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It Professional Recently moved to Edmonton,Alberta from India &finding jobs




Hi Guys,

I was really losing hope few days back but I am glad I found this forum. I am an IT professional (.Net Developer) and my husband and I have recently moved to Edmonton from India on permanent resident status. We have been applying for jobs in our profession but nothing has worked out. I have tried to get in touch with recruiters but all in vain. I did see some fast track courses in SAIT ( Mobile Development/Business Intelligence) they look really nice but I am not sure how successful they are. I am reaching out to everyone through this forum to kindly guide us in how we can grow in our career. I am ready to a crash course/Internship/trainee job anything to get that experience. If you guys can share any information regarding the same it would be really helpful.

Lastly, now I truly understand the phrase 'Winter is coming' because the cold over here will surely turn me into a white walker:D

Thanks a lot in advance!


 
karunsingh12

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Post ID: 236103 04-10-17 14:06:35
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Try the link below. They give paid internships & stipends to new comers.

https://www.careeredge.ca/

The recruiters in Canada are nothing but PIMPS and time wasters. They will take a huge chunk of your salary as commission. They will charge the client $ 40/hr and you will be lucky if you get
$ 20/hr from the PIMP recruiter.

Edmonton is a ghetto place, the winter is brutal over there and not much job opportunities. Try to move to Calgary if you can. But in general Alberta is red neck cow boy territory. Any particular reason you moved there ?

Most desi immigrants generally move to Toronto or Vancouver.

Also try applying for jobs in US. Much better prospects in IT than in Canada. The employer will arrange for your TN visa & stuff like that.

If you are doing courses, try to do some Continuing Education type of courses from Edmonton University, just to get the Canadian education stamp. Don't waste your time & money with private colleges and Community colleges, their courses are of no use.

Is your husband in IT too ?

Expect lot of subtle racism & discrimination, while looking for your job. It won't be direct, but indirect like : " Have you got Canadian experience ? " Do you have Canadian education ? Have you got your Indian education and degree evaluated over here ? What is your degree equivalent to over here ?

Don't get discouraged by the above. All immigrants have to go through this in Canada.


 
Post ID: 236109 05-10-17 14:23:29
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karunsingh12
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Hey thanks for the reply and sharing valuable information.
Truly appreciate it!
My husband is a Business Analyst and has a previous experience of working with Accenture. Though he has received some calls from the government sector no one has replied to him for job he had applied in the private sector.
There were few reasons we shifted to Edmonton:
1) We had a family friend here and we wanted a place to stay so they have truly been helpful in helping us with the initial setup.
2) We were told that IT in Alberta is coming up and the city has good pace of development in it. Plus we will be able to have that work life balance.
3) We were discouraged by people to go to Toronto or Vancouver saying that the cost of living is really high and the competition is very tough so we won't be able to get any job over there.

We have evaluated our degree's by WES society before coming here my bachelor's and master's degree was recognised. We have sent our educational documents again for evaluation at ISQAS where it will take around 9 to 10 weeks for assessment.

But it's almost been close to two months here and I am personally realizing that the IT market here is a bit different.

We have been thinking about a lot of options like
1) Either one of us moves to Toronto and try our luck there
2) Doing some Continuing Education courses at NAIT but have to figure out if we can get some grant for that.

In addition this, I have started applying for transitional jobs to meet up daily expenses.
Hoping something works out!


 
Post ID: 236110 05-10-17 14:57:10
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Quote:
Originally posted by karunsingh12

Hey thanks for the reply and sharing valuable information.
Truly appreciate it!
My husband is a Business Analyst and has a previous experience of working with Accenture. Though he has received some calls from the government sector no one has replied to him for job he had applied in the private sector.
There were few reasons we shifted to Edmonton:
1) We had a family friend here and we wanted a place to stay so they have truly been helpful in helping us with the initial setup.
2) We were told that IT in Alberta is coming up and the city has good pace of development in it. Plus we will be able to have that work life balance.
3) We were discouraged by people to go to Toronto or Vancouver saying that the cost of living is really high and the competition is very tough so we won't be able to get any job over there.

We have evaluated our degree's by WES society before coming here my bachelor's and master's degree was recognised. We have sent our educational documents again for evaluation at ISQAS where it will take around 9 to 10 weeks for assessment.

But it's almost been close to two months here and I am personally realizing that the IT market here is a bit different.

We have been thinking about a lot of options like
1) Either one of us moves to Toronto and try our luck there
2) Doing some Continuing Education courses at NAIT but have to figure out if we can get some grant for that.

In addition this, I have started applying for transitional jobs to meet up daily expenses.
Hoping something works out!



Toronto is more expensive than Edmonton, if you try to buy a house, which is ridiculously priced in Toronto & Vancouver. Also car insurance is much higher.

But initially when you are living in a rented apartment say 1 BHK you won't find a huge difference in rents. Also public transit - TTC is much better in Toronto than public transit in Edmonton.

So if you are not driving and taking public transit and renting an apartment, Toronto is much better than Edmonton. Winter will be cold, dark & depressing in Edmonton.

Wherever you go, go together. No point in one person going to one city & the other staying behind as moral support is extremely important in Canada. As it is you will have very few friends and family and very little social life over here, as compared to back home in India.

Things will get lonely & depressing very fast and it will put pressure on your marriage, if one of you stays in Edmonton & other goes to Toronto or something.

I know good immigrant couples, who have got divorced after coming to Canada due to all this nonsense like no jobs, financial pressure, no moral support, no close family & friends to back you up. Mental health & well being also takes a beating after coming here. Depression, Anxiety, Home sickness, Feeling of don't belong here, Isolation is huge among new comers to Canada. The brutal weather also plays a big part in it.

Most transitional jobs end up being low level, low paying unskilled survival jobs. Its hard to come out of it and you get stuck in there and go into a rut. Very soon you stop applying for jobs in your profession and field, and get stuck in that survival job.

A transitional job which is somewhat related to your field is fine, but a totally unrelated field won't help you much in career progression. Its not good for your self esteem, self respect, dignity and zero job satisfaction.

Eventually you will forget that you are IT professional and will join the ranks of countless other professional immigrants who come to Canada & are doing menial jobs due to racism & discrimination.

Either work in your field and do a good job & have a good salary. Or go back home, India ain't that bad for IT professionals. Don't become a second class citizen in Canada.

If both of you were White, by now you would have already been working in your respective fields.

Half the times, when you apply for a job your resume goes in garbage, when they just see an Indian sounding name & other ethnic name on the resume.

Hence Punjabi Harrinder becomes Harry, Pakistani Adnaan becomes Adam and all the Chinese people take Western names ( don't use their Chinese names ) , when they apply for jobs :)

Jackie Chan's real name is Chan Kong-sang. All Chinese people have Chinese names, but they will go by Western names like Peter, Gary, Jennifer etc.


 
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The other big scam in Canada is called Volunteer work. They will get free work done out of you, under the guise of giving you Canadian experience.

They will lie to you and tell you they will give you a job, when your volunteer work is over. Basically they will kick you out after they have finished using you and if you ask for a job or pay after working for free as a volunteer, they will laugh on your face.

They will make Billions in profit, while you will be working for Free and acting as a volunteer.

The funny thing is your Indian education and qualification is immediately recognised when its free volunteer work.

But the exact same work if its a paid job, they suddenly don't recognise your foreign credentials & want Canadian education/experience :D


 
Post ID: 236112 05-10-17 17:47:25
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Have a 6 month or 1 year goal or deadline, when you come to Canada.

In this time, I am either going to work in my field or profession and do a good job/salary. Or I am going to cut my losses and go back home or move to USA or whatever .

I am not going to be a second class citizen and not going to lower my standards, and do some low level job and let Canada discriminate against me. Won't do some BS survival jobs or work under people who are less qualified and less educated than me, just because they happen to be White.

Its going to be ALL or NOTHING !

90 % of professional immigrants give up and start doing low level jobs, that's exactly what Canada wants from you.

Be the other 10 % who either work in their field in Canada or go back home or to US, when they can't work in their field. But these 10 % will refuse to do low level jobs in Canada.

Canadian PR and/or Citizenship is not the holy grail its made out to be. There are countless other options & choices besides that.


 
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Job you may interested ..

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I am currently recruiting for a Business Development Representative for our client based in Edmonton. If you have extensive experience building relationships within the oil and gas sector specifically supporting maintenance and turnaround work, please email your resume to, lisa.larson@trsstaffing.com.

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DSD

 
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karunsingh12
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Hi Mitron,

Thanks for your valuable advice. I agree with you over the fact that we have to be patient for an year because we have worked hard to come here and it's worth putting a fight. I do feel a bit skeptical now as to how we will make it here with the things you have pointed out and a little more confused with where to start. However, I do agree that as a couple we should be together otherwise mentally it will be really difficult to overcome this phase.
I have been applying but not getting a response from companies and I am slowly my the gap of unemployment is increasing. I don't want to get into field in which I have not worked professionally but going back to India is not an option.

Maybe few months down the line we might shift to Toronto to see how it goes.Let's see how things work out.


 
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Hi dsd,

Thanks for sharing the job profile, I don't have the experience in this field however, I have worked on client facing maintenance projects and this definitely looks worth trying.
I will definitely apply for this job.
Truly appreciate our help.

Regards,
Karun


 
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Contact BangaloreGirl on this forum. She is in IT in Toronto.

 
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