Work & School

In this module, we explore the challenges and opportunities faced by immigrants looking to enter the workforce. As workers, students and volunteers, newcomers can meet new people, develop professional and social skills, and become more familiar with local systems and methods of working. However, newcomers often face difficulty finding work in their field and can encounter challenges adapting to work while dealing with grief and trauma, lack of English or French language skills, and adjusting to local social and cultural conventions. They may also face discrimination based on race, gender or religion when applying for certain positions. Despite these challenges, newcomers bring a wide range of expertise and perspectives, leading to innovation and new modes of working in their fields of practice.

Interviews

Liz Jenner

Liz Jenner

CBC | Communism | Foreign Service | librarian | university | volunteer
Shohreh Golazad

Shohreh Golazad

co-op placement | graduate school | Laura Marks | New Media Arts | OCAD University | Textile Museum of Canada | Toronto District School Board
Wenzi Li

Wenzi Li

Craft Ontario | craft practice | graduate school | OCAD University | One of a Kind Show
Nami Hattori-Aoki

Nami Hattori-Aoki

assimilation | Canadian history | ethnic minority | museums | youth
Katayoun Afjeh

Katayoun Afjeh

journalism | retail | teaching | volunteer
Melissa Rodrigues

Melissa Rodrigues

fashion | international student | mass media | school
Pushpa Shrivastav

Pushpa Shrivastav

diploma | employment | job market | Montessori | Neighbourhood Link