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IEPs Integration in Canada – Part 3

In my earlier blogs, I have written about the 6 Core Strategies that have helped me to build a strong foundation for my professional life in Canada. In this blog, I will cover the 3 support strategies that have helped me to build the core strategies.

  1. Creating a Support Network… The first strategy that has worked for me in the support strategies is “Creating a Support Network” in my life. The support network that has helped me includes both my professional contacts and personal contacts. This is the network of the people who have believed in me and have supported me many times unconditionally in the last couple of years.
  2. Love My Family… The second strategy that has worked for me in the support strategy is the love and support that I have received not only from immediate family (wife, my loving son) but from my extended family also (brothers, sisters, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nephews and nieces). I would not have been writing this blog, if I did not have all the support from my family for the last so many years. Recently one of my nephews gave me a candle as a present. He mentioned that the candle is a sign of hope and optimism in the darkest period. So by writing this blog, I want to light the candle of hope and optimism for the entire IEP community and say the things will happen just keep going one step at a time. Also I have always believed that whatever might happen to you, your family will always be there for you. So you should be there for your family.
  3. Count Your Blessings… The third and the final strategy that has worked for me is counting my blessings. In the last 10 years of my stay in Canada, there were many times when I was about to fall down and hit the ground. However, whenever that was going to happen, there was someone who held my hand and said come I will help you pass through this time. So I boldly say “I am a very blessed person”.

And last, but not the least, I have always kept a very positive attitude in my life. I have always believed that life is not what it brings to you. Life is how we respond to it.

These are some of my comments and strategies that have helped me in my journey in Canada so far. Do let me know your comments and suggestions.

IEPs Integration in Canada – Part 2

In my last blog, I had mentioned the 3 core strategies that have helped me to make a foundation for establishing myself in Canada. I am now going to cover the remaining 3 strategies that helped me to ensure that foundation remains strong, because for your long- term sustainability in any form of life, a strong foundation is very essential.

  1. Thirst for Knowledge… One key strategy that has worked for me in my integration is my thirst for knowledge. HR is an evolving field. The role of HR has changed a lot in the last 15-20 years and it is still changing. HRPA is making efforts to make HR a regulated profession so that HR can have the same credibility like other professions. So my thirst for knowledge required me re-invent myself. I met senior industry leaders including senior management at HRPA to learn and understand where HR is going to be in next couple of years. It helped me learn what the CEO expectations are from their Senior HR Professional. I have always been a curious learner of the profession.
  2. Hard Work & Desire to Succeed… Another strategy that has worked for me is my persistent hard work & desire to succeed. When I look back the last 10 years of my stay in Canada, I will not lie there were many times when my eyes got wet, many times I questioned my decision to come to Canada, many times I decided to pack my bags. However, there was one thing that I never questioned and that was confidence on my abilities and my persistent desire to succeed.
  3. Giving Back to the Profession… The last key strategy under the Core Strategies that has worked for me is my desire to pay it forward and giving back to the profession. In my early years in Canada, I started volunteering as a Committee Member with the local chapter of our professional association. The volunteering opportunity provided me the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the senior industry leaders. At the same time, I also kept in touch with new comers to Canada and offered my advice in their early integration. Anyone that I met, I always asked the question, “Is there anything I can do for you?” This helped me build a big picture vision of the challenges faced by the new comers to Canada. Later on when the opportunity came, I was elected to the Board of Directors for the local chapter. The opportunity to be on the Board of the professional association helped me sharpen my leadership skills.

These 6 Core strategies have helped me to build a strong career foundation for myself. In my next blog, I will cover the 3 Support Strategies.

IEPs Integration in Canada – Part 1

There is a lot of awareness these days about the skills shortage that Canada is going to be facing in the near future due to baby boomers retiring. Working on this, the Government, industry leaders, HRPA and community organizations are working together to integrate the Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP) into the main stream. All these stake holders value the knowledge and skills the IEP bring to the country. However, we still see many IEPs not being able to integrate themselves in Canada and fully avail all the opportunities that Canada offers.

As an Internationally Educated Professional, having made significant progress in establishing myself in the Canadian HR industry, I thought it as my responsibility to share some of the strategies that have worked for me in integrating myself in Canada. I call it as my 9 Steps Strategies, out of which are 6 Core Strategies and 3 Support Strategies. In this blog I would be sharing the first 3 Core Strategies. I will cover the remaining strategies in future blogs.

  1. Education… On landing in Canada, I immediately figured out that if I needed to succeed in Canada I needed to have two types of education:
    1. Formal Education… HR laws are different in every country. In Ontario a lot of emphasis is given to the CHRP designation as it is considered a certificate of competence. I immediately started the process of getting CHRP designation. I have had many challenges en route, however, at the end I got my CHRP designation.
    2. Cultural Education… The other education that I needed cultural education. North American work culture is totally different from the Asian work culture. So to gain the cultural education, I read articles, had mentors help me learn the culture and my curiosity nature lead me to ask questions from others about the North American work culture.
  2. Relationship Building… Since HR plays a very important role in an organization, senior HR positions are generally filled through referral. The Hiring Manager has to have the trust on the candidate they are recruiting for the HR role. The trust is built upon maintaining an excellent professional relationship. My professional relationship with my current boss helped me land my current role.
  3. Mentoring… Mentoring has also played a very important role in my professional development. I have had some great mentors, who were always approachable and very quick to respond to any question that I had. Whenever I had issues either personal or professional, I approached these mentors and they gave me the best possible advice. Paying it back, I am currently mentoring a few IEPs myself.

These 3 core strategies have really helped me make a foundation for establishing me in the Canada. I will cover the remaining 3 in my next blog.