Nimaya Lodu, Human Resources, Fall 2012/13
Nimaya came to Canada as a convention Refugee after staying in Uganda for over 20 years. He hoped that when he landed in Canada, he would get a good job quickly and could sponsor his wife to join him as a family. However, as he has to start life from zero in a country with different cultural setting. He found many challenges; this made him to think of building friendships and to be known by many people around, to get connections with key people who can show a direction to success, and give some encouragement. He also become conscious that he need to go to school and upgrade his skills to a Canadian standard. This led him to ask himself, which career courses are valued in Canada and if he goes to school can he get employed right away after completing the course?
Therefore, within this complex situation, he thought it was a good to start the walk by exploring options and strategies to reach his dreams to successfully settle in Canada and enjoy the peaceful environment. When he was browsing the internet for job and career search he came across the ERIEC Career Mentorship Program which caught his attention and he decided to apply to be a mentee. His hope was that by joining the program he would be able to realize his career goals through the mentorship sessions which will open ways to make valuable friends and networks.
“Being in a new country is challenging; having a mentor can help reduce some of the mounting complexity through the guidance, support, and inspiration I receive during the mentorship sessions. It is a chance to learn the culture so that I can be comfortable to relate with people I will always meet along my way. Attending intercultural and special job search technique workshops organized by ERIEC, and hearing testimonies from other speakers who immigrated earlier, help me to feel confident. It also re-energized my attitude towards looking for jobs and getting focused on my career. I feel now that I am not the only one – many have gone through this journey, and I am also now following the path.”