|Stuck at minimum wage, 10 years later
||[Mar. 29th, 2011|04:49 pm]
I graduated from Ottawa U in 2009 with a Bachelor Degree in Psych, and I've set my sights on being a counselor, so I have tentative plans for going back to college after paying off my loans in full. Now it's 2011, and I'm stuck at working for minimum wage, and I'd like some help on pinpointing the possible reason for this. I have applied for administrative work all over Ottawa, and my pay expectations are $12/hr minimum. One of the trouble is, I have no experience with an office working environment. From all the job applications I've sent out, I've only heard back from the employers a couple of times, and none granted me the job opportunity to get out of my chronic dull fast food employment. The other trouble is, I am bilingual - but not in French. I can speak English and Mandarin fluently. Apparently that wasn't good enough, but it seems to be a major cause for my difficulty in finding employment above the fast food gutter. I'd like some perspective on my next steps, and I have a question for those who have lived in Canada for longer than I have. Is it near-impossible to get a decent job in Ottawa if you're not bilingual? Or is getting a job really a number game, where persistence and time pays off? Is employment prospects better in cities like Toronto where bilingualism isn't an issue? It seems like moving to Toronto or the U.S may be the necessary step to securing decent employment, but I want to review all the options before I move away from my family to a city of strangers. Thanks for your time, guys.