OK! Happily landed, got the SIN cards, bank accounts are done, kids started schooling and the basic stuff is all up and running. What next?
Need a Job!
Be prepared to hear 3 things here…
- Sorry! No jobs for a newcomer! How about 2 years of Canadian experience and 3 professional references?
- The Canadian economy is severely hit because of the US thingy and so jobs are even far for experienced Canadians.
- Why do you want to wait for that X job in your field? That could take forever! Why not take up a survival job first?
Believe me, every newcomer has to go through this phase and there are very few exceptions like for people who come with a proper job! I did get to meet more than a handful of people who had no one to help them in their initial days and so they were all by themselves. Although the Government of Canada tries to bridge that gap for the newcomers, there are just enough reasons for people to lose track and get into the wrong path only to regret later.
Right, to overcome the above 3 deadly factors, there is a good suggestion from my side. Among the many government sponsored programs for new comers, there is one called Work skills Co Op Program, and it has been successfully used by many. The link to the centres that offer these programs is here. There is a similar program called the ELT(Enhanced language Training). The settlement workers or a personnel in a Newcomer Information Center can help us with more info on such programs. This is Toronto, GTA specific. I am not sure if we have similar programs across Canada. If yes, I suggest you all to make use of it.
The goal of these programs is to successfully integrate newcomers into the active workforce. Believe me, these programs are much in demand and they get filled up very quickly, sometimes even before a month of the start date. So, visiting one of these centres within your first or the second week is highly recommended. They basically have some pre screening and interview sessions before enrolling us into the programs of our choice. These are industry specific programs and the basic outline of the course is that, out of the total 12 weeks course schedule, we are required to attend full-time classes for the first 6 weeks and then they will arrange for a volunteer placement for us, in our field. For example, a banking professional attending this program will get a volunteer placement in one of the banks, or a similar setup for 6 weeks and that will be his/her most valued Canadian work experience.
That`s one way to gain Canadian work experience as soon as you arrive here. Of course there is that traditional way of job search where people do get through and land in a job in no time! Yes networking is again a key to your job search here and it can happen anywhere, meaning on a bus, train, local community centre or a Co Op Centre. Keep the eyes and ears wide open! Stretch your wings and be as social as you can. Good luck to all of you!