Many skilled newcomers possess skills that are valuable to the Canadian workforce. However, the skills and qualifications of newcomers do not always transfer to the Canadian workplace. As a result, newcomers who wish to continue their careers in Canada may find themselves back at an entry-level position. However, with proper planning, newcomers can quickly return to their desired careers.
Continue reading to learn more about how you can plan for your career success from the entry-level!
Develop Your Plan
Entry-level jobs may not be the most desirable situation for skilled newcomers who already possess plenty of experience. Plan and use your time in the entry-level job effectively so that you can put yourself in the best position for career growth. As a skilled newcomer, an entry-level position is a way to attain Canadian working experience in your field. Our counsellors recommend setting SMART goals to avoid being stuck at the entry-level. For example, you should aim for a promotion within six months of starting, or explore other companies if there are no plans for your promotion.
Network with Others
Networking with colleagues will allow skilled newcomers to learn more about the Canadian workforce and expand career opportunities. It is also a great chance for newcomers to learn about any programs or training courses that may be available for career advancement. Building a large network will allow you to share and learn from others who can contribute to your development.
Newcomers should not be afraid to ask questions. The goal is to learn about the Canadian workforce and devise a plan to advance from entry-level work. Our counsellors also recommend being vocal about your desire for promotion and sharing your career goals. Unfortunately, some people may be met with adversity from managers or colleagues after sharing goals. In this situation, it is best to avoid discussing your plans to avoid disturbing the workplace. Reach out to our counsellors who will be more than happy to discuss your career. Never abandon your career goals!
Develop Soft Skills
As a skilled newcomer, you already possess the hard skills required for the job. Use the time in an entry-level job to develop the soft skills that Canadian employers desire. While your technical expertise will land you an entry-level job, your soft skills that result in your promotion. Learn how Canadians interact, communicate, and overcome problems in the workplace.
Need Help with Your Plan?
The Information and Financial Counsellors (IFC) with the Career Loans program are ready to assist internationally trained newcomers residing in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Eligible individuals can access free career support services that include career counselling sessions and access to an optional micro loan of up to $15,000.
Learn more about how you can access these services and sign up today by clicking here!