February 29, 2024

Navigating your First 90 Days in a New Canadian Job

Embarking on a journey in a new land, the first 90 days in Canada are like the opening chapter of a captivating novel – full of curiosity, challenges, and endless opportunities.

These initial 3 months are not just a mere passage of time but a crucial chapter in one’s career story. It’s during this period that you will face the exciting challenge of acclimating to a new work environment while also preserving their unique skills and experiences.

Remember, each day is like a stepping stone that brings you one day closer to your preferred future.

So, whether you’re a recent immigrant, a supportive employer, or simply curious about the Canadian newcomer experience, you need to discover how these early days can set the tone for a thriving career in Canada.

Therefore, to assist you in this journey, we’ve collaborated with industry expert Madhur K., a creative thinker with over 11 years of experience in strategic planning and multi-channel marketing management. With more than 2K followers on LinkedIn, Madhur brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to help you navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.

Let’s embark on this exciting adventure together!

🎯 Nick: Madhur K.,can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your journey in Canada.

Madhur K.: I’m a Marketing Communication professional with more than 12 years of experience with organizations in the E-commerce, Media, Edutech and Higher Education space. I’m a proponent of mental health and self improvement. I have been helped by some amazing people in my journey as a Canadian newcomer and I like to pay it forward by guiding them and making their journey a little easier.

Having arrived in Canada in 2019, I understand the importance of networking as a means of professional development.

As an ambassador of Immigrant Networks, I intend to help newcomers in Canada find out effective ways of building their professional base, their network and establish themselves in their respective domains.

🎯 Nick: What is the No 1 advice that you would like to give newcomers who have recently landed a job?

Madhur K: In my opinion during the first 90 days of a new job as a newcomer to Canada, it’s very important to strike a balance between adapting to a new work environment and preserving your unique skills and experiences. In this article, I will provide with some key dos and don’ts to ensure a smooth transition and a successful start in your new workplace.


🎯 Research and Prepare

Before your first day, research a bit about Company culture and industry trends: This will give you a confidence boost before entering a new job. You would have information about the field where you are working while also having a fair bit of idea about the kind of workplace culture to expect. Workplace norms in Canada: Understanding your new environment will help you adapt more quickly, especially in terms of workplace culture in Canada. For example, in some countries, one uses salutations like sir and ma’am, while in Canada, superiors prefer to be called by their first names. These are very basic communication differences that can help you acquaint yourself with workplace behaviours by your colleagues.

🎯 Build

Connect with colleagues, attend company events, and engage in industry-specific events to build your network. Show your interest in being a part of activities happening within and outside of your workplace. Building relationships can open doors to valuable opportunities in the future.

🎯 Embrace

Canada is known for its diverse workforce. Embrace and celebrate this diversity by respecting different cultures, perspectives, and backgrounds. Understand that what might be a harmless statement for you might be an offensive one for someone else. Ask questions about cultures and traditions and share information about yours. A lot of people are genuinely interested in knowing about the diversity around them.

🎯 Listen

Actively listen to feedback from your supervisor and colleagues. This will help you understand expectations and make the necessary adjustments to excel in your role. However, do not expect feedback right away in the first month.

🎯 Improve

If English or French is not your first language, invest time in improving your language skills. Have conversations with friends. Many organisations, like settlement services, offer practice conversation sessions for newcomers. Use platforms like Meetup to find groups that meet to practice a second language. Effective communication is the key to success in any job.

🎯 Understand

Learn and understand Canadian workplace etiquette, including punctuality, professionalism, and appropriate attire for your industry. What worked back home in your country might not be relevant or right in Canada. It will take time, but be aware of the differences.


🎯 Don’t Overshare Personal Information

While building relationships is important, avoid oversharing details of your personal life at work. Maintain your professionalism while focusing on the job.

🎯 Don’t Compare Constantly

It’s natural to compare your new workplace with your previous one, but avoid constant comparisons. Embrace the differences and focus on your current role.

🎯 Don’t Isolate Yourself

Isolation can hinder your professional growth. Engage in team activities, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed.

🎯 Don’t Assume Similarities

Even if your job is similar to what you did in your home country, don’t assume everything will be the same. Be open to learning new approaches and techniques.

🎯 Don’t Be Impatient

Adapting to a new work environment takes time. Don’t expect immediate success. Be patient and persistent in your efforts.

🎯 Don’t Neglect Soft Skills

In addition to technical skills, soft skills like adaptability and teamwork are highly valued in Canadian workplaces.

🎯 Don’t Neglect Your Health

Balancing work and personal life is crucial for your well-being. Avoid overworking and prioritize self-care. Take care of your mental health and use resources like therapy sessions, physical exercise, and meditation, whichever helps you calm down.

Essentially, your first 90 days in a new Canadian job can be a period of adjustment, learning, and growth. By following these dos and don’ts, you can set the stage for a successful and fulfilling career in your new Canadian workplace. Remember, each experience is unique, so adapt these guidelines to your specific situation and make the most of this exciting journey.

And if you’re interested in joining our exclusive community and staying informed with the latest knowledge, here’s how you can get started:

We, as a community of immigrants dedicated to supporting fellow newcomers, prioritize creating a secure environment where professionals can come together and interact. Join us by signing up at www.immigrantnetworks.com and gaining access to our exclusive WhatsApp group, where you can arrange personalized one-on-one sessions with our Ambassadors for mock interviews, LinkedIn profile reviews, and so much more. Please be aware that this group is exclusively for users with Canadian cell phone numbers.

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