^ Hi sis,
I was in a a workshop today and was able to talked to three engineers. They've been in Canada for 1-4 years. One is a mechanical engineer from Sri Lanka with a 21 years extensive experience in his field. He's been in Canada for 4 years, the closest he could get for a job that somehow related to his experience is being a technician. And it took him pa just this year para lang makuha yung job na iyon. He upgraded his credentials to match the jobs and what's required here. Not that much luck yet.
One is an engineer from Romania who has 7 years experience in engineering manufacturing--I can't remember the exact job. He's in Canada for one year na and wala pa syang nahahanap na work na related sa job nya--he is still upgrading.
And the last one is an engineer from Korea. Her work e sa project development. She worked in her home country, UK, US, Indonesia. Andito sya ngayon sa Canada but apparently, she can't find a job that suited her. She is also upgrading--nakakapangalahati na sya.
That's the reality here in british columbia right now. I am not going to sugarcoat. Unless you're willing to relocate sa ibang probinsya where theres a higher demands sa job mo, it's okay. But then you have to consider rin the rules under provincial nominee. It's a struggle to find a job here, back to square one. Pero ganun naman talaga di ba. Tiyaga tiyaga lang.
Kahit pa mas mahirap ngayon ang maghanap ng work dito, I still prefer working and living here.
You said you're 40 years old. So what? Kung gusto mo talaga makapunta dito and magsimula ng bago--as in from scratch--, may mararating ka naman eh. Tiyagaan nga lang. Dahil it'll take you months or, realistically speaking, years to get a job na related sa job mo.
Meron din akong nakilala last week, he's an engineer at sa PLDT sya nagtrabaho for 15 years before moving here in Vancouver. May idea ka kung ilang taon na sya? Nasa early 40's din. He's now working as a sales assistant sa Koodoo. A mobile company. He can't upgrade because wala syang sapat na pera to upgrade. He needs to pay the rent and bills kaya kailangan nyang magtrabaho. I encouraged him nga to join the workshop pero umayaw dahil wala daw syang oras para mag-upgrade ng credentials nya.
I hope this hasn't disappointed you. But this is the reality right now. Ang maipapayo ko lang, be flexible pag dating mo dito. You will be competing with engineers from different countries who are also an immigrants like you, and you will be competing with canadians who has canadian education and experience. Lahat mga matatalino rin na gaya mo, have extensive experience sa field. It's a real competition ang paghahanap ng work.