Career Transitions Participant Resources

Welcome to Career Transitions homework and resource page
Workshops and Homework
It is critical you attend all 11 workshops and complete the related homework in order to complete the program. During this time you will gain valuable insight into the Canadian health care sector, develop interview and job search skills required to compete in the sector, and demonstrate your employment potential. All of this is critical in assisting the Career Transitions team in getting to know you and helping guide you through your journey to meaningful employment. You can click here to find out more!
Action Plan Meeting
This is your opportunity to meet one-on-one with your Job Developer and discuss a job search strategy that is customized to your goals. This meeting will provide you with valuable information about your options and the steps to take to move forward. Most importantly it gives your Job Developer the opportunity to learn more about you and how to connect you with the right opportunities.
Ongoing Support
Once you complete the workshops you will be added to our database and start to receive weekly emails with job opportunities and other information. You will continue to have access to our professional writer as well as employment support. We are available to assist with applications, interview preparation and special opportunities.

Homework Assignments


The homework you are assigned during the workshops is an important part of your job search. You will create your resume and CV, develop your job search skills and prepare for your mock interview. Completing these assignments will prepare you for your Action Plan meeting and the subsequent steps to employment.

Interview Preparation


The job interview is the final step in the hiring process and often the make-or-break moment for every candidate. The single best piece of advice is to be prepared. Read through this section, speak to people who have been through the process, use a resource book, and do your homework. Solid preparation will give you the added confidence you need, sharpen your focus, decrease stress, and allow you to relax a little bit.


Practice will make you calmer, more organized, and help you sound better during the real thing.

Know about the company you are interviewing with:

  • Review all the information they send you.
  • Visit their website.
  • Ask for an interview schedule ahead of time if it was not included (fax or email).
  • Ask the program what to expect and what materials to bring for the interview day.
  • Find out about the interviewers (LinkedIn, web search) if possible.
  • Speak with employees you might know.


Know a great deal about the organization’s and the role’s culture:

  • What do practitioners in the field really do?
  • What types of work do they do?
  • How are they perceived by other professionals?
  • What do they value or view as important as a profession?
Mock Interview

A mock interview is a great chance to practice your skills and receive valuable feedback on how you can improve. You’ll also get suggestions about what the employer might be looking for and how you can tailor your answers to reflect that. Prepare as if it were a real interview – review your answers to specific questions. Carry copies of your CV, cover letter, your list of questions you wish to have answered, and any additional documents that might be necessary.

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Resources and Useful Links

Ottawa receives the highest percentage of immigrants with a university degree among Canada’s largest cities. That often means you are among hundreds of qualified candidates applying for work. Competition is high, so give yourself an edge by learning more about the labour market in Ottawa at Labour Market Ottawa. You can also explore other links to job search sites and licensing regulations.
Health Jobs Information
Find out more about different health related occupations including salary and labour market information at Employment Hub Ottawa.
Job Search Websites has postings from multiple sources and you can set up job alerts based on keywords and search criteria. is similar to and posts jobs from a variety of sources.

Charity Village features postings from non-profit organizations.

Job Bank is hosted by the government and contains postings from the private and public sector.

Bridging Programs
This program for Internationally Educated Professionals in Nutrition provides a Canadian university certificate to enable enhanced opportunities for employment.

Medical Laboratory Technology
Several Ontario colleges have a several programs for those pursuing a career in medical laboratory technology.

Medical Radiation Technology
Michener’s program is designed to help prepare internationally educated medical radiological (x-ray) technologists for the national certification examination.

International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program is a 9-month bridging program for internationally trained and experienced midwives.

This program assists internationally educated nurses meet the professional and educational requirements of the CNO.

International Optometric Bridging Program provides qualified applicants with opportunities to gain the skills necessary for registration in Canada.

International Pharmacy Graduate Program prepares internationally educated pharmacists to meet Canadian licensing and entry-to-practice requirements.

Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program offers courses for internationally educated physiotherapists to help transition their career to Canada.

Dentistry Bridging Programs allow internationally trained dentists to apply for advanced placement at the University of Toronto, and Schulich at Western University in London, Ontario.

Mental Health
provides bridge training and an option for a supervised placement working towards registration for mental health professionals.

Health Sector Information
Health Canada is a federal government department. Find out about national initiatives in health, legislation and health information on their website.

Public Health Agency of Canada is another federal organization which works to improve the health of Canadians.

Canadian Institute for Health Information a non-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health system.


Life Sciences and Research
BioTalent Canada has job postings, information and news about the life sciences sector in Ottawa and across Canada.

CIHR  is an independent agency that administers funding to research projects on behalf of government.

Clinical Research Association of Canada is a non-profit organization and has information and resources relevant to all aspects of clinical research in Canada.

First Aid and CPR  The city of Ottawa Paramedics offers First and CPR courses offered in both French and English.

Phlebotomy Algonquin Career Academy offers courses in phlebotomy.

Licensing and Residency
Physicians Apply is the portal where doctors can find information about the licensing process in Canada.

The College of Nurses of Ontario provides information about licensing for nurses in Ontario.

CaRMS is the organization that administers the residency matching system for Canada.

Dentists can learn more about licensing and exams at NDEB’s website.

Pharmacist’s Gateway provides information and resources for pharmacists pursuing licensing in Canada.

Local Health Care Services
Healthline provides lists of health care services, facilities and career opportunities in the Champlain (Ottawa) area.

The Champlain LHIN administers health care funding and information about the local integrated health network.

ONIP is a network of internationally trained professionals and has information about the health care sector.

Language Training
Algonquin College: Occupation Specific Language Training for health professionals is available at Algonquin College and provides 180 hours of free training specific to health care.

IELTS is the standard test for English required for continuing education, residency, and licensing in most fields.