Ep #18: Experiencing life in a new country

Released Tuesday, 10th December 2019
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My guest today is Sidharth Iyer, he moved from India a couple of years ago and, even though he has been here for a short period of time, he has an interesting story that he’ll be sharing with us.

Was Toronto your first choice?

“My first exposure to North America was Montreal. […] That inspired me to pursue immigration. Canada was always the first choice.”

Why did you decide to migrate?

“Life is all about experiences, and those experiences help you to live. For me was all to have that experience of travelling to a foreign country, understanding how things work there, understanding the people, the language, the food, the culture, even the economy.”

How did you feel when you arrive?

“[Canada] is pretty systematic, so processes are already in place. It’s more you coming and understanding how you fit in. Rather than you trying to change those.”

Would you say you changed when you moved here?

“The biggest realization I had was to be a little more grateful, and more helpful as well. Because I could see from people all around me, that people always acknowledge that you’re there. That was a cultural shock, in a good way.”

Do you share your experience with others?

“It’s always good to share your knowledge and experience on how you got a job, how can you make your profile stand out, or what can you do differently for a role that everyone could be applying for.”

What advice would you give to a newcomer?

“It’s all about building the right relationships, as well as being out there as genuine and open as you can be. And continue to contribute not only as a professional but to the community.”

What is the best thing about Toronto?

“The best thing about Toronto is that I can’t be a day without seeing something that is new altogether. Like the CN Tower, yes it’s the heart of the city and you can see it from everywhere. But each time you look up, you’ll have a different perspective.”

About Sidharth


Sidharth (aka Sid) is passionate about all things digital and content. He began his career as a Business Journalist covering the Indian Media and Entertainment industry, before transitioning into a Digital Marketing Specialist.

In his own words, he is the right-brained guy who has trained to be an ambidextrous thinker to create disruptive ideas while collaborating with like-minded folks. His ease in adapting to different situations has been instrumental in his professional and personal growth.

In his free time, Sid can be found at the movies or sipping on Tim Horton’s French Vanilla while listening to rock and hip-hop tunes. He also loves to experiment with different recipes in the kitchen and spending time with his friends or exploring the sights and sounds of the beautiful city of Toronto.

Learn more about Sidharth

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