What does an anglo have to do to get a good job in Quebec?

What does an anglo have to do to get a good job in Quebec?

What Does an Anglo Have to Do to Get a Good Job around Here Anyway?

By Jason Enlow

You’ve moved to Quebec City, it’s beautiful and you love it. That’s great, but now that the honeymoon is over, you’d like to find some meaningful work and keep the lovefest going. Well not so fast, cowboy!

You’d better be well hung

The more degrees you have hanging up on the walls, the better, and your Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon don’t count. Companies are looking for specialists to assume their token Anglo position, so you’d best be well-qualified if you want to make the grade.

It’s not who you know … oh, wait a minute … yes it is

This maxim pretty much works everywhere for everything. It’s the Circle of Work:

It’s the Circle of Work
And it hires us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and luck
Till we find our place
On the job unending
At Work
The Circle of Work
(Music by Elton John, Original lyrics by Tim Rice)

There’s always a chance that someone you know can help you in your job search. Like maybe your best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who heard about a job where they’re looking for someone just like you. Well, you never know, it could happen. Keep the faith you know you’re gonna live through the rain … or the snow and cold in this case.

Parlez-vous français?

Do you speak, read, write, and dream in French? It would be dandy if you did. You do? That’s awesome! I’m not talking about that crappy Parisian/Ontario high school French with books about the adventures of Jacques and Suzette. Sorry.

I’ll tell you what they want, what they really, really want. Quebec businesses are looking for Francophones who also know their way around English. They’re a rare breed akin to the marmalade-eating bears from deepest darkest Peru.

Go teach English

Although some people consider English to be a royal pain in the Assemblée nationale, the need to speak (don’t say it, don’t say it) THE LANGUAGE OF SHAKESPEARE (ha ha! I said it and now I feel cheap and dirty) has never been stronger. I have no evidence to back up this claim except that I see many ads for language schools including one featuring a yellow alien conehead as its mascot. Employers and employees with an eye on the global market understand that speaking more than one language has its advantages, such as, making money. So get out there and teach, teach like the wind!

Nobody said it was easy

So pick yourself up, dust yourself off and either get out (while you still can) or learn the lingo. After all, how many people speak French from wherever you’re from? Don’t answer that if you’re from France.

You wanted to move to (don’t say it, don’t say it) LA BELLE PROVINCE (ha ha! Cliché Man strikes again!), so you must be happy. Just don’t give up, you’re not beaten yet.

Categories: Opinion

About Author

Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.

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