I’ve mentioned before the ICTC – Information and Communications Technology Council and its programs to help immigrants in Canada. This time now, I’d like to share with you the history of one more immigrant living in Canada.
His name is Jean Roberth, he is living in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Jean Roberth arrived in Canada in March 2008:
Stories of landed skilled immigrants searching for job opportunities in vain, coupled with the current world economic turbulence, have become common in Canada recently. Undoubtedly immigrants face unexpected challenges living in a different country and culture, mostly when it seems that economic factors are not helping. However, this is not the case for Jean Roberth Souza. He has a very different story to tell us exactly in a moment when he is celebrating just one year since arriving in Canada.
In March 2008, Jean Roberth moved to Ottawa from Brazil plenty of dreams and expectations. His personal immigration project had fi nally reached what he had considered the fi nal phase: landing in Canada.
As a fact, it was the initial phase of a new life. It was also time for Jean Roberth to test and experience everything he had learned and studied about Canada before his long trip north. Actually Jean Roberth quickly found a temporary job in the communications field with a crown corporation in his second month in Ottawa, but after many CVs, interviews, networking and outreach.
Later, he found another temporary opportunity in a community-based project for immigrants. And since December 2008, Jean Roberth joined the Information and Communications Technology Council as Client Tracking Officer.
“Much has happened in the past year and I believe that I was very successful finding good opportunities in Ottawa due mostly to the intensive preparation I had before coming to Canada. The more prepared you are, the easier you will adapt to a new culture. I had spent almost two years analyzing the local job market, job offers, trends in my professional area, and trying to adapt myself culturally to the requirements here,” says Jean Roberth. “Another important aspect of my adaptation process to Canada was the support I received from immigrant serving agencies and their employability programs. Without
them, the beginning wouldn’t be easy.”