Two months into my big adventure and I’ve committed the cardinal sin of being so busy I barely have time to think about, let alone write, my blog posts. The downside of this is that I have so much to share and tell that the topics keep building up and up, and sooner or later I’ll have missed the boat and the moment will have well and truly passed. The upside of my current predicament is that my jam packed schedule is the result of finding a full-time, permanent job in a sector I love. Yessssssss!
When I arrived in Canada I brought with me low expectations packaged up in a worst case scenario. My plan was to secure some sort of temporary work, ideally admin but retail would do, and volunteer in some high level roles to keep my skills up for my return to the UK in December 2011. Anything else would be considered a bonus. Despite this I decided to aim high and applied for some ‘proper’ jobs before I left the UK, receiving an invitation to my first telephone interview whilst sitting at Vancouver Airport waiting for my luggage to appear on the carousel. The next morning I found myself talking to a nice lady from HR from a payphone in a hostel, using a phone card, with a stinking cold, after no sleep, surrounded by Australians playing football over my head. The role had also been downgraded to part-time which was far from ideal. Needless to say I did not expect to hear back.
After the obligatory 14 day ‘holiday’ period I set myself a target of the end of February to find some sort of work, and started contacting recruitment agencies about undertaking some temping. Temping in Canada is much more competitive than in England, and I didn’t hold out much hope for getting an assignment any time soon after finding out that I’d have to interview for every half-day receptionist shift I was put forward for. Luck must have been looking favourably on me as a week after registering with my first agency I was offered a four week data entry placement at a charity in Vancouver (no interview necessary).
My propitious streak continued as three weeks after my disastrous telephone interview I was invited back for a panel interview. A second interview soon followed, and six days later I was on my way to my first day at work as a Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for the Greater Vancouver Region of a very large and well known Canadian charity. The icing on the cake came when I received my official offer letter stating that the job had been reinstated to full-time, with a salary that far exceeded my UK equivalent. Best. Day. Ever.
I’ve been in my new role for just over a month, and I absolutely love it. It’s a challenging role with a lot to learn, but it’s a great career step and I’m working alongside a fantastic team. I think it’s safe to say that my prospects in Vancouver are looking better than I ever thought possible, so much so that I have applied for a second work permit to stay for 2012. Two months ago I was wondering whether I’d ever see the inside of an office again, and now I’m the newbie with the ‘cute accent’. I know, right?