Last Updated: June 4, 2017

Dealing with unrealistic work expectations


Newcomers may have acquired erroneous and/or unrealistic expectations of the Canadian employment environment. Identifying and understanding these expectations and “de-bunking” them is an important part of the ongoing discussion and planning around employment.


These expectations will likely be revealed when talking through the various aspects of the employment plan, including topics such as licensing/accreditation requirements, compensation levels, climate factors, transportation issues, English proficiency requirements, vacation, employee and employer rights, and workplace culture both in Canada and in the country(ies) in which they have worked.


Some extreme examples of unrealistic expectations include:



This area can be challenging to navigate with newcomers. It may take quite some time to see changes in their attitudes and expectations. It can be scary and disheartening for the newcomer to realize that the job search may actually be quite difficult and may not proceed as quickly as he or she would hope.


Regular meetings with the newcomer to discuss employment can allow new information and ideas to be heard, questioned, repeated and eventually accepted (or rejected).