Alberta Lawson

ALBERTA LAWSON Senior Personal Banking Officer, Scotiabank

ALBERTA LAWSON
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

Oct
16
Wed
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO) in collaboration with the Kanata North Business Association are pleased to invite you to a complimentary professional development training. This session is designed to equip employers, people with hiring responsibilities and ... Read More
Oct
23
Wed
1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Oct 23 @ 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
Nov
6
Wed
1:00 pm Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Through research, we can now describe the profile of the person who adapts inter-culturally (both to culture and to workplace) most effectively. In this session we will focus on: exploring the adaptation process and the ... Read More
Nov
14
Thu
1:00 pm Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Most intercultural conflict is related to perceptual differences. In this session we will discuss: developing strategies to identify and address communication style differences; learning when and how to address non-verbal issues of concern; using a ... Read More
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