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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.


  1. Very eloquetly summarized. I couldn’t agree more, especially with your sixth point, “Give back to the Profession”. I strongly believe that this is very important not only for our personal growth, growth of others, but also growth of HR as an industry. 🙂

  2. Mr. Sharma, You were one of the first people I met from the HR profession in Canada. Your empathy towards new comers and the enthusiasm to share your knowledge is always something i will respect you for. With this article, I am glad you have shared your insights with the larger community.

    I totally agree with you 100% that the first step is to educate and then persevere and network.

    Great article.

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