Name: Rosemary K-Kezaabu
Country of Origin: Uganda
Date Hired: June 06, 2016
Job Title: After School Program Staff Inclusion and Personal Attendant
Employer: YMCA-YWCA and Independent Living Resource Centre
- How did the Immigrant Centre help you to find a job in Canada?
My Facilitator wrote my resume, taught me how to apply for jobs, helped me to get certified for Food Handlers/First Aid/WHMIS, gave me more self-confidence, and taught me interview skills). We went on streets as a team with our facilitator on job hunting. Some employees would interview us on spot while others would tell us to leave our resumes behind. Although I was not called but I got the confidence and courage to drop in any office inquiring about job opportunities. I finally got one with YMCA-YWCA.
- What types of job search techniques did you use to find your job?
I visited many employers. I got opportunity to be interviewed, but some insisted to know if I had a driving permit and where possible a personal car. Somewhere I was told that if I get any of them then I could go back. On a happy note, after completing Personal Attendant Community Education course, Independent Living Resource Centre retained me as their staff.
- What differences have you noticed between working in Canada and working in your home country?
In Canada work is faster done on time. Like in my country, rules and regulations are mandatory as guiding instruments to employees to be efficient and effective in their work and to maintain the core values of employers.
In Canada there is respect in the work place, and strictly observe time management by both the employers and the employees. This helps in the smooth running of the organization and producing results with excellency. Furthermore, it gives us opportunity to do more than one job.
Unlike in my country, am afraid to mention that Canada has gender disparities or gaps in salary pay, between women and men for same work done. This has been mentioned in the media. Men and women should have rights for equal economic benefits particularly in employment for same work done by both genders. This discrimination affects women even at their later age, to the extent that they will still be paid less pension than men. I believe my employers practice equity.
In my country, employees work extra time to accomplish work load which is sometimes not paid. In some instances, bosses tend to delegate work when it is about time to go home, which encroaches on the employees’ free time. There is a problem of unemployment thus jobs are scarce in the country, one has to bear all the conditions, and to do any job irrespective of the qualifications and experience.
Canada is silent about immigrant’s qualifications obtained back from their countries. This has been a challenge to many professionals. It is frustrating to go back to elementary training. I pray that immigrants be trained in consideration of their level of education, and work experience.
In Canada transport services are very reliable, e.g. buses are on time, there is hardly traffic jam which makes us reach the place of work on time. Having both Driving Permit and the car is a necessity and a requirement before you get employed. Because of this, it has been a hindrance to get full time jobs.
What amuses me most is the fact that one has to have Canada working experience, how can I acquire Canada experience when I am not employed. I would love to be employed, oriented, coached and trained on the job.
Advice to other Immigrants/Newcomers:
- What advices would you give to immigrants and newcomers looking for work?
To do voluntary work so as to gain work experience, to use every free opportunity of getting trained; to seek clarification always from facilitators; and to network and use every form of communication for updates in job search. No job is small; it is important to appreciate the work we do with a positive mind.
Above all time management is important which affects every individual’s plans.