Tara Alani already had more than a dozen years of immigration experience in both the nonprofit and government sectors.
She was used to answering newcomers’ questions, providing referrals, and managing files. But she knew a formal training program would enable her to further develop her skills and advance her career.
So she enrolled in the Immigration Case Manager program at Herzing—and landed a new job with a private corporation just a few weeks into the course!
We caught up with Tara recently to learn about her experience and get her impressions of the training thus far.
Read on for her full story.
Q. Tara, can you share a bit about yourself? What were you doing before going back to school?
Tara: I worked at CCI (Catholic Centre for Immigrants) for 16 years. I was a settlement counsellor for newcomers, and the role consisted of providing information and referrals to clients and managing case files.
I assisted in completing multiple immigration forms and processes, including permanent residence, refugee claims, sponsorships, work permits, and citizenship applications.
I also was a caseworker at the ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) with the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services. I assisted clients by answering questions and applying proper procedures to get their benefits.
Q. What made you decide to take the ICM program?
Tara: I had a keen interest in entering the private sector, and I knew the Immigration Case Manager program would give me the right tools and skills to do that.
Q. Why did you choose Herzing?
Tara: Herzing College was an excellent fit for me because they offer several options for class times, and I can study 100 per cent online.
I also believe the provided internship is an excellent gateway to the career.
Q. How's the instructor, course material, and general vibe in class?
Tara: I am pleased to have such an excellent instructor as Cassandra. She is a very patient, knowledgeable, and understanding person.
Even though I have 16 years of experience in the immigration field, I’m learning a lot from this program. The course material is fantastic, easy to access, and noticeably clear to read.
Also, the general vibe in class is friendly and fun.
Q. What’s the best part of the training?
Tara: The best part of the immigration course is meeting all my new classmates and getting to know my instructor.
Q. What specific support does Herzing offer that is helping you succeed?
Tara: They consistently provide us with updates on new job opportunities to apply for so that students can be competitive in all postings.
In fact, I am about to start working at PwC, and I found out about the job posting by receiving an email from Mai To. She’s the Interim Director of Career Services at Herzing.
I will start my job while still in my course, and I will continue with my studies until I’m finished.
Q. What advice would you give to someone who was considering Herzing College?
Tara: Go for it. It is flexible and feasible, and anyone can do it. I recommend Herzing College, and I have already referred a friend to take the same program. He will start the class soon.
EXPLORE THE IMMIGRATION CASE MANAGER PROGRAM
Herzing’s Immigration Case Manager program covers all the skills you need to become an essential member of an immigration legal team.
In just nine months, you get comprehensive training in immigration law, client communications, file management, ethics, and more. You also get real-world experience through an included five-week internship.
When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to assist licensed immigration consultants and lawyers.
Still have questions? An admissions advisor can provide more details on course schedules, costs, financial aid, and how to apply.
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