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Searching for Work Abroad and immigrating to Canada

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I would like to share my experiences and mistakes, which can be useful to everyone who wanted to live and work in another country.

TL;DR: I now live in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. This is Canada, British Columbia. I realized my dream to live by the ocean, but it took 5 years, and at first there were completely different plans. More details are below. Below is a picture of my jobs over the last 10 years.

 

 

I have always been drawn away from going somewhere. At first it did not matter; I only wanted to be in a new place for myself, preferably not Russia. It has nothing to do with the political climate or anything else. I was born and studied in Moscow, and Moscow is a fantastic city. Everything was fine with my career, more or less.

When I was a student, my father slipped me a link to world4u – a volunteer exchange organization. In 2007, 2008, 2009 I visited Germany, France and Italy. On average the program was 1-2 months and I had to pay only for the flight. It was these European projects that influenced me, I saw the world and realized that it is boring to live in one place, even with comfort. The picture below transmits my main motive very well:

 

 

It is from the children’s story about the Snail and the Whale:

Let’s start the story (take your places!)
About a tiny snail and a giant whale.
Here is a rock,
Where over the sea, a snail lived,
And she was sighing time and again:
-How I am tired of everything!
The world is huge, and I’m sitting here on a rock,
Could have sailed away in a big ship…

Despite graduation from MSTU Stankin and the café of machine tools, where I learned to draw a box of speeds of milling or lathe by hand or on the computer, it did not help me much to realize my career ambitions. The machine-building industry in Russia left much to be desired, and the salaries of engineers and managers were ridiculous. The picture below shows an example of my graduation work with automatic calculation of drive and visualization of my machine model.

 

 

In 2007 (at the end of the 3rd year), I joined the Khrunichev State Research and Production Center and worked there until 2010 (until graduation). I worked in various positions – quality engineer, site master, automation engineer. But all this was not serious. Answering the question, what will I become in 5 years? I understood that I was nobody. I did not see the future in industry. On the photo I am at the milling machine.

 

 

But my acquaintance was an assistant to a project manager with the salary of 50 thousand rubles per month (2009) against my incomplete 20 to the position of the head of the machining area. I understood everything. You have to go in IT, at any cost.

On RBC’s website I opened the TOP 40 IT companies in Russia and wrote to them all. That I am a talented student, I am graduating from university and am ready to come for an internship and work for food. I got 2 responses, and then everything is passing by. But the universe heard my requests and I was invited to a bank interview (Cetelem, BNP Paribas). I thought that the call center would offer. But I was lucky, I was offered to do Business Intelligence, and to work 3 months for free. When asked if I know SQL, I said that I have a diploma in SQL. I was lucky, I was not asked, because I am a free candidate anyway and there are no others, told about the work and told to come in 2 weeks.

One of the happiest days is that day when I was given a desktop, a computer and a lot of documentation in English. I am very grateful to the people who hired me, this is Maxim D., he was my mentor, and Gohar K. is the head of the department. They gave me a chance and I took it by 150%. Not everything was smooth, but I tried and studied SAP BusinessObjects. It is such a tool to create reports. Then, the manager immigrated to London and I stayed with Maxim. He supported me, and others did not know that I am an intern with 3 months of knowledge. In general, I joined the staff and became a full BI specialist.

 

Searching for work visa work abroad

Remembering my volunteer projects in Italy, I decided to check if there are BI developers, and immediately began to google jobs in Italy. WoW! It turns out that there are SAP Business Objects and BI developers, so I can live and work there too, I thought. Not thinking for long, for the next 4 years I responded to many vacancies around the world. Then I realized that the best resource to look for vacancies is Indeed, all countries are in one place.

 

 

And such a dance song lasted until 2014. I changed employers, resumes, and all continued to look for work, or rather an employer who will give me a work visa. There were also interviews in Amsterdam, Berlin, Poland and Ireland, but I never received the cherished job offer.

I had friends who managed to find a job, but it was clearly not my option, the universe was against it.

The beginning of immigration – Australia

That’s why I understood that if the mountain doesn’t come to me, then I have to go to the mountain. That is, the best and safest option is to get a residence permit, come to the country, and already how to get a job.

If you look at the countries, where immigration is more or less transparent, it is Canada and Australia. Canada – it’s boring, I thought, but Australia – it’s cool, surf and sea, what else you need. Also in 2012, sitting on the projects of Sberbank from Teradat, my colleague, DW/ETL guru told me about his friend from Australia, who worked there with an analyst and in general about life.

Well, it was Australia, I decided. Continuing the weekly mailing of resumes around the world, I began to study the program in Australia. Everything was reduced to simple and clear requirements:

General IELTS can, 6, but it takes 7 to get extra points.
Education
Experience by specialty

The stumbling block is English, despite my volunteer success, I got about 6-6.5 for IELTS, but unfortunately, the experience I could only count after graduation, that is, even if I miraculously pass by 7 points, I still have to wait another 2 years to get the right points.

It was a shame, because I had already been to Bali with my family, bought 30 Australian dollars and took surf lessons.

 

 

In general, I concluded that if you want to immigrate to Australia, you need a high English point, at the same time post-graduate school gives extra points, I quit mine, so my work was not specialized, and transferred to the Department of IT I was allowed if I am ready to work there 3-4 years full day for a penny. Do you understand…

Studying English

It became obvious that English is a very important element. Basically, I was always doing something in English, reading, watching. But somehow it was not very helpful. The main stage in language learning for me is to pass the language barrier, that is, to speak fluently, even with a small reserve of words. I was able to overcome it when I was on projects in Italy, and I just didn’t speak Russian for a month, my brain was really tense and it gave me the result.

When I realized that I had to pass IELTS, I downloaded great books with test assignments.

If you know the structure of the exam very well, it helps a lot. There are 4 modules:

Audio – listen and insert passes.
Reading – read and choose the right answers.
Letter – write a letter (complaint, apology, etc.) and an essay.
Communication – we talk about general topics and about a given topic with a native speaker.

It was very important to learn how to fit into the given periods of time for writing and reading, so as not to lose points. And for writing, I immediately memorized “fish”, the beginning and end of the letter or essay, and the structure of the essay, and learned to write on IELTS sheets and count words by the number of lines. That is, everything must be clear, it’s very important to fit in the time allotted.

I passed for the first time on about 6 and something was on 6.5. That’s when I was told by an Australian agency that helps me immigrate, that I don’t have enough points and I need at least 7 for all modules.

I started to study English 6 days a week with 3 teachers (2 native speakers on Skype for $ 15 per hour) and there was also a teacher at work in Lamoda. I also listened to audiobooks, about Harry Potter especially liked the performance of Stephan Fry, just a masterpiece. So I started watching serials with subtitles in the subway, it was the only time I watched serials, and it was interesting (Games of Thrones, Breaking Bad).

After 4 months I decided to retake English IELTS, but already in Bali. I even had the thought of giving them a bribe, the country is poor … but I was naive (: It turned out that we spent 10 days in Bali before the exam and I was not studying the language. In the end, I forgot something and passed again at 6 and 6.5! It was tough. I steamed with English and practically did not advance, it is like in the proverb “the tail got out, the mane drowned”, as well as with my tongue. It hit me, if I want to pass English, I have to go on Wednesday for a month at least and then retake it. My problem was that, studying 6 days a week for 60-120 minutes a day, I continued to think in Russian, to communicate with family, in general for me it did not work and I could not leave, my wife was pregnant with the second.

Completion of immigration – Canada

When I realized that there was not enough for Australia, there was an option with Canada. I heard about Canada that my vacancy (database specialist, information consultant, etc.) wasn’t in the quota, and if it was, the quota for places quickly came out.

But I had IELTS on my hands. So I decided to try to look for agencies that help with moving. I really don’t like to fill in the documents myself, it’s a phobia that I’ll be wrong, I’ll fill in the wrong one. I think it’s all FMS, you apply for travel abroad, and you are always wrapped up because of nonsense, and you have to stand in lines again, well, who received the passport, knows.

In general, I Googled about the help to move, and found a great resource, to me it is the best resource about immigration to Canada – Russian Forum. All the programs are very detailed there, but there is also a lot of bugs.

I found 3 companies, 2 Russian speakers and 1 Canadian from Manitoba. I wrote in all 3 that I am an IT specialist, I have passed IELTS, I want to go to Canada, I have higher education and work experience. The Russian speakers didn’t answer and that’s good, the universe must have saved it. But the Manitoba agency sent me a questionnaire the next day, where I had to fill in everything for myself. I filled it out quickly, as if (then I got out sideways, I had to send the docks in the middle of the process).

They answered in a couple of days that we could apply to the provincial programs in Manitoba as a skilled worker. Where is Manitoba? I thought about it and wentogled. Of course, not Vancouver or Toronto, but Canada. I always thought that the main thing is to get there and we will find out there. The price of the question is 3k Canadian now, 3 after. Another rate was 1 dollar = 30 rubles.

But one thing was important BUT! I wanted to go to Australia, surf, sea. I had to decide. On the one hand, I had a goal, I had to go to the goal, on the other hand, well, I can’t learn English, I have no strength. And for you to think. We had a question whether to pay 150,000 rubles to a Canadian agency or not and we had a heated discussion with our spouse. I get out of the shower and put it on.
T-shirt, and on the back it says Vancouver Olympic Games… Wow. And for me her parents have long fitted it, I did not even bother what kind of T-shirt, at home wore. Well, it was definitely a sign from above and I paid the next day to the agency. On the forum, I studied some comments, people are happy and everything works. But there is really a lot of foul play in this area, because at best they will fill out a questionnaire for you and send it, and it will be useless, you will lose time and money. In my case, I just took a risk, I was reluctant to know about it, and I just trusted them.

Its founder is Adel. I then found out that she was creating the pilot program and knew all the nuances. The program itself is very simple and it is better to enter, where the rating system is. Here, if you are suitable, you are taken. You just have to wait for all the stages.

The provincial program consists of the following stages:

You need to check that you are a match for the balls, there are very low IELTS 5 points total, for example.
You need to go to an away session in Europe (once a year), it’s like an interview with an immigration officer, or you need to go to a study visit in Manitoba (it’s much more expensive, but you have no choice). This is the most important stage.
After the session, if everything is good and you showed how much you love Manitoba, you will receive a provincial letter that the province is waiting for you (takes 9-12 months after the session) and you will send the whole package. Tricky moment now, it is to show about 25 thousand Canadian dollars in your bank account, but you can probably show the real estate. The most interesting thing about this document is that you can look for a job and get a work visa in Manitoba, I almost did it, but in the end I found a job in Montenegro and waited for the process to end there.
You don’t receive an invitation from the medical commission, we passed it in Serbia. (still wait for 6-12 months).
You get an entry visa and a residence permit on arrival.

So the provincial programs are longer, but they are more interesting, worth paying attention.

In my case, I applied in February 2014 and in spring I went to a session in Poland. What was interesting to know was that some people came there without an appointment and invitation and successfully passed the interview. I wouldn’t have been able to do that. Well, further on all the points above. I didn’t spare any money spent, because Adele owned all the information and really led the process. But many people (most of them) did it themselves, so it’s up to you.

When I got the certificate from the province, I started looking for a job, and even got an offer, but I didn’t use it, because I found a job in Montenegro, and it was very good and not expensive! Here is a photo from Montenegro:

 

 

I worked there for 8 months and had time to go to Canada. I was very serious about looking for a job and creating my resume and portfolio.

Looking for a job in Canada

The destination for me is clear – it is Winnipeg, not the most progressive Canadian city. The first thing I did was subscribe to the mailing list of all the vacancies in Manitoba with the words “data”, “business intelligence” and the like. Thus, 1.5 years before my arrival, I reviewed the vacancies every week, I responded to them, and I interviewed companies and people in Manitoba. I wrote all the companies on google spreadsheet.

Then I realized that my Russian address did not work, I needed a Canadian address and a Vinnipeg number, I made an IP phone with a number from Vinnipeg and wrote myself a random address. And it helped me, I began to get calls occasionally.

Also in 2013, when I decided that I would move, I made a blog in English and started saving all presentations on slideshare, also in English. That is, I was preparing purposefully. My motivation was simple, I want to be a good candidate and I want to get a good job, and one resume is not enough.

I also managed to write several books, which is a serious argument.

But one thing was important BUT! I wanted to go to Australia, surf, sea. I had to decide. On the one hand, I had a goal, I had to go to the goal, on the other hand, well, I can’t learn English, I have no strength. And for you to think. We had a question whether to pay 150,000 rubles to a Canadian agency or not and we had a heated discussion with our spouse. I get out of the shower and put it on.
T-shirt, and on the back it says Vancouver Olympic Games… Wow. And for me her parents have long fitted it, I did not even bother what kind of T-shirt, at home wore. Well, it was definitely a sign from above and I paid the next day to the agency. On the forum, I studied some comments, people are happy and everything works. But there is really a lot of foul play in this area, because at best they will fill out a questionnaire for you and send it, and it will be useless, you will lose time and money. In my case, I just took a risk, I was reluctant to know about it, and I just trusted them.

Its founder is Adel. I then found out that she was creating the pilot program and knew all the nuances. The program itself is very simple and it is better to enter, where the rating system is. Here, if you are suitable, you are taken. You just have to wait for all the stages.

The provincial program consists of the following stages:

You need to check that you are a match for the balls, there are very low IELTS 5 points total, for example.
You need to go to an away session in Europe (once a year), it’s like an interview with an immigration officer, or you need to go to a study visit in Manitoba (it’s much more expensive, but you have no choice). This is the most important stage.
After the session, if everything is good and you showed how much you love Manitoba, you will receive a provincial letter that the province is waiting for you (takes 9-12 months after the session) and you will send the whole package. Tricky moment now, it is to show about 25 thousand Canadian dollars in your bank account, but you can probably show the real estate. The most interesting thing about this document is that you can look for a job and get a work visa in Manitoba, I almost did it, but in the end I found a job in Montenegro and waited for the process to end there.
You don’t receive an invitation from the medical commission, we passed it in Serbia. (still wait for 6-12 months).
You get an entry visa and a residence permit on arrival.

So the provincial programs are longer, but they are more interesting, worth paying attention.

In my case, I applied in February 2014 and in spring I went to a session in Poland. What was interesting to know was that some people came there without an appointment and invitation and successfully passed the interview. I wouldn’t have been able to do that. Well, further on all the points above. I didn’t spare any money spent, because Adele owned all the information and really led the process. But many people (most of them) did it themselves, so it’s up to you.

When I got the certificate from the province, I started looking for a job, and even got an offer, but I didn’t use it, because I found a job in Montenegro, and it was very good and not expensive! Here is a photo from Montenegro:

 

 

I worked there for 8 months and had time to go to Canada. I was very serious about looking for a job and creating my resume and portfolio.

Looking for a job in Canada

The destination for me is clear – it is Winnipeg, not the most progressive Canadian city. The first thing I did was subscribe to the mailing list of all the vacancies in Manitoba with the words “data”, “business intelligence” and the like. Thus, 1.5 years before my arrival, I reviewed the vacancies every week, I responded to them, and I interviewed companies and people in Manitoba. I wrote all the companies on google spreadsheet.

Then I realized that my Russian address did not work, I needed a Canadian address and a Vinnipeg number, I made an IP phone with a number from Vinnipeg and wrote myself a random address. And it helped me, I began to get calls occasionally.

Also in 2013, when I decided that I would move, I made a blog in English and started saving all presentations on slideshare, also in English. That is, I was preparing purposefully. My motivation was simple, I want to be a good candidate and I want to get a good job, and one resume is not enough.

I also managed to write several books, which is a serious argument.

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