It has now been a couple of months since we landed in Canada and we have been sharing with you guys most of the things that new immigrants go through when moving to Canada like getting your SIN and driver’s license. However, we haven’t really touched on what arguably is the most important part of being a new immigrant is: work.
Finding work as an immigrant in Canada is the main challenge most newcomers will face and we can say that this has been the case for us over the last two months. We have been diligently hunting for opportunities in PEI, but there really is a very limited employment market here for our professional experiences and preferences. Even the settlement officer we spoke to admitted to us that it would be a challenge to find employment in our respective fields.
Through our almost daily forays into online resources such as Indeed, Monster and LinkedIn we observed that there were opportunities available for us outside the province in bigger cities such as Toronto and Vancouver. We applied to both local jobs and these jobs outside the province just to see what will happen since we had nothing to lose anyway. At this point, we are fortunate enough to still have enough savings to allow us to wait it out and not have to work in another field or take a “survival job”.
As the weeks went by V started getting some positive signs from companies based out of Vancouver. He had Skype interviews with a couple of them, while the others were dismayed by the fact that he wouldn’t be available for an in-person interview. After a few more days, we felt that there was enough opportunity and reason for V to take a short trip out to Vancouver and interview with the companies interested in him while also looking for other possibilities.
Long story short, V was able to land a job in Vancouver within his preferred field. It really was quite a stressful situation and it came down to a take it or leave it situation wherein he just decided to accept the offer.
As much as we love it here in PEI, we have decided as a family to take another leap of faith and continue our Canadian journey in Vancouver, British Columbia.
It’s now been a couple of weeks since we’ve moved here to our place in Vancouver and we’re really excited to say that we’ve used that time well. Both of us now have jobs that will officially start pretty soon. In our next posts, we’ll give you a more in-depth look at how we overcame finding work as an immigrant in Canada.