Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

Top Tips to Kick Start Your Career as a Newcomer


By: Jenna Tziatis, Marketing Specialist 

Immigrating to a new country is a huge undertaking for anyone. Uprooting your life, building a new home, and finding a job can be very daunting. Luckily in Canada, newcomers are not alone. There are many resources available to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Take advantage of courses offered through the Canadian government
The Canadian government offers a variety of programs to help newcomers.  It may take a little bit of time to register but can be worth the effort. Designed specifically for newcomers, you could be entitled to take fully funded English language classes or participate in intern programs to gain Canadian work experience. To learn more visit

Invest in education
Sometimes Canadian employers do not recognize your international education credentials and it may be necessary to take additional college or university courses that meet the required qualifications employers are looking for. There are many universities and colleges that offer continuing education courses to help you gain the required skills.  It may take a couple of years, but the rewards will make up for it in the end.

Gain the skills to get a job
When it comes to gaining employment, many newcomers are looking at continuing education as a way to learn about Canadian culture and the skills needed to kick-start their career.  Courses like McMaster’s Employability Skills and Cultural Fluency for the Canadian Workplace give newcomers the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to improve their chances of finding employment.  From learning what jobs are in demand, how to write a resume, and mastering the art of interviewing, these courses can give you the competitive edge you’re looking for to stand out.

Learn about the workplace culture in Canada
The Canadian workplace culture can be quite different from that of your home country. Learning how to read body language, how to communicate effectively, and how to fit into a team environment is highly valued. There are some great courses like Professional Communication in the Canadian Workplace to help get you started. Remember that each workplace has its own culture and nuances but understanding the general expectations of an employer will help set you apart from your peers.

Grow your network
Developing a quality network is vital for everyone, and this is especially true for immigrants. You can build your network by attending events, volunteering at local charities, and attending classes. Building quality contacts now could help you in the future.

Improve your chances of building a successful career in Canada by following these tips.  By enhancing your current experience and education with Canadian programs and courses you can stand out from the rest and reach your employment potential.

Top Tips to Kick Start Your Career as a Newcomer