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Windmill Microlending Megha Software Engineer


Megha came to Canada as a software engineer but she struggled with under-employment and the costs of getting her experience recognized.

Megha had a Masters in Computer Science and two years of experience as a software engineer when she arrived in Canada from Ahmedabad, India. Leaving her family behind was difficult, but she and her husband migrated to Canada in search of a better life.

When she arrived, Megha spent her time searching for a job within Calgary’s evolving IT sector. With recent training and relevant experience, opportunities should have been plentiful, but Megha could not find a job. She realized there were differences in technology use between Canada and India. Some companies were using the new technologies she was trained in, but also older technologies which were unfamiliar to her.

Discouraged with her job search, but armed with the knowledge that some specific training might give her the profile she needed, she decided to go back to school. She found a highly-rated Object-Oriented Software Development program at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). With a 93% graduate employment rate, Megha felt this program would give her the labour market edge she needed.

She qualified for the competitive eight-month program, but it was expensive. She needed some financial assistance. An SAIT advisor knew about Windmill Microlending and suggested that Megha connect with us. With the help of her Windmill loan, Megha finished the program and promptly applied for positions in the IT field.

This time, her interviews led to a paid practicum with a company she still works for today, AgCall, as a Solutions Developer in their IT department.

Windmill was central to Megha’s success. Her Windmill Loan Facilitator became a trusted confidant, encouraging and supporting her, and giving valuable advice along the journey back to her career.

Finding work in her field has put her life back on track. Megha loves life in Calgary, and many of her new friends are people she met at SAIT and co-workers. She and her husband are fulfilling their wishes to have a family in Canada.

Every year, Windmill helps hundreds of immigrants by providing loans to help them pay for the licensing or training they need to achieve career success in Canada. Now more than ever Canada’s newcomers need our help.

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