Newcomer mistakes to avoid after arriving in Canada
You have finally made it to Canada, the immigration process is over, you have got your permits, and now you are finally ready to begin your new life here. But moving to this land of truly polite and progressive people requires much more than just a PR card or permit.
Moving to a new country can be overwhelming but knowing what to expect in your new home can make the transition much easier. It will undoubtedly be a longer journey than you wish, but we urge you to avoid making these newcomer mistakes in your enthusiasm to explore new opportunities in Canada.
1. Don’t make wrong assumptions about the Canadian culture.
We are all influenced by pop culture, and we might be unconsciously making wrong assumptions about different cultures. Don’t put all western nations into the same bucket and expect the people to adhere to your assumptions.
Always research Canadian culture before you arrive. And be willing to be open-minded and welcoming.
2. Build a strong credit history
Building a solid credit history is crucial as many immigrants are not entirely aware of it. If you don’t have a strong credit history, start building it with the renter when you arrive. Create a bank account as soon as you can. Make sure that your first credit card is from a reputed bank, and always set a manageable limit that you can comfortably pay.
3. Don’t spend too much before you earn
You might be eager to get yourself a safe and secure place to live, and in a rush to get a good pad, you could end up choosing a high rent house. Initially, stay with family or friends until you can figure out the most economical dwelling. Research various phone plans, use public transit, and avoid ordering takeout – these tips will save you a lot of money.
4. Prepare yourself for the competitive job market.
The Canadian job market is highly competitive, and you should be well-prepared if you want to surge ahead in the market. Regardless of your previous qualification or work experience, getting your job credentials recognized by the Canadian market might be a challenge.
Research the job market trends even before you immigrate, build a robust professional network, get into industry associations, and maintain handsome cash savings for contingencies (much more than recommended by the Immigration authorities).
5. Build social connections
Having meaningful connections in the country you’ve immigrated to is very important as you might need their help and support in finding a new job, a place to live, or simply to make genuine friendly connections.
You need to start building healthy social relationships with your peers and friends.
6. Keep a contingency plan
Always, and we can’t stress this enough, have a contingency plan – just in case things don’t work out exactly as you had hoped for. It could take a newcomer nearly six months to land a job, and if you are in a specialized field, it could be a year before you can see yourself working in your chosen skillset.
Get answers to the tough financial questions, have a backup plan, and tweak your goals where needed. Before you immigrate to Canada, you should formulate a solid backup plan and have savings that can help you sail through the initial 6 – 7 months.
Finally, Canada is a cultural mosaic and a country of abundance. Let go of your prejudices and preconceived notions and get ready to be completely blown away by your new home.