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.

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.

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.