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Supporting One Another

Posted on 10 February 2011 by admin

By Surbhi Guleria-Joshi, Mississauga

Most immigrants resort to survival jobs which leaves them little or no time to further their professional careers. The transition from a survival job to a preferred job in one’s profession and maybe…a dream job is a long, hard and tiring process.

Canada, the land of opportunities, is the country that promises highest standard of living, excellent infrastructure, superior educational institutions, supportive health care system, universal human rights – everything that is essential for a fulfilling, safe and a successful life for new Canadians. Although, the ‘Canadian dream’ does not come easy, the support system is available and like everything else can be made better. Arriving in Canada does not guarantee a life that most new immigrants dream of when they reach here. Reality hits hard when finding a job with capable qualification and experience seems like a distant dream. Most immigrants from South Asian origin move to Canada in search of a land that has better jobs, better education, better standards of living. When I say ‘better,’ I mean better. Many of the recent immigrants to Canada are professionals, business owners and highly educated people who had decent quality of living in their home countries. After moving here most families do not have the luxury of going through educational or developmental programs. The immediate need is to find a job, get a place to stay and put food on the table. Most immigrants resort to survival jobs which leaves them little or no time to further their professional careers. The transition from a survival job to a preferred job in one’s profession and maybe…a dream job is a long, hard and tiring process. The journey of finding the ‘Canadian dream’ for many immigrants is confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. It is understandable that anyone coming to a new country would be exposed to a new culture, new way to living and working. Canada is a country that has a different job market, a job market that requires different level of expertise, communication skills, understanding of protocols and approach to work. There is no denying that there is a difference in what the new immigrants have to offer and what the Canadian market requires. So, the question arises how do we bridge the gap to make a new immigrant – a prospect employee for the Canadian market? The answer lies in Co-op positions, internships, job workshops, seminars, professional training, networking & support groups as well as scholarships to help new immigrants develop their skills. But the first and foremost thing to do is to get one’s credentials evaluated and assessed to get an understanding of the opportunities & options available for the future. If there is a clear understanding of goals and expectations the results could be achieved much faster and with a lot less confusion. South Asians are highly intelligent group with a lot of advantages on their stride – such as language skills, adaptability, willingness to work hard and having extraordinary survival instincts. All these skills are extremely important, but there are certain things we can definitely improve upon, such as – learning to respect people and treating everyone equally. Also, opening oneself to learn and adapt to the new culture as well as making an attempt to talk to new people can go a long way in integration into the Canadian society and learning about new culture. On the other hand, learning from other communities that have migrated here earlier might be useful, they have created support systems to help the newcomers of their communities adapt easier. We all share the same human experience and a lot of the challenges we face can be eased by helping each other. Given the support and a helping hand we can emerge influential and successful as a group in the future. Surbhi Guleria-Joshi is the host of ‘Badhai Ho!’ show on Omni television. Surbhi is also the Chair of Design & Marketing Committee at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Canada, the land of opportunities, is the country that promises highest standard of living, excellent infrastructure, superior educational institutions, supportive health care system, universal human rights – everything that is essential for a fulfilling, safe and a successful life for new Canadians.Although, the ‘Canadian dream’ does not come easy, the support system is available and like everything else can be made better. Arriving in Canada does not guarantee a life that most new immigrants dream of when they reach here. Reality hits hard when finding a job with capable qualification and experience seems like a distant dream. Most immigrants from South Asian origin move to Canada in search of a land that has better jobs, better education, better standards of living.When I say ‘better,’ I mean better. Many of the recent immigrants to Canada are professionals, business owners and highly educated people who had decent quality of living in their home countries.After moving here most families do not have the luxury of going through educational or developmental programs. The immediate need is to find a job, get a place to stay and put food on the table. Most immigrants resort to survival jobs which leaves them little or no time to further their professional careers. The transition from a survival job to a preferred job in one’s profession and maybe…a dream job is a long, hard and tiring process. The journey of finding the ‘Canadian dream’ for many immigrants is confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. It is understandable that anyone coming to a new country would be exposed to a new culture, new way to living and working. Canada is a country that has a different job market, a job market that requires different level of expertise, communication skills, understanding of protocols and approach to work. There is no denying that there is a difference in what the new immigrants have to offer and what the Canadian market requires. So, the question arises how do we bridge the gap to make a new immigrant – a prospect employee for the Canadian market?The answer lies in Co-op positions, internships, job workshops, seminars, professional training, networking & support groups as well as scholarships to help new immigrants develop their skills. But the first and foremost thing to do is to get one’s credentials evaluated and assessed to get an understanding of the opportunities & options available for the future. If there is a clear understanding of goals and expectations the results could be achieved much faster and with a lot less confusion.South Asians are highly intelligent group with a lot of advantages on their stride – such as language skills, adaptability, willingness to work hard and having extraordinary survival instincts. All these skills are extremely important, but there are certain things we can definitely improve upon, such as – learning to respect people and treating everyone equally. Also, opening oneself to learn and adapt to the new culture as well as making an attempt to talk to new people can go a long way in integration into the Canadian society and learning about new culture. On the other hand, learning from other communities that have migrated here earlier might be useful, they have created support systems to help the newcomers of their communities adapt easier. We all share the same human experience and a lot of the challenges we face can be eased by helping each other. Given the support and a helping hand we can emerge influential and successful as a group in the future.Surbhi Guleria-Joshi is the host of ‘Badhai Ho!’ show on Omni television. Surbhi is also the Chair of Design & Marketing Committee at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

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