When I arrived to Canada back in 2005 my first job was in a Call Center. And also was the second one.
Not what I’d call good jobs, but they were the first to arrive and I took them. I did not care much at the time. I just wanted to stop the leaking from my bank account!
A few months after, when I was more involved with French I had a proposition to work at Parliament Hill. It was a few months contract but it was better paid, in a better position and in a more interesting place. At the same time, I had the job offer from Waterloo for the company I work now. That was around 9 months after our landing. It took me 9 months to get the “good job”.
Is that soon enough? It’s in the average. Most of the people I know (educated professionals with good language skills and interesting experience in their home countries) ended up getting “the good job” after 6 months in average. It looks like soon enough now, seven years after. It was an eternity 7 years ago.
Sometime I look back and think what I could’ve done better to get “the good job” sooner, and this is what I want to share with you today.
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Take a look at the following places, they may be what you need…
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Good discoveries are always made by chance. Unwittingly, one encounters something you did not know about and it happens to be a marvel. Something like that happened to me with “Vinyl Cafe”. One Sunday noon not long ago, while I was returning to Kanata after a rugby practice in Chelsea, the car radio was tuned in CBC1. Almost like a habit, so there was some background to make the 45 minutes journey a little less tedious.
Soon the announcer began to engulf me. It was a different tone of voice, something serious and with excellent intonation. The way to tell the stories was entertaining and bearable. The story also was very good itself. The laughter in the audience gave further support to what was being heard. This program and the announcer were calling my interest and every Sunday I started to give it more attention. Each week that passed was better… I had stumbled upon a small great discovery.
If this Sunday noon (Ottawa/Toronto/Montreal time) you happen to be bored and feel like turning on the computer to listen CBC1 online, I recommend you listen to Stuart McLean and its “Vinyl Cafe“. If you are curious and do not want to wait until Sunday, you can now download a program file from the CBC podcasts archive or watch this video…
Have a good weekend!
Checking on some Quebec musicians in YouTube I found this 7 minutes documentary called “Sherbrooklyn”.
It’s interesting not only because of the subject (Sherbrooke rock bands that move to Montreal in search of fame) but also because it’s completely spoken in Canadian French.
And what’s strange about Canadian French? Canadian French itself! Some newcomers moving to Quebec expect to find some “similar to France” French here, or at least something similar to what they used to talk/learn at home.
But it’s not. Check this out…
So…? How’s your French doing now?
You are going to establish in Quebec and you are fond of your French. Or may be you come from a French speaking country. Or probably your first language is English and your company “promoted” you and sent you to Montreal or any other place in Quebec.