Gurasis Singh, moved from India to Canada to study Media Strategies and Advertising. He faced numerous struggles like finding housing, lost job opportunities, and cultural barriers related to his strong accent and appearance. However, Gurasis persevered through networking, persistence and maintaining a positive mindset. He shares his journey to overcoming immigrant challenges and eventually launching his own podcast “My Thick Accent” to showcase immigrant success stories.

Episode Highlights:

  • The Difficulty of Finding Housing as a Newcomer
  • Dealing with Lost Job Opportunities Due to the Pandemic
  • Facing Cultural Barriers Related to Accent and Appearance
  • The Power of Networking to Land a Dream Job
  • Launching the Podcast “My Thick Accent” to Share Immigrant Stories

Key Takeaways:

  • Maintain a positive mindset even during difficult times as an immigrant
  • Persevere through networking and continuously reaching out for opportunities
  • Do not hesitate to ask others for help and guidance as a newcomer
  • Share your immigrant story to motivate others facing similar struggles
  • Your struggles can become strengths if you change your mindset

Where to find Gurasis

Where to find Miguel


In this episode, we cover:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:30 First Impressions as an International Student
  • 06:55 The Reality of Being an Independent Newcomer
  • 09:50 Maintaining a Positive Mindset Despite Challenges
  • 21:10 Surviving as a Newcomer During the Pandemic
  • 25:50 Receiving an Extended Work Permit
  • 32:30 Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Interviews
  • 37:40 Networking Strategies for Newcomers
  • 45:50 Breaking Cultural Stereotypes Through Storytelling