Os sete segredos para uma imigração bem-sucedida:
Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants – Nick Noorani
1. English – Without learning the language, all your skills, education and experience are of no use! The HARDEST think is acknowledging that your language skills are not adequate. Once you do this – the next step is improving your skills. This is the very first step on your ladder of success!
2. Staying positive. I have seen the following scenario happen often: new immigrant meets with barriers in job finding and integration, and then sits with friends from the same ethnic community or other immigrants to moan about life in Canada. Before you know it, the negativity seeps into the newcomer’s outlook and that puts up personal barriers of pessimism that will paralyze your chance of success. If you don’t believe you’ll be able to succeed and overcome the challenges of being an immigrant, you will never really try. Avoid complaining and commiserating with other immigrants about discrimination you think you face. It’s not productive for your success. Know the other issues. Realize even though you’ve arrived in a booming job market you are competing with experienced skilled Canadians who’ve been down-sized, younger Canadians looking for their first job (with difficulty too) and others who are dissatisfied with their job. You are the sum total of the five closest people to you. Stay around positive people and you will be positive!
(As an aside – I have dreams that this site, like my magazine and book will enthuse immigrants on their journey. I want this site to give you your daily dose of positivity! Keep coming back)
3. Embracing Canada. Remember your dreams about coming to Canada? Well, they have come true. Now go out and enjoy all that is Canadian. Immigrants get onto a frenzy of activity the moment they land. From getting accomodation, arranging schoold, getting to know the grocery store nearby etc. Often, they forget to even explore the city and country that they have adopted! I often meet immigrants who have been here for a year and have not even seen Niagara falls or Stanley Park! YOU NEED TO FALL IN LOVE with Canada! You need to embrace its people and its beauty.
For if you don’t, you will forever be a visitor in the country you have adopted!
4. Plan B. Have a Plan B. Some people think that in order for immigrants to succeed, they need to start at the bottom. I do not agree with this, but believe you should have a Plan B for your life in Canada. Plan B means having flexibility in what you intend to do in Canada. That very flexibility changed me from an advertising professional to a publisher! I should add, however, that in order to have a Plan B, you must have a Plan A! What makes plan B even more of a challenge is that in order to have a Plan B, you must have a non-working plan A!
Plan B is creating a mindset that will allow us to accept alternatives that present themselves and sometimes are the highway to personal and financial success.
Most often, Plan B happens when plan A doesn’t work or fails. We then (because we humans don’t like change) flog Plan A to death hoping that a little more mouth to mouth resuscitation may help jumpstart the dead lifeless plan that we are so accustomed to!
The primary reason people lose their motivation to succeed is often because they do not link their efforts to a life goal. Without the advantage of a bigger picture they feel stalled and boxed in. You need to ask yourself “What do I want to accomplish with the talents and abilities that I possess that will give me a lasting sense of fulfillment.” The Apprentice – Donald Trump
5. Stay clear of ethnic silos. I do understand that moving to a new country can be very scary. A lot of immigrants tend to move into an ethnic community that matches their own background. While this may be comfortable, I personally believe your true growth in a new country will come from moving out of your comfort zone. When you have friends of all nationalities, you will learn a lot more. Usually, when your friends are from your own country, many of your discussions centre on the past and life “back home.” You need to look at the future and at Canada, your new home!
6. Take risks! Immigrants are natural risk takers and entrepreneurs. You have to be if you give up your security to move to the unknown in another country! Apply these risks to your new life. Learn a new trade. Play a new instrument or take up a sport you always wanted to!
7. Volunteer, Mentorship & Networking
• Volunteer. A great way to get your foot in the door is to volunteer your time. Many organizations such as non-profits rely on volunteers to do many different tasks. Call around and see what’s out there. Check out Volunteer Canada (www.volunteer.ca). This will give you an opportunity to meet people and start networking, as well as gain Canadian experience.
• Find a mentor. It’s important to find someone who can coach or mentor you and share information about your industry in Canada. Many professional associations offer this type of “buddy” program, where a seasoned member guides a junior member.
• Network. Be sure to conduct informational interviews with people in your field – this will give you a personal perspective and some new contacts. Join associations, attend events, meet new people. Introduce yourself and connect with people in your field and outside your ethnic community.