Juan Sarmiento

Juan Sarmiento


Juan Sarmiento immigrated to Canada in 2007 and settled in Ottawa. He brought with him seven years of international professional work experience in the information technology and finance sectors.  His experience includes positions as an Information Officer with Whirlpool Corporation in Colombia and an Information Technology Consultant in the Office of the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance in Costa Rica. A native of Colombia, Juan holds an MBA in Finance from the Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica.

Despite his university education and work experience, Juan had a hard time finding a job in Ottawa. Faced with no Canadian work experience or employer references, he had difficulty finding work in his field of expertise. During the first 18 months, he applied for approximately 100 local positions.

With an unyielding determination to enter the workforce, Juan attended World Skills Inc. workshops on job search and resumé writing, where he heard about a job fair at Algonquin College. He met a University of Ottawa HR representative at the job fair and learned about the Access uOttawa program, which provides employment opportunities for skilled immigrants like Juan to enter the Ottawa workforce. He enthusiastically applied for a position in his field and was hired through the program as a Research Office Financial Analyst at the Faculty of Medicine of the University. In his work, Juan is involved in policy development, an opportunity that utilizes his past work experience and education.

Upcoming Events

1:00 pm Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Aug 28 @ 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
1:00 pm Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Sep 10 @ 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
1:00 pm Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our facilitator will be joined by a panel of New Canadians in this interactive session focused on creating dialogue among new internationally educated professionals (IEPs) and current teams in your workplace. We will explore and ... Read More
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Sep 26 @ 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
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