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Old 10-02-2012, 07:21 PM   #1
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finding a job in canada, is it that hard?

hello,
i want some help from some Canadians and preferably studying and/or working as an engineer in Canada, even better a mechanical engineer in Quebec.
I was born in Montreal, lived there for only 15 days ( i was born there on purpose, my lebanese parents wanted me to have the Canadian citizenship, a great gift i would say), and finished my school in lebanon and about to get my M.S degree in mechanical engineering this fall.
I really want to start a new life in Canada, i just cant stand living here anymore, situation is only getting crappier and no hope for better futur for lebanon on the horizon; it is time to put my parent's gift into work!

Long story short, i want to work as an engineer in Quebec, but i keep hearing that there's little to no jobs in Canada these days, well except for trades like plumbing or any other manual labor;
1) Is it true?
2) what is your experience about the subject?
3)any recommendations?
4)any idea if i need to redo my degree in Canada, and if so how much time should it take knowing that i would already have my degree?
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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I wouldn't mind working in Canada, you can get like, an island with bears and shit on it for about a hundred quid.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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I've been trying to get a job for 2 years. Apart from small time shit, I haven't had luck.
I managed to get an internship with ease, though, so maybe go for that first, get some experience, and then it'll be easier to get a full fledged job. The problem is you're not from here, so if you were to come here, it'd be hard to live anywhere without an income right?

I will say that it is tough but it's not impossible. Good luck!
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I wouldn't mind working in Canada, you can get like, an island with bears and shit on it for about a hundred quid.

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Old 10-02-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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American citizenship would've been a better gift.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
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American citizenship would've been a better gift.

Well they saw Canada as a more peacefeull country with no war policy basically unlike the US, which ia true, but when it comes to job oppurtunity i'm sure the States is a better place.
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I've been trying to get a job for 2 years. Apart from small time shit, I haven't had luck.
I managed to get an internship with ease, though, so maybe go for that first, get some experience, and then it'll be easier to get a full fledged job. The problem is you're not from here, so if you were to come here, it'd be hard to live anywhere without an income right?

I will say that it is tough but it's not impossible. Good luck!

what is your major?
yea I'm aware that i should work a minor job if I'm not able to find an engineering related one, especially if i had to repeat a year or so in university.
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I wouldn't mind working in Canada, you can get like, an island with bears and shit on it for about a hundred quid.


Why would you shit on the bears and/or island?
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People like and treat Canadians better than Americans. Fact.

Some people (who aren't even Canadians) sew a thing of our flag onto their backpack, jacket whatever so that they get treated better when traveling.
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what is your major?
yea I'm aware that i should work a minor job if I'm not able to find an engineering related one, especially if i had to repeat a year or so in university.



I'm a film major so that doesn't help.
I'm interning at a film festival in Toronto now.
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the thing is i dont want to waste years looking for a job, and different countries do have different job oppurtinies, i can easily find work in the arabic gulf area, but i really want to live in Canada, and i'm worried that i wouldnt find a job there.
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I'm a film major so that doesn't help.
I'm interning at a film festival in Toronto now.

Good luck with your quest
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:46 PM   #15
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the thing is i dont want to waste years looking for a job, and different countries do have different job oppurtinies, i can easily find work in the arabic gulf area, but i really want to live in Canada, and i'm worried that i wouldnt find a job there.


If you don't mind the cold weather, you could almost find a job for ANYTHING in the North. We always have jobs in the North that are open.
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the thing is i dont want to waste years looking for a job, and different countries do have different job oppurtinies, i can easily find work in the arabic gulf area, but i really want to live in Canada, and i'm worried that i wouldnt find a job there.

Well just think about it:

If you got a job in the Arabic gulf area, will you be happy? If the answer is yes, then maybe it's not worth the hassle right now to move to Canada. If you do everything right, it won't be years before you have a job.
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People like and treat Canadians better than Americans. Fact.

Some people (who aren't even Canadians) sew a thing of our flag onto their backpack, jacket whatever so that they get treated better when traveling.

I spent a month in the Middle East and neither me nor any of my roommates got negative reactions to being American.

I think that's mostly in parts of Europe where people have a stick up their ass, but OP doesn't wanna go to those places anyway.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:57 PM   #19
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I am a graduating mechanical engineer in Sherbrooke, a town about 2 hours from Montreal. When coming here, expect to have at least one year of professional classes to take to get your license, maybe 2 or 3. Classes here are given only several months a year and programs usually start in August. There is a lebanese community in my town, maybe you could contact them somehow. The reality here is that if you come from another country, chances are you can only work in big cities like Montreal and Quebec... most of the smaller towns' jobs need you to know the right people and well know the region you are in, if you expect business results.

About 90-95% of engineers can find a job in the year following their graduation.

The living cost here is quite high, so if you don't have any money right now, I don't know how you could live during your classes...

For more information on the requirements to become an engineer, look here:
http://www.oiq.qc.ca/en/Pages/accueil.aspx

This is the organism that take care of engineering licenses and deontology here in quebec.

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If you don't mind the cold weather, you could almost find a job for ANYTHING in the North. We always have jobs in the North that are open.

Should be able to adapt, we do have cold.winters in here, okay it is a walk in the park compared to you guys but still.i should manage XD
hopefully everything turns out just fine
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