Where to begin

When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.

Managing Expectations

Talking through unrealistic work expectations, including with regard to the search and application processes, licensing/accreditation requirements, compensation levels, climate factors, transportation issues, English proficiency requirements, vacation, employee and employer rights, and workplace culture.

Defining “success”

The importance of defining employment success, both short- and long-term. A discussion of the need to reconcile the expectations of private sponsors or volunteers with those of a newcomer and to revisit plans over time, as circumstances and expectations change. Some suggested criteria for success to consider.