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Toronto— Hungary native Reka Tokes was sure to pack all her professional education and work experience certificates in her suitcase when moving to Canada with her husband and young daughter in 2012. However, she was also mindful that it could take a very long time to get employed in her field, if she relied only on those certificates and her career back home, lacking Canadian experience. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Student Stabbed Near Campus in Canada, Remains Critical; MEA Offers Visa Support For Kin

But thanks to her efforts including participation in York University’s Bridging Program for International Education Professionals (IEPs), the master’s degree holder in human resources and adult education got hired as a learning consultant for the Ministry of Government Services within two years. Also Read - Sun-soaking device turns water into 'superheated' steam

Tokes will be shared her experiences as an IEP, at York University’s Celebrate Success event on November 13, where she and 40 other program graduates received their certificates.

“People like Reka bring with them incredible skills, abilities and a desire to be successful and it’s highly rewarding to help them with filling in gaps, getting professional designations, and in building networks to be better prepared for finding fulfilling careers in Ontario,” says Program Manager Nora Priestly.

Funded by the provincial and federal governments, the program at York U has assisted IEPs from more than 35 countries to break the barriers to employment in Ontario and land positions that best match their foreign education, credentials and work experience.

“The program helped me to see my background from the Canadian perspective and provided me information about networking opportunities and career options that are relevant to my previous experiences,” says Tokes adding, “Simply put, it helped me build a bridge between my past and my future.”

This story originally appeared on The Weekly Voice.