Success Story: Sunitha Kshatriya, Student | Internationally Educated Professionals 2012 Convocation

Success Story: Sunitha Kshatriya, Student | Internationally Educated Professionals 2012 Convocation

September 1, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


That was a nice talk. Good evening and greetings
to fellow IEPs and honorable minister, president of York university and vice chancellor, faculty,
dean and esteemed guests. I stand here before you to share my experiences
which will resonate with all IEPs. I came to Canada in July 2009, with a Phd in Human
Resources, an MBA, for my kids university education thinking I will find a job. This
was very far away from the truth. I went to COSTI, Access, YMCA, the mentoring program
at the TRIEC mentoring, got an internship with the Ministry of Government Services through
the career bridge program, but did not find a job in academia. I sent out over 100 resumes,
to colleges and universities, networked, cold called, interviewed, did information interviews,
but nothing worked. I then joined a multinational engineering company, which was basically an
electrical company, through my husband’s connections as a customer care representative, which to
me was a survival job. I heard about the IEP Certificate from my son, who is studying at
York, and he encouraged me to come to the introduction session, so I came to the introduction
session in August 2011. That was last year. But I wasn’t convinced that this program would
really help me, because it was an undergraduate level certificate. Dr. Julia Richardson who
was at that time the Faculty Champion for the management stream called me up and asked
me to come and see her, and I came to see her, and she kind of convinced me to join
the program. She said that it would make a difference to me six months down the road.
I still didn’t believe that it would, but I wanted to trust her, and I joined the program.
Because to me, I gave myself a last chance to get into my career because at that point
I was contemplating going back. My experience in the program were extremely enjoyable, engaging
and refreshing to say the least. I improved skill gaps through group activities, presentations,
and report writing, class participation and real life consulting projects. I learned to
be more assertive rather than aggressive, learned that listening was an important part
of communication, and learned how to approach people in the Canadian Cultural context. The
program’s professor’s were fantastic and brilliant. They emphasized and they empathized with IEPs.
They understood that we have the expertise, we have the knowledge, we have the experience.
We didn’t have the fortune, the good fortune that they had of being in Canada for a longer
time. I would like to thank Professor Robert Levine, Marlene Bernholtz, Indira Somwaru,
Mark Podolsky, Mary Ducharme, Peter Constantinou and Soosan Latham, who contributed to my success,
in class and outside. The program revalidated my abilities, confidence, across a diverse
and talented group of IEPs, from different parts of the world. I’m sorry for getting
emotional. I promised myself I wouldn’t. I completed my IEP Certificate in August 2012,
and completed a Leadership certificate alongside that because of a scholarship that was offered
to me through the IEP office. I also took the opportunity for career coaching and benefitted
immensely through Suranna’s guidance. I got a fantastic C.V. prepared, a great cover letter
and guidance on goal setting, interview and negotiation skills. I also was forwarded links
to job ads, fitting my profile and competencies. I applied to forty five jobs in academics
between June 2012 to August 2012. On August 17th of this year, I got my first call from
the London School of Business and Finance. After three interviews, I was offered a full-time
position in September 2012 as a Program Leader to teach undergraduate students and to lead
the program administration. I also got an opportunity at York University to grade midterm
and final exam papers for 4th year Human Resource management students on a course I would have
taken, had I continued. I also recently got an offer to teach at Seneca College to their
4th year undergraduate Human Resource Management students on a part-time basis for the School
of Business management and Human resources, which I’m likely to begin in January 2013.
I have also been short listed for assistant professor positions at various universities,
including York, recently. The support I have received from the IEP staff and faculty has
been phenomemal. I would like to take this opportunity to thank IEP staff Nora Priestly,
Luisa, Unaizah, Nathan and others for encouraging and supporting me throughout. I would also
like to thank the IEP Program Director for giving me an oppportunity to do the leadership
certificate alongside this course. I would like to thank the Ministry of Citizenship
and Immigration for funding provided to help IEPs succeed. Finally, a humble piece of advice
to all who are a part of this wonderful program. Believe in yourself, walk in this with 100% commitment,
with sincerity. Listen to your faculty, listen to the advice that is given to you by professors
because this program works. It walks its talk. A big thank you to everyone.