The Road to Post-Secondary and a Great Career

November 30, 2019

Sahar arrived in Canada a decade ago from Iran as a refugee. During her time in Canada she mostly stayed home with her young son as a homemaker; however, there came a time when she worked in entry level positions. Her last position was at Children’s Place, and during her employment she went through a separation and divorce, thus became a single parent. She was unable to sustain the cost of living on a minimum wage income.

She moved to Maple Ridge and kept herself occupied by networking with friends and contacts. By doing so, she was able to gain valuable volunteer experience at a dental clinic. She said it was a wonderful experience that kept her busy through her divorce. At the time, Sahar did not have the financial resources to enroll into school and pursue her interest in the dental industry, so she registered for WorkBC services to help her identify and establish a sustainable career as a single parent.

Through WorkBC, Sahar completed many workshops, and her favorite was the Discovery of Work Options where she learned about her Personality Dimensions and her “colours”, her transferable skills, and what she values most in an occupation and a workplace.

While there, Sahar completed a six-week Essentials Skills program to increase her skill levels in Reading, Document Use and Numeracy. The feedback from her instructor confirmed her dedication and continued efforts. Although, Sahar remained below the required average score after completing the Workplace Essentials Skills workshop series, she remained optimistic and determined to improve her English level.

Currently, Sahar is close to completing English 12 academic upgrading and she is successfully maintaining the required B average. Once she completes English 12, she will meet the entrance requirements for the Dental Assisting program!

Sahar is on the road to post-secondary training and a sustainable career in the dental industry!