A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I relocated with my wife and 2 children in 2016 and I settled down quite easily as I got assistance from a family friend who was here in Canada.

My greatest challenge was getting a good job as I had to take up survival jobs for 9 months while I was studying for my Investment funds in Canada (IFIC) examination. I passed the examination and exactly one year after I landed in Canada got a job in one of the top 5 banks in Canada.

My advice to new and intending immigrants is to keep searching for jobs in their field of expertise and to network with as many people as possible.

 – Anonymous

 

A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I relocated to Canada with my family on the 9th October 2016. I did not face any cultural shocks as I got assistance from friends who were already in Canada. My greatest challenge was getting a job which I got 3 months after with Tim Hortons then I moved on to Amazon and later got a Contract job with BMO operations before finally getting a Banking Advisor job with RBC. I completed my Investment funds in Canada (IFIC), after 8months but did not require it for my first job.

 My advice to new and intending immigrants is to work hard and strive until you get your dream job. Never be de-motivated and be patient. Always think positively, as eventually you will succeed.

– Behram,  Mississauga

 

 

A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I relocated to Canada with my wife and three children in January 2013. Fortunately, for me, I did not face any cultural shocks as we had family on ground to guide us throughout our settlement process. I got a job 13 months after landing which was frustrating but I had to continue applying for jobs daily (minimum 30 applications per day). I studied daily (YouTube, Google research, read books & documents from industry & role of interest about processes /practices etc.), engaged in mentorship relationships, recorded all my interview sessions and had reviews with mentors, prayed daily and never gave up.

I did not need to take/pass any certification but in most cases, PMP, CBAP, CSM, CFA are a nice to have. My current job pays well but I want to own my own business. The greatest challenge I faced as a new immigrant was my accent/communication (I had to learn how to speak slowly and clearly).

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A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I relocated with my wife and two children in Dec 2016 but returned to my home country and finally came back to Canada three months later. I did not face any major challenges settling into Canada as I already had my family here.

In other to position myself to get a better job, I registered for Acces Employment’s workplace communications training as well as with another newcomer center. Six months after I arrived in Canada, I got a job as a Project Manager in the Gaming Applications industry and did not have to take or pass any certification examination.

My advice to new and intending immigrants is for them to do their research thoroughly and utilize all training opportunities provided by government agencies. They should also seek out people within the industry they intend to work in and get an in-depth knowledge of the industry and possible references for job opportunities. They should try to network closely with settled immigrants working in the sector of their choice as this will ensure that they avoid being sucked into doing survival jobs for too long. Where possible, they should explore entrepreneurial opportunities as well and not focus only on job seeking.

 – EU

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A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I relocated to Canada with my husband and daughter in May 2016. We already had family here so we did not face and cultural shocks or need any assistance settling into Canada.  I did a tax course and got employed with a tax company for a temporary position during the tax season 2017. However, after the tax season I was out of job and a friend recommended I visit an employment agency which helped me get a job albeit temporary, contractual job. The greatest challenge I faced as a new immigrant was getting a job and I’m still looking for better opportunities.

My advice to new and intending immigrants is not to expect big things to “fall into their laps” immediately or even in the short run. Be prepared to take up any job to sustain you but do not stop looking.

– Anonymous

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A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I am a Banking and Finance professional with extensive experience in Banking, Finance and logistics. My experiences and knowledge enabled me to set up a logistics company back home with contracts from multinational companies. On the other hand, my wife worked with major multinational Logistics companies and resigned as a Client Operations Manager. We were a middle class family back home in Nigeria; a family of five (5) comprising of my wife, our three (3) children and I.

We were however dissatisfied with the economic recession, poor health care, insecurity and lack of qualitative yet unrealistically expensive cost of children’s education.  These amongst other factors encouraged us to move away from our perceived comfort zone and from the known to the unknown. It was a big risk for all of us because we were doing pretty much okay and the children were doing well at school too but we looked beyond all these to a brighter future ahead. We believed God and relied on our skills and professional experiences.

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A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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My wife came to study in Canada in 2012. While studying, the kids joined their mother in 2014 while we processed our permanent resident visa, which was approved in 2015.  I landed in Canada in September 2015 but went back to my country to continue my job in the banking sector and finally relocated in October 2016.

The process of settling down in Canada was smooth for me because my family had been on ground for sometime. It however took me 12 months to get my first job. While waiting to get a job, I enrolled for a certificate programme with Ryerson University to keep me busy and did not need to take up any survival jobs. I also started the financial services programme with ACCES Employment and registered for the Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) examination, which I passed in February 2017. With this certification, I was able to secure a job with one of the top 5 banks in Canada. The beauty about Canada is that there are no limits to what you can achieve as an immigrant as long as you do not give up, so I am still searching for my dream job.

My advice to new or intending migrants would be to register with one of the government approved pre-arrival or post arrival services such as ACCES Employment before they land in Canada or as soon as they arrive in Canada. The insight provided by the pre-arrival and post arrival agencies is always very helpful in settling in, kick-starting and advancing your career as a new immigrant.

 – Remi, Mississauga

 

A Canadian Immigrant’s Story

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I first came to Canada as a student several years ago. I had originally considered studying in the US, but my parents convinced me to study in Canada on account of how welcoming and warm Canadians are, and of their multicultural society. After a few years as a student in British Columbia, I qualified to immigrate under a federal program and became a permanent resident. Shortly after, I moved to Winnipeg, ready to settle and start my life as a permanent resident.

Contrary to what I expected, I experienced a big deal of cultural shock when I first moved to Canada. I think it came from all the little differences I didn’t expect. The bank services were a bit different, the health system was a bit different, the bus system was a bit different, the weather was a bit different, the people were VERY different and the food was VERY different. In hindsight, I wish I had known that I would experience cultural shock before getting here. I don’t think there is anything I could have done to avoid it, but I definitely could have understood it better.

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“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” 

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

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