Immigrating to a new country can be an exciting as well as a challenging experience, even in a country like Canada that welcomes thousands of immigrants, every year. It’s like uprooting your entire life, and building a new one from scratch in a country with a different culture, values, and customs. For someone who is new in Canada must be familiar with the term “No Canadian experience, no job”. This is quite disheartening, especially when you have years of experience and skills needed to get a job in Canada.
Fortunately, there are many ways to overcome this hurdle and find a way to their new life in Canada.
Thousands of CEC candidates are receiving invitations to apply in the past two months amid the covid-19 travel restrictions. Express Entry Canada is currently prioritizing applications for the CEC candidates because most of them are in Canada and do not need to travel to and from Canada.
Put your Ego Aside
Whether you are just a newcomer or planning to migrate to Canada, just know that Canadian employers aren’t going to chase you and give you a job offer. They simply don’t need you, they need talent and experience. And if you have them, you’ll get it for sure. As a landed immigrant, you might have to perform some odd jobs as well so be prepared for that. You might have to work as a Cab driver, waiter, plumber, or a truck driver. Do not feel ashamed. Just do it and believe in yourself. Odd jobs are considered good for immigrants, but unfortunately, they are look down upon by newcomers.
- Do you know that a plumber in Canada makes $50 to $75 per hour?
- Even a Garbage collector can make $50 to $70 per hour?
- Truck driver can make $800 to $1500 per week, and
- A waiter can make $12.10 per hour
Canadian work experience gives you an edge over others, and if you still think these jobs aren’t going to serve you any better, you are absolutely wrong.
Volunteer Experience Counts
New migrants to Canada can start by gaining some volunteer experience with charitable organizations. In Canada, volunteering is often regarded as a valuable experience by employers as it helps you build connections with people or local organizations. You don’t get paid while volunteering still, it’s an excellent way to gain Canadian work experience and support your future career goals.
Take a Course
Not necessarily a long-term course, but even a short diploma or a training program would help in getting Canadian work experience. You may take the course online or join any institute that offers skills upgradation courses in your field of work. There are various bridging programs offered by Canadian colleges to help newcomers restart their career in Canada. These programs are short and intensive that offer technical training, one-on-one employment support, and connections to employers to help you land that first job in Canada.
You may also take workshops or attend free networking events. This will surely go a long way in collecting leads and get the job opportunity in Canada.
Working in Canada can be a great experience. Though there are initial challenges and obstacles, but don’t worry, you are not alone. Those who are successful in Canada were once newcomers and look how they have established themselves across various sectors in Canada. You too can do that. All you need is a little bit of patience, guidance, and knowledge on how to build fruitful connections and boost your professional experience in Canada.