Alberta Lawson

ALBERTA LAWSON Senior Personal Banking Officer, Scotiabank

Senior Personal Banking Officer, Scotiabank

Alberta fell in love with Canada in 1997 while completing a master’s in public administration at Carleton University. In 2003, when she was looking for a fresh start, she knew in her heart that Canada was the place to go.

Alberta left her job with the Central Bank of Ghana and moved to Canada with her three kids. “I thought it would be easier for me to get a job with my experience and Canadian degree,” says Alberta. “But I got here and realized this wasn’t the case.”

Alberta wanted to continue a career in the banking and finance industry, so she took a job with an insurance company as an advisor. She found out about the Ottawa Job Match Network (OJMN) – a project that helps new immigrants find work in their fields – where the staff helped her tailor her résumé and directed her to different networking opportunities.

At a HIO hosted networking event in the spring of 2009, Alberta met a representative from Scotiabank. Three interviews later, Alberta was offered a job for a higher position than the one for which she had applied.

Today Alberta has a job she loves. “I can see that my future is very bright and I’m very excited that I’m doing what I want to do, which is helping people become financially better off.”

Alberta credits her success in part to Hire Immigrants Ottawa and OJMN working to bring employers and skilled immigrants together at such networking events in Ottawa: “You cannot assess a candidate just on paper. The real impression is lost and you lose out on an excellent candidate. Networking is crucial for both employers and internationally trained candidates.”

Ever the optimist and one who doesn’t give up easily, Alberta looks at life with a smile and a lot of determination. She is a positive role model for her three children, who are all working towards degrees in business at different post-secondary institutions. And she’s even getting used to the snow.

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session we will explore and build the foundation of effective communication between new Canadians and their Canadian employers. Curriculum topics include: perception – and how it affects workplace communication; understanding how cultural ... Read More
1:00 pm Employer Learning Forum
Employer Learning Forum
Jun 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fostering Inclusive Workplaces: Winning the Competition for Talent Are you looking for innovative ways to recruit and retain talent for your organization? 63% of Ottawa Businesses report talent acquisition and retention as a top issue ... Read More
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive learning session we will explore how the sending and receiving of messages during the interview can lead to misinterpretations and misconceptions. We will use a paradigm to build skills that are interpreted ... Read More
1:00 pm Performance Management and Feedback
Performance Management and Feedback
Jul 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore effective communication techniques for providing internationally educated professionals with day-to-day as well as performance evaluation feedback; use information on perceptual differences, communication styles and cultural conditioning to explore ... Read More
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