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    Many new arrivals to Canada and Toronto in particular discover that they cannot get an IT job as soon as they arrive - no matter their level of skill or experience. The reasons given usually center around language skills and lack of "Canadian experience".

    What is Canadian experience?

    Canadian experience usually means having experience interacting with people in the context of the culture found in Canada. Every culture is different. For instance, relationships between supervisors and sub-ordinates vary from culture to culture; and country to country. And Toronto is the most cultural diverse city in the world!

    How can I get Canadian experience without a Canadian job?

    Getting Canadian experience without a job:
    Volunteer. Volunteering for a charitable or cultural organization will help you to get Canadian experience and references.

    There are many charitable and cultural organizations in Toronto and across Canada that need volunteers.

    When you volunteer you are working. And you have someone that you will report to - a supervisor. You work with other people - usually in English.

    The end result is that you gain Canadian experience. Experience that provides you with practical experience about the culture. Practical experience in speaking English and learning the local idiom, expressions, etc. And you gain References - from the person or persons that supervized you; and the people that you work with.

    How do I find a charitable organization?
    There are a number of groups in Toronto that can direct you to charitable organizations that need your help and in turn can help you to gain Canadian experience.

    The Possibilities Project is a great place to start looking. http://www.possibilitiesproject.com/
     


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