“Before I came to Canada, I was a structural engineer with more than ten years of experience in structural design. I moved to Canada in 2007 and I used to work in a food company because it was very difficult to find a suitable job for me. I decided to go back to school and take the AutoCAD program.
Brighton College’s program was perfect for me and the class schedule was very flexible. During my training at Brighton College I learned a lot about BC building codes and new drafting skills.
My teacher Edward found me a great work experience term at IRC Building Science Group and after graduation they offered me to be a part of their team! I work as an AutoCAD technician and I am very happy with my job.”
I was a consultant in Toronto and when I moved to Vancouver, I was looking for a change in career and stumbled upon International Trade and Freight Forwarding with high employment rate after graduation. Realizing the importance of trade and Vancouver being a port city, I knew this was the industry for me. After researching different schools, I attended an information session at Brighton College and was given the opportunity to attend a class in session. With flexible class schedules and a fun atmosphere, enrollment was an easy decision.
My overall experience at Brighton was fantastic. I certainly benefited from the up-to-date and relevant curriculum offered. I was adamant in choosing a career in an industry where the curriculum met the requirement of today’s economy and this program did not disappoint. And the fact that it offered a work experience component was a huge bonus. I learned ropes of the trade first hand and got hands-on experience at one of the largest freight forwarding companies in Richmond. The icing on the cake is that I went from finishing my work experience term to full time employment without delay!
I really enjoyed interacting with all the staff including the executive members. Not only did I find them knowledgeable, but also very down to earth and friendly. One of the things that I benefited from the most was the fact that classes were interactive and participation was highly encouraged. After all, what you put into it is what you get out of it! The ever so engaging and enthusiastic instructor made every class fun to attend.
Whether you are looking for a change in career or wanting to get Canadian credential for your existing career, the staff is there to help you choose what’s right for you. At no time I felt pressured in making my decision.
“Before coming to Canada two years ago, I completed my Nursing Degree in India. After arriving in Canada I had several odd jobs in different positions, and that is when I decided to pursue a career in health care and take an RCA program at a local college.
I had a very good experience at Brighton College. Brighton College had a friendly environment, very encouraging instructors, and supportive staff. Smaller class sizes helped me to participate more in the class activities and I had more opportunities to interact with the teacher and the classmates. At the end of my program, I was sent to Dufferin Care Centre in Coquitlam to do my work experience term. I am very happy that a few weeks after I graduated I got a job offer from Dufferin Care Centre.
Looking back at this experience, I would recommend this program to any student interested in health care.”
Before coming to Canada in 1999, I graduated from a university in South China and I had worked as a project technician for three years. After arriving in Canada I completed my studies at UBC and I worked for BC Hydro as a project coordinator for two years. I was laid off in 2009 and was looking for new job opportunities. When my friend introduced me to Brighton College I was excited to find out that the construction and drafting technician diploma program taught students how to use some new technologies such as Civil 3D, advanced AutoCAD and Revit.
Brighton College provides an excellent study environment including intensive courses and flexible schedules. When I completed my diploma program in April 2011, I was placed at one Associated Engineering Firm in Burnaby to do my work experience term and after one month of working there I became a full time employee in that firm. During my time at Brighton College I met many new friends from different cultures and was able to enjoy many different social activities. I would definitely recommend Brighton College to others.
Before coming to Canada I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and for six years I had been working in the Civil Engineering industry. In 2009 I lost my job as a civil engineering draftsperson. I tried to find another job in the same or similar area for months but I didn’t have any luck. Then I decided to join Brighton College to update my technical skills.
I had a very good experience at Brighton College. I learned a lot of new practical technical skills. The program was intensive and provided me with the opportunity to learn a lot in short period of time. The classes were small and there was a lot of engagement and interaction with the teachers. My instructor was extremely knowledgeable and he found me an excellent work experience term in a civil engineering firm. After I graduated I was immediately hired by an engineering company. If you see your future in the Civil Infrastructure Technology, Brighton College is the place to go.
I got my accounting diploma in China 20 years ago. I worked for several companies over 15 years. I wanted to give my child good education, so I came to Canada 5 years ago. I tried to look for a job in my field. But soon I realized that without local education and local experience, I had little chances to get employed. Therefore, I decided to enroll in Brighton College Computerized Accounting and Office Diploma.
My favourite teacher was Colin. He was very professional and engaging. I was also lucky to have a great Employment coordinator Katy who helped me write an excellent resume and taught me job search skills. I got enough confidence and knowledge to be able to find an accounting job right after the completion of my work experience term.
Before coming to Canada in 2005, I had graduated from a University in China with BA in Art and worked in an import and export company for ten years. I heard from a friend that Vancouver was a really beautiful place, so I decided to move here. After arriving in Canada, I found a job in a travel industry. After a while, I realized that being a travel consultant wasn’t my calling and decided to switch back to the career I truly love. I thought that enrolling in International Trade and Freight Forwarding Program at Brighton College would be the right thing for me to do if I wanted to reach my goal and I have never regretted my choice.
My experience at Brighton College was wonderful. My instructor, Terry, proved to be outstandingly knowledgeable and patient. I was strongly motivated to attend the classes as they were full of fun and gave me energy to work hard. Even though I had solid experience in the international trade field, learning how the business operated in Canada was very beneficial. After completing my courses, I was placed for a work experience term at Ginbi International company, which decided to hire me afterwards . I am a full-time employee now and really enjoy my new job.
Overall, my studies at Brighton College proved to be a very valuable experience and provided me with knowledge and skills that made me a confident and well-rounded specialist in my field.
I moved to Canada in 2005 with my family. I decided to attend Brighton College to update my skills and to improve my chances of getting a job. I had a very good experience at Brighton College. The staff was friendly and experienced. One of the major attractions for me was the flexibility of the class schedule. I formed a nice study group early on and we were all a great support for each other. My teacher Edward gave me responsibilities, guided me and taught me a lot. He also helped me with my job search. After graduating I was immediately offered a job at CWA Engineering Firm. I will certainly miss all the wonderful people I have met at Brighton College.”
“I went to Brighton College to gain added computer skills specifically in network administration. What I got was a lot more. Their team of experts has created both an excellent learning environment and a support network for my computer development needs. I freely recommend them to anyone that is interested in the network administration.”
I came to Canada in 1997 with my parents because my home country, Serbia, was involved in war. I got my schooling in Robert Land Academy, Ontario. When I decided to further my education, I was attracted to International Trade and Freight Forwarding Program at Brighton College because it appeared to be a fast track to a career in very exciting field.
Not only was it the duration of the program, but also the small class size and the general atmosphere that made my experience in Brighton college an outstanding experience. Professional and approachable teachers supported me throughout my studies. At my work experience term with Livingstone International I was exposed to the real world of International Trade by working alongside a customs broker.
As a participant in a job search program provided by the college, I was invited for a mock interview to a logistics company, which turned out to be a real job interview: they offered me a position of a traffic broker!
“I had a very positive experience at Brighton College, with professional and helpful instructors. I graduated from the Accounting Program with excellent marks and a Canadian Payroll Certificate. During my program, I was placed in a work experience term with a local accounting firm who offered me a job after graduation.
I will always be grateful for the training and encouragement that I received from Brighton College.”
“Before coming to Canada four years ago, I completed my Bachelors Degree in Construction. After moving to Canada I worked in a warehouse and I was learning English at the same time. I decided to join Brighton College because I wanted to acquire new skills.
I had a very good experience at Brighton College, and I learned everything about the local construction industry. Brighton College had a friendly environment, very encouraging instructors, and supportive staff. At the end of my program, I was sent to a construction management company in Vancouver to do my work experience term. Shortly after my term, I found a great job in a local company!
Thank you Brighton College!”
I moved to Vancouver from Ottawa where I worked at a mobility aid store. I was drawn to Brighton College because of the flexible schedule and the programs it offered. The friendly staff gave me some great advice which helped me choose the right program. The International Trade and Freight Forwarding Program best suited my skills and interests. All the teachers made studying a beneficial and enjoyable experience. Not only did I become certified in the International Trade industry, but I also gained a college diploma! After graduating, I was offered a contract at a commercial lease & finance company owned by Scotia Bank, where I am currently employed as a client service coordinator.
“My instructor at Brighton College did a great job, not only presenting the material, but also teaching it. He related the concepts well to the things we previously covered so we were building on our knowledge base. He also included topics that have proven useful from his experience in the industry. I’m very pleased. Thanks!
The instructors at Brighton College are excellent. They prepared me for a future in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Through Brighton College’s work experience program, I was able to get a hands on view of Drafting and my new career. Thank you, Brighton College.”
“Before attending Brighton College I competed in many international athletic events. I won a bronze medal in discus throwing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne Australia, and even competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. My goal is to get gold at the next Commonwealth Games.
For right now my focus is on school though. I wanted to get high quality training in a field I would love, so Brighton College was a good choice! I am currently attending the International Trade program at Brighton, which is providing me with globally recognized FITT qualifications. I am very excited about this program because I speak 5 different languages and used to work as a translator of Danish and Swedish in Denmark, so I am happy to study Importing and Exporting. The program has been very interesting so far and everyone has been great; I know the training I am learning here will help me with my future.”
“I came to Canada 4 years ago with a background in civil engineering and I couldn’t find a job without Canadian certification and experience in Vancouver. I always wanted to upgrade the knowledge in my field with AutoCAD and civil engineering design that’s why I went to Brighton College.
During my time there I studied Construction Estimating ,AutoCAD ,Architectural Desktop, Land Development Desktop, Health and Safety Construction. I’m really enjoying the subjects.
There’s nothing too difficult in the program. All the teachers are great, they inspire us, help with our assignments, always help with job finding, and give us useful advice.
My classmates were amazing. There were about 15 students in my class. There were 5 students from my country, Iran, and students from other countries such as Africa, and the Philippines .It’s a good and fun experience to study with different people of different nationalities. I found a lot of good friends.”
Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1996, Mei Mei was a computer programmer in Taiwan. Though she very much enjoyed her life in Taiwan, she decided on the move to Canada in hopes of providing her children with a better educational environment. Upon resuming her career as a programmer, she unfortunately incurred challenges and began weighing her career options. She ultimately sought to attend Brighton College upon the advice of a good friend who attended the college and subsequently secured an excellent job.
Mei Mei describes the staff and instructors at Brighton College as helpful and friendly, always doing their best to meet individual needs of all students. She also indicates that the college provided her with relevant skills and knowledge to meet current labour market demands. “Thank you Brighton College! You made my life much easier!”
Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2010, Jayantha was a Mechanical Engineer with more than 27 years of experience, including as a Managing Director. His sole reason for coming to Canada was to give his children exposure to the Canadian culture. His job search turned out be a challenging task, having sent out more than 400 resumes. A friend of Jayantha suggested he gain Canadian credentials and recommended that he seek information on the AutoCAD Drafting and Design Specialist program at Brighton College.
He eventually enrolled in the program. He states “superb” as the one word to describe his experience, noting the friendliness and helpfulness of both the staff and the instructors. He also acknowledges the friendships he built with his classmates. Brighton College provided a “home atmosphere”.
Arriving in Vancouver in 2001, Alwin accepted a retail position at a 7-Eleven. Following the decision to return to the profession in which he once worked as a Civil Engineer, he happily accepted an offer to attend the Civil Infrastructure Design and Drafting program at Brighton College. Alwin stated that Brighton has instructors who are dedicated to student success, along with a supportive team of staff who are accommodating and helpful. He further commented that the program delivered relevant and up-to date curriculum and provided him with the valuable experience of a work experience term.