First i would like to congratulate you on your visa. I have been following your posts and love the way you deliver the information. Wayne i saw the video as well and sadly it reflects the truth. I dont want to be rude or disrespectful to you, but believe me you and your family will get along with canadian life faster than majority of the forum members because of the english or caucasian background. This is the scenario here in Australia as well. In my last 11 years in Austraia i have never ever seen a skilled immigrant from caucasian background doing a dead end job. On the other side i truely met some doctors driving taxis and some other professionals doing security. I am an indian myself and i know some forum members wont like my post, but believe me i am not writing this to demotivate. To all other respected members please guys prepare your mind to work in watever field even if its a dead end one. Please never ever leave your own profession beacause thats what really you are. Be confident but not overconfident regarding to your current professional profiles.
It is unfortunate that many will discover this unpleasant truth after they arrive in Canada.
I was at the Working Abroad Expo in London last weekend and I approach this Construction Company (PCL) since they were advertising for people with Project Management Experience.
As I approached the guy, he immediately put his hand behind his back. A clear indication that he was not willing to shake my hand or collect a CV from me. Nevertheless, I went on to present my case to him and before I had said two sentences, he informed me that the project they were advertising for was just at the inception stages and they won't be requiring people in the skilled trades till later. Just looking at me, he had concluded that I would only be fit for the skilled trades!
I persisted to tell him that I was an Architect and a Certified Project Manager and not a tradesman but he just showed clearly through his comments that he wasn't interested in furthering the discussion and not even look at my CV.
I decided to step back and observe and I noted that he hardly spent any time talking to ethnic minorities but spent loads of time shaking hands with caucasians and having lenghthy talks with them including collecting their CVs.
I just prayed that this won't be the general experience when we get to Canada.
Not every caucasian has this attitude because I have worked with and have befriended many but people should be prepared for this type of reaction. As much as governments speak against racism, there are still many individuals that thrive on it.
Long story but I'm compelled to share it.