It’s easier to find a meaningful career in your desired profession when you have a fair understanding of the industry, its practices and the skills it demands. Employers, too, look for individuals who can seamlessly integrate into the workplace and hit the ground running. So, how can you acquire the knowledge, professional connections, and skills needed? Consider taking a bridging program. If a career in media, marketing and communications in Canada is on your mind, BEMC or Bridge to Employment in Media and Communications program might be the right fit for you.
First things first, what is a bridging or bridge training program? Well, it’s a short-term, targeted preparation course that introduces you to the industry and its workplace requirements, and assists you in your employment search and work placement.
Is Bridge to Employment in Media and Communications (BEMC) the program for you?
Are you an internationally educated professional with post-secondary training and experience in journalism, broadcast media, marketing, social media, public relations or a related field? Then the answer is probably yes. Of course, you need to also meet the eligibility requirements for BEMC.
Besides employment support, participants get to network with other newcomer and established professionals
Most individuals come with years of work experience in their countries of origin, but the lack of professional connections in Canada is a common obstacle they face in finding a meaningful job in their field. A fellow immigrant can best understand the challenges newcomers typically face in Canada and can provide the peer support you might be seeking.
Watch what graduates Dean Lobo and Gianluca Olmastroni have to say about their BEMC experience:
In a nutshell
BEMC is a six-month-long program available to Ontario residents who are interested in a career in media and communications or a related field. It includes an in-class component followed by a supervised placement and also site visits & talks from industry professionals. Participants also receive job search support, including resume reviews, interview prep, and access to networking opportunities.
Want to know more? Sign up for an information session to learn more.
We featured some BEMC alumni on our virtual talk show, Café New Canadians, to hear their professional experiences as well as top tips for you. Watch it here!
Café New Canadians session: Find your bridge to a job in media & communications in Canada
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