I vividly remember May 13, 2005...landing on Canadian soil...coming out of Toronto Pearson Airport I just fell in love with the 'space' and knew, I belong here.
Was it a smooth transition...emotionally, culturally, socially and financially? No it wasn't! I had wet eyes, cultural shocks, missed my dear ones... Yet, I chose to stay centred and inspired. My inspiration came from the experience of starting life from scratch at the age of almost 40, it came from an opportunity to embrace diversity...learn when you are given a chance to learn.
It was overwhelming...!! My job applications were rejected for either 'being overqualified' or 'no Canadian work experience'...so many voices started haunting me ...'pull Ph.D out of your resume'...'change your name to some western name...' Are you serious...!!!
I sat with myself and carved my career path. Ironically, I decided to go back to school, a few close friends were amazed at my decision.." why would you go back to school for a certificate course when you have Ph.D". I smiled and said it is not about degree(s) and certificate(s)...it is about proactive learning....filling in the gaps...upgrading your skills to be best-fit in the new working environment. I earned Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation....blended in all my global working experience and transferable skills with newly learnt work culture.
My close friends in India were sure I will return back in less than 6 months as it will be very difficult to give up on that lifestyle...but I wanted a life...so chose to stay here. It has been wonderful experience so far and am sure it will get better and better!