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Canadian Newcomers in the New World of Work


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Canadian Newcomers in the New World of Work

  1. 1. Canadian Newcomers in a New World of Work CANNEXUS 2007 National Career Development Conference April 16 - 18, 2007 Toronto, Ontario. Khaled A. Islaih Settlement Worker Brampton Multicultural Centre Brampton – Ontario
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Old Economy/ New Economy </li></ul><ul><li>New World of Work </li></ul><ul><li>Newcomer Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Transformational Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Old Economy (Industrial Economy ) PRODUCTION MANAGMENT MARKET Physical assets / labor Industrial firms Standard skills Degrees Slow changes Stable job Resource management Hierarchies Command and control Conflict of interest Long life-cycles Manufactured products Local /national Price / quality
  4. 4. New Economy (Knowledge Economy) PRODUCTION MANAGMENT MARKET Knowledge and ideas Knowledge firms Knowledge workers Fast changes Unpredictable jobs Life long-learning Process management Network structures Shared authorities Teamwork Short life-cycles Fast changes Knowledge products Global Innovation
  5. 5. New World of Work <ul><li>Work is more fluid focused on sharing knowledge and information (intangible) </li></ul><ul><li>Work can be done from anywhere and anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Short term contracts and consulting assignments </li></ul><ul><li>No job security and no benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Employment success requires life-long learning </li></ul><ul><li>Work smarter </li></ul><ul><li>Job shifts </li></ul><ul><li>Work is offered in an increasingly globalized job market </li></ul>
  6. 6. Newcomers Challenges in the New World <ul><li>Interconnected settlement challenges (jobs, family, housing, school, language, credential recognition….etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Disoriented (new country, different economy and new culture) </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented support and guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Frustration (family issues, survival jobs, physical health, mental health) </li></ul><ul><li>Cognitive gap (low self-esteem and negative attitudes and worldview) </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation (no community participation or civic engagement) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Transformational Approach <ul><li>Traditional settlement programs and initiatives are not responsive to the needs and challenges of newcomers in the 21 st century. </li></ul><ul><li>Design holistic integration approach to address settlement interconnected challenges including job search and employment facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Networked approach to use newcomers' collective knowledge to connect with them the Canadian networked economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Build learning communities to connect newcomers to long-term personal and professional support networks. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Transformational Approach? <ul><li>Productive conversations and group discussions will help newcomer participants to reframe their challenges through collective reflections. </li></ul><ul><li>Collective interactions empower newcomers to take actions to enhance their community participation and civic engagement including labor market integration. </li></ul><ul><li>New mindset </li></ul>
  9. 9. Successful Transformation Needs <ul><li>New vision for settlement sector (integrate global knowledge in the Canadian economy) </li></ul><ul><li>New language (human capital, social capital, global experience, global economy/society, cultural integration, civic participation…etc) </li></ul><ul><li>New actors: competent settlement workers </li></ul><ul><li>New structures: flexible network structures </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits of Transformation <ul><li>Newcomers: engaged citizens, productive workers and future leaders in their communities </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses: expand global business opportunities, better relationships with customers and investors, retain newcomers talents. </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian communities: stronger communities with stronger families </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian economy: better competitive position in the global economy. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>We are all newcomers in the new global knowledge economy/society </li></ul>