So the thing is that, I've barely travelled overseas in the past few years, and NZ is pretty isolated geographically and I feel like this is the perfect age to challenge my mental capacity. After talking with my roommate who did a working-holiday to Canada, it seems like I'll be doing the same thing. Except that eventhough 'working holiday' is the main intent, I really want to try to make it somewhat a permanent thing.
Won't be easy I know, but I'm more than willing to work my butt off. My question is, what are the chances that I can get a casual job in IT over there on a temporary work permit (the work hols visa for NZ-Canada is for 1 year) and work hard to convince my employer there to sponsor me and stay-work there beyond the 1 year period ?
I plan to visit Vancouver first, but I'm not sure which city is best for a first-timer like me interms of job + decent rent (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto ? ) I know I'll most likely have to get a retail/customerservice job first to survive for the first few weeks while I hand out CVs for the IT job, but from researching online, it seems like over there people barely reply to CV's and prefer to hire someone with a canadian work experience ? Would volunteering on the weekends + weekday nights help as the 'canadian experience' ?
I'm in the process of applying for the visa now and if approved, I'll be given a year to land in Canada, then the permit is for 1 full year from then on. So If all goes well, March 2015 I'll be landing there after quitting my job here and packing my bags. I won't know anyone there either :) So if you guys can shed a light on this whole thing + my chances of eventually being able to stay&work in Canada indefinitely after working really hard + some hardships , that'd be awesome and much appreciated. I'm new to this, but I'm independent and like to challenge myself :) Thanks guys.