The Catalyst to Reach Personal and Professional Goals in Calgary

megha-patel-and-husband-ronak-patelA recent immigrant with a Master of Science (Computer Science), Megha Patel brought two years of experience with her as a software engineer from Ahmedabad, India. Leaving her family behind was difficult, but she and her husband migrated to Canada in search of a better life.

When she arrived, Megha spent her time searching for a job within Calgary’s evolving IT sector. With recent training and relevant experience, opportunities should have been plenty. But Megha could not find a job. She soon realized there were differences in technology use between Canada and India. Some companies were using new technologies that she was trained in, but also older technologies that she was not familiar with.

Discouraged with her job search, but armed with the knowledge that some extra, specific training might give her the profile she needed, she decided to go back to school. She did her homework and found a highly rated Object Oriented Software Development program at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). With a 93% graduate employment rate, Megha felt this program would quickly give her the labour market edge she needed.

She qualified for the competitive eight month program, but it didn’t come cheap. She needed some financial assistance. A SAIT advisor knew about IAF and suggested she connect with us. It was the right move. With the help of her IAF loan, Megha finished the program in April 2015. She promptly applied for positions in the IT field.

This time, her many interviews led to a paid practicum with a company she still works for today, AgCall. Megha works in AgCall’s IT department as a Solutions Developer.

For Megha, IAF was a central catalyst in her success. She was encouraged by the helpful nature, professionalism and competence of her IAF Loan Facilitator. Megha’s Loan Facilitator became a trusted confidant, encouraging and supporting her, and giving valuable advice along the journey back to her career. Finding work in her field has put her life back on track. Without the loan, she couldn’t have completed the program. She might have joined the many underemployed newcomers in Canada. Instead, Megha’s migration dream has become a reality.

Megha loves life in Calgary, particularly the beauty of nature that surrounds and winds through the city. Many of her new community of friends are people she went to SAIT with, and new co-workers. She and her husband have begun to grow strong roots in Calgary. They are expecting a baby, fulfilling their wishes to have a family, and life centered in Canada.

Every year, IAF helps hundreds of immigrants by providing loans to help them pay for the licensing or training they need to work in their field in Canada. Now more than ever Canada’s newcomers need our help. Please consider a donation to IAF today.