By Rahul Sam
TORONTO: I read this article about immigration to Canada on this website and I totally agree with the author.
One of the worst places to immigrate is Canada. Had I known this before, I would have never come here. But I have already spent all my savings of CAD25, 000. Plus I have a loan burden of CAD 13,000, so I can’t really go back now. I am a Chartered Accountant (UK) and was working and living a very conformable life in Africa. Then I thought that Canada will make my life better, but I couldn’t be more wrong.
I came in 2014. During the past three years because of temporary jobs, I have moved four cities and changed my house six times. But still I haven’t managed to find a good permanent job. The quality of my living has gone down significantly since I have come here.
The three years that I have been here, I have been jobless for more than a year. In Africa, I was a Finance Manager in a big organization that was part of a huge group, but here in Canada I can’t even get the job as an accounts clerk. I have nothing really good to say about Canada apart from that the government is a bit supportive towards newcomers. The biggest problem is that employers just do not want to hire skilled immigrants with foreign education and experience.
Here is my advice for newcomers:
- Either you start your career from scratch – study or get some local qualification and be ready to work 2-3 jobs while at least having one job in your field and most likely that job will be an entry level. OR if you are going to rely on your old country credentials, then only jobs for you will be basic-pay jobs such as cashiers, gas attendants, etc. I know veterinary doctors, engineers and managers from difference countries who are now cashiers at gas stations in Toronto for more than 10 or 15 years.
- Immigrate to small town or city and you will increase your chances of getting a job, but pay might not be great. But the cost of living will be less. So here again if you need a job, you have to sacrifice your standard of living by going to a small town. This is the main reason why the Canadian Government wants immigrants to come. The Government wants new immigrants to settle in smaller cities, but what’s happening right now is that big cities are becoming overcrowded because 99% of immigrants want to settle in big cities.
- If you know many people friends or family who are is a position to get you a job, then don’t hesitate to ask them. Only through personnel sources you have the highest chance of securing a job here. If you don’t know anyone like me when I came here, then I would suggest then don’t bother to come here until you have some serious problems back home in your country.
- Before coming to Canada, research as much as you can about Canada, job market, resume and interview tips, further qualifications or studies that you might need to take or software training that relates to your field and programs for newcomers by the Government. If possible, learn French as it increases your chances of a job. Be ready to save every cent for the next 3-4 years or till you get a decent job. If you were a lavish spender like me when I was back home, then don’t bother to come here.
- Get a credit card as soon as you come here and start building your credit history and regardless to say don’t overspend it and pay dues in time so that you don’t get charged. Also if you are a bachelor or couple, look for shared accommodation and try to avoid signing a lease as lease laws here are messed up.
- If you are an IT or any other discipline professional working for a multinational firm in your home country, then don’t bother applying for PR. If your company has any projects in Canada, then get a transfer and then when you are here, apply for a job. Salaries in the US and Australia are way better but people their might be more arrogant towards newcomers. Canadians are much better and will not pass any racist or stupid comments and usually keep to themselves.
- If you have an okay and comfortable life in your home country, then don’t bother to come here. Your chances of success might be 2 or 3 in 10 and first few years will be like hell and may take up to 10 years to be where you were when you left your home country. Think seriously if you haven’t left your home country.
(For privacy reasons, Rahul Sam is not the real name of the Toronto-based author)