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Why I Secured A Calgary Transit Bus Driver Job.

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I enjoy driving. Period.

One of the first things that I learned as a new immigrant in Canada is that there are other noble, rewarding and fulfilling careers beyond being a doctor, a nurse, an accountant, a doctor, an engineer etc.

For instance, I can bet that a lot of immigrants have no idea that there is a big demand for skilled trades workers in Canada at the moment – and really has always been.

According to Statistics Canada, after four years of certification, the median income for heavy-duty equipment technicians is $107,220! And with growing technology evolution, there are ample opportunities for combining new technology skills with traditional trades know-how thus creating even bigger opportunities.

But that’s beside the point.

At the time in question, I was in school, and my business was just starting which meant that I was dealing with two uncertainties – unstable income and graduate school.

Based on this, I decided to add a stable source of income to my income mix. I wasn’t looking to earn a big income, I just wanted something predictable and stable.

I opted for a job – call it Just Over Broke, it didn’t matter to me. It was a means to an end.

Do what you love and be proud of it. Do a self-audit of skills that you have – they don’t have to be skills that you learned in a traditional School. Document them. Look around you and find painful problems that can be solved using those skills that you ENJOY using.

So I did a personal skills audit – what skills do I have? Which ones do I enjoy using a lot? Which of those could earn me some money through a traditional income route?

I LOVE driving, so I got on Calgary transit website and applied as a driver. I got interviewed, did various tests, aced everything, submitted my drivers extract etc. and I was offered the job. 

Just as training was about to start, I had a change of heart – I realized I wouldn’t be able to combine everything successfully, so I looked for other means.

My point here is – I was ready to do whatever I ENJOYED doing in order to make money!

That’s the career of the future.

Do what you love doing! And while you are at it, make some money.

I assert that the most fulfilled immigrants will be those who can create careers out of what they love doing and are passionate about. 

Don’t let society pigeonhole you into a mold.

Do what you love and be proud of it. Do a self-audit of skills that you have – they don’t have to be skills that you learned in a traditional School. Document them. Look around you and find painful problems that can be solved using those skills that you ENJOY using.

Look for corporate and individual citizens who are ready to pay you to solve those problems. Painful problems.

Not all problems cause pain and the more painful a problem is, the more people are ready to pay in order to get rid of them. If in doubt, ask your dentist.

Since I graduated from university in 1998, I have never worked with my Biochemistry degree and everything I do to make money today, I enjoy them. Not only that, I learned them on the street.

Why can’t you?

Join The Immigrant Life community to rub minds with others who are at different phases of their immigrant journey. There, you’ll have a chance to learn and as well guide others.


Written by Dapo Bankole.
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