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Let’s all help fellow Brit Joshua find a job!

Joshua Cunningham

Joshua is looking for work in British/Political researching or reporting

It’s that time of the month again where we try to help out a fellow Brit earn an honest crust. Or better still, real money that can be exchanged for food, heat and rent.

So, welcome to Joshua. He’s not actually in Toronto yet, but will be soon so being the clever chap that he is, has started reaching out early. And we’re happy to help, possibly for some preemptive Timbits. But that would never happen. *sigh*

He writes:

“So I am a Brit (soon to be) in Toronto, with my flight is booked for the November 25. I am a lucky International Experience Canada lottery winner, and will be able to work in Canada for two years! For the last few months, I’ve been researching all the cool things I will soon be able to explore/do, but the looking for a job bit is trickier.

“So you’re offering to help out fellow Brits in that area? Thank you so much! Any advice/help will be very appreciated. Can I offer you some preemptive Timbits in return? I’ve heard they’re good.

“Firstly I’ve got no idea what is a realistic Canadian salary expectation for myself (other than above minimum wage)? If I could get a job in British/ Political researching or reporting, I would be bleeming over the moon. I want to do a masters in international relations in a few years, so anything relevant to that would be awesome.

“But dream job aside, any 9-5 office job where I get the weekend off to enjoy Canada sounds pretty good too.”

So, there’s Joshua’s ideal wishlist. If you can help — or know someone who can — please contact him at CunninghamJ95 AT outlook DOT COM … and good luck to him.

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Let’s all help fellow Brit Gareth find a job!

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Gareth dreams of being on a GO Train heading to his engineering job. You could make it happen

It’s time again to reach out and try to help a fellow Brit find a job!

We got this e-mail from Gareth:

“I came across your website today during a regular search of mine for opportunities for British people in Canada.

“My name is Gareth, I am a British citizen still living in the U.K. I am looking to emigrate to the Toronto area in April 2015. I am engaged to a Canadian citizen from that area and we will be getting married in May 2015. Once we are married, we will make the application for a permanent visa through the spouse route.

“As this could take six months or even more I am looking for ways to allow me to emigrate and work in Canada earlier. The most likely method I see is if I were to get on the IEC 2015 program — however, I know this is risky due to the low number of spaces available and how quickly they fill.

“I studied Chemical Engineering as a student to masters level and I know there are lots of opportunities in Engineering and for my discipline in Canada. However my profession was taken off the list this year that would have allowed me to apply for an open visa through my own qualifications.

“As a result, if the IEC didn’t materialize, the only way of me being able to work in Canada for the initial period following the wedding would be to have a job offer from a company sponsoring me as a foreign worker. I have found this very difficult to find because I have currently been working for two years out of university so I do not yet have the experience that most companies look for when hiring temporary foreign workers.

“Do you think there is anything you or the site would be able to help with in regards to finding such a company? I know it is just a matter of time before I will have a permanent visa and things will be so much easier but I am hoping it is something I can make happen sooner rather than later.

“Thanks for any help you are able to offer.”

Gareth is also a nice chap as he has done volunteer work attending two STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) events, including ongoing mentoring of a small group of local high school children, designed to encourage young people to take up STEM subjects as future careers.

So, if any nice companies out there can assist this proactive bloke in getting a good start in Toronto, please contact him at garethr1989 AT gmail DOT COM — cheers.

Good luck, Gareth!

Let’s all help fellow Brit Christian find a job!

Christian's been in Toronto a couple of months and took this photo to prove it

Christian’s been in Toronto a couple of months and took this photo to prove it

Yes, Brits in Toronto works Sundays. We feel it’s a small price to pay to help a fellow Brit find a job. Today, we’re featuring Christian so give him a shout if you can help …

When did you arrive in Toronto and what brought you here?

I’ve been here for a couple of months after leaving England with my (Canadian) girlfriend. She had been teaching back in England but got a job recruiting teachers from Canada once her visa expired. After a two-week holiday over Christmas to meet the parents, etc. we decided I would come this summer and try the Canadian life!

What stage are you at: landed immigrant, permanent resident, citizen?

So far, I’ve just been playing the tourist role. I’m here only on the six months allowed as a visitor but now plan to stay longer and find work. As far as I can tell, the best option from here is to apply for the International Experience Canada and if all goes well, the common-law sponsorship after that. At this point though, any advice is welcome!

What kind of work are you looking for?

I’m trained in the sport and leisure industry and have a high level of football coaching badges (currently doing some voluntary coaching in Ontario). Where that hasn’t been a full-time position for me in the past, I’ve worked in education for the past four years, working in behaviour management and pastoral care. For now though, I’m happy to try my hand at anything!

What has been the best and worst aspects of the experience of coming to Toronto?

So I’m currently in the GTA (Oakville) but it’s so easy to get into Toronto, the people are mostly friendly and there’s plenty to do, with quite a lot of free options too. Enough sport to follow for someone keen on that topic and as an avid Tottenham fan, seeing JD again is good for me.

Downside? HST drives me mad!

Open question: what would you like to ask our readers, tell them or talk about? Use this as a chance to give your account of a British newcomer to Toronto.

I’ve met a couple of Brits so far, but sites like this can be so helpful. Any advice you can give/receive can go a long way. Saying that, after reading this, any advice you want to give/ask you can e-mail/Tweet me … I’ll leave the details at the bottom.

My one piece of advice to sign off with would be to take any opportunity that someone may give you, be sociable, explore and interact with people. You only get one life, enjoy it!

Twitter: @_Tian15 / E-mail: chris.tian15 AT hotmail.com