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Starting a New Job in a New Country: Trading Carlow for Canada

“Maybe Canadians do things a little differently” I thought to myself, sitting across from the President and CEO of a company during my initial job interview. As it turns out, this was the first of many subtle indications that it might just be the company that’s a little different.

Three weeks after my move from a small town in Ireland, I couldn’t have expected the interview process in Canada to contrast so greatly with that of home. Such was my surprise at the unique hands on approach shown by Analyticsmart’s President/CEO Yves Mayotte.

Round two of the interview process gave me a further insight in to the value that my potential boss placed on the opinion of his management team. Following separate interviews with two different team members, I came to understand that I was being assessed on my ability to gel within the fabric of the company, rather than being re-tested on the criteria of the position itself.

Upon reflection, I grew to appreciate the stock that the company placed on compatibility. You’ve got to work next to someone for a minimum of 40 hours a week, why shouldn’t you stress how important a role someone’s personality or attitude can play within the dynamics of a company?

It’s no secret that starting a new job is often plagued with obstacles you must overcome, couple that with the anxiety of moving to a new country (Canada in the middle of winter no less) and it can have the potential to be an extremely stressful time. In saying that however, finding the right group of people can make all the difference.

I attribute the quick settling in period to the culture around the office, I’m not the first person to arrive from a different country and I won’t be the last. On top of the practical advice from my colleagues, surprise outings such as “Let’s all grab lunch to celebrate your first week” are a simple but significant step in helping a new team member find an unprecedented level of comfort.

Quickly finding your feet with a new job immediately allows you to become invested in the excitement surrounding business growth or completion of important projects. Though this is obviously intended to be a factor in the company’s philosophy, it’s refreshing to see that the level of celebration doesn’t differ between completing projects for an existing client or acquiring a new one.

Bottom line; If you find a company with a clear message, and it’s a message that you agree with; take the job.
It’s easy to get excited when everyone in the office is singing from the same hymn sheet and being excited to go to work is a sure-fire way of settling in to a new city/country.

- Kris Whelan