Don made a unique proposal to Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism to adapt the Career Destination solution to the needs of immigrants coming to the province.
Career Destination: Manitoba for Newcomers is an innovative online gallery of career success stories of skilled immigrants who have found ways to get past all the barriers to work again in their professional fields.
More than just another career web site, Career Destination: MANITOBA is a virtual community of useful stories, enabling diverse contributors to talk about what works, what to avoid and how not to give up.
The success stories of these immigrants act as “human fact sheets” for those who follow, providing real examples of how to navigate barriers, address gaps and build on what they have in practical ways. These authentic role models give advice in areas such as:
- Credential recognition
- Language skills
- Workplace culture
- Finding work
- Living in the community
The stories are told in the words of the immigrants themselves, based on in-depth structured interviews, with voice clips enhanced by video and images from local workplaces. These multimedia career biographies speak to new immigrants on both an intellectual and an emotional level as their subjects talk frankly about how they successfully made the transition to Canada. Best practice stories from employers, counsellors and others in the community who have helped them achieve their success add expert depth to the value of personal experience.
This virtual orientation service is directly connected to the provincial immigration portal. Each career profile is linked to community-specific labour market databases and other useful occupational information to help newcomers get started.
This solution has been built in phases over the years since 2002, starting with a gallery of 15 profiles. It now totals over 100 profiles, with examples from regulated professions, skilled trades and small businesses, in addition to many other occupations and best practice short stories.
Deliverables included a custom designed website with 106 career profiles to date. It has been audience tested several times and received over 27,000 visits in 2011, during which time Manitoba received 16,000 immigrants.
July 2004 – present
Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism
- Executive Producer
- Web producer
- Audio recorder
- Multimedia technologist
Manitoba Fairness Commissioner
Immigration and Multiculturalism
(800) 282-8069 ext. 7353
Don Presant developed the multimedia Career Destination Manitoba for Newcomers career development website for Ms. Munoz, starting in 2002, when she was Director of Settlement for Manitoba Immigration.