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.

Elements of an employment strategy

The need for two strategies – one for the private sponsorship group, if any, and one for the newcomer. Look for collaboration and evolution. Topics to consider, from the assignment of responsibilities to the need to learn English, types of work to be considered, mentorship, training, when to start looking, use of an employment service, preparation for a search, and the search itself.

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.