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“I know what newcomers need is a chance to present their credentials and prove themselves on the job. I mentor now to help position an immigrant to land that opportunity. Newcomers need to network to improve their prospects.”

Why Canada?

I am originally from India, but worked mostly in the Middle East. My boys studied in this part of the world, so my wife and I decided to move closer to them and to find a place to call home.

My job search experience

Like most newcomers I struggled to find a job when I arrived, but was lucky ultimately to get a role with CIBC and in my field.

My international advantage

I have the benefit of international and diverse experience, because I previously worked for a smaller bank. In the past I had greater responsibility covering different areas. I add value because I understand a lot more of the ‘bigger’ picture than required for the role I currently play. I also bring significant experience from India and the Middle East, and worked with operations in the Far East, North Africa, Europe and the United States.

What I learned as a mentee

My mentor and I had started to work on my resume when I was hired by CIBC. I benefited from feedback and changes to my resume.

Why I returned to become a mentor

Having gone through a difficult initial experience, I wanted to get involved, give back and help new immigrants as soon as possible.

On my mentoring experience so far

At first I was worried I did not have enough Canadian connections and experience. We have reviewed my mentee’s resume and job search processes. I understand her experience, and I know mock interviews and meeting people will help her. I do not have all the answers, but there are plenty of resources from The Mentoring Partnership and my employer.

Pradeep Mathur is Head of Policy Support, Capital Markets Risk Management, CIBC.


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