Landing a full-time job seems to be the pinnacle of challenges that I face these days. The movies and television shows make it seem that coming to New York from wherever you come from is the equivalent to opening the doors to opportunity. It’s really not the case. Sifting through job openings, the opportunities for sponsorship are much fewer than one could ever anticipate, especially in this economic climate. Of all the positions that I’ve looked at thus far, only two have actually expressed intent in entertaining applications from foreign applicants; even then, you can’t help but wonder if/when they’ve passed on you because it would be less trouble to go with a citizen/permanent resident.
Of course, the question that people have often asked me is why don’t I seem to want to go back to Canada. My first response is to ask people where they are from and whether or not they considered going home to work there upon graduation; most reply “no.” After all, I’ve changed a considerable bunch in the past four years, and for me to come back to where I grew up, I would have to confront the old perception and memories that people hold of me. I want to be able to make something of myself in my own space without the constraints of what people believe about me. And to add, I’ve only truly spent two years in this city, since I spent two of my college years studying in Paris. And while the experience was a great one, I simply want to spend a little more time with New York, and get to know it better.
That said, I also ought to dispel the notion that Canadians have it “easier.” Sure, there are opportunities for different visas/statuses, such as the TN status, but those are particular to certain trades/skill sets (the easy list can be found on the Wikipedia page). Skimming the list, the only category that I could slide myself under would be graphic designer, though it is not something that I would particularly want. The stories of friends of friends of friends easily obtaining offers and green cards on the spot are the exception (reminds you a little of “He’s Just Not That Into You,” doesn’t it? See the clip below if you don’t know what I mean); they fall under these special statuses or are with the companies that have the highest number of H-1B sponsoring.
So, do I feel as though I should have geared my education towards what would have been more “acceptable” for visa purposes? Absolutely note. I would by no means be of the same caliber as I am now with what I am able to do in marketing and publicity. Come May, I suppose I’ll activate my OPT (optional practical training) and see what opportunities may arise during the regular year.
Image courtesy of TalentEgg on Flickr