. She moved to British Columbia but can’t work as a nurse unless she gets certified here as well. What! Needles work differently out here in BC?

I know changes are afoot to the immigration laws that will give accredited professionals some of their dignity back; it’s about time I venture to say. Now how do we deal with our own citizens who can’t even cross provincial borders to work?

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