Tough to fit in, award winner says
Canada good at wooing professionals, but not at accepting their skills, immigrant says
Sep 20, 2007 04:30 AM
When Alan Rego came to Canada from his native Singapore five years ago, he discovered the land of opportunity he had dreamed about was actually full of closed doors.
"Any effort I would try to make with employers, it seemed to me that from their point of view, they didn't have any reassurance or some way of knowing how good I am," said Rego, 50, who had worked as a communications professional for multi-national companies in Asia.
"The challenge was, how can I show them the skills I had were transferable?"
In time he overcame that hurdle, and is now installed as manager of external relations at Procter & Gamble in Toronto.
Mindful of his experience, Rego now devotes personal time to helping other skilled immigrants find their way in the Canadian job market.
Note - If the Canadian labour market is experiencing a drought of skilled labour then why are these immigrants having a hard time finding suitable employment? Why is Canada importing people who have no job waiting for them? Canada is just importing a superfluous population.
Dreaming of a better life for his two daughters, now 22 and 17, Rego arrived in Canada five years ago determined to join the top ranks of communications professionals here.
Note - Singapore is not some back water city state. It is modern, cosmopolitan, and it enjoys a high standard of living. I doubt that this man did not already live "a better life" in Singapore as a communications professional and I am certain his daughters could pursue "a better life" in Singapore as well. So what would compel an immigrant to give up their middle-class lifestyle to come to Canada? I think it is greed. Many immigrants to Canada, particularly those from South Asia, already lived the "better life" in their native countries, better lives, in fact, in relation to their Canadian counterparts. It boggles my mind why they would give up all that they have achieved, or inherited, just to come to Canada and live in mediocrity.
When he came up against the doubts of potential employers on whether his skills would apply in a Canadian setting, Rego made ends meet by working as a financial adviser and market researcher.
Canada does a "great job" attracting professionals to move here, he said yesterday. "But the inconvenient truth staring us in the face is that we are not doing a good enough job of using their skills."
Read it all here.
Here is yet another immigrant who derailed his life to peruse an imagined one in Canada. Canada's immigration industry is partly to blame. They perpetuate stories of wealth and prosperity in Canada that appeals to the materialist fantasies of immigrants so as to attract an ever growing client base that keeps immigration lawyers, consultants, etc. employed. When their stories turn out to be lies the immigration industry then says that it is because of systemic discrimination thus painting Canadians as racists. It is not that systemic discrimination does not exist. What is "Canadian experience" anyways other than a barriers erected by the professional class to keep immigrants from flooding the labour market and negatively affecting their incomes?
However the immigrant is also to blame. Enough immigrants had had their dreams of "a better life" in Canada squashed that Canada has developed a negative reputation abroad. But I think most immigrants choose to ignore this and opt instead to believe that it won't happen to them. And if it doesn't work out then drive a cab for three years and then go back home with Canadian citizenship in hand and don't return until it is time to retire. But don't forget to drop the kids and parents off first.