publication date: Nov 10, 2011
New to the country, new to Canadian norms and language? Try volunteering. For immigrants trying to acclimatize to a new
country and a new working culture, volunteering can provide a bridge to becoming
part of Canadian culture.
Take the example of "Anita," a marketing professional from
India who was repeatedly turned down because of a lack of "Canadian
experience." After volunteering at the YMCA
, Anita improved her Canadian
English, interacted daily with men and women outside her cultural group and
absorbed new ideas and perspectives.
When a job opportunity presented itself, Anita was well prepared. No one
has asked her about her "Canadian experience" again.
According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn
, 46% of Canadians polled view volunteer work as valuable
as paid work experience. For many new Canadians, volunteering is the first step
to a bright future.
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