Bill was an expat from London (England).who graduated from the top Finance school in London. When he emigrated to Canada in 2012, he had a hard time having his skills recognized. He had always had lots of job offers and was coveted by employers back home but now that he was in Canada, people didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He was baffled.
When he met a career coach, specializing in transitioning careers for immigrants, he found out that he wasn’t using the right strategies to get his skills recognized in Canada.
Here is how you get started:
• Network with Canadian experts in your field of interest. For example, write blogs that require you to speak directly to someone working in your field of interest. Jennifer is an avid blogger. She regularly comments on other people’s blogs. Initially from Iran, she very quickly made herself known as an expert in her field due to her regular contributions to other people’s blogs.
• Befriend Canadians in your field of business. Join social circles; become familiar with their work and social behavior; actively participate in industry events and join in associations. Alex joined the Association of Financial Professionals and attends events held in Toronto. Alex was born in Jamaica and emigrated to Canada with his family in 2009. Being a member of the AFP for the last three years, he met many other professionals and was very successful in making new friends in his own field of business.
• Become socially active and knowledgeable in the Canadian culture. Hang out at social clubs; learn about the Canadian economy. Read literature written by Canadian experts in your field. Paul emigrated to Canada in 2011. He was born in France and had more than 6 years of Project Management experience. Socializing with Canadian helped him learn the Canadian culture and facilitated his integration with his co-workers.