Arriving in Canada is the first step towards starting a new chapter in your life. But what happens after you arrive? There are so many things which you need to consider that will help you to get settled into your new home. Choosing a sustainable job for yourself can be a tough task sometimes. Many of us try our hardest to get into a field that relates to our profession quickly, however it’s not always immediately possible. Therefore, people choose to go for other options like survival jobs.

Survival jobs are often seen as boring and monotonous. They don’t really offer you a fulfilling life, but they do help to keep your bills under control, which is something many people struggle with after deciding to relocate without guaranteed employment. Getting a survival job in the beginning is okay, since it’s not easy to keep yourself afloat with just your savings account. Although, you shouldn’t stay in that space for a long time. Continuing to search for a job that will best suit your interest and career path will have a huge impact on your life in Canada for years to come. This article will help you decide which path you should choose upon your arrival in Canada.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

What Exactly Is a Survival Job?

A survival job would pay you rather poorly and doesn’t really require rocket science in order for you to get the work done. These jobs are easy, monotonous, and earn you just about enough money to cover your basic bills. Since these are entry level jobs, training is usually provided on site. You can expect to be paid under $20 an hour and work longer, exhausting shifts with about 1-2 days off work per week. You shouldn’t bank on getting any amazing benefits either, survival jobs offer minimal sunshine with basic medical cover or dental benefits (if you’re lucky). Always enquire about these benefits before getting started on the job.

Here are a few examples of the typical survival job:

  • Warehouse or Factory worker
  • Cashier
  • Sales Rep
  • Delivery Driver
  • Waitress

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