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Choosing a city for marketing person

Discussion in 'Housing' started by zabrodov, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. #1 zabrodov, Sep 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2019
    Hey guys,

    I have recently become a PR of Canada. I landed in Quebec, drove to Montreal, then to Toronto and then to London to a friend of mine. Then I left Canada and went back home.

    In a month I am returning to Canada (London), picking up my car and going somewhere. I need to decide on which city I will go to.

    I have an MBA degree from a reputable US business school. My experience is in marketing: market research and marketing strategy specifically.

    Personally I liked Montreal a lot. It has a European vibe, which I prefer to the US vibe. However, I understand that it will be extremely difficult for me to find a job there because I don't speak French. I am planning to learn French but until then, it's unlikely that I would find a decent job there.

    I don't want to go to Vancouver as it seems too expensive. The same reason applies for Toronto. Being a huge job market, it, however, is also expensive and too busy for my taste.

    I heard a lot of good things about Calgary. I don't know how the job situation is there for marketing people, though.

    All of these thoughts brought me to Ottawa. It's not as heavily dependent on French as is Montreal. It is also on the border of Ontario - Quebec, which would allow me to live in the french speaking area and learn French, yet I might be able to find a job with English only.

    Ottawa is relatively small and somewhat boring (according to some reviews), which is perfect for me as I love the quiet suburban way of living. It is also relatively inexpensive and I do like it, considering that I won't have to pay enormous car insurance premiums that I would have paid in the GTA.

    The problem for me stands there: Ottawa has a lot of government jobs that I am not qualified to have (background check) and I was wondering if anyone on this forum has had such experience that I am having and could help me out with an advice.

    My only knowledge about Ottawa comes from the internet.

    P.S. I will be looking for a job everywhere, obviously but I would like to start from Ottawa and maybe stay there.
  2. Marketing is a tough industry to get into anywhere. Toronto is really where the job opportunities will be. If you don’t qualify to work for the government and are not somewhat bilingual Ottawa is tough. There is political marketing and strategy but again most applicants usually need to be somewhat bilingual. Why don’t you keeping working at your US job while applying across Canada. The best way to secure an interview would be through some contacts you have made in the US.

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