COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: India
DATE OF ARRIVAL: 2007
DOCUMENTARIAN: David James Fernandes
“Getting hired for technical specialization might mean less scrutiny of language skills.”
After immigrating to Canada from India with his family last year, Mehul was able to find a job that sought his particular technical knowledge in the field of biochemistry. Mehul used to put in 12 to 16 hour days on the job back home, but now finds a work-life balance is possible.
Mehul considers himself one of the lucky ones, and has positive things to say about his current workplace. He finds it more generous and accommodating than what he had experienced in India.
On the other hand, Mehul suspects that if his technical specialization had not been a key factor in his employability here, language barriers would have posed bigger problems.
“I can understand and I can speak [English], but I cannot pronounce [words] like a Canadian.”
Mehul believes finding a job is easier than surviving a job in Canada: “To survive, you really have to adjust yourself.”