How to Build and Navigate Your Career in Canada - WORLD JOBS CLUB

Friday, October 25, 2019

How to Build and Navigate Your Career in Canada

Scaling your career in Canada may present a lot of challenges, but you can overcome them. Just like in your own country, understanding Canada’s unique cultural setup requires dedication and effort. You need to work hard and showcase your strengths to your employer and the worth you bring to the company. We’ve compiled the following five (5) tips to help you build and advance your career in Canada.

1. Improve Your Self-Awareness

Self-awareness means knowing your strengths, personal skills, and work ethics. Through self-awareness, you can identify the career that suits your character, interests, and zeal.
  • Being self-aware help you in different ways, including:
  • Identifying essential things in your career
  • Find appropriate job positions and career
  • Establishing a career advancement plan
To gain self-awareness, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
  • What career achievement(s) means a lot to me?
  • What projects do I excel in?
  • What are the strengths and skills that made me achieve the desired results? (e.g., technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills)
  • What aspects of work do I value most? (e.g., diversity and changing work speed, challenging tasks, or work structure and stability, etc.)
  • What sorts of work offer the most fulfillment?
2. Self-Evaluation

Ask your colleague to offer feedback regarding your performance at work. This information is critical in understanding the perception they have about you. You can get feedback from the management, other workers, clients, vendors, and lower-level staff.

Feedback is of great value since you can maintain your strengths while making improvements on your weaknesses.

What Are Your Strengths?

The advantage of knowing your strengths is that you can sharpen them to achieve higher heights in your career. So, what are your strengths?

By using the feedback you got from your colleagues, you can assess yourself to know the skills that make you excel. The free Drake P3 self-evaluation tool can also help you to discover your strengths that influence your:
  • Communication skills
  • Style of leadership
  • Your Drive
Such career insights help employees to:
  • Create an effective career advancement plan
  • Establish a job-winning resume
  • Forecast interview questions and develop appropriate answers
3. Develop your career

Canadian companies are keen on hiring confident and optimistic employees. Therefore, you need to have a sales pitch that advertises your skills, strengths, and qualifications that match the prospective position.

Usually, recruiters bombard job applicants with the “What are your strengths?” question. You need to equip yourself with three to five strengths that make you the best selection for the job.

4. Know Your Professional Environment

This means researching Canada’s job market. Doing your homework helps you to know the external and internal forces shaping your industry in the country. You also discover the skills, knowledge, and experience required for the job. When researching, focus on:
  • Business trends taking place in Canada; and
  • The emerging trends in your specific field (e.g., finance, IT, marketing, law, human resource, etc.)
Having this information tells your employers that you know what’s happening in your industry. Social media, business journals, and government publications are examples of resources with information regarding Canadian industries and job markets.

5. Know Your Job Requirements

To advance in your career in Canada, you also need to know what skills, academic qualifications, and experience needed for the job. Therefore, know your current skills, and the ones you need to develop to for job fitness.

To have a better understanding of the job, consult with people who are currently serving in the same position. During the one-on-one interview with your mentor, ask him/her about:
  • The responsibilities of the job position
  • The challenges they encounter in the job
  • Their schedule and how they spend time during a typical day at work
  • What analytical, technical, and interpersonal skills are right for the job
Mostly, Canadian employers are unfamiliar with the academic qualifications you attained back home, for example, degrees, diplomas, and certificates. That can be a drawback because you’ll have to develop the skills for the job. Alternatively, it may mean taking up a lower position in your field of specialization. The benefits of starting t a lower level will help you to:
  • Get employment opportunities in your industry
  • Gain the Canadian experience you need to excel in your career
  • Know Canada’s working environment
  • By starting at a lower job position, you can easily take your profession to the next level.