From executive to entry level

Post-graduate degree-holders new to Canada have a tough time entering managerial occupations
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/22/2003


t the height of his career, Muneeb Fazili took charge of the financial controls system of the Faysal Bank of Bahrain. He handled all communications with external auditors, submitted reports to the central bank and drew up budgets. In essence, he accounted for $1.7 billion in funds under the bank’s management.

Despite their very comfortable lifestyle — free housing, company-paid vacations, maid services — Fazili and his wife decided to head for Canada where they wanted to raise a family. Once here, however, all his experience in managing an international staff and complying with accounting rules of countries as varied as Switzerland, Bangladesh and Pakistan seemed to amount to nothing.