I come from a society where almost everything is totally different from that here. Luckily, thanks to the broad-minded upbringing provided by my parents (particularly my mother) I was able to adjust rapidly to Canadian value systems.
I did a little factory work initially but quickly realized that I was not suited for it at all. After that I hit upon the idea of going through a co-op program for doing volunteer work. Doing volunteer work is important for a variety of reasons. It gains you an entry in your own field and acclimatizes you to working conditions here. It was voluntary work that ultimately opened doors for me in other areas related to my life. However, Canadian society is highly personalized and individualized, so what holds good for one may not (and usually will not) apply to another. These are only guidelines … you will ultimately need to experiment with your own path.
In the workforce here, soft skills are more important than hard skills. No matter how brilliant you are if you cannot work as part of a team and don’t have the correct attitude you will not find suitable employment. It is also very important to constantly network. A sound knowledge of English is of course essential, but (other things being equal) a strong command over French/Spanish is definitely advantageous from the employment perspective.
In conclusion, I can only say that I am of the firm opinion that “if you believe in God He does half the work for you … as to the other half He helps those who help themselves.”
Boris’ Success Story
My experience with Boris was both pleasant and efficient. He was proactive and had already undertaken some volunteer work in his field of expertise when he and I became protégé and mentor. I answered his general job search questions as best I could, suggested additional methods of developing and tapping into his network to mine out opportunities, forwarded his resume to a few contacts, and put him in touch with a individual in the same line of work, from a neighbouring country to his, also new to Canada and who had found work. I could tell he was busy as his emails were less frequent, and behold, he suddenly had three part-time jobs, miles apart (but he wasn’t complaining!) but in his field of expertise. So I know he’s on his way, having broken the Canadian experience barrier!
Tanya’s Success Story
I was feeling great when Tanya at last got her work placement. The best of all she will have a Canadian experience, which is one of the most important support for the future of newcomers or students.
From our mentor/protege relationship, we both learned from each other We shared our experiences and often its become our great discussion tools. Listening, sharing and telling her with respect that I can feel her difficulties as a newcomer build our relation as a mentor/protege stronger. Yet, I let her to make her own choice and decision.
I envy her believe to stay firm in this difficult time as Canadian unemployment still consider high and for this matter I believe that Canadainfonet is one of her best support she ever has.
Well Brigid, that’s one of my best feeling that I could help other. And for my holidays wish this year; “I wish, I will always have time helping others.”
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