My clients know me: I listen to all of them and work my best to help them. All of them have moved from their countries to Canada pursuing a dream: to have a better life for themselves but most of all, for their children. And one of their priorities to make this happen is to find a job: stable, full-time, well-paid and that utilizes their pre-landing skills and experience…
But this is not the case: most clients end up with what is known as “survival jobs”: temporary, part-time or shift-jobs where they are not only underpaid and with no benefits, but also fail to use my client’s experience and skills.
They also know what I stand for: during my workshops, I make my “bias” very clear: I think the oil, gas and carbon industries need to invest in a quick shift into renewables (which probably will generate more direct and indirect jobs, as training and certifications will be needed), and I also think that governments at all levels need to be seriously planning and implementing EDAPs: Energy descent Action Plans.
The times we are facing are difficult, to say the least, and everybody, including “fossil fuel” companies know this (read this report from Shell to get an idea).
Individuals should also be thinking in reducing their consumption and debt in general, but more when it is related to energy and raw materials: every thing we buy or use has been manufactured thanks to the exploitation of raw materials and/or the use of energy coming from sources that are not only not renewable, they are damaging the environment in such a way that (not stopping their use on time) will cause the mass extinction of many species and the collapse of our civilization.
That is why reports such as this reassure what I already know: A Closer, Deflating Look at BC’s Natural Gas Jobs Claim…I have been telling my clients that the claim of the 100,000 jobs from LNG or the bigger claim on 1,000,000 new jobs is just political, misleading, cheap propaganda.
While I continuously hear from clients that employers are increasingly offering them to “volunteer” for weeks or even months (taking advantage of their despair and the fact that they don’t have Canadian experience and references), or paying them under the table, paying $11 for engineering jobs, asking them to work extra time without any benefit, changing or increasing their shifts or caseload without consultation or pay, etc. I have only common sense advice to offer:
Other suggestions, not directly related to job search and career planning but that make you and your family more resilient in the times to come:
Most immigrants are very resilient and knowledgeable about how to “do without” because we all come from places where things were not so good as they are here…keep those skills and transfer them to your children: they will need them
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