4 tips for a successful career as a new immigrant to Canada

Posted July 13, 2022 7:48 a.m. EDT

For newcomers, one of the priorities when they arrive in Canada is to establish their career.

This is an important step to start your life in your new country. Big life goals, like owning a car or home or saving for retirement, become possible when your career potential in Canada is unlocked. To launch your Canadian career, you need a career success plan.

A career success plan can be developed independently or with the help of a career coach. It outlines the steps you need to take to achieve your career goals through education, training, certification, professional development courses, or networking.

For skilled newcomers, who bring international education to Canada from their home country, the thought of going back to school can be daunting. Balancing school with full-time work or family obligations can put additional pressure on those who are struggling financially.

However, investing in your skills and knowledge can make you more competitive in a Canadian market. labor market where the skills sought are a valuable asset. To help you craft your career plan and get you closer to achieving your career goals, we’ve put together some tips to make sure your plans come true.

1) Choose the right educational path

In Canada, there are many ways for newcomers to improve their skills and knowledge through education. Some post-secondary programs or professional development courses are industry-specific, such as bridging training, virtual bootcamps or microcredits. Others require a lot of time and money, such as university degrees, college degrees, or continuing education certificates.

To find what’s right for you, consider the type of industry you want to work in and any certifications, training, or professional development courses required. Research has shown that skilled newcomers who understand the stages of the school career are able to increase their income and succeed in their careers. A helpful first step is to look at job descriptions to determine what level of education you need. Getting recommendations from friends, career coaches, or colleagues is another way to determine if a training opportunity is right for you.

2) Prioritize your career plan

Balancing personal commitments and working with your career success plan as you establish your life in Canada can be challenging.

Putting your career plan and its associated actions and goals at the top of your priority list is often easier said than done. It helps to save time daily and complete small tasks to gradually achieve your goals. By strategically planning your days or weeks, so that you have enough time to study, take professional development courses, and grow your professional network, you will set yourself up for career advancement. You might also consider creating a dedicated study space and publicly committing to friends and family about the tasks you want to accomplish or the goals you have set for yourself as part of planning for your success. professional.

3) Put technology to work for you

Whether it’s crafting your career success plan or executing it, when it comes to achieving your career goals, technology can help you on your journey. Mobile apps and career planning tools are more prevalent than ever. You can use the Government of Canada Online for free career planning resources to better understand your interests and skills. You can plan your action steps using other virtual tools like Alberta alis platform. Or, apps like To flow and one multitude of others can help you track and measure your progress toward achieving your education, career development, and professional goals.

Windmill Microlending’s Skilled Immigrant Career Success Guide is a free downloadable resource to help you discover the steps you need to achieve your career goals in Canada, including how to budget, build your network, and identify career credentials. skills you need for a successful career. Learn more.

4) Have a financial plan

Understanding how to fund your career plan as a newcomer to Canada is almost as important as the plan itself. Without financial support or resources, you will not be able to afford the training or development courses identified in your career success plan. That’s why it’s essential to develop your financial plan alongside your career success plan.

Your financial plan should include the sources (where the money comes from), goals (how you want to spend it), and when (when you will spend it) related to how you will pay the costs of your career success plan.

Lots of free financial planning templates exist to help you develop yours. Affordable grants and loans available for qualified newcomers seeking licensure in Canada and organizations such as Windmill Microcredita national charity exclusively for skilled immigrants and refugees.

Windmill Microlending offers low interest loans of up to $15,000 to cover tuition, program fees, textbooks and study materials, living allowance, relocation and other expenses such as childcare, while you are studying.

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