In honour of the Champlain Saint-Lambert’s 50th anniversary, the college has followed up with 50 of its alumni to see where their paths have led after their time in Cegep. These 50 former students have gone on to accomplish amazing things and their paths show just how much is possible for a Champlain grad.
Bertin Yamdjeu Tandjeu
A few months after arriving in Canada, this Continuing Education grad was able to earn an AEC and land a job in IT.
Bertin Yamdjeu Tandjeu, who completed the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP Recognition of Acquired Competency (RAC) program in 2014, works as an IT analyst for the Ministère des Transports du Québec.
Yamdjeu Tandjeu enrolled in the Continuing Education RAC program shortly after arriving in Canada from Cameroon where he had previous experience working in the information technology sector.
He said that getting an AEC in Network Administration from Champlain College Saint-Lambert helped propel him toward his career goals.
“For immigrants, it’s not so easy in the job market, so with a degree or certificate in Quebec, it can help,” he said.
“It’s a useful process for new immigrants like me to show that they have some knowledge in the field.”
Yamdjeu Tandjeu took classes on the weekends and was able to land a position as a summer student at Bell Canada while he was completing his studies at Champlain.
Thanks to his student status, he got in at Bell and was offered a contract position after the summer. He continued to work his way up at Bell and became a Manager of Service Assurance in 2018.
In 2021, Yamdjeu Tandjeu left Bell to work for a year as a Computer Support Technician at the Grandes-Seigneuries School Board.
At the same time, he started a certificate in cybersecurity from Polytechnique Montréal, wanting to add to his resume and stay current in the job market.
“At that time, I decided to do something to have other qualifications in a domain which has good growth,” he said.
Yamdjeu Tandjeu has been working at the MTQ since February 2022 and is finishing his certificate from at Polytechnique.
Yamdjeu Tandjeu’s advice for those considering RAC: “As a new arrival, when you already have some experience in your field, the best way is to continue in that same field. You can either do a new program or do a RAC. I recommend the RAC because it does not take much time. It is something feasible.”